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Mai Ki benefits from her partnership with Mission East. Here, she is participating in a training programme with a colleague. Photo: Mission East
Mai Ki and her colleagues from the local organisation Together for Sustainable Development are working to eradicate food shortages among their vulnerable fellow countrymen and -women in Myanmar. Cooperation with Mission East has taught them to work more efficiently. By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager, September 2017 When Mai Ki needs to attend an important meeting in Myanmar’s largest and most important city, Yangon, she hires a motorcycle taxi in her home village of Lailenpi in the remote Chin State. With a bit of luck, she can reach the next stop on her route in one day, otherwise she...
Vangohkhih is in 6th grade and views the COME school as a mother and father for orphans.
Education is important. But it is equally important to eat enough food to grow, thrive, and study.. At the COME school in Burma, the children of the Mara people get education as well as food thanks to the aid from Mission East. Here are three accounts on the daily life in Maraland, Chin State, before and after COME school. ”A mother and father for the orphans” ”My name is Vangohkhih, and I come from the the village Sabawngte. It takes two days to travel from my village to the COME school in Lailenpi, and it is a very hard journey. I began attending this school after second grade. Since my...
The floodwaters have washed away bridges, so that the people must carry their things on their back while crossing the rivers. Photo: SDD.
The worst floods in decades have hit Burma. "Food is the biggest problem," says Mission East’s partner in one of the affected areas. 12 days of constant rain and storms in July and August have caused widespread destruction in Chin State in western Burma. The severe weather is caused by the cyclone Komen, which has raged throughout Southeast Asia this summer, and the situation is still chaotic. Roads and Bridges Gone "We have only received limited information from the villages. Because of blocked roads and continuous rain, we cannot travel from one village to another," says Mai Ki from Mission...
Knowledge is a Way out of Poverty
Burmese women started to cooperate on selling chilli peppers after receiving training from Mission East. Better knowledge means more profits, and that brings people out of poverty. Imagine that you have never had a bank account. Banknotes are something you only see when you travel - to India, to sell your home-grown chillies and buy rice. If you need anything else, you exchange your crops for it, or manage to do without it.  An Eye-opener Such is life for the people of the impoverished Chin State in Burma. But with training from Mission East, the poor villagers receive important knowledge,...
Little Girl Walked for two Days through the Mountains
Mary Nuso’s desire to study was so deep that she as an eight-year-old embarked on a two-day journey, to reach the COME school. Now she is one of the Mara people’s hopes for the future. Fetching water, gathering firewood, cleaning, cooking. The life of a little girl in Chin State in Burma consists of hard work and not enough food to fill the stomach. The life of Mary Nuso, the youngest of eight siblings, was no exception, right up until she decided to change her life. Walked for Two Days "Mary Nuso really wanted to study at the COME school, but her parents said no, because they needed her to...
The Mara people struggle with poverty and isolation in the rugged mountain region of northwest Burma. Until the visit of Mission East field workers in February 2013, only two other Europeans had visited this area since 1938! Read more here
The Mara people struggle with poverty and isolation in the rugged mountain region of northwest Burma. Until the visit of Mission East field workers in February 2013, only two other Europeans had visited this area since 1938!   One of the Mara people’s greatest challenges is the lack of food in the area, and the high prices for basic goods because they have to be transported from far away on dangerous transport routes.  To help with the food shortages, Mission East is providing food for a boarding school where the Mara people’s children are offered a quality basic education. These children are...