Ever since I started doing this Myanmar kids thing, I’ve been judged for all sorts of crazy reasons. Man, people really have so much time. They ask me, why Myanmar? Why all of a sudden? Why now? Why at such a big scale? Fuck!!!
Do I need to explain it to any of you why I do what I do? Hell, no!
But seriously, it is extremely simple:
Why Myanmar – why not?
I have always supported the charities locally in KL and once further in East Malaysia where they really are a lot poorer than the kids in KL but when I went to Yangon, shit, they are REALLY poor. And it’s a personal decision. When I ask the orphans in KL what they wanted for Christmas, they all said Game Boy, Nintendo DS, etc etc etc. Honestly, I was turned off. I truly was. In Yangon, before I even had a chance to ask the kids what they wanted, they just gave and continued giving. It was a world of difference. It made me feel that Malaysia was a country of demands and righteousness. Just look around you, how many people think they deserve more? In Myanmar, they just smiled, were happy with so little and just kept giving…….
Now who can compete with that? I was sold and so was my girl.
Why all of a sudden?
Perhaps to you it’s all of a sudden. But I’ve been working with orphans (and handicapped children) non-stop since the age of 15. It’s just that now I’ve spread my wings, gone abroad and have the capacity to do more. Much, much more. So it’s really not all of a sudden. I just never asked for your help then hence you never knew.
How can I answer that question? There is a time and a place for everything and because Lynette brought me to Myanmar last November, my crusade began. I do not know why God chose me now and not earlier and not later? Who gives a shit when anyway?!
Why at such a big scale?
My God! So I can become bloody famous, that’s why! Why do you think?!
I met this girl. Her name is Eileen and she has such an amazingly big heart that I was embarrassed to be associated with her at all. Then I met the Children of Myanmar and never before have I felt the way I felt and cared so much for anything because being there in that very moment, taught me some of life’s greatest lessons. Who would care, seriously? I’ve lived 40 years of my life happily doing whatever I please and donating to charity here and there but nothing prepared me for the commitment that my heart was tugged out to do. There was no 2 ways about it. It just had to be done. So I do it.
I hate it when people say I am so kind and I’m doing some amazing things. Honestly, I am still who I am. And if you were there and had the same experiences I did, you would be doing what I’m doing instead. We’re organising this Kids for Kids event on Sunday 7 April. There’s only 3 of us girls doing it and so much coordination and sourcing involved. Yet, I know it’s going to be awesome! We have worked so hard on it and never even expected it to grow to such a big scale. And you know what? I want none of that glory. I don’t want my name on the children’s certificates or trophies. I don’t want my name in the media. I don’t want any of the fame. I just want to feed the children of Myanmar, give them a decent enough life, comfortable at the very minimum and teach them to support themselves. That is Eileen’s dream. She threw the stone. I am but one part of the water’s rippling in making a difference…..
I don’t project my choices upon you but I really have moved to a different place since last year. Some people get it. Some don’t. That’s not my problem.
If there is one random act of kindness that you would like to offer this month, please give some money to the Children of Myanmar. I am committed to building their lives till they can sustain themselves. Please help me help them.
Just RM10 into my bank account and an email (mamapumpkin at gmail dot com) informing me of your name and contact details.
HELP IS NEEDED FOR THE CHILDREN OF MYANMAR
My bank details below:-
Name: Patricia Woo
HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd, Menara Milenium Branch
Savings Account: 359 – 068285 – 025
Swift Code: HBMB MYKL
Savings Account: 1644 – 9025 – 6705
Swift Code: MBBE MYKL
PayPal Account: patsywoo at gmail dot com
For more stories on our journey with the Children of Myanmar:-
Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.
Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.
She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.
A beautiful life without limits.
Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.
For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840