Rice farm profits continue to enable orphans’ education in new school year

Photo: Girls at one of our orphan homes are excited to start the school year with new uniforms, purchased with profits from our native-led rice farm and piggery projects.

We are happy to report that around 100 children from our orphan homes in Myanmar went back to school this month, which is an increase in enrollment from last year. They were happy to receive backpacks, new uniforms, writing books and pens, shoes, and umbrellas — much-needed items for school that they would not have otherwise, as they come from backgrounds that would never have afforded them such opportunities. Their education is made possible by profits from our 12-acre farmland and piggery project along with donations made by our orphan sponsors.

As is the case with much of south and southeast Asia, the school year begins around this time of the year. It’s a good time for school to start back because the onset of the welcomed monsoon rains provides relief from the intense heat of April, May and June, and thus the essential umbrellas are a great blessing. Our team has been busy at work getting the 100+ orphan children under their care ready for school.

Our farmland enterprise produces several tons of rice each year, and along with our piggery project, our native team in Myanmar is able to serve almost 300 meals each day to orphans and staff in four different homes in the country. The farmland not only provides fresh staple ingredients for their meals, but also produces a lucrative profit to create important funding for things like school supplies for the children.

We go beyond rescue to rehabilitation and restoration, through education and proper equipping, and through providing the orphans with loving, nurturing home environments. One can only imagine the exponential impact these children will make in the world as they eventually graduate and go on to lead successful, productive lives. Our aim is to provide a nurturing family-based environment, coupled with a strong education, to send them into the world ready to impact society — to spread the same principles of God’s love that our native teams are pouring into them.

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