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San Chi West School – Build a School in Burma

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 committee asked for BSB's help to construct a new building that will be a safe, good quality learning environment.

The new school building was completed with the assistance of Build a School in Burma, with donations from Willis Phua (who visited the existing school) and employees of Schindler Elevator Corp, who raised funds in a Schindler sponsored bicycling event.

The brother of Naing Lin Swe, BSB's country director, lives nearby and helped Naing oversee and monitor progress on this project. Construction began in early 2020, and was completed in October 2020. Installation of a solar lighting system, important for students' evening study, was the final step.