PROJECT NAME: Kyause Temple Orphan’s Medical Clinic
PROJECT NAME: Kyause Temple Orphan’s Medical Clinic
This project will build a simple medical clinic on the temple grounds to serve the health care needs of these orphans. It will be simple but functional, including an admitting room, a procedure room, a recovery room, and a small office. The total cost of the project is $12,000. ODFL has committed to raising $6,000 — the cost of the structure — with the balance being contributed by the Singapore Association of Myanmar and MCTA: RVi Academy.
One Dollar for Life (ODFL); Singapore Association of Myanmar (SAM); and MCTA: RVi Academy of Mandalay.
One Dollar For Life helps American students build classrooms and other infrastructure projects in the developing world from their donations of one dollar (hence its name). Since its founding in 2007, ODFL has completed 75 such projects in nine countries in Asia, Central America, and Africa. ODFL is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit.
The Singapore Association of Myanmar (SAM) is a 20-year old charitable organization run by Singapore natives living in Myanmar. It conducts a range of ongoing charitable activities, including providing glasses to the indigent, an educational center for the blind, a home for the elderly, vocational training centers for women, and an orphanage.
MCTA: RVi Academy was founded with the idea of offering a high quality education at a reasonable cost. The school has been donating to and partnering with the Monastic Schools and Orphanages in Kyause for several years. MCTA Cares is the social responsibility umbrella under which students, staff and parents contribute to charitable causes.
|One Dollar For Life|
Director, Global Field Operations
|Singapore Association of Myanmar|
Publisher, Singapore Times
Vice Principal, Development
MCTA RVi Academy of Mandalay
PROJECT DATES: May 2016- March 2017
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY:
The Kyause Monastic School and Orphanage is directly adjacent to the Shinpinshwegugyi Temple located in the Mandalay Division and Kyause District. It is an hour’s drive from Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city. The temple was built around 900 A.D. and is considered a national historical site. The area is home to three villiages; Kyaung Pengone, Nyanung Pin Zauk and Ngain Toe. The temple supports more than 200 orphans, many of whom are from impoverished hill tribe regions affected by wartime strife on Myanmar’s borders.
Myanmar itself is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is ranked 150 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. Per capita income is just $2 per person per 2 day. The area surrounding the temple is semi-rural. There is no national healthcare initiative or umbrella social services for impoverished people. That role is largely performed by the Buddhist monastic organizations which receive chartiable donations from local residents consisting of deeded land, buildings, basic services and goods. Area residents are primarily rice farmers engaged in subsistence agriculture.
The level of education in Myanmar is very low. According to UNESCO figures, the average adult has received only 2.8 years of schooling, and only 36.5 percent of eligible students enroll in secondary education. Today two-thirds to three-quarters of children drop out of elementary school before the fifth grade. Infrastructure (roads, bridges, electrical systems, etc.) is typically old and decrepit. Myanmar recently suffered extensive flooding as a result of extraordinary rainfall associated with global warming.
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Outside of Mandalay in the town of Kyause, a Buddhist temple has taken in more than 230 orphans who had been abandoned and left on the streets of the city. They were without food, shelter, education, medical care, or vocation. The temple currently provides all of these necessities to the orphans but it is not equipped to deal with the health care needs of so many children. Those include the most basic of needs, ranging from malnutrition and common infections to injuries, preventive medicine, hygiene, and more. Procedures addressing life-threatening conditions, chronic diseases, and those requiring anesthesia-assisted surgery will not be provided. This is a basic services facility.
The clinic will be simple but functional, including an admitting room, a procedure room, a recovery room, and a small office. It will also provide basic medical services to the surrounding community which is supporting its construction. The orphans have no recorded medical histories and it is difficult to truly ascertain their medical conditions, short of examing and screening them. It is believed that few have received basic vaccinations against common diseases such as measles, tetanus, typhoid, diptheria, etc. This will have to be addressed immediately on initiation of services to prevent onset of greater problems later.
The clinic will be constructed by temple monks under the supervision of a hired contractor, with ODFL and SAM providing locally-sourced materials. MCTA: RVi Academy, through its MCTA Cares organization, has commited to providing equipment and basic medical supplies to the project. A paid, full time, registered nurse will be provided based on donations from the community specifically earmarked for this cause. A leading Indian pharmaceutical company has offered to provide some (as yet undefined) amount of basic medications. Two graduates of MCTA: RVi Academy who are now medical doctors have agreed to act as advisors in the setting up and operation of the clinic.
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As noted above, ODFL has committed to raising the funds for building the structure. This is consistent with its charter of investing only in capital projects. SAM and MCTA: RVi Academy have committed to funding the furnishings and supplies. The local community has committed to paying the salary of a full-time professional nurse. MCTA graduates will act as advisors in a medical capacity.
SUITABILITY FOR VOLUNTEER TRAVEL:
It is possible that a trip could be arranged for donor volunteers to assist with the construction of the project. Living conditions for the local population in Myanmar are among the lowest in the world. However, facilities exist to host up to 20 people at a standard that would be tolerable to international travelers. There are a large variety of cultural activities that could be accommodated, including visiting UN World Heritage sites, local farms and factories, assisting with English education for local students, and other attractions.
We rate this a High Priority investment based on these factors:
- The extreme need among the population served
- External benefits to the surrounding area’s population
- The very high impact of invested funds
- Relatively low cost compared with typical ODFL investments
- Significant contributions, both financial and in-kind, on the part of all local participants (temple monks, SAM, MCTA: RVi Academy, and local community)
- Ability for the project to completed quickly
- Suitability for donor volunteers to visit and contribute to construction