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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rebuilding Padin Community Post-Primary School in Rakhine

Moegyo Humanitarian Foundation would like to commend Link Emergency Aid & Development (LEAD), a local NGO in Myanmar, for its efforts in emergency food distribution and school building and repairs projects in Cyclone Giri affected areas, and when the Moegyo team learned of an opportunity to partner with LEAD in rebuilding the Padin Community Post-Primary School, we immediately took advantage of it.

We would also like to thank our volunteer, Ma Thi Thi Thein, for coordinating with LEAD and for visits to the site and the reports. The following assessment and photos are credited to LEAD and Ma Thi Thi Thein.

Padin Community Post-Primary School

Padin is also one of the villages of Hpa-Tu-Gyi village tract and situated in the eastern bank of middle Pa-Yone-Kar Island. The village is recently enlisted in the MIMU map. Main livelihoods include fishing and orchard planting. There is no government school in Padin. A total of 78 students from kindergarten to fifth grade were studying in community self-financed Post-Primary school before it was badly damaged during the Cyclone Giri.Padin’s economic situation is not favorable for them to repair the school on their own. Besides, as in Nga-Yout-Chaung, community schools are not in the first priority list of UNICEF and Department of Education to repair or rebuild.

Padin facts & figures

Population: 450
Families: 88
Pcode: 218001
Occupation: Fishing, Orchards
Number of students: 78
Grades: Kindergarten to Fifth Grade
Activity: Repair current school
Estimated cost: 1 million Kyat (for the building only)
Esitmated duration: 1 month
Current status: Discussing details with community members
Estimated start time: January 2011
Other needs: School furniture, textbooks and stationeries

See the before and after photos of the school repair:

Damaged school:

After rebuilding:

Ma Thi Thi Thein distributing school supplies:

Please see here for more photos from this project:

The school rebuilding project is now fully completed. On behalf of the children of Padin Village, we sincerely thank LEAD and Ma Thi Thi Thein for their efforts.

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