100 Smiles Campaign (Completed)

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100 Smiles Campaign progress update

  • Total $$ Raised: USD $4,710 (Exceeded our target!)
  • New Computers (That’s twice as many!)
  • 100 kids to start computer training this month
  • 10 kids will be chosen for advanced professional computer training

Thanks to your donations, we EXCEEDED our fundraising target.

We’ve now doubled the number of computers in the computer lab AND signed up 100 more kids to Essential Computer Skills training. PLUS, we’ll be sending 10 Kids for professional software training where they’ll earn internationally recognized certifications.

New Classroom

By doubling the number of computers in the lab, kids will get more hands-on practice because they will not have to share.

ABOUT THE TRAINING COURSES

Essential Computer Skills

100 kids will be completing an 8-week ‘Essential Computer Skills’ training course. Classes start in late April 2014 and will have 10 kids per class.

Advanced Professional Certification

10 especially promising kids will be chosen from the 100 kids to complete an advanced professional training course to master specific software (i.e. Photoshop, AutoCad, 3D, etc). The advanced training requires the kids to complete the internationally recognised International Computer Driving License (ICDL) course and exam. Obtaining the certification gives them a greater chance of finding a job when they enter the job force in a few years.

Emmanuel handing over donation funds to Phyo, Head of the Myanmar Computer Training School

Emmanuel handing over donation funds to Phyo, Head of the Myanmar Computer Training School

Emmanuel and Phyo, the Head of the Myanmar Computer Training school present the School’s Head Monk with the computer donations.

Emmanuel and Phyo, the Head of the Myanmar Computer Training school present the School’s Head Monk with the computer donations.

2013 SUCCESS STORY

Nargis is a 15-year-old student who attended our first series of computer training courses. Thanks to your donations in 2013, he was able to complete both the Essential Computer Skills course as well as the Advanced Professional training certification in Photoshop. Within a few weeks of completing his certification, he found a part-time job doing data entry at an international law firm in Yangon, Britton & Associates. He now helps other kids at night, teaching them how to type and some of his Photoshop skills.

Nargis was able to complete both the Essential Computer Skills course as well as the Advanced Professional training certification in Photoshop

Nargis was able to complete both the Essential Computer Skills course as well as the Advanced Professional training certification in Photoshop

Nargis found a part-time job doing data entry at an international law firm in Yangon

Nargis found a part-time job doing data entry at an international law firm in Yangon

FINANCIAL MATTERS

In the interest of transparency, we have included all records.  Please see all the receipts, here.

We had about USD $200 left over after purchasing the courses and equipment, so we donated it to the school for general costs and maintenance.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Thank you again for all of your wonderful support. We couldn’t do it without you.

Mani

Thanks to all our generous donors to date:

  1. Astrid Pregel
  2. Teljya Oka-Pregel
  3. Tsadik
  4. Alexis Viva Magazine
  5. Valeri Rojas
  6. Daniel Wampfler
  7. Emmanuelle Revelut
  8. Eri Takami
  9. Laura Fernandez Moso
  10. Mark Walters
  11. Chirag Bedi
  12. Charley Huebner
  13. Julius Cruickshank
  14. Anne Lioe
  15. Guido and Melanie Eikelmann
  16. Boris Jacquin
  17. Alvin Wong
  18. Ashley van Gerven
  19. Nymol Popovich
  20. Leyla Banaei
  21. Rhys Jarvis
  22. Bassam Younes
  23. Marie Besson
  24. Michael Dunbar
  25. Judith Gregoire
  26. Su Zarchi Seint
  27. Judy Chang
  28. Kyi Soe Han
  29. Lin Sun Oo
  30. Jack Templeton
  31. Min Thu Aung
  32. Misty Bellerose
  33. Kylie Creelman
  34. Jean-Michel Jaquet
  35. Harry Parras – Web Sessions
  36. Alyson Anonymous
  37. Brent Waters
  38. Margaret Gee
  39. Ines Richter
  40. Haymar Maung
  41. Herb Cortes
  42. Lilly Harrington
  43. Xavier Lapointe
  44. Michelle Baltazar
  45. Pyae Sone
  46. Yawen Chen
  47. Karla Villafana-Soto

Raised: $4710 (AUD)

Why This Program Is So Important.

The education system in Myanmar is so bad that most kids have little hope of ever getting a decent job one day. I created the program to help get kids skills and training that would get them good jobs in the future.
Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in the world and has been cut off from the global economy for decades. Now that the country is opening up, there is a huge need to get its children education, so that they can become self-sufficient and break the cycle of poverty.

About the School.

Aung Myay Thuka (AMT) is a Monastic School in Yangon.  Like other Monastic schools throughout Myanmar, it gets no public funding and relies entirely on charitable donations.   Many of the kids at AMT have been sent by their families because they cannot afford to raise their children themselves. At AMT, about 300 kids get access to food and education and sometimes housing.