A ‘Thank You’ to ‘You’ in Hong KongBy Kyaw Thet Tun
“My name is Thura Oo and I am 8 years old and live in Myanmar.” Thura Oo lives in Hlaing Bwe, and he and his brother are the only children in their family. “I usually go to school with my brother. The school is close to my house so I walk with him to school. I’m a third grade student,” he says.
In third grade, students study five subjects: Burmese, English, Mathematics, Science, Geography and History. “Learning Burmese is my favourite because it’s easy for me to read and write,” Thura Oo explains with a big smile on his face.
His mother works as a daily labourer in the village. His father used to be a driver in the northern part of Myanmar until he came returned to the village due to illness. He tried to get treatment it, but did not get any better. Now, after suffering paralysis from a stroke, he has to stay in bed.
“Our family situation was okay when my husband could work and earn money, but now, it’s really difficult for us. I’m worried about the kids and their education,” says Myint Moe, Thura Oo’s mother.
Thura Oo likes to play with his brother and friends when he is free. He plays football with his friends during lunch breaks at school. He sometimes plays chinlone with his friends in the evenings. He and his brother also help their mother with household chores.
“After playing in the evening, my brother and I carry water for my mom and she helps us to clean up. We usually go to bed at around 7:15,” Thura Oo says. He dreams of becoming a military officer when he grows up. “I want to become a general in the military because I want to serve and protect my country.”
“As a mother, of course I want my sons to become better people in the future. I want them to finish their education. It’s my duty to support them as much as I can but I’m worried about whether I can manage alone when my husband is sick,” Myint Myint Moe says.
Thura Oo’s father has been sick for some time and the family can only depend on the money they saved up when he was working. Myint Myint Moe used to work and earn 3,000 kyats (about HK$15) per day as a daily labourer.
“Since my husband is not well, I can’t go out and do my usual work. So we depend on our savings,” Myint Myint Moe explains.
Thura Oo has been a sponsored child ever since World Vision started implementing child protection work and Child Sponsorship in his community. Over the years he has received several letters and cards from his sponsor.
“I’m really happy to receive those letters and cards. They are special to me. I would like to say ‘thank you’ to the person who is supporting me from Hong Kong,” Thura Oo says.
Myint Myint Moe is really happy for her son to become a sponsored child. She is also pleased that her son now has the chance to participate in World Vision’s activities. “World Vision Myanmar is doing an amazing thing for people like us. I’m really grateful for their work. They have built an early childhood care and development centre for our village, and toilets and wells for our village primary school,” she says.
World Vision Myanmar has provided backpacks, books and materials for all sponsored children in the village. It also upgraded the village school by building a new well, toilets, desks and chairs in order for all students to have a better school life.
A mother’s hope and dream for her sons is just to see them live a better life in the future, but the challenges to achieve those dreams and hopes are too big for Myint Myint Moe currently.
“All I want right now is for my husband to get better and for us to take care of our sons together.”