Local Hero Dr. Cynthia Maung

Risking Her Life to Advocate & Save Lives

Director for Development Sharon Feder visits Dr. Cynthia Maung along the Thai-Burmese border.  See the Impact of Your Donations!  

Subtly dynamic, strong and effective, Dr. Cynthia Maung is leading the peaceful fight to secure the rights of Karen refugees in Thailand.  Forced to flee her homeland Burma in 1988 during the 8888 Uprising, Dr. Maung lives in the border town of Mae Sot, Thailand among more than 150,000 fellow refugees and migrant workers.

I had the honor of spending the evening with Dr. Maung in Mae Sot and a few days visiting the organization she founded, Committee Protection and Promotion of Child Rights (CPPCR).  Dr. Maung is not only revered in her community, her tenacity is also recognized by other global institutions.  She received the Sydney Peace Prize in 2013 and is the recipient of the National Endowment for Democracy’s 2012 Democracy Award.   On behalf of our donors, I wanted to thank Dr. Maung and meet the young girls who have received life saving services from CPPCR. Your donations are saving and improving the lives of children.

We hear that life is improving and there is greater political stability in Myanmar (Burma).  But, I heard otherwise from ethnic minority Karen families who recently crossed the border and are afraid to return.  There is more opportunity in Mae Sot, such as access to healthcare, jobs and education  – thanks to Dr. Maung and CPPCR.  Although there is more work to be done, life can be better in Mae Sot and GO’s support for CPPCR’s Birth Registration program is making a substantial difference.

Eighteen-year-old Moe Moe Zin is the only one of three children who was able to go to school and find work.  Her older brother and sister went to Bangkok in search of work, but they returned home battered and in debt.  Moe’s story is different…At nine-years-old, she received a birth certificate thanks to CPPCR.  This documentation gave her the ability to attend school near home, get a job and travel more freely. Hear directly from Moe how this piece of paper changed her life.  Click here to listen to Moe!

Thanks to you, our family of GO supporters, for helping Moe Moe Zin and more than 6,000 children receive access to school and better jobs.