In 2007, Joana set out on a new adventure – teaching and travel in Myanmar. She was intrigued with their stories – stories of miracles, stories of hardship. But the stories that kept her awake at night were those of children with no parents, no schools, no hope. Although she was in the country only three weeks in that initial trip, she promised to provide the funds to open two orphanages.
Those two orphanages opened in 2008, and remain in operation today. Added to them are various schools, relief operations, community development projects and churches. ACM now supports 27 staff members in Myanmar, all of whom are native to the country, to facilitate these endeavors.
As we move forward, we will continue to care for vulnerable children, and continue to work to empower women through education. We are particularly interested in expanding vocational training for women and in providing educational opportunities for differently abled children.