On 5th March 2018, BEST donated 3 million kyats to Shwe Sin Tipitaka Foundation. “I am delighted that our supporters and friends from the UK, the BEST team in Myanmar and our family can do this donation together”said Daw Khin Win Mya, BEST President. (photos above & below Shwe Sin Tipitaka Foundation)
There were smiles all around as BEST donated 3 million kyats to the Sitagu International Buddhist Missionary Centre on 26th February 2018 . Venerable Ashin Nyanissara, Sitagu/Thegon Sayadaw encouraged BEST to continue it’s good work. (Photos above and below - Sitagu International Buddhist Missionary Centre)
BEST donated 1.5 million kyats to the Dhamma Maydini Parahita school in North Oakalapa on 11th February 2018 marking the 14th year of donation to this deserving establishment. In his keynote speech, Dr. Crawley, the former head of the BBC Eastern Service, paid tribute to BEST Founder U Nay Win highlighting his lifelong interest in education and learning. Dr. Crawley said U Nay Win’s passion for learning never ceased. He recalled U Nay Win’s radio programmes in which he enthusiastically passed on what he had seen and learned. Dr. Crawley highlighted three key messages. He said that learning and education may be difficult but should be fun. He also said that learning continues long after we leave school and that learning should always be followed with a smile. Dr. Crawley said “To us foreigners, Burmese people - boys and girls, are famous for their smiles. So be happy as you learn!” he encouraged.
Entering Phaung Daw Oo school in the Aungmyaytharsan township in Mandalay is like walking into a vast village of over 8000 happy and hardworking children. The smiles on their faces say everything. Not only do the children work but they also play. The atmosphere is relaxed and the children are given the chance to realise their potential academically or vocationally. Sayadaw U Nayaka is the inspirational founder and Principal of the school.
In addition to the “Bridging” and “Pre-college” programmes for those who want to continue higher education, PDO is embarking on an ambitious academic programme to offer university degree level education. “My idea is that students will study part of the curriculum here at PDO and the rest of the programme abroad. Several foreign Universities are interested to partner with us on this adventure and we are going full steam ahead to make degree level education become a reality,” said Sayadaw U Nayaka. Sayadaw U Nayaka, Principal and Founder of PDO - Donation to PDO on the 24th October 2017.
HAPPY 15 YEARS!
The Buddhist Essential Support Trust celebrated its 15 years anniversary at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 23rd of July 2017. Although rain was predicted for the day, everyone there enjoyed beautiful sunshine. The BEST Youth put together an entertainment programme with songs and a theatrical demonstration of “Mahosada: The Boy Genius”. There was plenty of food for all to enjoy. Everyone donated generously. "Thank you all for being with us and thanks to all who helped make this AGM a success” said Daw Zarni Win, a BEST Trustee.
Where is the love? A wonderful performance by the BEST Youth.
BRAVO - THE BEST YOUTH FOR YOUR SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE.
THANK YOU AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEST AND TO EVERYONE!
A BIG thank you to all the donors. Thadu. Thadu. Thadu.
On a sunny Sunday afternoon on 24th July 2016 friends, grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins, children, grandchildren from different parts of London and from other towns and cities in the UK converged at 105A St. Stephens Road, Hounslow for the Annual General Meeting of the Buddhist Essential Support Trust.
Everyone donated generously and participated actively. Everyone was treated to a delicious lunch and a bit of theatrical entertainment from the BEST Youth Group. “We are becoming a very big family”, said Dr. Min Sein, BEST Trustee. “We are especially happy to see active participation of young people at the AGM. We look forward to seeing you all again at the 2017 gathering on Sunday 23 July.” Everyone enjoying a delicious lunch offered by Dr. Min Sein and Daw Zarni Win. A big “Thank you” to Daw Amy, Daw Yee Yee Htay & Zarchi who helped with the preparations. THANK YOU ALL for making it a successful event.
Above left- H. E U Kyaw Zwar Minn, the Myanmar Ambassador to the UK with BEST Trustee Dr. Myint Thein and BEST supporters. Above right - BEST President addressing the AGM meeting
OSADA - THE BOY GENIUS
In loving memory of U Nay Win, his daughter Aye Aye Win and grand daughter Zina Lemmers produced a series of three picture books for young children on the story of Osada. “My dad always wanted all the children to know the beautiful story of Mahosada. The stories are delightful and I hope the young readers will also enjoy reading them in rhyme,” said Aye Aye Win.
THE BEST YOUTH GROUP brought to life the delightful story of OSADA the boy genius. At the 2016 AGM members of the Youth Group performed two short plays based on the picture books. The first play “Osada: The Medicine Boy” told the story of Osada, who was born with a medicinal herb in his hand and how he used it to cure all the sicknesses in the land. In the second adventure, Osada is the boy architect who builds an impressive sports hall for him and his one thousand friends to play. “We had a lot of fun putting this together,” said Kaythi Win Aung of the BEST Youth. “ I hope more youth will able to join us with initiatives like this in the future years”.
Photos (above left) - Osada was born with a medicinal branch in his hand. (above right) He used it to cure the sicknesses in the land. (below) - Osada and his one thousand friends decide to build an indoor sports hall for them to play.
WATCH THE VIDEOS OF THE TWO PLAYS.
Wednesday 20 January 2016 - BEST Trustees and Yangon based BEST Team members travelled to Kyaut Tan to the Zabu Oak Shaung school for Girls. The BEST donations will enable the school to get educational materials (exercise books, pencils and pens) and funds for the running of the school. (photos -Teachers and pupils at the Zabu Oak Shaung school).
There are 500 girls who attend this school. Some of the girls are from nearby villages while others come from tribal villages further away. The girls who study at Zabu Oak Shaung come from families who cannot afford to educate them. The nuns who are in charge of the school have a good educational approach that helps the personal and intellectual development of the children. “We have been supporting Zabu Oak Shaung Girls School for a very long time”, says BEST Trustee Daw Zarni Win. “Our dad and BEST Founder U Nay Win really wanted BEST donations to go to place like this where the needs are the greatest. Thanks to a number of donors including BEST, Zabu Oak Shaung Girls school is going from strength to strength”.
Left --Middle Sangha Academy, Pakokku, (left) and East Sangha Academy (right) BEST Trustees Dr. Min Sein and Daw Zarni Win with U Saw Lwin and Daw Ein Kyi - 15 /01/2016
Yadana Pangone Sangha Academy, 18/01/ 2016