March 25th-31st, 2012
Construction began in March on the AHAN Jangon Community Center. Jangon, is a small village east of the Aveyawadi River about 4 hours from the capital city of Yangon by car. The planning for this project began in late 2011 in affiliation with the Yadanapon Temple in Yangon. AHAN has been supplying rice, educational and medical supplies to the Yadanapon Temple since 2009. The village of Jangon has a population of about 3000 with about 750 children. The new AHAN Jangon Community Center will take on the new role of helping to house, feed and education children in the area.
Cut Morning prayers. On the left; Yuji, on the right; Hiro. Why is this picture taken from behind? Both of them have tanaka on their faces and they don’t want their girlfriends to see! (Tanaka is a traditional pancake make up for decoration and sun protection).
Homma Kancho was involved in the initial planning of the new AHAN Jangon Learning Center in late 2011, and this March returned to help work at the construction site with 28 students from the AHAN Myanmar Learning Center in Yangon, ranging in age from 9 to 17 years of age. Also accompanying Homma Kancho was Nippon Kan student Yuji Kosakowski, who also worked on the AHAN Bilay House Orphanage in Thailand last year, and Hiroki Yagi, a Nippon Kan uchideshi alumni from Japan.
The entire entourage stayed at the temple for the week while they worked on the construction of the new building. All of the students from Yangon had just finished with their university entrance exams and demonstrated a great enthusiasm for the hard days of construction work and for…singing!
It was Homma Kancho’s idea to take a break in the middle of the project week and head for the beach! For all of the students, the entire week was a great experience with much to learn.
The AHAN Jangon Community Center will open in June 2012. Funds for this project were provided by AHAN Nippon Kan Foundation.
“Myanmar: The Power of Tomorrow AHAN Nippon Kan Jangon Village Project
Note from Editor:
The official spelling in the Myanmar language for this project and the village of its location isKaungone Village. In this documentation, the English word Jangon has been used toreflect phonetic pronunciation.