I have been fortunate to spend a significant amount of time with half a dozen new colleagues. They are middle class, professional Burmese who work in well-paid positions – and each of them dedicates a significant portion of their earnings and time to thoughtful, sustainable education projects for the betterment of others less fortunate. They are smart, so their projects are sound and effective. And lucky for me, their English is quite good so I have had long, fascinating conversations with them.
Through LinkedIn, I connected with Myint Myint, a Rotarian and program coordinator with Metta Foundation, a large Burmese community based organization.
She invited me to join her on Saturday at Sasana Gone Yee Nunnery in Thingangyan Township of Yangon. This nunnery and school was established by two sisters, Daw Khemacari and Daw Kumacari, who decided at a young age that they wanted to become nuns and wanted to open a school for vulnerable children.
Organizations such as this have been active in the background throughout the military rule. However, now they have the freedom to be seen and heard. They are an inspiration.