My name is Zar Zar. My dream of becoming a certified nurse has just become reality.
I was first introduced to Lighthouse Coffee through Saya Zayar and it did not take long for me to become part of the team.
I had always been interested in medical work and had been volunteering at a clinic in my hometown for three years before joining the Lighthouse Coffee team. The clinic itself was a reflection of our whole area: run down and in poor condition. I was asked to do things for which I had little knowledge because I had never had the chance to attend proper training. But I loved my work there.
So far, in the area around our coffee mountain there is no clinic or professional nurse. Seeing the physical needs of the people there and their lack of medical assistance strengthened my desire to become a professional nurse.
I was beyond excited, when I was told I would be sent to nursing school and financially supported by the Lighthouse Coffee Community Development Fund. For the past few months, I have been able to study at a nursing school in Yangon and to complete a practical training phase. Now I am a professional nurse, ready to go and help wherever I am most needed. My first stop will be the Lighthouse Coffee mountain.
Thank you for making this happen. Please pray for health and wisdom for me, as I start this new job and that I would be able to support my family through it.
“But then you paid us cash immediately upon receiving the cherries. I was shocked. You also taught us not to strip the coffee tree of all its fruit but to only pick the ripe cherries for the best tasting coffee. The way you spoke to us and treated us with dignity gave me hope!”
Far away from the noise of the protesters gathering en masse in all the big cities of the country, Lighthouse Coffee Mountain begins to "buzz" with activity like a beehive as soon as the clock hits 8 AM --- every morning.