I’ve blogged several times about this small, provincial school in Burma (to see previous blogs just type “Paya Ngoto” into the search).
The first time was when the school was virtually destroyed by Cyclone Nargis back in 2008. Since then Audley have set up numerous fund raising events, not just to repair the school, but to continue to support it long term.
I thought I’d share with you what Kate, one of our Southeast Asia Regional Product Managers, found on a recent visit (includes photos).
During my trip to Burma last month I paid my first visit to the Paya Ngoto School, which Audley has supported since 2008.
After Cyclone Nargis ripped through the community destroying homes, lives and land in its wake we organised a fundraising initiative to get the school rebuilt. With the help of a huge number of client donations and support from staff, family and friends we raised £11,000.
Today the school is thriving and is an important hub of this rural community near Twante, a two-hour journey from Rangoon. It was wonderful, and rather moving to be able to finally visit the school and meet the dedicated teachers and delightful children who were all eager to show off their alphabet recitals and playground games. We presented the teachers with new longyis and the children were given new exercise books and pencils.
We provide ongoing support to the school and encourage any of our clients travelling to Burma to pay a visit and donate exercise books, pencils, learning materials, new uniforms etc. We can also arrange a sponsored lunch for the whole school prepared by the local monastery, which provides the children with a hot, wholesome meal. Clients are of course invited to join the children and teachers for lunch.
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