This June, Yaku Latin Goods helped over 280 orphaned nuns at the Shwe Sin Min Nunnery School in Myanmar by donating much-needed funds to purchase basic items.
The school, located in the scenic hill town of Pyin Oo Lwin, provides shelter and basic education to young and orphaned nuns aged 4 to 20. Started in 2001, the school has grown from just 40 orphans to over 600. These are young girls with no parents, no place to live or who are refugees due to war and natural disasters.
The school relies heavily on donations to keep it running. Food, clothing, shoes, books and other school supplies are in high demand. The funds donated by Yaku this year have been used to purchase 288 pairs of sandals as well as some much-needed medicine for the elderly nuns. In the past, Yaku has donated isolating mats for the girls to provide a more comfortable place to eat and sleep.
Although Shwe Sin Min does provide education for the girls, a large part of their staff contingent is made up of volunteer teachers and travellers. This has resulted in a lack of consistency in their education system.
“Yaku’s vision is to improve the quality of education for these girls and provide them with a sustainable education system to better prepare them for life.”
Gabi and Santi keep in direct contact with the school’s community leader Patrick to keep abreast of their most urgent needs. They first met Patrick when they volunteered at the nunnery in 2014. Yaku is inspired to continue supporting the school largely due to Patrick’s gentle compassion and unwavering commitment to Shwe Sin Min and the young girls in their care.
Yaku Latin Goods is a social enterprise that trades fine, ethical goods from Latin America and reinvests a portion of its profits to support social projects for positive impact. Now trading organic dark chocolate from Ecuador.