Though Htilo’s home and family are in the town of Loikaw, he spends most of his time up in the mountain village of Shin Phyu Tang, where he manages a 1,000 acre farm, owned by the Catholic Church. The farm’s main crop has long been fruits such as oranges, apples, mangos, jackfruit, bananas, and pineapple, but Htilo is slowly moving over to tea, cardamom, jackol beans, and pine trees, as he feels the soil and climate conditions are better suited to these…..
As the director for the Christian Social Service and Development Department (CSSDD) in the Kayah Hpu Baptist Association, Myar organizes training and awareness programs for community and women’s groups in areas such as water and sanitation, maternal child health, women’s empowerment, and malaria prevention, coordinating with the many international NGOs that have recently come into Kayah State……
Bya works in the Kay Htoe Boe Social Development Association which serves 100 Kay Htoe Boe villages in Kayah state, villages recognizable by their tall ceremonial poles called Tobo. The Kay Htoe Boe are a group within Kayah State that identify themselves according to their tradition of animist cultural practices that dates back thousands of years…..
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