Mission

We support vulnerable children and their communities in Myanmar.

Method

Our work unfolds in three stages:
1) We fund food, shelter, education, and health care on an interim basis;
2) We facilitate the development of locally generated strategies to meet these needs long-term; and
3) We support the implementation of these strategies.
We place particular emphasis on education as the most effective way to reduce poverty, strengthen communities, address racism and prejudice, and promote personal and social transformation.

Operating Principles

  • We ask questions and listen to community members, rather than assuming.
  • We reinforce the leadership of local staff members, oversight committees, and organizations.
  • We avoid redundant efforts by partnering with other organizations.
  • We purchase goods and supplies within Myanmar whenever possible.
  • We pay for our own travel and administrative expenses. All funds raised go directly to help those in need.

Team

Projects

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News

Sanda Rama student
A student at the Sanda Rama Monastic School practices her written English in classes supported by Metta Partners and the Cetana Educational Foundation.

January 2019 Site Visits

Happy, healthy, safe, and supportive communities in which impoverished children can develop and learn. This has been Metta Partners’ mission since 2006 and seeing it in action was the highlight of our recent site visits.

Our first stop was the Sanda Rama Monastic School outside of Yangon. Our primary focus here has been supporting competitive salaries so that this innovative and progressive school can attract and retain high caliber teachers. While the staff at Sandra Rama continues to refine the operation of the water purification project, which was the inspiration of school leader Ashin Sanda Wara, it is supplementing teacher salaries as intended.  Continue reading...»

Spring 2018 Site Visit Report

Our spring site visits began with the winding drive up the mountain to Kanpetlet to be present for the opening day of our second four-week intensive English teacher training program, the result of a productive partnership with the Cetana Educational Foundation. Demand for the program is evidenced by a more than 50% increase in last year’s number of participants, and several of the Metta Partners helped interview the 39 teachers enrolled this year to determine their skill level.  Continue reading...»

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Projects

Metta Geha Children's Home

Chin Hills, Kanpetlet

The project that started it all, this children’s home is run by a young woman who grew up in Kanpetlet. It houses 55 children from birth through age 21.

Sanda Rama Monastic School

Yangon

Created by a dedicated and progressive monk, Sanda Rama educates nearly 500 students in seven grades, while also providing education and health care for the surrounding community.

Kanpetlet Emergency Medical Fund

Chin Hills, Kanpetlet

Supervised by an oversight committee made up of local leaders, this fund provides for the unanticipated medical needs of community members.

Gitameit Music Center

Yangon

This community music school is devoted to teaching music, offering exchange possibilities for Burmese students to study abroad, and bringing international artists and teachers for performances and workshops in Yangon.

Who We Are

We support vulnerable children and their communities in Myanmar.


Questions?

Email us at mettapartners@mettapartners.org.

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Our Team

Emily

Educator and Hotel Owner

Jeannette

Educator and Musician

Ba Win

Educator

Judith

Educator and Therapist

Jennifer & Hudson

Counselor and Adventurer

Jane

Music Educator and Conductor

Leslie

Educator

Rob

Horticulturist

Thawnno

Development Specialist

Donate

A little goes a long way in supporting vulnerable children in Myanmar. 100% of raised funds go towards their welfare.

Your tax-deductible donation to Metta Partners in Myanmar will appear on your statement as Cetana Educational Foundation, our fiscal sponsor. Thank you.

If you would like to write a check, please make your check payable to Cetana Educational Foundation. Please note “Metta Partners in Myanmar” in the memo line. Mail check to: Jane Ring Frank, 265 Hurley Street, Cambridge, MA 02141.

Hlaing Tha Yar Township
Yangon, Myanmar

We are so grateful to each of our donors. Special thanks to:


Our Story

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.