Dear Friends of SANNI Foundation
Happy New Year!
For me, 2021 exemplified SANNI’s commitment. We were faced with multiple crises in Myanmar and India, but with our incredible dedicated partners, we not only continued all projects, where many other organisations faltered, but we grew! In fact, we are seeing record rates of graduates leaving our sponsorship program as independent and self-sufficient individuals – our ultimate goal.
Now, as we enter 2022, we are preparing for another year of growth and pushing ourselves to help as many vulnerable and impoverished people as possible. This year, we plan to expand our female empowerment projects in India, develop our child sponsorship program in Myanmar to boost education and social support, and increase our impact in supporting health care in remote areas of Myanmar.
In this newsletter, it is with pride I will show you some of our achievements of 2021 and tell you an incredible story of resilience and perseverance.
2021 Key Achievements
The Power of a Sponsorship
Tin Tin Htwe lives in one of the largest slums in Myanmar, quite close to our Lotus Clinic. Her father died when she was only 5 and then she and her mother found out they were HIV+. They were grieving, had no source of income to support themselves with an untreated life-threatening disease. It was incredibly difficult for them.
They could not afford to go to hospital, but they learnt about SANNI’s Lotus clinic where they could receive free treatment. When they arrived, our child social workers started speaking with them and we enrolled Tin Tin Htwe on our sponsorship program.
For 4 years Tin Tin Htwe received her sponsorship helping her go to school, stay healthy and never grow hungry. She flourished in school, her health improved and her mother re-married.
Now, Tin Tin Htwe is 18, and last month we decided to stop her sponsorship. She has finished high school and we helped enrol her into a vocational course where she is learning about garment making and tailoring. Her mother also has a stable job and the family are now able to support themselves without our help.
Tin Tin Htwe is a powerful reminder to all of us of what can be achieved when we invest in children’s’ future and give them the power to lift themselves out of poverty. Tin Tin Htwe has an exciting future in front of her and we can’t wait to find out what she will achieve.