Hosanna Children’s Hostel – Myanmar
Current phase of support:
1 Double Orphans
0 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar.
3,930 SQ. MILE 5,209,541 POP.
Yangon is the most ethnically diverse city in the country, with many Indians, South Asians, and Chinese living within the city. It is the center of trade and commerce in Myanmar, with more than 80% of the country's foreign commerce passing through. Although the downtown area of Yangon is full of high-rises and commercial buildings, severely impoverished communities sit on the outskirts. Myanmar is a country long marred by ethnic and political rebellions since its independence in 1948. What began in 1948 as internal conflict among ethnic minorities turned into one of the world's longest-running civil wars. The repercussions of these conflicts are still seen today as Myanmar has struggled to maintain internal peace, leading to greater issues. Children suffer deeply from this. UNICEF reports that out of the 1.3 million children born in Myanmar, 92,500 will not make it to their first birthday, and 138,000 will not live to be five. Furthermore, 14,000 children are estimate to have HIV/AIDS, with another 43,000 being orphaned by the disease. Child labor and trafficking are also causes of child exploitation.
Hosanna Care Children's Hostel makes being a child safer for orphans in Yangon.
Pastor Sein Kyi and his wife, Ruby Htu Seng, have lived and served together in Yangon since 2003. Their journey in orphan care, however, began in 2004 with the loss of their seven-month-old baby girl. This painful loss stirred in the couple a burning desire to care for unwanted, unhealthy, and orphaned children. In the poverty-stricken nation of Myanmar, they didn’t have to look far to find children such as these. In fact, before long, the number of children in need became too many for them to support on their own. Thus, the couple began Hosanna Care Children’s Hostel in 2011. Today, the couple serves 27 orphaned and vulnerable children. Some of the them come from broken families or drug-afflicted homes. Others come having lost their parents in the civil war that spans across northern Myanmar. All of these children were found in desperate need and are now prayerfully raised up by Sein, Ruby, and the other house parents serving alongside them.
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.
3 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
Armed conflict in Myanmar has left many children orphaned and in danger. Countless families have been displaced. The conflict has led to a host of human rights issues which pose threats to children in Myanmar.
The poverty in Myanmar comes as result of decades of civil unrest. Although once prosperous, as of 2001, Myanmar was one of the poorest countries in the world. Many children are abandoned due to poverty.
Many children in Myanmar have lost both parents due to the HIV/AIDs epidemic. Left without family, children are even more likely to be exploited.
Currently, Pastor Sein Kyi and his wife, Ruby Htu Seng keep the girls in their own home and the boys in a rented facility. While the children's need are met in these situations, they have outgrown their living spaces. The children's only place to sleep is on the floor. A new facility is desperately needed to accommodate all 27 of them comfortably. Their vision is to own a building that is the size they need, and accompanied by land, by April 2015. We hope that you will join us in making that vision a reality for the children of Hosanna Care Children's Hostel.
The children are blessed to be provided with adequate nutrition through their three meals a day. However, they do not have constant access to clean drinking water. A new water filter system would provide them with that necessity. The caretakers also desire to provide their children with milk and juice daily to fully satisfy their nutritional needs. Although the children receive necessary medical care when needed, they still need extra medical tests to ensure that they are protected from various diseases.
All of the children attend church, where they hear the Gospel presented clearly. They also have devotions at the home. However, Pastor Sein and Ruby greatly desire to have Bible story books in both English and Burmese, which would greatly enhance the spiritual care of these children.
The children at Hosanna Care Children's Hostel go to a public school two kilometers away from their current location. Some have even gone on from the hostel to pursue higher education. However, they still are in need of funds to allow the children the basic education they deserve.