THREE staff from St Dominic’s School flew to Myanmar on Sunday to take almost $1000 to the Metta Geha orphanage.
A book exchange at the school last year raised $350 and a Rice Day in March raised another $595 to help improve the living conditions and opportunities for hundreds of vulnerable and impoverished children.
Year 2 teacher Liz Lofthouse first visited the orphanage in 2013 with organisation The Mandalay Projects and was inspired to help.
“The students were encouraged to buy a bowl of plain rice for $5, they were allowed one piece of fruit for morning tea and they could drink only water throughout the day to experience what it is like living in poverty,” she said.
“St Dominic’s has raised funds to support the children at Metta Geha for two years.”
Funds raised at the school last year were used to buy more than 200 books for an orphanage library.
The family-run Metta Geha orphanage is in the Kanpetlet village in the Chin Hills.