Visitors to a Tamil Catholic village in Myanmar are greeted by the Holy Cross at its entrance and can see St Anthony’s Church even before they arrive in the centre.
Yaw Han, 24, is proud of being a Catholic in Hton-Bo-Quay in Kayin State after a community effort helped fund construction of a new church building in 2016-17.
His family donated 2 million kyats (US$1,380) to the project, helped by his two elder brothers saving money from their salaries in Malaysia.
“We willingly made donations and did not feel it was a burden despite most villagers struggling for their daily survival with traditional agriculture work,” Yaw Han told ucanews. com.
He helps his family to grow rice when he is not taking part in activities as the village’s youth leader. His youth group contributed 300,000 kyats to the church project while other organizations including a mothers’ group, pastoral council and women’s group donated a total of 16 million kyats.
About 100 young men and women from the village who are working in Malaysia, Singapore and the United States contributed about 38 million kyats of the overall project cost of 170 million kyats (US$117,300).