Life skill training in Sin Ma Don village
Student Sa Bal Nwe Do is 27 years old and the oldest student in the group of 28 students. She is a single mother of one, living by her husband`s parents, as her husband has gone to neighboring Thailand to seek work in order to support the family. Sa Bal Nwe Do works in a kindergarten in the village, but she feels that the knowledge that she gets at the course is very valuable both in her work and in her private life.
The Life Skill Training that she attends is a mix of group sessions, role play and drawing, as many of the students have difficulties to read and write.
The Life Skill Training is a five days’ course that consists of ethics (to respect other people regardless of ethnicity or religion), how to prevent HIV and AIDS (which is quite widespread in Myanmar), health care such as health and social damages from alcohol (alcoholism is quite common in rural areas) and smoking, as well as family planning.
The yellow face make-up is a Myanmar tradition, that is both for beauty and also to protect and cool the skin from the sunlight. The make-up is called Thanaka. The make-up is made by wood from the Thanaka tree, that is honed into powder. The powder is mixed with water before applying on the face.
Sin Ma Don village has approx. 200 inhabitants, living in a remote area in the Dawei region. The only access to the villages is a six kilometers long dirt road not suitable for most modern cars. Here, in the jungle-like area, the houses are spread among the trees. There is no electricity, no TV, and most of the populations can hardly read or write. Sin Ma Don village is only one of several hundred villages of its` kind in Myanmar.