Buddhist nuns are everywhere among the streets of Myanmar — of all different ages, some as young as 5. Dressed in pink loose-fitting shirts and pants with orange scarves, they have shaved heads and rely on alms to pay for their schooling, food, housing, and other basic needs.
Support the Burmese Nuns – it’s not about religion it’s about who is willing to step up and do the hard work to do the right thing. If you can throw money at this problem, what a better thing to throw it at?
Please note, due to local corruption and the nunnery’s lack of Internet connection or modern appliances, we can not say for sure how to give money directly to these girls or Daw – but Sonne International is one organization that has a donation fund for the nunnery and seems legit.
Another way to help is to give to organizations on the ground that directly help women in Myanmar like the We Women Foundation. But being aware, sharing this story, and putting pressure on the Myanmar government goes a long way. And if you ever get to Yangon, please stop by and say hello to some very special nuns for us.
*Thanks to Jacada Travel for organizing this trip and finding this nunnery for us.