Myanmar is a nation in turmoil folks. Their first democratically elected leader isn’t quite getting the job done, and the remnants of a civil war are still rattling around the country. In the midst of the chaos, the education of Burmese children has been left in the dirt. For a country that’s struggling to establish a government that’s run by the people, the only way to get their feet underneath them is to prepare the next generation for the future. That begins and ends with an education worthy of Burma’s future leaders. If you’ve got some extra cash in your bank account and you’re not sure how to spend it, here are some compelling reasons to donate that money to building a school in war torn Burma.
1. Burma Is Way Too Poor to Afford It
According to the plainly named buildaschoolinburma.org, the average yearly income of a Burmese citizen is about $1,150 US. Out of 187 nations catalogued on the UN’s Human Development Index, Myanmar ranks 150th, easily making it the poorest nation in southeast Asia.
2. Their President Isn’t Going to Do Anything About It
Burmese State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi (aka, the Lady in Charge), may be a fancy pants Nobel Laureate, but reports coming out of the country indicate that she’s doing very little to enlighten her people on her own. There’s the ongoing prejudice in Rakhine that’s seen almost 70,000 Muslims flee into neighboring Bangladesh, while 120,000 still languish in internment camps. Then there’s the crackdown on journalistic freedom running through the country. The long and the short of it is that the “democratic” leader of Myanmar isn’t doing a thing to ensure that the nation’s children get a solid educational foundation.