April 30, 2015
YANGON, Myanmar - The Thabyay Education Foundation today announced a $290,000 grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust in support of efforts to empower young people from marginalized communities in Myanmar through provision of access to professional and educational opportunities.
The grant will primarily support the year-long Community Leadership and Social Studies (CLASS) program for students from disadvantaged groups and the publication and distribution of context-appropriate curricular materials on environmental conservation and sustainable development. With emphases on community leadership, service learning and civic education, the CLASS program will directly benefit 60 students per year from diverse ethnic communities.
“We are very pleased to have the Helmsley Charitable Trust join us in empowering the young people of Myanmar. The Trust’s support comes at a critical moment when sustainable reform and improvement in the education sector is most needed.” said Saw Myo Min Thu, Executive Director of the TEF.
About the Thabyay Education Foundation
The Thabyay Education Foundation seeks to educate, develop, inspire, connect and empower individuals and organizations who are change-makers in Myanmar. We seek to achieve this through knowledge creation, innovative learning and guided skills expansion, as well as by forging connections to networks, information and opportunities. We are inspired to create far-reaching transformations for the people of Myanmar. For more information, visit www.thabyay.org.
About the Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in health, place-based initiatives, and education and human services. Since 2008, when the Trust began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $1 billion to a wide range of charitable organizations. For more information, visit www.helmsleytrust.org.
Zin Mar Oo, Director of Programs