Donor Update New Program- Moe Thauk Pan

Moe Thauk Pan – Rain Blossom Flower
High School Girl’s Boarding Home in Labutta

Background
In the process of GS’s evaluation of girl’s high school boarding homes in Labutta it was determined that the cost to value of boarding was very high. GS investigated the possibility of opening their own boarding home for needy remote village girls who were qualified to go on to high school. It was decided that GS had a reasonable chance in succeeding to establish a high quality boarding home for remote village girls in Labutta. The program was implemented in March 2009 to ensure the first five girls were ready to start 9th grade in June 2009.

Selection of Moe Thauk Pan (MTP) Administrative Manager (AM)
GS’s Field Assistant for GS’s income generation program showed good leadership and accounting skills. She completed university with a law degree. She and her family are respected for their intelligence and fairness in the community. Her father was the head master of the primary school in Pywin Daung Dwin (PDD) village. She has many good relations in Labutta. She showed an immediate desire and ambition to take on the initiative to start a boarding home. GS spoke at length with her parents who were supportive of her decision to leave the family vending business in PDD to start a new career in Labutta. Their daughter leaving their family business will not cause them hardship. Sue Myat will be the Administrative Manager of MTP for a trial period of two months after which, if both parties agree, she will become contracted on a yearly basis as the Administrative Manager of MTP.

Sue Myat and Cho San

Sue Myat and Cho San

Selection of Education Manager (EM)
The math tutor of GS’s income generating program was highly successful in developing and teaching an applied math, accounting, and book keeping curriculum to GS’s sewing trainees.She is a friend of Sue Myat. She is a graduate of university and is a respected teacher in PDD. She was running a small boarding home for poor middle school children in PDD before the cyclone. The cyclone destroyed her home and livelihood.Cho San will be the Education Manger of MTP for a trial period of two months after which, if both parties agree, she will become contracted on a yearly basis as the Education Manager of MTP.

Selection of Boarding Home site
A building was located by the AM and EM by using the follow criteria:
1. Safe, quiet, bicycle distance to High School
2. Corner lot to maximize sunlight and ventilation
3. Outside Garden potential with shade tree
4. Good well water, shower, toilets
5. Rooms with opening windows for ventilation and natural sunlight
6. One big down stair common room for group activities- dining, study, entertaining, relaxation
7. Up stair rooms for sleeping and quiet reading and studying

A building was located and rented (under Sue Myat’s name) for 100,000 kyat ($95) a month. The property owner has agreed to do extensive cleaning and renovation of the building and grounds before MTP takes the lease. GS will supervise cleaning and renovation of the building on its field visit in late May. The building will be operational by the start of school in June.

Pre- renovation

Pre- renovation

MPT well

Pre- renovation

MTP house outside BR

Pre- renovation

Candidate selection initiated by MTP staff and finalized by GS’s Directors GoodSleep (GS) in collaboration with ACTED developed and implemented a women’s income generation program in an area of Myanmar that was extremely affected by cyclone Nargis. All the women in the program suffered the loss of family, friends, shelter and livelihoods. Out of thirty-four women directly assisted by GS’s sewing training course, five were identified as strong high school candidates (see criteria for selection below).

1. Girls that pass standard 8 exams and are age appropriate for standard 9
2. Girls assessed by their teachers and community to have whole mind skills.
3. Girls that show a vision of how to apply their education
4. Girls from remote villages that are lacking means to be supported through high school

Five first scholarship students

Five first scholarship students

Funding (see budget below)
GoodSleep was granted $4000 from an organization in India (Deepesh Grant) to support woman made vulnerable after cyclone Nargis. These funds were to be used to pay for the boarding of five vulnerable girls indentified as high school candidates. This would have cost approximately 700,000 kyat per girl- 3,500,000 kyat ($3,200). Instead, GoodSleep will direct these funds towards the more sustainable program of establishing a girl’s high school boarding home. These five students will be Moe Thauk Pan’s first scholarship boarders.

2009~2010 Moe Thauk Pan Budget for 25-35 Students
1100k=$1
Start up Costs
Kitchen Accessories & Furniture- 140000k =$127
Durable kitchen equipment- 27900k =$25
Bicycle (80,000k x4pcs)- 320,000k= $290
Rails for clothes-25,000k= $23
Plastic drawers for all -30,000k= $27
White board for tuition teaching- 10,000k =$9
lighting (8 pcs x3,000k)- 24,000k= $22
Light bulbs (1,500k x 3)- 4,000k =$4

Operating Costs
Rental Fees (100,000×10 months) -1,000,000k =$909
Food (2,000k x 13 x 30 days x10 months)- 7,800,000k =$7091
Salary for AM (150,000k x 12 months)- 1,800,000k =$1636
Salary for EM (100,000k x 12 months) -1,200,000k =$1090
Salary for kitchen staff (60,000k x 10 months) -600,000k= $545

Educational Costs
Tuitions (25,000k x 6 x10months)- 1,500,000k =$1364
School administration and other donation- 100,000k= $91

Scholarship Student Costs
Chests (6x 20,000)- 120,000k= $109
Pencil box (5 x 1200)- 6,000k= $5
School bag (5 x 3000)- 15,000k= $14
Total 14,722,400=$13,381

Income
Deepesh Grants- 4,120,000k =$3745
5 non scholarship students (400,000 x 5)- 2,000,000k= $1818
Total 6,120,000k =$5,563

Budget need -8 602,400k =$7,874
$8,000 needed for 2009- 2010