Here is the fifth chapter of the “STORIES OF THE OTHER WORLD”: May Thet! A 17 years old girl who, thanks to her determination, not only managed to continue her studies in an environment where it seemed almost impossible, but also managed to fulfil her dream of becoming a teacher!

“I’m May Thet Khine and I am 17 years old. I am originally from Yangon city and later moved to Dala in the suburbs. My family is poor and we struggle with everyday things, but we work hard to stand on ourself.
I have wanted to become a teacher since I was 7 years old. I really like teaching and I like to speak English. I gave up my dream because schools were closed for more than a year because of Covid, and then after the coup it was no longer possible to go to school. I could no longer imagine my future.

One day I learnt about a good college in our neighbourhood, it was “Dayamit”. I studied different subjects at Dayamit. All my teachers are well qualified, they’re nice and kind in teaching to young people. Before I came to Dayamit I didn’t even know how to use a computer and I didn’t know what LCCI was. But now I am happy to say that I have learnt a lot of things that will help me find a qualified job.

I admire the staff of New Humanity and its project in our neighbourhood, Thamada Kanchay, because Dala is an inconvenient place and all the other organisations would look for a place where there is clean water, electricity and good roads to move around and make money, but this is not the spirit of Dayamit. Dayamit accompanies us, supports the young people who have been affected by the current situation in the country, but who still have many dreams for their future. 

Our director Wai Yan (Barnabas) is very kind to the students and teachers. I had many opportunities at the Dayamit Centre, which made my dream come true. Mr. Wai Yan, after I participated in the centre’s basic courses, proposed me to teach English to children. Now, thanks to this experience, I have become an English teacher. I found a job at the Korean Mission Centre as an English teacher and was asked to attend a teacher training course. I don’t know how to express my gratitude to New Humanity for this opportunity. I receive a salary, I can help my mother and family, I can provide for myself.

Everything is incredible… I never thought such a dream would come true for me and my family! Everything I have learnt from Dayamit has helped me to improve my life.

I really want to say thank you so much to New Humanity International for the Dayamit Community College project in Dala.

I will try my best to help others in turn, as Dayamit has taught us.”

And we say thank you to May Thet, for her beautiful testimony of hope in a context where hope seems to have been wiped out for two years now…

Thank you and all the Dayamit staff who made it possible for you to fulfil your dream!