Myanmar Consolidated Media

Mya Yeik Nyo Foundation to start work in November

By Cherry Thein
October 31 - November 6, 2011

MYA Yeik Nyo Foundation will launch its first education, health and culture projects in Twante, Kawhmu and Kungyangon townships in Yangon Region, founder Dr Khin Shwe said.

Dr Khin Shwe, chairman of Zaykabar Company and an Amyotha Hluttaw representative, said the K1 billion foundation would begin projects to support teachers and students, improve health care, sustain traditional culture and promote tourism in November.

The foundation was formed after Dr Khin Shwe submitted a proposal to the Amyotha Hluttaw in September calling on the government to increase teacher salaries. In response, speaker U Khin Aung Myint encouraged him to engage in charity work to support the education sector.

“Improving education is no less important than improving the economy. I submitted a proposal to increase the salaries of teachers because they are too low and it happened that I started a foundation to help those people,” Dr Khin Shwe said last week.

In terms of supporting education, the foundation will strive to improve the living standards of teachers and students through the provision of scholarships, stipends and educational materials. It will also seek to help orphans and children with disabilities.

For healthcare, the foundation will focus on pregnant women and will provide financial support for the opening of delivery rooms, the training of midwives and establishment of mobile health clinics.

The foundation also plans to support the establishment of cottage industries in villages to improve income generation.