ROBECO Switzerland Ltd, the Swiss branch of the asset management firm ROBECO, has donated 14.960 Swiss Francs to Foerderverein Myanmar. 10.00 Francs from the firm itself instead of Christmas gifts for customers and further 4.960 Francs from the staff who forewent gratifications for this purpose. With this donation, we can finance two of our most important training projects, TAP (Tourism Assistant Project) and TEAMS (Teaching English At Monastic Schools) for a whole year. Many thanks to ROBECO Switzerland and its …
the annual edition of “Mingalaba” comes out. “May blessings come upon you” is one possible translation of this everyday greeting in Myanmar. Every year around Christmas time a new issue is published with photos, reports, greetings and reports of important  projects. Although we had to cope with the very difficult Corona year, the new issue shows hardly any limitations compared to previous issues. Of course, the project descriptions are not as lush and varied as in previous years. But this …
Although this year no “real” Christmas letters can be sent to the godparents, this does not hinder our godchildren to eagerly write letters, which we will send via email to the godparents. Despite the continuing lockdown some of our godchildren still stay on PDO campus. For those godchildren teachers from NTT C have organized a letter-writing-activity and give – especially to the younger kids – hints and ideas what they can write or paint. We hope that during the next …
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, …
                        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 …