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 …
Zin Maung Maung as head of TEAMS – Teaching English Association for Monastic Schools has written us the following message: In the response to the current pandemic and in order to limit spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19); for the safety of all students, trainees, foreign volunteers and staffs, TEAMS has been temporarily closed since 18 March 2020. Our program, TEAMS creates a diverse, inclusive community which can access English Language learning through modern teaching methods to improve the quality of …
Patenkinder in Mingun nach Verteilung der Masken / Godchildren in Mingun after distribution of masks   A big thank you is given to our member Mr. Hartkamp. He has organized the delivery of 600 mouth-nose-masks, which were sent from China directly to Dr Tin Shein from the school clinic of Phaung Daw Oo (PDO). This is a great contribution to avoid the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus. The masks have been distributed already. One part remains for the school clinic, another …
  Only a few days after the start of the fundraising campaign, enough money had already been received to make a first transfer to Myanmar. Immediately rice, eggs, oil and salt were bought and distributed. Win Aung sent us a series of photos and a report. Both can be found below. Of course the fundraising campaign continues. At the end of this article you will find the “donation button”. Many thanks in advance. 18. April 2020 kb Win Aung wrote: …
Information About the Impact of COVID-19 on the Families of our Godchildren For a long time no COVID-19 cases were reported from Myanmar. But meanwhile COVID-19 has reached the country also officially. The government had started already several weeks back with precautionary measures. All universities and education institutes were closed. Schools were not directly impacted since anyhow the 3-months holidays have started beginning of March. All official Thingyan events were cancelled. Cinemas and theatres are closed since few weeks, as …
Brigitte Falkenstein is “our specialist for the care of the godchildren”. At the beginning of February she travelled to Myanmar in this capacity. Here a short report. KB Beginning of February I spent one week in our office in Myanmar. Together with our staff in Mandalay and Mingun we exchanged ideas how to improve the administration of godchildren. But we also discussed what can be done to intensify the contact between godchildren and godparents in both directions. In Mingun Kyaw …