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Eh Ree's dream: Help a student from Myanmar complete her nursing degree

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The Story
4 months ago

Naw Khin Oo (Eh Ree) grew up in a small village in Karen state, eastern Burma, with her parents, younger sister, and a younger brother with Down Syndrome. Together, they all lived in a tiny bamboo house with no electricity or running water. As a child, Eh Ree attended the community school, along with 19 other children. She would complete her homework at night by the light of a burning log. Many children were afflicted by hygiene-related diseases, food was scarce, and like other families in the region, Eh Ree’s family suffered malnutrition. With no access to primary healthcare, and the clinic a full day’s walk away, medical facilities were beyond their reach.

By the time Eh Ree was 12, the decades-old civil war in Burma had reached her village, forcing the family to flee to Mae La Camp, the biggest camp for Karen refugees on the Thai-Burmese border. Due to overcrowding, however, they were turned away. With little choice of where to go, eventually, they returned to their village. Five years later, Eh Ree’s parents sent her to the camp again so she could study at the Children’s Development Centre in Mae Sot, a school for migrant students. Before transferring to Chiang Mai University in Thailand to receive her GED, like so many girls in her position, Eh Ree left school to work in order to support her younger sister’s education and her parents’ declining health. She was able to get a job as a community healthcare worker, focusing on primary healthcare and family planning. It entailed five years of hard work before she was able to return to her studies but it was an experience that cemented her desire to help others and one day, return to her village as a nurse.

In 2019, Eh Ree started her nursing degree at Chiang Mai University, sponsored by an antitrafficking and women's empowerment organization, Daughters Rising. (https://daughtersrising.org). Her passion for nursing is deeply rooted in the challenges and traumatic experiences she and her fellow villagers have faced - and continue to face. Those who are seriously ill often die before they receive treatment. Even common conditions can result in death if complications occur and no medical facilities are readily available. Eh Ree has witnessed mothers and babies passing away during childbirth for example. This is why she wants to be a nurse.

Eh Ree requires 2.5 more years of tuition fees and expenses. As an overseas student in Thailand, Eh Ree must study in her third and fourth languages - English and Thai! Eh Ree’s resolve to succeed against the odds is a credit to her. Despite family problems and financial difficulties, Eh Ree is always propelled by her mother's advice, "never give up." Due to the devastating effect of the COVID pandemic Daughters Rising is regrettably no longer able to sponsor Eh Ree to continue her nursing degree. 

Remaining tuition fees: ~ 290,000 THB / ~ 9,000 USD / ~ 6,500 GBP

Monthly expenses for 2.5 years total 225,000 Baht. This amount covers:

Rent: 3,000 baht

Water: 150 baht

Internet: 100 baht

Food: 4,500 baht 

We desperately need your help in order to help Eh Ree continue her nursing degree and

realise her dream! Returning to Myanmar (Burma) under the current circumstances is not possible. And to return without having finished her degree will place Eh Ree once more in an extremely vulnerable position. The domino effect of helping someone like Eh Ree will enable her to lift her own family out of a precarious situation whilst serving her community with a much-needed skill. In short - it will literally save lives!





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