Elizabeth sadly lost her father when she was only two years old, and went to live in an orphanage which was run by her Uncle. Growing up there, she witnessed and experienced a huge amount of pain, from children who had lost relatives due to disease.
“Seeing this happen many times and experiencing it myself, made me determined to one day be able to help,” she told us. She was determined to study and gain an education which would help her to support other people who had experienced similar things to herself, and help to prevent death through curable diseases.
Elizabeth told us: “Chin State is an area which is under development because of its geography and difficult history, so we need to inspire the people and provide education on health as well as on prevention of disease. We need to help our people in various ways as most of the rural people are dependent upon agriculture, farming, animal husbandry, and fishing. Based on this, by cooperating with communities, we can share knowledge on how to improve agriculture, bring innovation into agriculture and entrepreneurship into the rural economy. To improve our lives in Chin State, we also need the participation of rural people themselves to meet the needs of their own communities. It is my future plan to serve the people of Chin State and Myanmar in the field of health care as well as in other aspects of life, as I am able.”
After working hard for many years, Elizabeth realised her dream and is now undertaking a Bachelors of Medical Laboratory Technology in India. She is currently completing her final year of study, after which she will return to Chin State and begin her new career as a nurse, working in one of the most remote and underserved parts of Myanmar.