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Social service inspires Myanmar Church workers

Work with Nargis survivors gives volunteers a taste for helping the poor

Church social workers teaches singing to children in Pathein diocese Church social workers teaches singing to children in Pathein diocese
  • ucanews.com reporters, Pathein and Yangon
  • Myanmar
  • January 12, 2011
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Church social workers in Myanmar say they are happy and strongly committed to serving people in need despite challenges.

"At first I regarded Karuna Yangon Social Service (KYSS) as another job opportunity like many unemployment young people in the country and intend to work temporary," said Richard Aung Nan.

While working for the development of the people, his sympathy grew more and more and he realized that the demand of the people living in poverty is large, Aung Nan told ucanews.com.

“The Nargis cyclone experience prompted me to commit to working for the people in need” after we saw shortage of aid and volunteer,” said KYSS’ Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction officer.

Another social worker from Karuna Pathein Social Service (KPSS) said a simple “thank you” response from the people brings great pleasure for him.

Dominic Aung Win Phoo recalled when he first joined the service in 2009 that he intended to work just three years for the Church.

As time passed, “I am happy doing social works especially rendering health care for the needy,” said the 24-year-old health staff.

Win Phoo decided to work more years after realizing that his real vocation is to work for the people.

Despite the challenges from transportation difficulty and villagers’ minimal knowledge capacity, Christopher Htun Min Soe, team leader of KYSS Livelihood, still says he will continue to work for the Church as long they need him.

Meanwhile, KPSS’ Child Protection leader has attributed his deep involvement in the Church’s social service work to participations in Church-organized trainings and workshops.

“The workshops and trainings have changed my life and I have acquired the ability to lead the people and communicate well with any of the people,” Henry, 25, who has been with KPSS since 2007, told ucanews.com.

Henry said Nargis experiences made him mature and gave him the courage to make decisions and solve problems while taking care of the victims.

We pray to God and say rosary when faced with difficulties in field work, he added.

Rose Nilar Win from KPSS said she is satisfied working on the Church’s social service activities even though she doesn’t receive as high a salary as she did when working in an NGO few years ago.

I have dedicated myself to the Church and its work for the people of God, Nilar Win said.

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