Stand By Me

Burma

Burma is a country ruled by a military junta, where the persecution of minority groups, the violation of human rights and civil war have resulted in extreme poverty, child prostitution, child soldiers and thousands of children being orphaned.

Half the country’s budget is spent on its military while only a fraction on health care. Thousands of children do not have access to an education. While in recent years, western embargos have been lifted and its borders opened, people are still trapped in poverty and have very little liberty.

1998

We adopted 14 orphaned children living in the Chin Hills in a shed on meagre rations and built them a family home for adoptive parents to look after them

2003

An ethnic uprising resulted in an orphan crisis, compelling us to adopt a further 800 children. Despite the challenges, it was one of the best decisions we’ve made

2005

We purchased the purpose built Lois School to allow Ciang, an amazing head teacher, to educate 500 of Kalaymyo’s poorest children

2006

We started running summer camps for children in remote areas sharing with them the love of Jesus and providing nutritious meals, fun games and medical care

2008

When Cyclone Nargis hit Burma killing 100,000 people, we had to act. A Stand by Me team was mobilised and provided aid for over 7,000 people for 6 months

2009

To house and care for Cyclone Nargis orphans, the Yangon Children’s Village was built comprising of four children’s homes

2009

The GCEC School opened its doors to provide an excellent education to over 300 children in Tahan

2012

The Kalaymyo Children’s Village was completed, allowing us to provide family style accommodation to many of our orphaned and abandoned children

2013

To provide education to the poorest of Tamu’s children, the Sophia Academy was opened and today is allowing 200 kids to escape from illiteracy and poverty

2015

Land was purchased in Shan State for a new children’s village for children orphaned as a result of war and children at risk of child trafficking. Building is in progress

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When Andrew was just nine days old, Cyclone Nargis devastated his village, killing his mother and leaving his father paralysed. Living in a makeshift bamboo hut, Andrew’s sister Hannah at the tender age of seven became the family’s sole provider.

When their father sadly passed away, Andrew and his sister Hannah came to the Yangon Children’s Village. Andrew was underdeveloped and scared of other children but since then he has blossomed into a happy, energetic child. He’s healthy, partly thanks to his love of eating grapes and he loves to make his friends laugh. We love Andrew’s smile, eagerness to learn and his enthusiasm for all of life’s opportunities.

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Branja lived in Kachin State with his mum, brother, sister and their dad who was forced to join the government army. Sadly their fears became reality when their father was killed in action. 

Branja’s mum was terrified that her kids would be forced to be child soldiers and as the army descended into their village, they fled and went in hiding for six months before escaping to their native village. But Branja’s mum had no way to support her children and asked us to look after them.

Branja and his siblings came to live at our Yangon Children’s Village, and when their mum saw their new home, tears of happiness rolled down her face. Branja is a quiet boy but now has a chance to shine.

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Just a toddler, Ruth was found on the streets, completely alone. We later discovered that she had never had a home as her mum was a beggar who slept at the train station. She had never experienced a ‘normal’ happy childhood.

We welcomed Ruth into our family at the Yankin Agape Children’s Home and ever since she’s been enjoying the happy childhood she deserves. She has caring and attentive ‘adoptive’ parents and she has lots of fun playing with her ‘brothers and sisters’. Her best friend at the home is Samuel who, like her, was also found on the streets. Ruth is affectionate and loving and she’s very generous with her kisses and cuddles.

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Sei Ngai Kim lived with her father, younger sister and brother.  Her father worked very hard with oxen, ploughing fields and carrying goods, to try to afford to send her to school. 

One day, ten soldiers beat Sei Ngai Kim’s father, held him at gunpoint and robbed him of all his oxen, the family’s only source of income. Sei Ngai Kim’s father could not afford the extra tuition she needed to pass her exams.

At our Sophia Academy Sei Ngai Kim has everything she needs to go far in life. “I am happy now I joined Sophia Academy and I receive good tuition.  I enjoy my school and my father is very glad that I have such opportunity.” When she’s not learning in her classes, she’s either riding her bike or singing and dancing enthusiastically.

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Living in poor conditions in the Chin Hills, Vung Pee contracted TB. Her parents were also suffering from poor health and couldn’t afford to send Vung Pee to school or to buy medication or regular food to keep her healthy.

We accepted Vung Pee into our Lois School where she has excelled and is a friendly, talkative and polite student who loves to sing and play. She no longer has TB and is in great health. Vung Pee says that when she grows up “I would like to become a doctor and help cure the sick”. We believe in her. We can’t wait for the day we can call her Dr Vung Pee!

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