Sorry, this entry is only available in German. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Liebe Freunde und Mitglieder, Covid 19 hat mittlerweile Myanmar auch fest im Griff. Das ist besonders schlimm in einem Land mit einem unterentwickelten Gesundheitssystem und in der Mehrzahl prekären Jobs. Aus vielen Berichten unserer Mitarbeiter und Patenkinder hat die Patenkinderbeauftragte im Vorstand des Fördervereins, Brigitte Falkenstein, in …
                        The food situation in Mingun remains very difficult. One of the godchildren reported that the villagers collect wild bamboo sprouts to feed their families. So everybody was very grateful when the second round of our rice donation took place and the queues were long. Again our school bus was used by Kyaw Kyaw and his helpers to donate the staple food rice. This second donation was made possible …
After the first rice donation campaign in Mandalay via Moe Moe’s house, there has now also been a distribution in Mingun to poor families. And poor are actually all of them, because the public life in Mingun, which was mainly created by the tourists, is completely down. No ship docks anymore, no tourists come across Sagaing Bridge, yawning emptiness, as you can see on the photos. All stalls with souvenirs, clothes and food have been dismantled, the schools and kindergarten …
Usually the academic year in Myanmar starts on 1st of June. However, due to COVID-19, this is also different to usual this year. At least for 9th and 10th standard school has started by end of July, even though in a limited manner. Nobody can tell at the moment when the other levels will follow. Just recently the lockdown for schools –besides the two final classes – and for universities was extended one more time . Nevertheless Förderverein Myanmar has …
In our series „Living Sponsorships“ we report today about a young woman, who is supported since 7 years by Brigitte Falkenstein und her colleague Nathalie Brennecke. Like many children from the ethnic minorities Nann Htar Kyi came as 12 years old girl to Phaung Daw Oo School Mandalay where she lives until now. After 9th Standard, which is one year prior to the final exam, she should skip school and return back home to help her family with farm work …
That is badly  needed in Corona times. This  postcard reached us from an unknown “fan” who recently stayed in Barcelona. He just finished his Master of Science ( MSc ) in North Rhine-Westphalia. We see it as an encouragement to continue with our work, especially in Corona times and despite our harsh criticism of the Rohinga policy of the current government. Only education and education for critical thinking broadens horizons, so that at some point one can discuss these aberrations …
In his last email the principal of the school Kyaw Kyaw told us about the consequences of the Covid 19 Pandemic for Mingun and its habitants. He and his family are still living in the school as before, but life in Mingun is not as it was before: The busy village, where almost everyone is a seller, depends on tourism. But because of the pandemic no tourists come to Mingun and the sights and Pagodas are closed. Only some shops …
The somewhat relaxed lockdown in Myanmar still applies. Nothing has changed in the travel warnings of the Foreign Office: Foreign visitors (especially tourists) are still not allowed to travel to Myanmar. This of course also makes it impossible to send specialists in cooperation with the Senior Expert Service (SES). When this will be possible again, we do not know. We are waiting for the green light from the SES. The so-called academic year will start late this year. Normally, school …
Sorry, this entry is only available in German. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Dies ist eine (etwas nostalgische) Botschaft aus der verlorenen Normalität. Familie Wolf aus Graz hat uns einen aktuellen Bericht von ihrem letzten Besuch in Mingun geschickt. Na ja, so ganz aktuell ist er nicht mehr. Aber an Authenzität hat er nichts eingebüßt. Nur sind Besuchssituationen wie sie …
In our TAP project, which will soon be coming to an end, some participants are still in their internships. They will continue to receive assignments online; for example, they have to create programs for a day trip to Mandalay, for a 3-city tour in one day, or for round trips through Myanmar. There are no more regular classes. A small group participated in the “Trash Collection Activities” at U-Bain Bridge, organized by the “Clear Mandalay Campaign” in the first week …