Mandalay Student Fund – The Future Of Burma

History of the scheme.

The scheme was founded by John Hayward and Penny Chalmers after visiting the Buddhist Monastery School, Phaung Daw Oo Monastic Education High School [PDO] in Mandalay in 2005. They realised that once children leave school, those who are bright enough to get a university place may have considerable difficulty making ends meet, especially if they come from poor families.

How the scheme works.

The focus of this scheme is to support students after they have left school and have been offered  a University place. Phaung Daw Oo Monastic Education High School (PDO) in Mandalay, where we sponsor younger children, select students for us who have graduated from school, come from very poor families, and who are committed to helping their community and supporting the work of the school. If ever Burma elect a democratic government the country will need teachers, doctors, lawyers and other professionals and these students need financial support to enable them to fulfil their dream of a much needed profession for the future. This sponsorship scheme covers books, food and basic living expenses. Unfortunately the families of these students are too poor to support their children through any schooling.

Sponsoring a Student.

Sponsorship for each student is £130 a year and we ask that sponsorship is for three years. The sponsorship funds are held by the school principal and each student receives their money monthly. When a student is selected, the sponsor will receive a brief profile and photo of their student and in return we ask that the sponsor provide a brief profile and photo for the student.
We ask that, if possible, email contact is made between sponsor and student. This is highly appreciated and very important to the students. The students all speak English and love to practise their written English and we have been amazed at how well they do both considering that most of them have been taught in classes of up to 100!