How is our project progressing inside the Nghet Aw San education centre on the outskirts of Yangon? Thanks to the contribution from the CEI’s 8×1000 fund, we’ve managed to restart the vocational training programs that were halted last year. Here are the latest updates from the field.

Thanks to the CEI’s 8×1000 fund and co-financing from MAUSA, we’ve been able to resume vocational training within the reformatory.

The education center is located in the outskirts of Yangon and houses 670 pre-adolescent and adolescent boys: about 70% of them have been sent by the court for various crimes, the rest are street children or those with other issues sent by other departments.

The boys are divided into 6 dormitories: four house boys who have committed crimes, while the other two accommodate street children or those with other issues. The conditions of the center are poor: the dormitories consist of very narrow corridors, the beds are cement structures, and the bathrooms are in need of repairs.

When we began working at the center, there was neither a doctor nor a psychologist available, there was no school inside the education center, and only a minimal number of boys could participate in educational activities. Thanks to good collaboration with the center’s staff and the prison, many strides have been made up to now.

The project started in 2016 with the aim of improving the quality of life for hosted boys and facilitating their future social reintegration. In particular, New Humanity has enabled the boys to undertake a re-education path for their future reintegration into society, strengthen the professional skills of the operators, and provide psychological support to both the young detainees and the operators living in the center.

To achieve this goal, a primary school has been established inside the education center, and regular professional courses are organized for boys nearing the end of their sentences. The boys also have the opportunity to undergo psychological counseling and find support.

In this way, New Humanity intends to accompany and support the young guests in their re-educational journey and has organized various activities over the past few years.

Unfortunately, the activity had to be stopped last year, but we managed to restart it thanks to the contribution from the 8×1000 fund of the Italian Episcopal Conference, disbursed at the beginning of November, and a contribution from MAUSA disbursed in January.

Since the project resumed, we have already been able to re-engage many boys within the center.

Primary school lessons have resumed, involving 90 boys, alongside counseling sessions offered by the teachers, all trained counselors who have already provided 101 sessions from November until now.

Assistance for the 10 boys with special needs has resumed through dedicated lessons by qualified teachers.

In January, we managed to start two vocational training courses for electricians and welders, with a total of 62 boys participating.

The project also includes alternative courses to stimulate the expressiveness of the boys, such as the music course, which has involved around 30 boys since January.

Medical checks are scheduled for all boys inside the center and resumed in January of this year.

There are multiple planned activities that will involve all boys housed in the center by the end of the project, and all this would not be possible without the support of the CEI’s 8×1000 fund and MAUSA.

Thank you very much for your support!