November 28, 2016


Tuesday morning I joined our school partner, May Hta Hla, founder of Helping the Burmese Delta (HTBD), and Kyaw Htoo Aung, local Burmese man of many talents, for the trek down south to EE’s new school.

Turns out Kyaw Htoo and I met each other here a couple...

November 28, 2016


Waking to a beautiful sunrise, I’m filled with anticipation. I’m going to Htan Kyun village for EE’s school dedication celebration – woo hoo!  

My heart is filled with gratitude to our many many donors who made this possible.  This is YOUR school too!


November 28, 2016


Meet Daw Khin Nwe Oo.  A tall, statuesque mom of six, she sells sticky rice snacks walking throughout her village on the outskirts of Bago.

Quick to smile and laugh, her business does well, enabling her two younger children to remain in school.  Education is...

November 28, 2016


Even before you're in the travel-by-boat region, you see extensive farm life in the Delta.  Life that will withstand severe weather extremes and serve a function.

Take the ducks for instance. These incredibly large flocks are herded like sheep by a duck herd...

November 28, 2016


As I have repeatedly been asked this question and pondered this question, I decided to ask the question while in Myanmar.  I asked Burmese colleagues, reform leaders, and a human rights officer, expat businesswomen and INGO workers, and a daily editor/journali...

November 28, 2016


While traveling on the east side of the Delta, I attended two school openings with donors and visited a school built by HTBD three years ago.  I learned that the government school administrators in this district are not nearly as proactive as the administrator...

November 28, 2016


Having just returned from 3+ weeks in Myanmar, I am struck by the numerous instances I witnessed of girls and women empowered by education – all resulting in their increased independence, self-confidence, and self-reliance.

In today’s world of injustices, hum...

November 28, 2016

(2/23/16) What a joy to be back in Myanmar with our partners and friends here! Instead of staying in Yangon right away for my week of meetings and appointments, I headed straight up to Bago to visit our village programs there. First stop, the very sweet primary school....

November 28, 2016

(2/25/16) Ma Thet and Lei Lei Win spend many hours together every day sitting on one of their porches rolling cigars.  They love to laugh and reminisce about when they were young and growing up in their village. 

Ma Thet, a widow with five children, took a loan for...

November 28, 2016

(3/1/2016) I don’t understand any Burmese beyond “hello” and “thank you”, but I could feel the power of Khet Mar’s words as she spoke to the girls and young women celebrating the Burmese launch of I Am Malala.  As my friend translated Khet Mar’s speech for me, she was...

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