MYITTA GAY HAR (LOVE VILLAS) ORPHANAGE, MYAUNGMYA, MYANMAR, (BURMA)

WHAT IS LOVE VILLA ORPHANAGE?

  • Orphanage under the supervision of International Children’s Care (ICC), established in 1998
  • 6 houses, 6 house parents (mostly married couples), 10 to 15 orphans per house, aged 2 to 19…approx. 75 people
  • Budget of US$5210 per month all inclusive (food, clothing, utilities, school fees, salaries, maintenance, repairs etc.)
  • Capacity for 90 children across 6 families – shortage of recurring funding prevents orphanage to run at capacity

ABOUT MYANMAR (BURMA)

  • Capital Yangon (Rangoon)
  • Size of the country: 676’000km2/261’000sqm; borders with Thailand, Laos, China, India and Bangladesh
  • Population: 53 million
  • 135 distinct ethnic groups, 4 main languages (Burmese, Karen, Kachin, Chin)
  • Average yearly temperature 32 degrees Celsius/90 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 90% Buddhist, 6% Christian, 4% Islam
  • British Burma (1824–1948), Independence (1948–1962), Military Rule (1962–2011), Transitional Govmt (2011– 2015), General Elections 2015

WHERE IS IT?

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES?

  • The political situation in Myanmar over the past 50 years has made the country one of the poorest in the world – GDP per capita in 2012 = US$1394 (a farm worker’s income is a little over $2 per day)
  • Orphan intake is restricted due to lack of funding
  • Shortage of funds exists even for basics such as safe drinking water
  • Cyclones and floods regularly devastate large areas of the Irrawaddy delta, often with thousands of people killed. Cyclone Nargis in May 2008 killed at least 138’000 people. Floods in 2016 made over 500’000 people homeless.
  • The existence of orphans was officially denied by the government and orphans are considered third class citizens without support network.