A few years ago, all of the 1st graders in this village tested positive for amphetamines! Since we gave them a soccer field and daily coaching, the drug use in this village has plummeted, and not just for the children.
The adults are playing soccer more and using drugs less also.
Ma Kyue Kyue was a hard working small business owner before she had access to a VSLA or secure savings structures, but she was barely making it, because she couldn’t borrow at a fair rate to grow her business, and she had no safe way to hold on to her money. Now she has both, and even though times are tough, she isn’t quitting.
Htun Htun Aye, 35, used to be a typical Burmese style father. "I thought my children had to be afraid of me, or they would never listen to me or respect me. I love my children, but I kept it inside. I never let my love show to them, ever."
“If I can give other parents the gift of hope for their future, and their children’s future, and the tools to lay that firm foundation for their children to stand on, then I will have begun to give as much as was given to me.”