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I had a most interesting conversation with the Venerable Lorm Loeurm, Executive Director of the Life and Hope Association in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Located on the grounds of the Wat (Buddhist Temple) Damnak, I first visited this place three years ago.  Although interesting, we failed to get involved.  Today, during a fresh visit with fresh eyes I was impressed – especially with the commitment and leadership of Lorm Loeurm, the new Executive Director.  Lorm seems to have infused fresh energy into this fine organization dedicated to bettering the lives of marginalized and at-risk women. Life and Hope Association now has...[ Read More ]
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A couple of days ago we visited Kwan Hlar village, the home of our friend, Nyen Shwe, a very dedicated and hard working young Mon man living and working in Myanmar.  Nyen Shwe was instrumental in getting four of the young people from his village to travel to Nath Maw village and participate in our education conference there. About 30 villagers turned out to welcome us, and to proudly show us the community library then have funded and built recently.  Here’s a couple of photos of this facility, run by a volunteer committee and offering reading and reference materials to...[ Read More ]
When I visited Lakhana Village last summer I met with the village Women’s Group.  They were absolutely determined to have a “post-primary” (junior high) school so their children could continue their education beyond grade 5.  So determined, in fact, that they had already purchased small piles of bricks, gravel, sand, and re-bar with the limited funds they had raised up to that point. In the spirit of helping people who help themselves, we offered them dollar-for-dollar (in this case Kyat) matching for all the new funding they could raise.  To our amazement, they raised $1,200 in just two weeks.  Naturally,...[ Read More ]
Nath Maw Village is a small place on Giant Island, located in the Thawlwin River.  Nath Maw is accessible only by a ferryboat across this very large river.  The current is swift.  It took us 45 minutes to get there from Mawlamyine; 90 minutes to return. [caption id="attachment_826" align="alignleft" width="369"] Here we are boarding the boat we took[/caption] [caption id="attachment_827" align="alignleft" width="1000"] And, here’s a view of the village looking out the school window[/caption]                                               We had visited...[ Read More ]