Kayan Community Development Services
If you are growing up in one of the more than 60 villages in the middle Kayan region in eastern Myanmar, there is only one high school you can attend. Getting there means walking for hours through mud and rain.
That’s one of the reasons why only around 20% of students even attempt their secondary education—and only 5% complete it.
Kayan Community Development Services (KCDS), and its young founder Nay Zar, knew that for the lives of his people to improve, this had to change.
That’s why at just 25 years old, he opened a boarding house near the region’s only high school and middle school in the village of Seebu. This way, children from the area’s most marginalized, remote communities could have a real shot at getting an education.