What was an ad-hoc trip by a small group of friends to organise a Christmas party for children in Myanmar has become an annual initiative that has since been growing beyond its initial reach. In 2010, a group of about twenty friends were moved to action after hearing about the plight of underprivileged children in orphanages in Myanmar, particularly in Taunggyi. They decided to visit the St Anne’s Girls Orphanage, which is located in the capital of the southern Shan State in Myanmar. Run by the Reparation Sisters, the humble orphanage provides girls from impoverished families and orphans with food, education and lodging.
Realising the importance of education to break the vicious cycle of the disadvantaged, Project Micah members are committed to ensuring the girls have sufficient resources to finish complete schooling to improve their literacy skills. The group has set up a library with English and Burmanese books for the children who are eager learners. To meet other basic needs, the group also organises hygiene talks for the girls. With the support of CHARIS funding, Project Micah helped the orphanage in the building of a water tank to provide water sustainability and extended its reach to poorer areas in the Shan State region of Kalaw, Pekhon and Ho Pong in the improvement of living conditions of the children in the orphanages and boarding houses.
Project Micah continues to be steadfast in fulfiling its mission 3 pillars; to act justly to enable education to poor children, walk humbly together with poor children through sustainable efforts and love tenderly in meeting the humanitarian needs of poor children. Moving ahead, the objective is to address the long term needs of the various orphanages, through partnerships with the local Zetaman Sisters and the Canossian Sisters based in Myanmar to support their mission work and thus bring joy to other lesser-known areas in Myanmar.
Programmes and Activities
- Plans and organizes learning camps and sessions
- Raising funds to ensure sufficient resources for the girls to finish school and improve literacy
- Identify and addressing short and long term needs of various other orphanages in lesser known areas in Myanmar like shipping of blankets to Brother Felice Orphanage in Nyaung Shwe and St Agnes Orphanage in Kalaw where temperature can dip to as low as 8-10 degrees Celcius.
- Raising funds to address water needs of various orphanages. Built a water tank for St Anne’s Girls Orphanage