On 28th February 2012, Dr. Hla Tun made a visit to the Syriam Nunnery located in the Southern part of Yangon. Five nuns look after around 146 students in the Monastic School, providing food, accommodation and education.
Most of the students are nuns but there are a few children. The young people have lost one or both parents or, in some cases, still have both parents who, through poverty, are unable to send the children for study.
Ethnically, Myanmar is very diverse. The children at the Syriam Nunnery are from Shan State, Yakhaing and the Irrawaddy Division.
Donations were made, on behalf of the Road to Mandalay Social Initiative, to support the Monastic School at Syriam Nunnery.