In Myanmar orphaned children are frequently viewed as those on the lowest rung of the ladder, they are often treated unequally in society and especially in school. Without the support of parents at home as the rest of the students, they frequently have a difficult time maintaining good grades and it is never assumed that they possess any skills or ability better than those who have parents at home. Poor self-image is a recurring issue with the orphaned of Myanmar. This past week, however, a remarkable situation arose that gave our students an opportunity to shine in their public school.
This past week our 8th-grade students were in class when the Minister of Education entered the classroom with a laptop in his hands. The class was asked to raise their hands if they knew how to use a computer and could demonstrate their ability to him. Instantaneously, hands were raised, and when their teacher surveyed the room it was recognized that the only students who had their hands raised were the orphans, those who everyone assumed would be the last were, in fact, the first.
After demonstrating their abilities on the computer, they were asked where they had learned to be so proficient with a computer and they proudly replied that they were also students of The Esther Project and had been studying English and Computer skills for the past couple years.
Our students were so happy and filled with a sense of achievement, this means a lot to them and we are witnessing the positive effects of The Esther Project as our students are growing in their skills and confidence.
We wish to thank each of our supporters for providing these children with opportunities to shine, opportunities to first rather than last.
Solomon Shwe Oke (Esther Project Myanmar)
Our Esther Project, a non-profit program in Myanmar provides vocational training to orphans. We currently serve over 200 children in 29 orphanages in 6 locations.