Hlaing Thar Yar

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St. John Bosco Community
Hlaing Thar Yar, Yangon

Short History of the House
Hlaing Thar Yar is a large town also called Industrial city in the Yangon Division. It hosts many factories and the inhabitants originate from different parts of Myanmar attracted by the possibility of work. Many are people from the Ayeyarwady Delta who migrated here after Nargis Cyclone in 2008. Therefore, the people vary and live in small houses or rented rooms. Among these people, live our catholic families scattered where they could find a place to live in.
    The Sisters were for several years eying places for a new foundation in the Yangon Division. In 2008  CycloneNargis caused havoc. A large number of villages in the Ayeyarwady Delta were washed away with all the people and their houses. The survivors had no home, food or water and were physically and psychologically affected. The Sisters rushed to the area near HlaingThaYar and started a massive project of attending to the immediate needs of people, building small wooden or bamboo houses in safer places and assuring education to many children and young people through scholarships.
It was this event that brought the Sisters to Hlaing Thar Yar Zone and put them in contact with the Church there especially in ShwePyi Thar Parish so as to carry out a coordinated rescue work together.
    The situation of many young women and children in the area after Nargis cyclone was decisive for the Sisters to start work for them. When meeting the then Bishop of Yangon, Charles Bo SDB (now Cardinal) suggested to search for land in HlaingThaYar where the Salesian Fathers were about to establish themselves and were already carrying out liturgical services in a small place every Sunday.
    The Sisters welcomed the suggestion and in October 2010, while searching for a parcel of land for a community, they started collaborating with the Salesian Parish Priest for Sunday catechesis, liturgical animation and family visits travelling to and from Yangon Community. A parcel of land was purchased in Hlaing Thar Yar and construction of a building that would host a few Sisters and a Kindergarten were built during the year 2014-15.
    On 9th June 2015 three Sisters, members of Auxilium Community, established a presence in HlaingThaYar with the Church’s blessing through Cardinal Charles Bo SDB and above all with much faith in Christ Jesus Who called them and sent them to bring the Good News to poor youth in the area. The Canonical erection of a community on the site came about on May 18, 2016.  The house is dedicated to our founder "S. Giovanni Bosco”.

The Mission of the community

      The community is carrying out a multi-faceted mission:
  • Kindergarten for 30 poor children
  • After school tuition classes
  • Scholarship Program
  • The community is actively involved in the Pastoral Activities of the local Church through: - Catechesis in the parish
  • Family Visitation
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