The Daw Gyi Daw Nge Orphanage & Old People’s Home in Taunggyi, Shan State houses upwards of 140 children. Children receive 3 bowls of rice a day with some dried fish paste and very few vegetables. Although they do have a large garden the vegetables they grow are sold on market day. The Hackett Mission has been a long time support for the children. We provide medicines for intestinal parasites, simple antibiotics for ear and respiratory infections and other medications that can be administered by the staff. Staff is made up of older children who have finished school and stayed on to raise the younger children, there is no paid staff.
School supplies, school uniforms and scholarships to trade schools, seminary or general continuing education are provided by the Hackett Legacy. Many of “our” children finish in the top of their class. We also provide simple things like soccer balls, frisbees, toys and personal items like hair brushes, or tooth brushes. Three generations of Hackett’s have helped support a number of smaller Orphanages, in Burma and India.
Ongoing needs: schools, clinics and orphanages always need, pens, toothbrushes, small bars of soap, small tubes of toothpaste, Advil, NO liquids please. So next time you get free pens or travel size / sample toiletries, or shop at Sam’s think of starting a small box of personal items and mail to Nancy. To a child with nothing everything is special.
2015 The Orphanage & Old People’s Home in Taunggyi gets a truck for their farm.
Because the Hackett’s have been teachers for many generations we place a high value on education. We have a number of scholarships, many are aimed at getting woman into the work force. The Martha Jane Hackett Scholarship was set up in 2012, when we lost our dear cousin. Her friends and colleges endowed this fund, but you may make additional contributions. Any young person, male or female from Daw Gyi Daw Nge Orphanage may apply, they will receive full tuition, expenses and a living stipend to attend a credited Midwifery or Nursing program.
A number of scholarships have been made available through the years, including, trade schools, seminary, secretarial programs, computer literacy, and general continuing education. Other scholarship programs will become available as needs arise. The Hackett Board evaluates each request as we receive it, or if we see a need / opportunity in particular village we will create a scholarship.
Not Next Year. Every Year Ray Hackett (Drury class of 1980) got his formal introduction to solar power in 1975 from Dr Weber at Drury University. An artist by trade, after college Ray moved to his maternal grandparents farm in Buffalo, MO., to hone his crafts and live off the land. It is said God moves in mysterious ways, and when Ray journeyed to Burma (as Hackett’s do) Ray found his niche, his passion. Ray uses solar power
for wells to irrigate crops, and to provide fresh drinking water for villagers and livestock, as well as other projects.
In the last 3 years Ray’s solar projects have provided drip irrigation in the village of Hmawbi. Electricity for a school in Maung and the Christian Medical Clinic in Anongyone. Patients seeking medical help must walk long distances from their own villages to a village with a clinic, some may walk more than day for help. To Ray’s dismay, the people seeking help at the Anongyone Clinic must sleep on the floor overnight before making the journey home. Next year Ray hopes to start a kind of “Ronald MacDonald House”, so families have a place to sleep while visiting the clinic. Ray’s work includes Christians and the large Muslim population in this part of Burma.
Ray calls his projects, Not Next Year. Every Year, meaning he goes every year. Ray supports his work through farmers markets, craft shows and music festivals like JazzFest. If you would like to contribute to Ray, please indicate Not Next Year. Every Year on your check and mail to Nancy Hackett.