June 19, 2017
A ceremony to open a building and a library donated by Visakha Foundation for Visakha Ponami Gonwei Thilashin Nunnery in Lewe, Nay Pyi Taw was held on 18 June at the nunnery.
Following are the words of the officials from Visakha Foundation and Visakha Ponami Gonwei Nunnery.
Thilashin Sayagyi Daw Zayya Theingi, Visakha Ponami Gonwei Nunnery
I was assigned to be responsible for the nunnery in ME 1369 (2007). About three years ago there were about 100 to 150 nuns that had increased to 170 this year. Children who could not attend school for any reason were provided with an education here so that they could become good sons and daughters of the nation.
There are nuns and children in this school. Once the boys come of age, they will be provided with education in schools where Sayadaws (monks) are teaching. The foundation of this new building was laid in 2012 June and was later built to completion with donations from the Visakha Foundation. The new building is 60 ft long and 30 ft wide and it is a two-storey building. The school provides education from grade 1 to grade 11. Up to grade 5 is government recognized and grade 6 to 8 is at an associate school level while 9, 10 and 11 graders were sent to government high schools. The school has 9 teachers.
The Sasana will flourish when people value the nunnery. I am very happy on the occasion of receiving this new building.
Dr. Win Min Thit, Visakha Foundation patron
Our foundation was formed in 2015 October. The aim of the foundation is to provide all round development in health, education, livelihood and social sectors for all people of Myanmar who are of different religions, ethnicity and region, especially orphans.
In line with this aim, support and assistance are provided for basic education, livelihood training, employment opportunities, socio-economic development, poverty reduction, health care and medicines for those who are facing difficulties while linking up with like-minded local and foreign social organizations to work together and share experiences and views.
Our foundation will continue implementing these aims.
Min Min Zaw, Hmway Kyu Zin (MNA)