On the 20th of August 2019, Sr. Maria Goretti Thuzar Aung and Sr. Elizabeth Phyu Phyu Aung(FMA CMY) participated at the International Seminar on the “Sustainable Water Management” in Sahid Jaya Hotel in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It was a Seminar that gathered around 70 participants from the different Southeast Asian countries and some university students who are working in the field of environmental development in Indonesia.
The seminar began at 8:30 am and finished at 3:00 pm. The international seminar was honored by welcome speeches and the presence of Dr. Ir. Mochamad Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Public Works, Indonesia, Prof. Chafid Fandeli, the Rector of Institut Teknologi Yogjakarta,  Prof. Shane Snyder, Executive Director of – Nanyang Environment Water Research Institute (NEWRI) from Singapore.
After the welcome speeches from the Minister and professors, there was a short tea break. After which Dr. Ir. Danis Hidayat Sumadilaga, the Directorate General of Human Settlements Ministry of Public Works presented on the “Environmental Challenges & Governance” in Indonesia. After that Prof. Shane Snyder presented the “Emerging Environmental Challenges and Solutions in world’s Fastest Growing Region”.
The welcome speech was then followed by several presentations by Assistant Professor, Dr. Surapol Padungthon from Thailand on “the Community Battle Against Liver Fluke; Dr. Shameen Jinadasa from Sri Lanka on “Saving lakes – the Urban Socio-Cultural and Technological Perspective; Sr. Elizabeth Phyu Phyu Aung FMA on “Clean Water Access for Urban Slum in Myanmar”; Mr. Agus Suyanto from Institut Teknologi Yogyakarta on “Development of Clean Water Supply in Gunungkidul Regency”. An open forum was then conducted after all the presentations were done in order to entertain questions from the audience. It was then followed by lunch.
In the afternoon the Indonesia context showcased its environmental solutions featuring the “Environmental Monitoring”, “Utilization of spatial modeling in Water-related disaster Management”, “Wetlands for safe and eco-friendly Mine Voids solution” and “Water Management in Karst Region”. These were presented by the different speakers and followed by the question and answer portion.
The seminar successfully ended with a concluding speech of Prof. Chafid Fandeli and Prof. Shane Snyder.
Indeed, it was a great occasion to be together, with men and women of good will who dedicate themselves for the wellbeing of others and the care for the environment.

Gratitude day 2019 with Educating communities

The Gratitude day with educating communities on the 18th of May 2019 in Teuk Thla, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

“Dig In The Treasure Within … Share!” - Youth Camp 2019

The Salesian Sisters held a Youth Camp on May 17-18, 2019 at Don Bosco School-Teuk Thla. Around 225 young participated.

Our Goal: Guide the young to begin to live a life of discerning one’s Purpose in life through a discovery of the beauty within.

Specific Objectives:
Bring the young towards a greater clarity of one’s purpose in life through the following:
· To listen to God’s voice in the silence of one’s heart.
· To discern one’s personal purpose in the world.
· To live it in “the today” that God gives.

Sharing of experience by Sun Sitha, studying in grade 11A at Don Bosco High School – Teuk Thla
It was on 17 and 18 of May 2019, I participated in the youth camp at school. First I did not know what the camp was about or how it looks like. I wondered so many things about the camp. So I decided to sign up with some of my classmates to get more knowledge about it. It was my first time and extremely amazing experiences that I have never had before. I just spent only 10000 riels. But I got so many experiences by learning new things from sisters. I appreciate the slogan “Dig in the Treasure within … Share” which was the main topic of the camp. Sisters described and explained to us about the talent we have. Sisters said, ‘everyone has talent, but sometimes we simply ignore our talent because it seems an ordinary thing to us. We have talents, and it is there, even if we haven't realized what it is. We may have been using it for years, it may be completely untouched. Just we need to work hard to find because it is there, hidden deep in our souls trying each and every second to shine out to the world. After the camp, I got to know who I am and what my talent was. I also knew a lot of people from Don Bosco Toul Kork, Battambang, and Teuk-Thla. I talked to strangers (young people like me) spent time together, dancing like dancers on the stage. It was the best time ever. I also had breakfast, lunch, dinner with them like a big family. And prayed before dinner and had lots of self-reflection and sharing and then we became peers.
Finally, I'd like to say thanks to sisters for organizing the camp at our school. Thanks for reading.

Perpetual Profession in Myanmar

 The first group of retreatants of the CMY Province had its Annual Retreat in Anisakan from the 3rd until the 10th of May 2019. The Retreat Preacher was Fr. Ceferino Ledesma (SDB) who guided the Sisters on Evangelical Radicalism of the Consecrated life and a life centered on Christ. The Consecrated person, being a witness of Christ, is called to awaken the world in this contemporary society. The retreat concluded with the Renewal of Profession of four Sisters.

The following day, on the 12th the Perpetual Profession of Sr. Margaret Hkawn Ra and Sr. Christina Ma was held at Our Lady Shrine in Nazareth, Anisakan with Cardinal Charles Bo presiding the Holy Mass and concelebrated by Bishop Peter Hla (Bishop of Pekhon Diocese), Fr. Saw Charles (Salesian Provincial of Myanmar) and other priests. The Sisters were deeply honored and grateful for their presence in this great occasion. The whole assembly raised their voices in thanking the Lord for the generous YES of the two sisters and their parents who joyfully give their daughters to the Institute and to the Church. We continue to pray that they may always abide in His love as expressed by the motto they have chosen: “I am the Vine, you are the branches.” (Jn 15, 5)

As the FMA communities celebrated the Solemnity of St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello last 13th of May, the Sisters thanked the Lord for their wonderful and great saint, Mother Mazzarello. It was also an important day of witnessing the generous and courageous dedication of our two new Sisters, Sr. Catherine Hau Bawi and Sr. Teresa Ja Bawk who made their first profession at St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello Community Chapel, Anisakan. The Holy Mass was presided by Fr. Saw Charles, the Salesian Provincial of Myanmar. We accompany them with our prayers as these two young Sisters began their journey in the Salesian Consecrated Life.

25 Years of Living Don Bosco’s Dream in Myanmar

Celebration of the 25th ANNIVERSARY of the re-opening of the FMA presence in Myanmar
23 February 2019

The festivities for the 25th anniversary of the re-opening of the FMA presence in Myanmar began at 8.30 in the morning with the inauguration of the exhibit which was opened with the cutting of ribbon in the presence of Archbishop Nicholas Mang Thang, Sr. Phyllis Neves General Councillor representing Mother Yvonne Reugoat and Sr. Jessica Salvaña, CMY Provincial. The exhibit presents the history of the presence of the FMA in Myanmar. It is then followed by the celebration of the Eucharist as a sign of praise and gratitude to God for the marvelous things He has realized in the FMA communities in these past years, thanks to His providential care.

Guests of honor such as Sr. Phyllis Neves, Visiting Councillor for CMY Province, the  missionaries who worked in Myanmar during its difficult times: Sr. Lina Chiandotto (Italian), Sr. Giovanna Penello (Italian) and Sr. Gertrudes Ditching (Filipino), the ex-Provincial of Myanmar, Sr. Annie Thevarkunnel from India, Provincial Council and Animators of Cambodia. The Archbishop of Mandalay Mons. Nicholas Mang Thang presided the Holy Mass together with Fr. Charles Saw Thin Han Lwin (Provincial Delegate of the Salesian in Myanmar) a good number of Salesians and other priests coming from different Dioceses were united in the celebration of the Eucharist.

During his homily Archbishop Nicholas expressed his appreciation for what the FMA have done in the field of education in Myanmar. He has underscored all the work that the Sisters were able to carry out  and continue to do for the good of the young especially those who are disadvantaged in Myanmar with lasting and good results. In the celebration of the Eucharist some of the Sisters friends and benefactors coming from abroad (Japan and Singapore) and within Myanmar, three FMA Sisters from Thailand, Past Pupils and parents of the Sisters and religious from other Congregations in Myanmar and the educating communities of the different FMA presences in Myanmar joined the Myanmar Sisters in order to celebrate this joyful event.

The Eucharist celebration concluded with the wishes of Fr. Charles Saw who recounted the experience of Sr. Mary Myint in its beginnings of the re-opening of the FMA presence. Sr. Jessica Salvaña, Provincial, from her part expressed her words of gratitude to those who participated in the event.

The feast was continued with a well-prepared program which is a brief presentation, in the style of short dialogue interspersed with dances and choreographed songs, on the history of the presence and mission of the FMA in Myanmar starting from their arrival in 1961 until today. At the heart of the program was the arrival of the first Sisters and Salesian priests in Myanmar.

The program was a fruit of the preparations of the different educating communities of the 5 houses. 

In the beginning of the program Sr. Jessica handed over the jubilee plaques to the local authorities, religious, benefactors, supporters and friends of the Sisters who in one way or another have sustained the FMAs educative mission in Myanmar in these 25 years.
Within the program Sr. Phyllis Neves addressed her message to the assembly expressing also the greetings of Mother Yvonne Reungoat on this blessed occasion. Moreover, she has taken as a point of reflection in her message what our benefactors from ACTS Singapore have expressed regarding the joy of being with and working with the FMA who are always welcoming and joyful.

The celebration ended with a sumptuous lunch lovingly prepared by the Sisters and their collaborators. It was truly a meaningful and beautiful feast where everyone enjoyed each others company and lived in a true climate of joy and spontaneity typical of the Salesian family spirit.

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