“Education is very important to our family. I want my children to be educated. My mother also knows education is very important.”
When I was 17 I was studying medicine at a training school in Li Zar City. A few months later, conflict started with planes striking down from the air. We ran for safety and went into hiding, but soon relocated to ShweZet IDP camp.
After a while, my mother was unhappy and moved back to the village leaving my brother, sister and I in the camp. I worry about my mother. When I see a plane, I get scared and cry.
After a few years, I met my husband and we married. Now I am 25 years old living here for 5 years with 2 children. Over 500 people live here in 99 households. Before the conflict, my education was good, but now our life is difficult. I volunteer as a child case worker and my husband runs barbershop, but it is not enough to make ends meet.
Soon we heard of the SCAIDP project providing cash assistance and WASH. The WASH activities are good and I have gained a lot of knowledge. I am always actively involved.
My children are frequently ill, and it is difficult to go to the hospital or clinic. Since the project supported us, we can now buy medicine and other necessary items like oil, rice and clothes. In year one I received 100,000 MMK. Last year we received 50,000 MMK and 10,000 MMK each month for maternity, and this year 55,000 MMK. This support reduces our difficulties.
Education is very important to our family. I want my children to be educated. My mother also knows education is very important. She used to sell oranges and cows to pay for our education. She has always been a good mother to us. Now, if we live in the IDP camp, sometimes we can get support. My brother and sister have both passed their matriculation exam and my daughter attends KG in the camp, so this is good for our family. Thank you to ADRA and the donor.
*Original Article: ADRA Myanmar HERE