Hlaing Thar Yar (Myanmar). In many countries around the world and in Myanmar, the struggle continues to build peace. At this time, government leaders are also trying to face the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, while looking at the unity of the nation and the people with hope.
The Community of St. John Bosco in Hlaing Thar Yar, in the Cambodia-Myanmar Mary Our Help Province (CMY), aware of the country’s various problems, contributes to peace through the education of children.
Throughout the country, school remains closed because of the restrictions due to Covid-19. St. John Bosco community, in order to help families, reorganized the reception of the most disadvantaged children, about 30 coming from the slum area, for teaching, after-school activities, and the oratory on weekdays from 14:00 to 16: 30.
With the help of benefactors, the FMA measure the temperature of the children at the entrance and help them wash their hands before starting any educational activity.
Children actively participate in reflection on self-knowledge in order to commit to being peacemakers in their families and among their peers. Even though they are Buddhists, they recite the prayer for peace of St. Francis of Assisi every day.
The sisters teach children how to protect themselves from the Covid-19 virus, showing them how to wear masks, wash their hands often, respect safety distances, stay home as much as possible, and eat and sleep well to fight the virus. They offer daily English language lessons. After the educational activities, the children play freely in the courtyard of the house.
Before going home, they are given dinner so that they can feed themselves sufficiently to withstand Covid19. The parents of the children willingly collaborate and are very grateful to the sisters, because they know that their children are accompanied on the path of integral growth.