To an outsider, Myat Noe lives in one of the filthiest places on Earth: the Mae Sot garbage dump. The walls of her home are made of rusty corrugated tin, with poles holding up a make-shift roof of discarded advertising banners. The air is putrid and she doesn’t even notice the thousands of flies anymore.
But Myat Noe is proud of this cramped house she’s built with her husband. She sweeps her dirt floors clean every morning. She tries hard to keep the grime and rubbish of her surroundings from creeping in.
Last month, Compasio staff taught Myat Noe and her Future Stars friends how to make dish soap. They’ve started using it to wash their clothes, and were excited to discover that it even killed their children’s lice!
Myat Noe has now started selling the lemon-scented soap to other families at the garbage dump as well as in a nearby neighbourhood. The money she makes helps her buy food and provide for the daily needs of her family.
Every year, our Community Team comes across hundreds of families in this and other communities who are barely surviving and have lost hope of a better future for their children. It is our monthly donors who help make this work possible.