Hair Cutting Classes (2013)

Magdalene Myanmar Mission (M3) in 2011 started supporting the Canossian sisters in their mission to elevate the level of education of less fortunate children in orphanages in the poor villages of Myanmar.  They have been running some programmes with focus on training educators and part of their projects is the rebuilding and upkeeping of the orphanages these children consider their home.

In preparation for the M3 December mission trip in 2013, we started looking around for schools and in June 2013, we joined Basic Hair Cutting classes conducted by Irene K.  This pretty much took most our Saturdays but it was so much fun!  Our dear friend Jerome S from Manila, PH even helped us with our clippers – thank you very much, Jerome S for your help!  We owe you!

Hair cutting collage 1

Hair cutting collage 2
(Pres+Ivy during class, Laoshi Irene K doing a demo on how to use a clipper)

Third week December 2013, we were supposed to join the M3 mission trip but things didn’t quite turn out as planned so in November 2013, one month earlier, Pres and I decided to fly to Myanmar on our own to visit an orphanage in Southern Shan State, with the hope to give the children nice hair cuts (with a few bags of chocolates and boxes of school supplies!).  Sweet Kyay Zuu Bare (sounds like Je-Zu-Be; means ‘Thank You’ in Burmese) with big smiles and tight hugs from the kids for such a small gesture, definitely did our hearts good!

How it all went is in a separate entry titled “Visit to a Karen Orphanage in Myanmar (2013)”.


Never underestimate the difference YOU can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help.”  – Pablo



Magdalene Myanmar Mission (M3) (2013)

God really works in wonderful ways and it’s truly a blessing having met Magdalene Myanmar Mission group (M3) during the CHARIS Humanitarian Fair & Forum in June 2013.  M3 is headed by Theresa G.  Thank you, Theresa G and Sisters Angela and Janet for the very warm welcome!

M3 w Canossian Sisters 2013

(M3 with the Canossian Sisters during CHARIS HFF, photo grabbed from CHARIS site

M3 is composed of men and women geared towards helping the Canossian Sisters in their pursuit of aiding less fortunate children in homes and orphanages in Myanmar improve their level of education.  They raise funds to support their educators and the upkeeping of the Canossian House and orphanages.  Currently, 14 children have been adopted and living in the Cannosian House.  They encourage volunteers with time and resources to join their programmes.

Theresa G was one of the panel speakers during the HFF and her story, commitment, and dedication truly inspired Pres+Ivy to do something more meaningful – we just hope it’s not too late!

HFF panel

We enlisted for their December mission trip to Taunggyi, Myanmar in 2013 – lots of things to do with the children like story-telling, house repainting, English lessons, balloon sculpting, face painting, and rosary beading as a livelihood project.  In preparation for this mission trip, Pres and I decided to take up hair cutting lessons so we could do the children’s haircuts!  We thought we’d leave the story-telling with the retiree volunteers!  Story in a separate post.

Pres and I still hope we can join M3 in their other December mission trips to orphanages in Myanmar so we can spend Christmas with the children!  That will be so much fun!


Be a blessing to someone else.” – Joyce Meyer