Working together to provide educational opportunities for very poor children in Myanmar (Burma)

S4SK is a UK-registered charity, No: 1131559

Variety of SW interventions

Social Work

Most of the children we work with come from very poor backgrounds.  Their families have a variety of problems, particularly poor health, broken relationships and poor housing.  


“Our students are very different from normal kids. Though they are young, the burden on their shoulders is heavy.  Some of them are the main income earners in their families.  They know a lot about people and come into contact with many bad things.  Their lives are very rough. The kids want to be honest and simple, but their environment makes them street-wise and tricky. If they can’t adapt with their environment people will exploit them. So, dealing with these kinds of children is not so easy.  Sometimes they turn against us, and sometimes they have a negative altitude to everyone. Their parents never heard about child development and often neglect them. Sometimes, what they do learn from their parents cannot make them to be a good members of society.

We try to compensate.  Though they have grown up with negative responses and pessimistic outlooks, in our classes they should feel metta (loving-kindness) from our teachers. Though people often think of them as scruffy, naughty kids, each is very special in his/her own way. Only loving kindness, patience and compassion can reveal their special qualities.

In our experience, the kids are always looking for people who really love and care them. After being in our classes, and feeling our kindness for some time, they change a lot. They trust on us and always want to listen to us. Only pastoral care, carried out with loving-kindness and compassion, can change their lives. We all seriously believe this and are committed to treating our children with respect and love.”


Phyu Phyu writes about our approach to social work

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Around of third of our teachers’ working hours are devoted to SW, something they usually do in pairs.  Interventions have included, rebuilding damaged homes, retrieving children from a road-building gang (see photo right), arranging for medical treatment, arranging funerals, educating about hygiene and health, mediating conflicts, buying off an impossible debt, retrieving children from police detention and taking vulnerable children into care.