The Staff of Muditar
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.
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.
Dr. Khaingzar Oo (Nge Nge)
Zaw Tint Hlaing (Thar Nge)
Regional Infrastructure/Economic Development ManagerProfile
Hsu Mon Win
Nang Than Aye
Taunggyi Area Education Program ManagerProfile
Khun Htun Shwe (Ko Shwe)
Pin Laung Area ManagerProfile
Khun Zaw Moe Naung
Taunggyi Area Economic and Infrastructure Program ManagerProfile
Dr. Su Su Mon
Taunggyi and Pin Laung Townships Health Program ManagerProfile
“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
Taunggyi Township Education Manager-In-TrainingProfile
“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
Pin Laung Township Infrastructure and Economic Development ManagerProfile
“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.”