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She writes and acts

When I was given the assignment to interview a woman activist in my community, a special writer-activist appeared in my mind immediately. Several of her writings make me cry for the various struggling people she describes. She is Than Myint Aung who is in her fifties and has two married daughters whom she raised on her own after she lost her husband in 1986. Now her daughters have been helping in her community development projects. One is helping in environmental training and the other one is providing technological support. I would like to share with World Pulse many of the interesting things I heard from this very special Burmese woman.
This remarkable woman entered into the world of journalism in 1987 with the name of Than Myint Aung. She wrote her first short story, “Television Suffering,” in Tine Yin May magazine (a woman's magazine). She mostly writes stories based on real life, as well as articles about vulnerable people in societies in magazines and journals. After reading her writings many people from the community become volunteers and donors to aid financial, medical, educational and other supports for vulnerable communities. So far, Than Myint Aung has written three novels, eleven short stories books, ten longer stories and a book titled Fields of Social and Charity together with other writers. One of her novels was translated and published in Japan.
Than Myint Aung is very well-known for her commitments in the communities. She supports the needs of the students at some monastic and nan schools and is also providing students courses in ethics and morals. And she established and has been running a fees free school for ten years. Another big initiative was setting up an HIV/AIDS positive orphanage with her friends and some donors. The isolated community of people with leprosy and their families was made known to the public by her writing and now they have lots of psychological and medical support and assistance for their livelihood from local and oversea sources. The involvement of the very famous monk Ashin Zawana and other writers has been very effective in making sure the projects are carried out efficiently.
In 2000 Than Myint Aung travelled to Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia to study environmental protection of food and general consumer production protection. She also learned about natural fertilizer and organic plantation, micro finance and other community development studies. When she arrived back in Myanmar, she established the Green Love Team with other two trainees from the courses and other enthusiasts. Goals of the project are to generate income from the creation of safer, healthier and cheaper products made from fruits, plants and vegetables rather than from chemical products. Than Myint Aung said, “One of our achievements from this project is at the monastic charity center with over six hundred children of different ethnic groups. Their products are become widely used in the community and they are going to extend their markets.” She went on to explain that another goal is for the children to avoid being dependent on donations and to be independent with their income. This can also lead to reducing the unemployment. The Green Love Team is also teaching how to produce chemical free products like shampoo, facial cleansing and laundry soaps which are made from fruits and is providing the courses, especially to charity centers and organizations, unemployed people from Nargis cyclone affected regions and other NGOs.
Another important achievement of Than Myint Aung was doing research of modern therapy for mental health care at the Hospital of Mental Health Care with other activists. She and some of her friends set up a center for the elderly called Sizar Yeik (Shelter of the Dawn) to provide medical assistance and special care which is more caring than some other places. She also assists Chairman U Kyaw Thu from Free Funeral Service Society as a Secretary.”
According to Than Myint Aung “collaborating” plays the crucial role in doing charity works for society. The first example is the teachers in her free school, Aung Myay ( Victory Land). They are vital elements for the future of the students. More than three hundred students have become high school graduates from that school. The collaboration among professional and other activists increased the care of two HIV/AIDS orphans to reach sixty orphans at the orphanage. All children are provided parental love and care that is the same as a real family life. They also have complete children’s rights. Generally, collaboration among local and oversea donors, medical professionals, and volunteers play main roles for health care and free funeral services for the community.
It is easy to see why Than Myint Aung is one of my role models for playing a leading and participatory role with her power of writing, power of caring and various projects. She was able to overcome many challenges to solve the most vulnerable issues in communities. I am so delighted to write this article as a gift of honor.

This article is part of a writing assignment for Voices of Our Future, which is providing rigorous web 2.0 and new media training for 31 emerging women leaders. We are speaking out for social change from some of the most unheard from corners of the world.

Comments

vivian's picture

Hello Ni Ni Aye You have done

Hello Ni Ni Aye

You have done a nice work. I love this quote from Than Myint “collaborating” plays the crucial role in doing charity works for society. She is very right here, I also love collaboration, it make the work much easier.

I think you have forgotten to tag your work because i did not see the tag here. well done sister

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

NI NI AYE's picture

Collaboration

Hi Vivian

Thank you a lot for your collaboration of going forward . I appreciate it. I didn't notice that I left the tag. Thanks for letting me know it. I need to take care of it next time. See you soon sister.

Big Love

NI NI

Congratulations on Very Happy Teachers Day through ten years journey!

Potter's picture

Than Myint Aung is so

Than Myint Aung is so dynamic! I would love to read her writing. I wonder if it has been translated into English. (I'll look for it.) Thank you for giving her voice another opportunity to speak.

NI NI AYE's picture

It will be next week

Dear sister

I chose one of her stores and you can read it next week. See you there.

Lobe
NI NI

Congratulations on Very Happy Teachers Day through ten years journey!

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I wite it soon

Hi Potter

Thank you so much for you powerful comment and interest in her writing . I will try to write it soon. See you soon.

Warm Regards

NI NI

Congratulations on Very Happy Teachers Day through ten years journey!

Potter's picture

Other Burmese Writers

Hello, Ni Ni, Are there other Burmese writers you would recommend? I was fortunate to travel in Burma years ago...loved it and want to know more! Take care! Very nice to connect with you.

NI NI AYE's picture

I wish I could welcome you

Dear Potter

Please excuse me for late reply. I really feel embarrassed .I am so glad that you visited Myanmar and I wish I could give you a warm welcome . Yes , I also like one of her colleagues named Chit San Win . He writes several novels and short stories sharing the knowledge of the needy societies. My favorite movie was made from his awarded novel. The story tells the challenges of the children in a village and the relations between two young teachers and villagers. The difficult decision for one of the teachers if he should be a teacher there or if he works abroad he intended before he came the village. The story gave me various feelings during the movie and it was happy ending. It became my favorite one. I think you would like it if you saw it. Thank you so much for your interest and thinking of me my friend. See you soon.

Warm Love

NI NI

Congratulations on Very Happy Teachers Day through ten years journey!

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