Zun Nwe Tun Oo, also called Marina, grew up in a refugee camp on the Thai border.
“I realized that education is the only way to escape poverty and being caged inside the camp and to become a lawyer was my only dream.” While living conditions are very difficult in refugee camps, Zun Nwe Tun Oo was determined to build a better life for herself and her family, and studied hard in order to achieve good grades. She applied for, and was accepted on, a course at Hong Kong University, a Bachelor’s degree in Law, Politics and Social Science in 2014.
“Being refugee, none of my family member generated any income. Being one of the most expensive cities in the world, living and studying in Hong Kong costs fortune. The dream of studying in Hong Kong would not be imaginable without assistance from PB. It was PB that helped me realize my dream and unleash my potential.”
Zun Nwe Tun Oo applied for the Prospect Burma Learning to Leadership programme, and received support throughout her course. She told us:
“Being one of the top universities in the world, the University of Hong Kong offered us world-class learning facilities and environment. However, attending university means a lot more to me than merely gaining in-class knowledge. It is also about getting to interact with those who have same interest, building life-long friendship with like-minded fellows and widening my horizon by engaging in various extra-curriculum activities.”
Today, Zun Nwe Tun Oo is working as a Paralegal at Allen & Overy and will be continuing her education journey. She told us:
“I will be sitting the bar exam in July 2020. I want to lend a hand in shaping Myanmar’s legal system and economy as a legal professional. I will never become today-me without PB’s help and now is my time to contribute back to my society. Thank you with all my heart, PB.”