Phoe Thar became an orphan when he was a young child when both his parents died of cancer. He has Down Syndrome and needs extra care and attention, but he lives in one of the largest slums in Myanmar and none of his extended family could support him.

We first met him in 2015 when he was 12 years old, he had a new adoptive mother who cared for and loved him, but they were struggling survive; Phoe Thar was never able to join school because they were too poor and he had just been diagnosed with tuberculosis. Fortunately, they were able to use SANNI’s free clinic and Phoe Thar received treatment and was soon improving. We then enrolled him into our sponsorship program so he would receive education, food, and household support.

Now, Phoe Thar is in Grade 6 and loves school! He is older than his classmates and sometimes he finds studying hard, but he loves learning and never gives up. He loves to sing and dance and our staff always enjoy his visits to our centre and puts a smile on everyone’s face.

Our vocational program for older teenagers is designed to support a range of skills and qualifications and as he gets older, we can help him find something that suits him and helps him live a happy and fruitful life.

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