Dear friends of SANNI Foundation
Last week, the UN (UN report of 14.06.2022) released a report about the impact of the military junta on Myanmar’s children. It urges the international community to take immediate action if they wish to prevent a humanitarian and economic crisis. If nothing is done, there is a high risk of the children becoming a “lost generation”. Here are some numbers which show how terrible the situation is: Over 250’000 children have been displaced. Over 1’400 children have been arbitrarily detained. More than 142 children have been tortured.
In this newsletter, you can find out what SANNI Foundation is doing to help the affected children, especially through its own children’s home, and how we were able to do something good for our health as well as actively support the children in Myanmar during our SANNI Run!
I wish you a wonderful summer!
Yours, Susanne Schroff
The Mother House offers the children a real home
SANNI’s support in Myanmar includes the Mother House, a children’s home which was built in 2016 to take in vulnerable children and orphans and provide them with a safe and happy space where they can grow up healthy and educated. The construction was mainly financed by a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Rheinfelden.
It was designed to provide a safe, beautiful and home-like environment for the children. Currently, seven boys and four girls live here, as well as two full-time “mothers”. The trained social workers ensure that the children are looked after with everything they need, from food and clean clothes to schooling and tutoring if necessary. In addition, the children’s home is located in the immediate neighborhood of SANNI’s Lotus Clinic (75.000 treatments per year) and therefore enables all children to receive free health care. This is especially important as many of the children are HIV positive and need daily medication and medical support.
The children’s home was intentionally designed so that the children have a home and a family-like atmosphere and do not feel like they are in a large, soulless institutional guest house – this also explains its modest size. Above all, it does not serve to permanently house the children, like an orphanage for example, but rather to protect children at risk and reunite them with their families later. In more than 400 cases, the SANNI Foundation supports children who are housed with their families.
The current situation at Mother House
As a result of the military coup last year, most schools in Myanmar are still closed, with the result that children are taught by a non-formal education teacher. The learning sessions, which take place outside of formal educational institutions, are the only way for the children to continue to achieve a certain standard of education. The SANNI Foundation is doing everything it can to bring the children back into a formal school system.
SANNI RUN 2022
On Saturday, 18. June 2022, our annual charity run took place at the Greifensee in Switzerland.
From 9am onwards, all participants and supporters slowly arrived at the Gasthof “Zur Alten Kanzlei” and prepared themselves for the various runs. Our programme included a 10k run, a 10k walk, a half marathon and a children’s activity. In total, over 50 people participated and more than CHF 10,000 were raised! Afterwards, we sat comfortably together with delicious meals and cold beverages. Generous sponsors financed the food and drinks.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters and sponsors. A special thanks goes to Mike Baer, who had the idea for a charity run and who actively supports me in the organisation every year.
Help to give children a better future
Would you also like to contribute to a better future for one or more children? For less than 1 CHF or 1 EUR per day, you can sponsor a child in Myanmar and join our mission. A sponsorship provides a child living in poverty with support in the areas of nutrition, education, household and hygiene, as well as special lessons and vocational training when they are older. You can find more information at: https://sanni-foundation.com/en/projects/saving-children/
You don’t want to make a long-term commitment, but want to provide important help in the current emergency? Donations of any amount to our Children’s Fund, the funds of which go exclusively to the children of Myanmar, are always welcome. For more on this, see: https://sanni-foundation.com/en/project-posts/child-fund-myanmar/