Burmese women, high school students to be recognized for completion of training, community service

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A group of Burmese women and high school students will be honored on Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday for their completion of childcare training and community service. The women and students will be recognized at Burmese American Community Institute’s open house on Monday, Jan. 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the organization’s headquarters.

Ten women representing Chin, Kachin, Karen and Burman ethnic groups are completing training to become licensed home-based childcare service providers. The Burmese American Community Institute developed the Childcare Microenterprise Development Project to train women to operate licensed home-based childcare as small businesses. The goal of the program is to help families become economically self-sufficient. Besides earning income for childcare, the program also helps other women in the community to increase their family income by participating in workforce and safe supervision of their children with legally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate services.

At the same time, the Institute’s program for Burmese high school students will partner with the University of Indianapolis, Chin Community of Indiana and Falam Christian Church of Indianapolis in a day of community service on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The students will work at three separate locations painting and cleaning.

The public is invited to attend the open house located at the Institute’s headquarters at 4925 Shelby St., Suite 200. A reception will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by a ceremony recognizing the women and students, keynote speeches, documentary video and music beginning at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP, email info@baci-indy.org or call 317.731.5537 by Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.