The Kendall Op-Shop and Camden Haven public have helped the education of children in Burma (now Myanmar) who are disadvantaged due to poverty in the last 12 years.
For the past six years, Thukhitayama girls' orphanage in Rangoon (now Yangon), in Myanmar was given financial assistance.
Every year, the money goes mainly to the education of the girl orphans' education such as school fees, stationary, uniforms, stationary, umbrellas, thongs and some food expenses.
Not only education and food, toilets and water tanks for the girls' water for drinking and washing have also been built.
It is run by the nuns, in Yangon's congested suburb where most residents are daily wage earners. The 70 orphaned girls are mostly from farming background (75 per cent of the population are related to agriculture) whose parents died during tsunami, farm related accidents or cannot afford to keep due to poverty.
The girls, while they stay in the nunnery have to dress and live like nuns, but they can choose to be lay persons after their education. They attend public school nearby. Two girls are now doing external courses at Yangon University, and several girls are at the high school. Most of them are still in primary school.
Apart from some local donors, the support to the orphanage is mostly supported by Kendall op-shop small grant, cash and kind help by Camden Haven public, and produce sales of Kendall residents Ian Oxenford and Tin Hta Nu's Aung Min Gala farm on Thursday market at the Hall.
As COVID 19 has closed the schools, they now do just home study. With social distancing and health restrictions, there are very little support from local donors and food supply was very scant at the orphanage.
In late 2020, $2000 was sent through a few safe channels from Kendall to the orphanage. Of this $2000, Kendall Op-shop contributed $900. The rest was from the Camden Haven public and Aung Min Gala farm sales.
The photos are of the girl orphans with basic purchased items such as rice, cooking oil, lentils, soap, salt, green tea, dried fish, garlic, onions and potatoes, and girls enjoying their lunch.
They eat, sleep and study in the same room. The chief nun is very grateful towards the money sent by Kendall Op-shop and Camden Haven public.
The purchased items with donated money fulfill their basic need supply for several months.
Wishing with loving kindness for safety from epidemic, good health and happiness to all members of Kendall Op-shop and Camden Haven public for their on-going support for their survival, especially in these financially hard and health hazardous times.