Messengers of Hope for the Flood Victims of Hpa-an

The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Myanmar had the opportunity to be bearers of hope and consolation to the flood victims of two villages in Hpa-an. Through the request of Bishop Justin Saw Min Thide of Hpa- An Diocese, three Sisters headed by Sr. Agatha Nant Myint Kyi were decided on reaching two villages namely, Hton Bo Quay and Nga Net Kwin which were badly hit by the seasonal monsoon rains.

Through the generous help of some friends from ACTS-Myanmar (Singapore) the three Sisters became the messenger of hope assuring the families affected by the seasonal monsoon that indeed, God cares for His people. The Sisters of St. Francis Xavier Sisters hosted the group and in the evening with the help of the community of SFX and some of the girls and boys the relief goods were prepared.

On August 12th, after attending the Sunday Mass, the group left bringing with them the relief items in two trucks and had to cross the river by small boats. Sr. Agatha, Sr. Nicholas and Sr. Margaret were able to reach the village of Hton Bo Quay where the villagers, 120 families, were awaiting for the arrival of the food supply and other basic necessities. The families who received the food supply which consisted of rice, oil, noodles, potatoes, onions, salt, beans, Milo packs for children, chicken seasoning, and detergent such as powder, bar soap and cream soap.

One of the ladies recounted that in the past 50 years they have never experienced such flooding which reached to 5 feet high level of water. It brought fear to them as the water from Don Tha Mit river was flowing very fast.

Unfortunately, because of the bad weather it was impossible for the group to go to the village of Nga-Net-Kwin Near where 116 families waited to receive their supply. However, the headman of village together with his collaborators was not prevented to take the supply of his people. Luckily, with the help of a small tricycle and boat the supplies were brought and distributed to  116 families.

The 236 recipients of the food supplies were filled with gratitude to all the donors, especially members of ACTS – Myanmar, who responded quickly to their plight

“To our dear friends from Singapore, members of ACTS-Myanmar we, the Salesians Sisters of Myanmar, gratefully acknowledge your generosity to our people who have been greatly affected by the flooding these past months. You rekindled the hope in their hearts giving them the certainty that God hears the cry of the poor. May God bless your intentions and your family.”




CMY PROVINCIAL COUNCIL AND ANIMATORS JOINT FORMATION SESSION



For the first time the Provincial Council and Animators of Cambodia and Myanmar had its joint formative encounter last August 8, 2018. The formation session was facilitated by Georgia Tan, a Singaporean who is a human capital and strategy consultant with a specialization on leadership and organizational development, with a focus on change management and culture transformation.

The one-day session was an enrichment to the Sisters who are in the role of animation to better understand the importance of learning how to receive and give feedback. The facilitator’s capacity to encourage participation in the discussion was indeed a great way to learn and to enhance one’s self-knowledge and understanding.

Don Bosco Vocational Training Centres in Cambodia celebrate its 24th Graduation Ceremony





The Salesian Sisters of Cambodia celebrated its 24th Graduation Ceremony for the three vocational training centres namely, Don Bosco Teuk Thla, Tuol Kork and Battambang for the schoolyear 2017-18 on 21 July (Saturday) at the Don Bosco High School Hall in Teuk Thla. Students turned professional secretaries, experts in Food Technology and Hotel Services and excellent in sewing received their certificates after having completed one year (for the sewing course) and two years (for FTHS and Computer-Secretarial course) of rigorous training where students acquired knowledge and skills through seminars, classroom discussions, ethics and value education, internship program, group activities, workshops and many more.
A total of 93 students were awarded their certificates at the Graduation ceremony, out of whom 61 are from the Computer Secretarial course, 24 trained in Food Technology and Hotel Services and 8 have done their one year training in sewing and dress making.
The event was graced by Dr. Bun Phearin, President of National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia, who delivered the graduation address to the graduating students. Also present at the ceremony were Msgr. Enrique Figaredo of the Vicariate of Battambang, Sr. Jessica Salvaña, Provincial Superior, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Cambodia-Myanmar, Sisters, staff, students and the parents of the graduating students.
As the graduates eagerly waited to take their certificates, the event started with the blessing dance. The ceremony continued with Sr. Amanda Alvarado, Vicar of Don Bosco School Teuk Thla, welcoming the guest and presenting the annual report where she highlighted the Institution’s performance and achievements of the students.
Honorable chief guest Dr. Bun Phearin handed over the certificates to the graduates of Tuol Kork, Msgr. Enrique Figaredo to the graduates of Battambang and Sr. Jessica Salvaña to the FTHS graduates of Teuk Thla. 8 women who completed their adult literacy programme I and II level at Teuk Thla and Toul Kork were awarded the certificates from the Ministry of Education.
The ceremony ended with the speech of Miss Yeun Makara who expressed the gratitude of all the graduates. It was such a joyous occasion celebrating the success of the graduates who worked their way out to reach their dream. 




Salesian Sisters participate in the NTU NEWRI - LEF Asia Network of Excellence in Water Development Work




Sr. Jessica Salvana and Sr. Maria Goretti Thu Zar Aung join the other LEF Fellows in the observance of the Singapore International Water Week (July 8 - 12, 2018) which was held at Marina Bay Sands Convention Center. Being one of the 6 grantees of Lien Environmental Fellowship under the Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute Community Development, the two Sisters were invited to participate in the convention organized by NEWRI last July 10. After the convention, the grantees were met for the orientation on the different projects of NEWRIComm in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Laos, Bhutan and Myanmar. the discussion was also focused on the  responsibilities of each grantee in order to work closely with the organization.

The Salesian Sisters are networking with NEWRIComm - LEF in order to provide access to clean drinking water to 1,800 people in the village of Hlaing Thar Yar. The Sisters are acting as coordinators in order to realize this long-awaited clean water for the villagers.



Singaporean ladies network with Salesian Sisters to empower young women


Last July 11, Sr. Jessica and Sr. Thu Zar Aung had a sharing session with a group of Singaporean ladies who are former beauty title holders and are now working for charitable causes in Singapore. These women have the passion of meeting together frequently in order to come up with various initiatives which will benefit the poor and underprivileged particularly young girls. They are making themselves available to help the Sisters raise awareness of their mission among the children and young girls who are disadvantaged in Cambodia as well as in Myanmar among their colleagues and friends.

They are women who are strongly convinced that together they can make a difference to the young girls’ life journey. Moreover, they believe that every small effort can have a positive impact on someone's life too. 



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