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An Intern's Perspective - Learning Independence

BY KENZIE ROBERTS | 9 MARCH 2017

For the past couple of months, our Community Liaison Officer, Naw Moo Ra Soe, has been teaching Sewing Classes to a girl with a hearing disability. 

The student is currently completing her studies at a learning Centre that caters specifically to migrant children with various disabilities, genetic disorders, and learning challenges. They do an amazing job at providing the special care needed for their students, and at providing additional support for their families and caregivers. Naw Moo Ra Soe has faced all of the challenges that come with teaching a student with disabilities with grace and determination.

This student does not speak, and knows very little sign language. However, she and Moo Ra have created their own sort of system, or language, if you will. “We have signs for ‘stop’ and signs for ‘continue’ so it works”. Moo Ra uses various patterns of ‘taps’ on the girl’s shoulder to express the information. She has progressed tremendously. The class is full of smiles and laughter that you can hear through the walls. Moo Ra says,“Teaching her is good. I need to have patience but I like working with her. I like showing her how a business works and new sewing skills, so she can support herself”.

The classes go through seven modules altogether, designed by the Global Alms team and Subject Matter Experts who have contributed with their own resources. Participants learn everything from how to make aprons and shorts, to making complex dresses and Block Patterns. The students can then go on to make and sell these goods, once they have completed the program. 

The profits from these sales will go to help them eat, pay rent, and cover the basic needs of life, especially for those who are physically and mentally disabled. It allows them to make a living for themselves without having to rely too much on others. All of Global Alms Vocational Training Programs aim to equip its participants with skills that can be utilized to become more self-sufficient.

Moo Ra teaches these classes in Burmese, Thai, Sgaw Karen, and English. Most of the time, she’s teaching in more than one language at a time and it’s amazing to see her fluidly switch between languages.  “I like teaching the basics the most,” she said when I asked her, “Because then later, they can solve the problems that come up in other modules on their own”.

Moo Ra is a very talented seamstress and runs her own business ‘Shwe Zin Designs’, selling items ranging from baby blankets, children’s dresses, adult dresses, pants, shirts, shorts, placemats, headbands, and much more. Check out her work at https://www.facebook.com/shwezindesigns/ .

By Kenzie Roberts

For further information, please contact:

Media Relations | Global Alms Incorporated  
info@globalalms.com

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