Covid-19 has been a catastrophe this year in Myanmar, since the government announcement of banning large gathering and social distancing rules and new regulations, we’ve been unable to teach the children in person, initially, the children who are always ready to take the adventure in their learning were afraid that the Esther Project would be suspended until a future date. However, while virtually all education programs have shut down; thanks to The Esther Project’s investment in technology and the availability of social media, we have been able to make progress beyond my imagination, for which I am always grateful to God. The caregivers and children are also happy to discover that the Esther Project is still going forward. Everyone is challenged and excited to be learning new skills as we adapt and embrace online training.
One of the reasons The Esther Project is so successful is because my colleagues and I take the teacher-caregiver relationship very seriously, and during this time we have increased our efforts to stay in close contact with the caregivers. We not only talk to them on the phone regularly, but we also ask for their Facebook page so that we could follow them (everyone in Myanmar uses Facebook). The idea is to stay in touch with them and to keep them informed of the classes, availability of teaching materials, and any developments that might arise. Most importantly, we want to continue developing a strong network with them.
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.