• National Peace Corps Association features story about BSB

    Bob Cornwell’s article about Build A School in Burma was featured on the National Peace Corps Association’s website. One School at a Time: How to Build 40 Schools in Myanmar for Less than a Million Dollars The cost of a three-room school on donated land is between US $25,000 – $30,000 today.

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  • Tet Tet Gu Preschool

    The preschool for Tet Tet Gu village was held in a roughly-built structure with dirt floors and tarps as walls, not really suitable for a preschool. Nevertheless, 60 children from the age of 3 to 5 years attend. Several years ago construction on a new building was started but never completed. The school committee asked […]

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  • Tet Tet Gu High School

    Students from Tet Tet Gu village and eight neighboring villages currently attend this middle school. Next year high school classes will be added, so students will be able to continue their education while living with their families. BSB helped construct a new building to make this possible. There are over 2,300 residents, in more than […]

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  • Sham Phan Primary School

    This primary school, grades kindergarten through 4, is vital for the children of this village, as the village is remote, the rugged roads are impassable during rains, and the nearby river is dangerous. Two small buildings had been made by the villagers own efforts, but were in very bad condition before BSB offered to help. […]

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  • Nat Taing School High School

    Nat Taing is a village in central Myanmar, about 2.5 hours drive west of Mandalay. The population of Nat Taing and nearby villages is about 1,500. The inhabitants are mostly poor farmers and day laborers. Nat Taing Village School is a monastic school. Many families who cannot afford to pay government school fees and buy […]

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  • Zaw Ti Kar Yar Ma School

    Zaw Ti Kar Yar Ma school is a monastic school in a remote village in Sagaing Division, an arduous four hour drive from Mandalay. The existing school was built by the villagers and all the buildings of temporary materials like bamboo and thatch. This is a very poor region of Myanmar and opportunities for education […]

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  • San Chi West School

    San Chi West is a 2 hour drive from Dawei, south of Yangon, Myanmar. It sits alongside the Tavoy River. The school has 72 students, from kindergarten through grade 7. A bamboo and thatch building was constructed through the villagers’ own efforts, but because of storm damage it can no longer be used. The school […]

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  • Pyin Nyar Parami Shwe Kyaung School

    Pyin Nyar Parami Shwe Kyaung school is in village is about 1 ½ hours drive southwest of  Mandalay.  A monastic school spanning kindergarden through grade 10 (and therefore called a high school), PNPSK enjoys strong support from the villagers, who mostly farm sesame, goundnuts (peanuts) and beans. A former student of BSB’s executive director, Robert […]

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  • Par Khet School

    Parkhet village clings to the side of a remote mountain about 3 hours drive by four wheel drive track east of Hopone, Southern Shan State. The villagers are Pa-o and gather forest products and farm the steep sided mountains. The village and the school are supplied with gravity fed piped water. Fifty seven students attend […]

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  • Kon Lan School

    Kon Lan is a small village a little over an hour’s drive from Hopone, Southern Shan State. The people are Pa-O and mostly farmers. The village is not near any other villages, so the village school is the only place for the children to be educated. Kon Lan School is a a government primary (kindergarten […]

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  • Kaw Bat Chan School

    Kaw Bat Chan is in Bago Region, close to Kayin State. It is a five hour drive north from Yangon. The Kaw Bat Chan school currently serves 60 primary school students and 27 preschool students. Students from three smaller neighboring villages attend this school. The existing school buildings were termite damaged and unsafe. There were […]

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  • Karin Shin Da B

    Karin Shin Da B village is near the Tavoy river, about 1 ½ hours drive from Dawei, Myanmar. The primary school, now serving 51 students, was overcrowded and is in very poor condition. For students to continue beyond grade 4, the nearest middle school is several miles away and impractical for students to attend, particularly […]

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  • Wone Pyat Preshool

    Wone Pyat village is a Shan and Lisu village in Eastern Shan State.  Three years ago the villagers, with their own labor and donations, constructed a bamboo and thatch building for a preschool.  The building is too small, and does not provide adequate shelter during rain and wind storms. Father Francis brought the need to […]

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  • Thin Ka Zar

    Thin Ka Zar monastic school was badly in need of a new building for its over 150 students, as the only school building was just 30 by 40 feet. The school began operating as a primary school in 2008. By 2011 there were 94 students with 5 teachers, and by 2018 that had grown to […]

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  • Thanatpin High School

    A new two story building, the largest ever built by BSB, replaced two dangerous and dilapidated structures at this large high school outside Bago. BSB, founded by former US Peace Corps volunteers Robert Cornwell and Andrew Lederer, collaborated with current PCV Abby Hester a current volunteer and teacher at the school. The Hester family from […]

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  • Taw Bot Su

    The Taw Bot Su village school was badly in need of a new school building to conduct classes for the 130 students from KG through grade 7. Community members donated funds to purchase land for a new building, and with their own funds and labor built bamboo and thatch structures for classrooms. Bamboo buildings are […]

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  • Khampat ECCD

    Khampat village is composed of mostly ethnic Chin farmers. The village had no preschool. BSB teamed with Pastor T. E. Paw and the Chin Baptist Association to build a preschool that can also be used for night time activities for village youth. Preschool Primary Primary and Middle School Primary through High School

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  • Hto Do Lay Kho school

    Hto Do Lay Kho school serves a marginalized population located in a remote area of Kayah State not far from the Thai border. There are no roads to the village, so all school materials had to be sourced locally or brought to the site by motorcycle. The new school replaces an unlit, rotting wooden structure […]

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  • Ho Lain Post-Primary School

    Build a School in Burma constructed a new building to expand this primary school to a post-primary school (adding grades 5 – 7) in Ho Lain village, about 2 ½ hours drive from Lashio in Northern Shan State. The villagers are mostly Shan Buddhists. The school will serve Ho Lain and two other nearby villages. […]

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  • Gwa Sone School

    Gwa Sone is a rare situation in Rakhine state. Both Rohingya and Rakhine children attend the same school. To date, both communities have lived peacefully on the same island, with a population of more than 1800 individuals. They share the same land, water, resources and culture. BSB seeks to encourage inter-ethnic cooperation to support educating […]

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  • Nee Ku Dee Primary School

    Build a School in Burma constructed a new building for a primary school in Nee Ku Dee village in Kachin State in northern Myanmar.  The building replaces a rough, temporary bamboo and thatch structure with a safe, good quality learning environment, and provides space to add grades 3 and 4 for the children of this […]

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  • Pwe Hnyet San Middle School

    Build a School in Burma helped this village build its first primary school in 2016. Children previously had to walk to other villages to attend school.  Silicon Valley tech start-up Boomerang donated the funds for Pwe Hnyet San Primary School. In 2018 villagers erected a temporary wood and thatch building to begin providing middle-school classes […]

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  • Moe Kyo Pyit Primary School

    A new building for this primary school has recently been completed (August 2019). Moe Kyo Pyit village is located in the Ayeyarwaddy River Delta region, about 5 hours drive from Yangon.  There was no school in the village until 2014 when the government finally recognized the villagers efforts in building their own self-supporting school and […]

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  • Gam Ngai High School

    Gam Ngai is a remote village near the Indian border in Chin State, Myanmar, needed renovations to an existing building, and a new building to add high school grades.

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  • Schools by Year Built

    2020Gam Ngai High School Karin Shin Da B Kaw Bat Chan School Kon Lan School Nat Taing School High School Par Khet School Pyin Nyar Parami Shwe Kyaung School San Chi West School Sham Phan Primary School Tet Tet Gu High School Tet Tet Gu Preschool Zaw Ti Kar Yar Ma School 2019Gwa Sone School […]

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  • Kyaung Baing School in Mon State

    Kyaung Baing School in in the town of Thanbyuzayat, once the terminus of the Burma end of the notorious World War Two Death Railway. The line was abandoned after the war, but the town is bustling today. BSB representatives were introduced to Kyaung Baing by a dynamic local Myanmar partner organization, “Precious Stones.”  312 students […]

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  • Pane Morn primary school

    BSB built a new primary school in Pane Morn village in Eastern Shan State, 600 km east of Mandalay, and about four hours over tortuous roads from Keng Tung. Most of the villagers are ethnic Lahu. The nearest primary schools were more than 4 miles away, too difficult and dangerous for the young children to […]

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  • Khar Shi primary school

    Khar Shi is a newly created community just north of Lashio, not far from China.  The residents are refugees from conflict near their native villages, and they have come together to live in harmony, despite speaking three different languages. BSB was introduced to Khar Shi village by a local NGO, Meikswe Myanmar, which is helping […]

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  • Bob Abby Willis NaingNaing

    Onward!

    Peace Corps volunteer Abby Hester with BSB Board Members Bob Cornwell and Willis Phua and Country Director Naing Lin Swe The end of 2018 saw Build a School in Burma start a much needed 40th school with a Karenni village in a former conflict zone near the Thai border. Because there are no roads in […]

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  • Ho Hway Village Primary School

    Ho Hway village is about 30 miles east of Lashio, in Northern Shan State, Myanmar. It is close to the border with China, where poppy growing is common and is overseen by Chinese businesses. Because of fighting among armed groups, the government has largely been absent and provides little for education or healthcare. (A cholera […]

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  • Sa Par Thin Village Middle School

    Most of the residents of Sa Par Thin Village make their living by peanut farming and palm tree cultivation, with families typically farming 5 to 10 acres. There currently are no electrical, water or sewer systems in the village.  The village is about 12 miles from Bagan, the historic city with thousands of temples from […]

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  • Pyin Ka Doe Gone Middle School

    Pyin Ka Doe Gone Village is located in the Ayeyarwady Region, about 5 hours drive west of Yangon.  The 376 Inhabitants are mostly Karen; there are also Bamar and other ethnic groups. Most earn their livelihoods by rice farming, fishing, or working at a fishery. The nearest government school was too far and unsafe for […]

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  • Moo Doo Village Primary School

    Moo Doo is a village of about 257 inhabitants, mostly Karen and a few Bamar. It is a 1.5 hour drive from Yangon. Incomes are generally low. Villagers grow rice, farm, and work as day laborers. Incomes are generally low. There are 40 primary school age children in the village, but the nearest primary school […]

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  • Ba Ma Dee Preschool

    Villagers of Ba Ma Dee Village are mostly day laborers, and cannot leave their children unattended when they go to work. The village is about an hour inland from the city of Meik in southern Myanmar.  The people make their livelihoods mostly from betel-nut cultivation and vegetable farming. In 2009 the village began operating, with […]

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  • Nat Taing Village Monastic School

    Nat Taing is a village in central Myanmar, about 2.5 hours drive west of Mandalay. The population of Nat Taing and nearby villages is about 1,500. The inhabitants are mostly poor farmers and day laborers. Nat Taing Village had in recent years expanded the monastic primary school, year-by-year adding middle school grades 5 through 8. […]

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  • List of Schools

    Ba Ma Dee Preschool Colorful Flowers Preschool Don Ka Mar Chuang 1-8 School Gam Ngai High School Gwa Sone School Ho Hway Village Primary School Ho Lain Post-Primary School Htee Ta Maung Preschool Hto Do Lay Kho school Htone Gyi Primary & Middle Schools Hway Port Primary School Inn Ta Lu Primary School Karin Shin […]

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  • Thit Set Kone Primary School

    This primarily Karen village, located in Than Taung Gyi Township in Karen State, had not been able to improve or replace its existing school, which was built of bamboo and thatch in 1980. The roof was failing and posed a danger to the children. Therefore, children had to attend school elsewhere, exposing them to missed […]

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  • Myin Ka Kwin Middle/High School

    Myin Ka Kwin is spread across a 4.6 square mile island in the Ayerawaddy Delta surrounded by the stunning Pin Lel Ka Lay River and its natural mangrove forest. This poor Karen village, only accessible by boat, derives its main source of income from fishing, thanks to its proximity to the delta, the river and […]

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  • Leik Poke Gone

    Leik Poke Gone is both a multi-village tract and a village located in the Ayerwaddy Delta region. Like so much of this part of Myanmar, the people and their activities are subject to the variabilities of season and weather. The weather ranges from hot and dry to hot and humid and then somewhat cool. The […]

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  • Htee Ta Maung Preschool

    This remote mountain village was in desperate need of a preschool (early childhood development center or ECCD). The parents work from dawn to dusk on farms far from the village and needed a safe place for their children to be during the day. The residents had built an ECCD in 2014 out of bamboo and […]

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