Daw Khin Kyi foundation was established in 2012 by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in loving memory of her late mother, Daw Khin Kyi. The purpose of the foundation is to promote health, education and living standards of the people of the country, focusing its attention especially on the needs of Burma’s least developed areas.
The foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that seeks to achieve its goals irrespective of ethnicity, race or religion, believing that improvement in one place creates a better future for all. It is politically neutral and works with local and international agencies and partners to achieve its goals. Officially registered at Ministry of Home Affairs with properly drawn up Article and Memorandum of Association, the foundation’s establishment is legitimate to operate in all parts of the country.
The foundation’s head office is located in Yangon and in managed by an Executive Committee headed by the Foundation Chairperson, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The foundation receives support from local and international partners and it is also able to accept charitable donations, both public and private subsidies.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, daughter of General Aung San and Daw Khin Kyi, embodied the hope of her parents and her people for a free and prosperous Burma whose people can have their human rights and human values.
In 1991, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Speaking in 2012, when she was at last free to receive the award on her behalf, she described how
During my days of house arrest it felt as though I was no longer a part of the real world.
There was the house which was my world, there was the world of others who also were not free but were together in prison as a community, and there was the world of the free.But after winning the prize, she came to believe that,
who also were not free but were together in prison as a community, and there was the world of the free. But after winning the prize, she came to believe that, The Nobel Prize had drawn the attention of the world to the struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma. We were not going to be forgotten. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi won the Pyithu Hluttaw seat for Kaw Hmu Township constituency in April 2012. She now represents her community in the Burmese Parliament and lead the National League for Democracy and Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, putting into practice her faith in her country.
The foundation takes its inspiration from Daw Khin Kyi, the wife of Burmese independence hero General Aung San and the first woman to represent her country as an ambassador.
Born on April 16, 1912, Daw Khin Kyi studied in Rangoon, being trained as both a teacher and a nurse. She met General Aung San in 1942 while working in the New Japan General Hospital and got married the same year. Daw Khin Kyi was a devoted wife to the General and a caring mother to their three children.
In 1947, after General Aung San was assassinated, cutting cruelly short the hope of the newly independent country that he would lead his country into the future. Immediately, Daw Khin Kyi became Member of Parliament for her husband’s constituency Lanmadaw Township, Rangoon and worked as representative in the Hluttaw from 1947 to 1952.
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