Aung Mae Oo Orphanage is Myanmar’s second biggest monastic education centre with 3000 children living and studying in it.
The centre, like all local charities in Myanmar, live solely on donations and almost no goverment support. It provides food, shelter and education to orphaned and underpriviledged chilfren, coming from all around Myanmar.
The children are sometimes just “handed over” to the principal, without a name or identity. Some of them don’t even know the local dialect to express their most basic needs.
It may be hard to believe, but Aung Mae Oo had no piping system or running water until 2016. Water was carried with trucks and generally unclean.
Sometimes there was simply no water for days on end. Children couldn’t bathe and even could not wash their bowls and plates. Diseases were running wild.
But the worst part was the immense amount of trash that was stockpiled literraly everywhere. On the garden, near the classrooms and even the rooftops were filled with tons of trash.
People didn’t have any knowledge about hygene and how diseases spread, so they simply didn’t feel the need to get rif of them
At the beginning
Our first step was to talk to and persuade the principal of the orphanage about the situation they were in. Then we organized a huge gathering, including all children, 40 teachers and staff, explained the issue and organized them for a mega cleaning day.
We ordered 8 trucks of water and sanitation equipment from the town and started cleaning. At the end of the day, 6 truckloads of garbage were taken out and the place was literally sanitized.
Next step was to improve all the important facilities, like the store room, clinic, library and office. We built a new store room, expanded the clinic, brought new medicine and organized the library and the office.
Then we established rules of hygene from elder to youngest, gave them lectures and assigned them daily tasks to keep the place organized and clean.
What are we doing now
Now we still support the school, running the clinic and try to improve the daily life of the children. Therefore we constantly have volunteer and staff there.