Friday Five - Burma

May 17, 2013  | GW Trip, Global Partner, Economic Development

Happy Friday!  Two weeks from today Cindy Dawson (GW Executive Director), Karen Cotter (GW Board Member), and I will be in Burma (Myanmar)! We are so excited to go! So in honor of our upcoming trip, here are five things you might not know about Burma. images

  1. Over 55 million people live in Burma, making it the world's 24th most populous country.
  2. Yangon (formerly Rangoon) is the most populated city, and it is home to both of our global partners in Burma.  It was the capital city until 2006, when it was moved to Nay Pyi Taw.
  3. Burma was once known as the "rice bowl of Asia," but now, according to Operation World (2010), two-thirds of its children are malnourished and the majority of the population survives on less than $1 a day.
  4. The combination of political persecution, poverty, malnourished children, drug use, and the AIDS crisis puts a huge burden on the women of Burma.
  5. We can't wait to see Kyi Kyi and Paw Gaw, our global partners in Burma.  Through our partnership, Paw Gaw and the ZOE Center, provide training for young women to become Community Health Workers.  Also through our partnership, Kyi Kyi and the Women's Department of the Myanmar Baptist Convention provide health care training and annual training for pastors' wives.

Paw Gaw and Kyi Kyi

Paw Gaw and Kyi Kyi

On Monday we will post a video with details about our trip!