734 children reunited with families, get rehabilitation support

Traditional puppet show at a Fundraising Event for street children programme held in Yangon on 4 December.  Photo: Myint Maung Soe
Traditional puppet show at a Fundraising Event for street children programme held in Yangon on 4 December. 
Photo: Myint Maung Soe

More than 700 out of 2,000 street children in Myanmar have been reunited with their families and will get rehabilitation support, according to aid agencies.
Out of 2,000 street children, 734 have been returned to their families, with 136 children completing vocational training courses and 66 establishing their own small businesses, according to World Vision.
To support street children in Myanmar, a fund-raising event was held on 4 December at the Kafe in Town on Pansodan Road, Yangon. The event was jointly held by World Vision and TODAY Ogilvy.
“People need to know that there are children suffering woes from having to live on the road in Myanmar. This being so, everyone needs to know and be concerned about their development. This event was held to help people learn about the woes of street children, who are being exploited, and support them,” said Dr Thar Tun Oo, chairman of TODAY Ogilvy.
At the fundraiser, famous puppet masters performed acts describing the life of street children as well as the protection services offered by World Vision. At the ceremony, TOSHIBA VSK International donated US$10,000. Some other organizations also made contributions. The funds collected at the ceremony will be used to ensure education, health, nutrition, livelihood, and protection of street children.
World Vision has been offering child support services in 12 regions since 1997. The organization is also arranging family reunions, implementing a vocational training programme, supplying food to street children, and providing them temporary shelters to attend training courses in Yangon and Mandalay regions. —Myint Maung Soe (Translated by Hay Mar)

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