Full Moon Project

FULL MOON PROJECT

In 2015, I was assigned to cover the Full Moon Project. 

The Full Moon orphanage consists of around 300 children from different regions of Myanmar, many of them are victims of Cyclone Nargis (2008), civil unrests and abandonment due to poverty.

 The youngest boy is being carried by an older girl as they take a walk at their farm. He was 3 years old.

The youngest boy is being carried by an older girl as they take a walk at their farm. He was 3 years old.

 Mo Du's father left when she was very young, and she was raised by her mother, who was diagnosed cancer not long after. Mo Du took care of her mother and brothers, preventing her from attending school for a long time. She talked of their roof leaking and having to find shelter under their neighbor's house.  Soon after her mother passed, she arrived at Full Moon. She still dreams of her mother often.

Mo Du's father left when she was very young, and she was raised by her mother, who was diagnosed cancer not long after. Mo Du took care of her mother and brothers, preventing her from attending school for a long time. She talked of their roof leaking and having to find shelter under their neighbor's house.

Soon after her mother passed, she arrived at Full Moon. She still dreams of her mother often.

 Many children at Full Moon have experienced trauma and horror in their lives. They find refuge and support from each other.

Many children at Full Moon have experienced trauma and horror in their lives. They find refuge and support from each other.

 Older children drive building material to build a dormitory for a new caretaker. Children at Full Moon are encouraged to help with chores, including cooking, farming and building. 

Older children drive building material to build a dormitory for a new caretaker. Children at Full Moon are encouraged to help with chores, including cooking, farming and building. 

 

A girl tasting a pine cone seed at their farm with thanaka on her face, a Burmese tradition to keep their skin cool during the hot summers.

 
 A boy relaxes on his massive bed shared with 40 other boys at their dormitory.

A boy relaxes on his massive bed shared with 40 other boys at their dormitory.

 Caw Gyi has been in Full Moon for 10 years. He was from the Northern mountains, and his family was hiding in the jungle because of civil unrests. His parents were killed by landmines planted by the rebels.   He is working to become an engineer in hopes to go back to his region to build schools. 

Caw Gyi has been in Full Moon for 10 years. He was from the Northern mountains, and his family was hiding in the jungle because of civil unrests. His parents were killed by landmines planted by the rebels. 

He is working to become an engineer in hopes to go back to his region to build schools. 

 During the rain season, the children spent a lot of their summer waiting to play.

During the rain season, the children spent a lot of their summer waiting to play.

 After Cyclone Nargis struck, May Zin Aye's parents were believed to be dead. Few years later, she received news that her mother is still alive, but has developed severe mental issues because of the guilt of losing her children. Despite her mother being ill, May is very excited to meet her again when she finishes her education. 

After Cyclone Nargis struck, May Zin Aye's parents were believed to be dead. Few years later, she received news that her mother is still alive, but has developed severe mental issues because of the guilt of losing her children. Despite her mother being ill, May is very excited to meet her again when she finishes her education. 

 Gay Kyi Pau lost her parents to Cyclone Nargis. She moved to her grandma's house shortly after, but she passed away as well, leading her to her aunt's. Her aunt told her that she was a curse for the family. Feeling like a burden, she arrived at Full Moon.  Striving to become a teacher, she wishes to travel to different villages to teach children who cannot afford an education. 

Gay Kyi Pau lost her parents to Cyclone Nargis. She moved to her grandma's house shortly after, but she passed away as well, leading her to her aunt's. Her aunt told her that she was a curse for the family. Feeling like a burden, she arrived at Full Moon.

Striving to become a teacher, she wishes to travel to different villages to teach children who cannot afford an education. 

 Kids refuse to sleep during their afternoon nap.

Kids refuse to sleep during their afternoon nap.

 A girl rests In a nearby resettlement village, Kyaukkyi.  Many left their villages because of war and conflict in their respective regions. Most have ceased fire but the political climate is still constantly changing.

A girl rests In a nearby resettlement village, Kyaukkyi.

Many left their villages because of war and conflict in their respective regions. Most have ceased fire but the political climate is still constantly changing.

 Full Moon has served as a safe haven for many of these children. Although they have all been through turmoil in their lives, they have found family and home in one another.

Full Moon has served as a safe haven for many of these children. Although they have all been through turmoil in their lives, they have found family and home in one another.