From Street Child to Student


Thiri, an orphan in Myanmar, was abused by her caretaker and lived on the street, but now she’s a confident, happy student and well accepted in her aunt’s home.

Thiri, 13, lost her father when she was three and her mother when she was nine. She went to live to live with a half-sister whose family cannot afford a house, so they live next to the road. 

Thiri had to run away when the authorities cleared away their settlement. “My school bags and clothes were taken away,” she says.

She was badly scolded and harshly beaten. It was not a one-time event, it happened all the time. 

Two neighbor women, Daw Nyo and Daw Aye, told Thiri that she could get help from the World Vision Street Children project. There children are safe. They can shower, eat nutritious food, and spend time with friends. They can also take non-formal education classes or learn life-skills.

“I joined the education sessions,” Thiri says. Thiri stayed at the center for about four months. She gained confidence and participated in many activities. She also joined a field trip.

“I was the master of ceremony at the child rights day event,” Thiri says proudly.

During her stay, World Vision contacted Thiri’s aunt, Daw Than, who lives in Yangon. She was willing to provide a home for Thiri.

World Vision helped Thiri transfer to her new school, gave her school supplies, and provided basic supplies like rice and oil for her aunt’s family.

Thiri, who once lost hope and was in despair, is now dreaming for her future. She just finished her grade 4 final exams.

“I will try hard to pass the exam regularly and become a teacher,” Thiri says. 

Photo©2016 World Vision, Khaing Min Htoo 

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