St. Bruno Orphanage
St. Bruno Orphanage for boys was established in 1993 by the Little Brothers of St. Francis Xavier (SFX) in a village tract of Pathein. It started with five orphans. By 2013 St. Bruno’s housed 38 boys from twelve different dioceses in Myanmar. The current site in Pathein has been occupied since 1998; it has been licensed by the government for an orphanage and it has plenty of space for gardening and pig-breeding. Unfortunately, the area close to the orphanage is used as the main rubbish dump for the town of Pathein. We hope that the garbage site will disappear soon as a Japanese company has agreed with the City of Pathein to recycle the garbage for methane gas generation.
The 38 boys are between 4 and 24 years of age. The youngest go to kindergarten, three to university and the rest attend primary, middle, or high school. Two brothers care for the orphans and live with them while providing guidance and help for their education and studies. The boys attend the state schools but receive additional teaching and tutorial lessons from the brothers and teachers. In addition, the brothers instruct the boys good citizenship and engage them in discussions and training on ethics and morality to strengthen the character and spirituality of the young boys. The brothers and the relatives of the children try to share in the costs of accommodation, education fees, health care and other expenses. Two kitchen helpers prepare the food for the boys and under the guidance of the brothers the boys grow vegetables in the large garden and breed pigs to generate income and to complement the daily diet.
Unfortunately, the building is in very poor condition and the orphan community is in urgent need of better housing. The building is small, the roof is leaking, and the windows, walls and floors are decaying. LIkewise, the adjacent kitchen and dining room can no longer resist wind and rain. The condition of the house is unsafe and harmful to the health and well-being of the children both physically and mentally.
With a new building, the children will have a decent and safe place to live and a better environment for learning and studying. People In Need together with two other donors from the United States and Asia will finance the new building for the orphans. The construction of the new house for the boys started in May 2014.