We are currently funding fourteen Myanmar students, thirteen of whom study in the universities in Thailand and one goes to a university in Taiwan. Read their stories below.
"I wish to set up my own social enterprise one day – using what I have learnt at school and the experience I have gained throughout the years to create a better living place for my community and people in Myanmar!"
"When I was 18, I found my passion in writing and telling people’s stories of injustice. This started my dream to become a journalist."
"When I was 15, my family moved to Mae La refugee camp. After finishing high school at the camp, I worked at Mae Fah Luang Foundation as a nurse aid for five years. I wished to study nursing and become a registered nurse in Myanmar one day."
Nay Kaw Htoo
"One of my greatest achievements in life is working in a reputable NGO where I could create positive social impact. Currently, I am pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences. The knowledge I've gained would help me contribute to meaningful community initiatives after I graduate. By empowering myself, I hope to empower others."
"I understand the importance of having equal access to quality education. With the precious opportunity of doing a business degree in overseas university, I wish that I could share my knowledge with Burmese youth. I hope that one day I could transform the landscape of business and education in Myanmar."
"I hope to improve my English skills and have more confidence in communicating with other people. I wish that I would be capable of working with others and helping my community. "
"The idea of becoming a civil engineer came to me when I endured the long journeys between my school in Thailand and my hometown in Myanmar. I hope to bridge the gap between Myanmar and the world."
Than Htike Zin
"I graduated top of my class in secondary school and was grateful to be accepted into the computer science programme of a renowned university. I hope to use technology to improve people's lives."
Aung Htet Oo
"Being born in a village without healthcare facilities was like being born without hope. I wish to qualify as a nurse and to open a clinic in my hometown."
Htin Linn Zaw
"After interning at a large NGO, I appreciated the importance of business knowledge - it enables one to run organizations or companies effectively in order to create social value. This inspired me to study Business Administration. In the short term, I aspire to work in the same NGO that I interned at; in the long run, I hope to establish my own business."
"Under the encouragement of a teacher, I made it to a Thai University despite my disadvantaged background as a refugee. I aspire to follow his footsteps and become a teacher. I hope to inspire students like my younger self."
Nyi Nyi Tun
"My family used to lead a humble life as farmers. But when pests destroyed our land, we migrated to a refugee camp for shelter. I hope to become an entrepreneur to improve the livelihood of my family and many other rural residents."
"Since I was young, I had my heart set on helping others. After engaging in internships, I've discovered an effective way improving the well-being of rural residents - to start a sustainable business and create job opportunities"
... And more stories to come!