Chin Expats Urged to be Equipped for Long-term Development in Chin State
27 February 2011: Founder of ‘iLoveMyanmar’ Dr. Levi Sap Nei Thang encouraged Chin people living abroad to put up more concerted efforts in making good use of their abilities and opportunities to help develop Chinland during her short speech last Sunday in Washington DC, USA.
Dr. Levi Sap Nei Thang, better known as Sapte, told the Chin congregation during a Sunday service at Chin Baptist Mission Church (CBMC) in Washington DC Metropolitan Area on 20 February 2011, where her husband Rev. Dr. Daniel Lim gave a sermon.
“In the US, you have better facilities and chances in almost all areas than those in Chin State. Do not limit yourselves just to be working as a company employee. I believe that you will be able to even start up your own company in the near future. May God bless you all to be the ones who can make Chinland more beautiful.”
She also stressed the difficulties of establishing income-generating businesses such as factories that will help locals get their earnings due to lack of necessary resources such as water and electricity in Chin State while highlighting the possibility of making a variety of saleable products from well-designed Chin traditional dresses and costumes.
‘iLoveMyanmar’ is to plant about 20,000 cherry plants and 100 acres of teak to tackle an ongoing deforestion in Chin State, where the people have been cutting trees for cooking and farming for decades, according to Khonumthung News.
Last year, Dr. Levi Sap Nei Thang, founder-cum-president of a non-profit Christian charitable organisation called ‘i Love Myanmar’, was awarded ‘Myanmah Luatlatyi Kungyi Mawkuinwin’ for her humanitarian works in Burma on Independence Day.
‘iLoveMyanmar’ has become widely known for its humanitarian works and contributions towards helping the victims of Cyclone Nargis and people in need across Burma by providing shelters, schools and hospitals, and assisting local communities to develop their livelihoods in various ways.
Van Biak Thang