Nursery School for Less Fortunate Children, Yangon
2006 the Catholic Good Shepherd Sisters have run a nursery school for about 60 children in downtown Yangon. The school was founded by PIN, which continues to provide full funding. Most of the children come from Dala Township, one of Yangon’s poorest neighborhoods. A maid and four trained, licensed nursery school teachers care for the children, who are between three and six years old. The majority are from Buddhist and Hindu families, but they also include a few Christians and Muslims. Many parents work in unskilled jobs in Yangon General Hospital, while others sell betel nuts or run small food stalls. Most earn less than $2 a day. The parents drop off their children at the nursery school in the morning and pick them up after work. The nursery is free for the poor; however, some parents contribute in-kind or in cash. All children receive a free daily lunch and free uniforms.
Over the Thingyan holidays (Buddhist New Year) in April 2014, we repaired the Nursery School’s ceiling and electrical wiring with the help of a generous German donor.