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Burma hungry children
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...

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Burma is a country in Southeast Asia with a population of approx. 60 million people. As many countries in that region, it has had a turbulent history. In recent years foreign relationships started to improve, resulting in eased economic sanctions.
These changes allow for the first time in decades for the international community to help the most vulnerable in Burma suffering under the consequences of decade long internal conflicts and natural disasters.
The people in remote areas are the ones that are suffering the most, especially if they constitute a Christian minority ethnic group. In collaboration with the local partner, SDD, Mission East responds to the needs of the Mara people, resident in the Chin state. The community has established a boarding school to ensure its future through education of the children. From 2013, Mission East is providing help for the children in form of food supplies, which will allow the children to remain in school.
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.

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.

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.

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.