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 are of temporary materials like bamboo and thatch. This is a very poor region of Myanmar and opportunities for education are very limited.
A former student of BSB's executive director Robert Cornwell named Maung Pone did his service learning at this school, and brought the need for new school infrastructure to BSB's attention.
BSB is working with the ZTKYM monastery and the school committee to build a new four room permanent brick structure. The project will also include a water well and a rooftop solar electricity system to power lights for night study and mobile devices. The new school will allow expansion to a middle school, so local children will be able to study longer near home and will not have to move away to continue to middle school.
This project was made possible by the generous donations of Casey and Jack Carsten in honor of Casey's mother, Olive H. Jones. Construction began in early 2020 and is expected to be completed by fall 2020.