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In celebration of Zero Discrimination Day, ConnectAID would like to share how our Partner FXB International is raising awareness and mobilizing action to promote equality and empowerment for women and girls in Myanmar:
Meet Thone Dari Tun who has three sisters and one brother. Since she was young, her father and mother struggled to feed all the family members due to lack of income. She was forced to leave school when her parents could no longer afford to pay.
She was only 14 but with a sick father and an entire family struggling to put food on the table, she started working as a factory worker, seven days a week.
She soon learned about FXB's Vocational Training Center, where she was able not only to study sewing, but also receive lessons on social and life skills, cooking, health & physical well being and general education.
"Before I joined the Center, I was hopeless, had no dreams and no plans for the future," she confides. "But now, I am motivated for my future career and plan to open a sewing shop, attend a designer class and will try to become a famous designer".
There's always a ray of hope, even in the bleakest situations.