Taunggyi Orphanage is located in a Buddhist community where less than five percent of the population is Christian. One courageous woman with a big heart for the orphaned children humbly started the home in the early 1900’s. She stepped out in faith and started the home with no promise of support. However, she had a fierce trust and faith in a Living God, knowing that He was able.
Today over 100 years later, Taunggyi Orphanage is a home and safe refuge to 147 children and 15 adults. The original founder passed the home to her granddaughter, Miss Emerald, who is now 86 years old. She was born at the orphanage, along with her brother and sister. From 1942-1945 the Japanese occupied Burma with cruelty. Miss Emerald’s parents and grandparents were all killed during the Japanese occupation. Raised by her aunt and uncle, Miss Emerald was grateful to the Lord for His provision.
As a young girl, Miss Emerald vowed to continue the work her grandmother had begun and has remained faithful to this vow. Miss Emerald understood the risk of these children living on the streets, not knowing who would take care of them or when their next meal would be. It was then that God called her to be an instrument of God’s love in the lives of these countless children.
Many of the children are from tribal regions of the country. Many of their villages were destroyed and their parents were killed in front of them. In the orphanage, the older girls help with the babies and young children as they desire to follow in Miss Emerald’s footsteps. Some of the older children have opened a small shop on the main street where they sell homemade goods to help Miss Emerald as well.