Decades of poverty and misrule have left many children in Myanmar in need of food, education, and health care. Some are orphans, while others have families who cannot afford to care for them.
During one of many trips to the country, Ba Win, an educator who grew up in Myanmar and who was accompanied on that occasion by his wife Judith, his colleague Leslie, and her partner Rob, met a young woman who was inspired to help the children in her hometown of Kanpetlet. In this small Chin State village, where traditional slash and burn agriculture has severely limited villagers’ food resources, she started a home with little but the conviction that these children needed to be looked after.
Moved to help, the group returned to the US and began raising funds to support the project. Emily and Jeannette, who grew up with strong ties to Burma through their Baptist minister father, were immediately interested. They met the children when they travelled to Burma the following year. Multiple trips later, the original group has expanded to include other family members and friends, each of whom brings unique skills to the endeavour, and has become involved in multiple projects.
Metta Geha, the children’s home in the Chin Hills that started it all, houses over 50 young people between the ages of three and 20. Among the many fine youth homes in Burma, this one stands out due to the children’s joyful spirits and the care they display toward one another.