“Hope is an act of faith.”
~ Dr. SaSa
“There is a beginning but there is no ending.”
~ Dr. SaSa
Dr SaSa was born in the Chin state of Mayanmar. It is a restricted area of the country where no one can travel freely. No one in his village could read or write and there was no electricity, no running water and no sanitation. There was absolutely no medical care of any kind and women would often die in childbirth and many children died of simple treatable diseases such as diarrhea and vomiting.
The nearest medical facility was a hospital that was 6 days away by foot. Many times the sick villagers did not survive the trek. The then young SaSa lost a close childhood friend and vowed that he would learn how to be a doctor and bring health and knowledge of healing back to his village.
Committed to his goal, SaSa would then leave his village to attend elementary school. By the age of 13, he had to leave the region and attend secondary school in Yangon, the capital.
He finished his secondary education in 1997. By then, the Myanmar regime closed all colleges and universities across country – that lasted three years. This forced SaSa to return to his home village where he became a volunteer teacher at the local school.
During this time, the suffering of the sick, elderly and mothers-to-be who had no access to any form of medical support only got worse. Beyond the sickness killing his villagers too young, there was a plague of jungle rats, an attack that burned the village down, and atrocities committed by the same government soldiers.
In 1999, thanks to contributions from all the villagers, SaSa was headed to university in India. He traveled there by foot and learned English and Hindi along the way. Later on he qualified to study medicine in Armenia. Again, he had to rely on contributions of others to fly there. He graduated with honours from the national Armenian medical school in Yerevan in 2009.
With his lifelong goal secured, he headed back to his village to bring the needed expertise to the area. With the help of the local people, an area of land was cleared of trees and Dr SaSa’s vision of “A Place of Hope” began to take shape. By the Autumn of 2009, the building programme had largely been completed with a lecture hall seating 350, kitchens, sleeping accommodation for over 300, and toilet facilities.
Dr SaSa had asked the headman of 147 villages in the Chin hills to each nominate two people (one male/one female) to come to his center and be trained as Community Health Workers. It was in this way that one determined young man, within a year of his graduation, passed health care education on to over 300 of his countrymen who in turn took the knowledge back to their 147 villages.
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