New Life Myanmar – Myanmar
Current phase of support:
2 Double Orphans
(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 their 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 estimated to have HIV/AIDS, with another 43,000 being orphaned by the disease. Child labor and trafficking are also causes of child exploitation.
New Life Myanmar provides children in Yangon a place of refuge.
New Life Myanmar is located in the city of Yangon, which boasts a population of more than four million. Although this city appears to be well-developed with its high-rise buildings and suburban surroundings, demographic research shows that the people of this region are deeply impoverished. Due to this, many of the children at New Life Myanmar have been given up to orphanage care because of financial crisis. Although some of the children here have lost only one parent, often the other parent has been unable to provide for the needs of the child and thus given up parental duties to preserve their own life and the life of the child.
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.
4 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
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.
The poverty in Myanmar comes as result of decades of military rule. Although once prosperous, as of 2001, Myanmar was one of the poorest countries in the world.
Because of the high rate of poverty, many times parents are not able to adequately care for their children and therefore leave them. New Life Myanmar has also taken in children who have been abandoned due to disability.
UNICEF estimates that nearly 10,000 HIV positive women in Myanmar become pregnant every year, giving birth to around 3,000-4,000 children who are infected. Countless more are orphaned by the disease.
New Life Myanmar currently rents a home for their children. However, with increases in renting prices, they fear that they may not be able to continue to rent, let alone one day fulfill their dream to build or buy a permanent structure. Nearly half of the children are also still in need of bedding and mosquito nets. Please consider helping us continue to support this valuable ministry among Myanmar's most vulnerable children.
Enjoying a nutrient rich meal three times a day, the children at New Life are healthy and well fed. When needed, the children are provided with proper medical attention. Some children have come into New Life sick, but are being nursed back to well-being. Others who have a disability are in need of an operation. Medical costs are still need to administer tests to ensure that other children are remaining free of illness.
The directors at New Life desire for their children to grow up to be men and women who honor God. New Life reports that their children enjoy going to church and are developing a heart for God. However, in order to continue this growth, transportation costs are needed to get to their local church.
The children at New Life attend a public school nearby, walking 20 kilometers, or nearly 12 miles, to reach it. Costs to cover the transportation costs would greatly benefit them. One student with special needs is well taken care of through a tutor who comes to the home. For the older students, going on to higher education is a hope that can only become reality if they are able to pay tuition costs. Please consider making those dreams a reality.