Thanlyin is a small town in the vicinity of Yangon, Myanmar’s economic center. In 2008, thanks to the support of a sponsor, we started construction there of the first orphanage – House Elisabeth – which opened doors to the first 15 boys in 2009. In 2013, the girls’ orphanage, House Teresa, launched operations. To have separate houses for girls and boys is a requirement in Myanmar. The children come from different regions all over the country, some of them from ethnic conflict areas. Some of them are half-orphans, whose parents are too poor to bring them up. The Ministry of Social Welfare assigns them to our orphanages and expects these regularly. All children share a difficult childhood, affected by violence, fear and deprivation. They have deserved our care and our devotion.