The following update is part of Grand Circle Foundation’s W.A.S.H. initiative, which aims to ensure all of the schools and villages we support around the world have access to safe water and sanitation systems. To learn more about W.A.S.H. and read previous updates, click here.
By Thant Zaw, O.A.T.’s Area Manager in Burma
Aye Yeik Mon girls’ orphanage in Mandalay, Burma, was established in 1963, and Grand Circle Foundation has been supporting this orphanage since 2012. Today, the orphanage houses more than 200 girls.
As an initial project in 2012, Grand Circle Foundation purchased four Asian-style toilets for the orphanage. The other nine units of toilets were much older, and most of them were not hooked up to the water supply system. That impacted the life of the girls especially for hygiene and sanitation. If the water supply is not ready nearby once they come out of the toilet, children have a tendency to forget to wash their hands after the toilets. Even though they are educated about washing hands, kids are kids—and nuns in the orphanage are not able to monitor everyone.
Thanks to support from our generous travelers, Grand circle Foundation has supported the renovation of all 13 units of toilets. The water supply system is now installed to the toilets together with the sink, and napkins, paper, and soap are provided so that girls can wash their hands right after they get out from the toilets. This is a great change for these orphaned girls to have a comfortable and healthy life with a good standard of living.
I am very glad and proud to be part of this project—and thank you very much to our generous travelers who help us change lives in Burma.