The Staff of Muditar

Our History

When Tricia and Mike Karpfen of Durango, Colorado first visited the remote, mountainous villages of the Pa-O ethnic tribes in 2004, they found gracious communities of subsistence farmers living a difficult life without electricity, clean water, motorized vehicles or any available health services. Women gave birth on the floor of their kitchen without skilled attendants, children only attended primary school for two or three years, and family income was not sufficient to provide the most basic essentials. These families were trapped in serious poverty with no realistic opportunities, government support, or outside aid. Tricia and Mike were very touched by these hardships and so along with a young local man named Thar Nge, formed Shanta Foundation in the US and Muditar Foundation in Myanmar to partner with these villagers to sustainably address their needs.

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Mike & Tricia Karpfen and Thar Nge outside the school Muditar & Shanta built in Yim Bya village, the first partner village, in 2007.

Now, thousands of village women take leadership roles, receive qualified prenatal care, and have opportunities to earn an independent livelihood. The average child enjoys better nutrition, drinks clean water, and reaches the 9th grade. Homes have solar lighting, metal roofs, with pigs, chickens, and vegetables for added income.

You are the first group to help us in any way.  The Myanmar government doesn’t help us. The PNO (tribal government) doesn’t help us. We have been alone. Now we are very happy.   Ma Chu – Yim Bya village, 2009

One of the first preschools built by Muditar and Shanta.

The first of three dental clinics held by Shanta and Muditar in 2007.  Tom Grams, the volunteer dentist from Colorado, treated 140 children and adults!

In 2009 we held our first training for traditional birth attendants, utilizing local midwives trained by the government to support the training.

Our Staff

Dr. Khaingzar Oo (Nge Nge)

Dr. Khaingzar Oo (Nge Nge)

Regional Director

Profile
  Most of my relatives and friends call me Nge Nge. I’m 30 years old and single. I have one younger sister and younger brother and I live with my parents. My parents have given me such a kind and loving life and I wish everybody in the world has a warm and lovely family. I graduated from medical university with my doctorate degree in 2008. I started with Muditar in 2009 as the Health Program Manager and now I am the Regional Director.  I am responsible for village training and mobilization, monitoring and evaluation of programs, staff supervision, and relationships with other organizations. I think all the people should have the same opportunity. In our country, there are so many discriminations between rich and poor, urban and rural, men and women, tribes, and religions. I’m really happy and satisfied in my work if I have a chance to help as much as I can for poor and under developed villages in our country.
Zaw Tint Hlaing (Thar Nge)

Zaw Tint Hlaing (Thar Nge)

Regional Infrastructure/Economic Development Manager

Profile
My name is Zaw Tint Hlaing (Thar Nge). I have 4 family members and they are my lovely wife, sweet daughter and my son. I’m about 40 years old and we live in Yin Pyar village. My job is Regional Manager in Muditar Foundation. It is invaluable and noble job for me. Our foundation is helping people who are very poor to develop their life and that is why I love my job. In 2004, I meet Mike and his wife, Tricia, who are fairy godmother in Yin Pyar village. They wish to help the poor village. Now, I have been work in Muditar at 10 years and I worked about 20 villages for developing. We can do more and more development programs to help many villages with the help of many donors. So, I always wish donors for good health.
ZacharyRay

ZacharyRay

Technical Advisor

Profile
Zach is working on the ground in Myanmar assisting our staff in organizational development. He has a background in social justice, CHANGE, and worked for Oxfam for four years focusing on development issues and facilitating leadership skill trainings for college students. He has worked with Engineers Without Borders building clean water systems in Southeast Asia and South America. Zach has a BA in Sociology and Human Service from Fort Lewis College, and served as a board member for the Environmental Center and the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado. In his spare time Zach enjoys mountain biking, traveling, and learning new languages.
Hsu Mon Win

Hsu Mon Win

Region Bookkeeper

Profile
My name is Hsu Mon Win and I am 30 years old. I was married in 2008 and I have one daughter, Thu Nay Sin Linn.  I got Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business from Meiktila Institute of Economics.  I want to become a doctor since I was a small girl. When I become a qualified doctor, I will go to the villages that are not yet improved. There I will have the chance to take care of the villagers’ health and to organize them how they should live to be healthy and happy. Now, I work for Muditar Foundation since January 2015 and as the accountant and translator. All Muditar staff have warmly welcomed me and they are good-natured and sweet- tempered. So, I am always happy.
Nang Than Aye

Nang Than Aye

Taunggyi Area Education Program Manager

Profile
My name is Nang Than Aye and I’m 23 years old. I’m a Pa-O girl and single. I live in the hostel with my friends in Taunggyi city. I graduated university with a mathematics degree. I have been working in Muditar Foundation as education manager and capacity building training assistant since April 2014. I’m happy to work in Muditar. We do all the programs with participation of villagers, so we have to be with the villagers all the time and really understand their life. Since I grew up in the village, I know that villagers don’t have the same opportunities, especially in education and health. It am really interested in listening to villagers about their hard life.  I believe that I’m friendly, patient, self-confident and dedicated. So I will try my best to participate in development process for rural area in our country.
Khun Htun Shwe (Ko Shwe)

Khun Htun Shwe (Ko Shwe)

Pin Laung Area Manager

Profile
My name is Khun Htun Shwe (Ko Shwe) and I’m 30 years old. I have two brothers and my parents are farmers, honest and poor.” I am married and have two daughters. I’m a Pa-O and Buddhist. Because my family was poor, I was sent to the monastery to attend school when I was 5 years old. When I passed the matriculation exam (Grade 11), I left the monastery and worked as a waiter at a hotel in Inle Lake and I went to university. I started working in Muditar in 2010 as an Education Manager, and I have been promoted to be a township coordinator of Pin Laung township. I’m really happy in my work.  Muditar helps poor villages to develop in health, education and income generation with many programs. I find many poor villages and it makes me sad, but I try my best to help them. I know that it is not easy to make change but we do it!
Khun Zaw Moe Naung

Khun Zaw Moe Naung

Taunggyi Area Economic and Infrastructure Program Manager

Profile
I am Khun Zaw Moe Naung and I‘m 29 years old. I have a Bachelor of Arts in History. My wife is Ma Moe Moe Khaing and my three year old daughter is Nang Thawdar Oo. My hobbies are agribusiness, innovation and helping others with my knowledge. I think that if I can further my family, environment and commonwealth, I will have a full and meaningful life. I have been working for Muditar since 2014 and my post is project manager. My projects are loan funds, pig farms, coffee farms, solar, and construction. All of the staff help me and they really show kindness to each other. I believe that I’m having a meaningful life and I’m really happy in my work.
Dr. Su Su Mon

Dr. Su Su Mon

Taunggyi and Pin Laung Townships Health Program Manager

Profile
 Dr. Su Su Mon, a graduate of the University of Medicine, Magway, joined us in January 2016. Su Su Mon is interested in community health programs and volunteered in a mobile clinic group during university. After graduation she worked at a private hospital.

 

“I grew up in Taunggyi, Shan State with my father who is a merchant, my mother and my younger brother and sister. I like to spend most of my free time alone, drinking coffee while listening to music, watching movies and reading books are my favorite things. Sometimes, I like to hang out with my family or my friends. I also love traveling and I want to travel around the world. I am grateful for the helpful, welcoming staff and I’m enjoying my work.” 

Khun Bu Lay

Khun Bu Lay

Taunggyi Township Education Manager-In-Training

Profile
 Khun Bu Lay joined Shanta Foundation after working for the Metta Foundation. His parents divorced when he was young, and he lives with his grandmother, mother, and younger brother, who are farmers.

 

 

“My ambition is to become a teacher who is a trustworthy person for the villagers. For me, it is most interesting visiting the different regions in Myanmar. At leisure, I play guitar and sing.”  

Khun Aung Sein

Khun Aung Sein

Pin Laung Township Infrastructure and Economic Development Manager

Profile
 Khun Aung Sein was hired by Shanta Foundation in January 2016. He is originally from Nar Mee Village in the Kyaut Ta Lone Township. He graduated from No.1 Basic Education High School in Nyaung Shwe and then received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from Mawlamyin University. In January, 2011 he began working for Metta Foundation and worked one year as village supporter, then two years as area consultant.

 

 

“I am working in social development to change myself and to help the people who live in the villages. I want to use my abilities to help the villagers learn how to solve their problems by themselves. With my experiences over the years I have begun to understand social awareness and that development is improving to reach good situation for all involved. My hobby is playing football. I want to pass my life with many fulfillments because, I always believe that  if I have many fulfillments, I can do well the other things.”