what we know

About a year and half ago we had the good fortune to join members of our family on a journey to Myanmar.  We were there to learn, travel, experience and ultimately visit the remote village of Yim Bya where The Shanta Foundation funded the building of a school for the children of the area.

The first afternoon in Myanmar, in the city of Yangon (formally Rangoon) we visited the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.  Originally built by the Mon sometime between the 6th and 10th centuries, it stands over 300 feet tall, clad in gold leaf and topped with diamonds and other precious gems. 

In the fading light of the day, with Buddhist prayers in our ears and incense smoke swirling, we asked “why didn’t we know about this take a look at the site here?  

Since our visit, the military government ruling Myanmar has again clamped down on its people, it’s been hit by disastrous storms and through it all the Shwedagon Pagoda stands tall.  A symbol of the grace, sophistication and courage of the people of Myanmar …we thought you should know.

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2 comments to what we know

  • Hey Jim,
    Stumbled on your site. Very nice. We’re going back to Myanmar this March for a month to build 3 more schools (will make 7), run a mobile medical clinic and other good stuff. Things there seem worse than ever – recently jailed people for 65 years, the economy is seriously trashed. Will let you know how it all goes.
    Mike

  • Hi Mike,

    Thanks for checking in. The plight of the people of Myanmar needs to be kept at the forefront, amidst all of the other challenges we face. Keep up the good work and let us know how we can help.

    Best, Jim

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