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December 12, 2018

Hands-on classes give hope to young Myanmar women

The Rose Virginie Empowerment Center for Young Women was established in 2016. 

Run by the Good Shepherd Sisters, the center offers young women classes in sewing, hairdressing, computer literacy and English.

Forty-two young women attend classes at the center which is in Mandalay, Myanmar. Among them are Catholics, Baptists, Buddhists and one Muslim.

They come from conflict-torn areas like Kachin state and other ethnic strongholds including Kayah, Chin and Karen states.

The skills they learn will help them earn a livelihood, allowing them to live a dignified life. Such skills also lessen the risk that they could become abused or trafficked.

The nuns also teach "life skills" such time-management, self-control, women's rights, and ways of protecting oneself from being exploited.

The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd Congregation was established in France in 1835 by St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier.

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