A Note from Our Director
One of the values of Chin Refugee Ministry is Next-Generation Awareness. We especially seek to build relationships with the next generation of Chin in order to reduce the risk of alienation.
Thanks to the generosity of CRM supporters, we partnered with a Chin family to send their daughter, who wants to become a doctor to help her people, to the Leadership Forum in Medicine this summer. This program for high school students features a hands-on, interactive curriculum that includes shadowing practicing physicians, clinical site visits at the nation’s top medical centers, and interacting with faculty from world-renowned medical institutions. It is a valuable opportunity!
Sports is another avenue we greatly encourage Chin students to participate in. We have 3 young men at Harmon High School who would like to play soccer for a team, but their families cannot afford to help them purchase the necessary soccer equipment.
, the Harmon Community in Schools campus manager, if you are willing to donate any of the following soccer equipment (in good condition, please):
Soccer shoes size 8, Shin guards size junior/men medium, Soccer bag, Soccer hat/to keep warm, Soccer shirts and shorts size medium, Indoor soccer shoes size 8, Soccer knee pads.
Shin guards size junior/men medium, Soccer bag, Soccer ball size large, Soccer shoes size 6 1/2, Soccer knee pads.
Soccer pants medium, Soccer ball, Soccer bag, Soccer jersey medium, Soccer shoes 8 1/2.
Director, Chin Refugee Ministry
Chin National Day History
All over the world, wherever the Chin are, there will be celebrations of Chin National Day - except in their own country. The Chin are not allowed to celebrate Chin National Day in Burma.
In 1974, when their country was taken over by the Burmese Socialist Programme Party, the BSPP refused to recognize the Chin Nation as a nation - instead they made them a state. Because of this, they are only allowed to celebrate Chin State Day, not Chin National Day, and the Chin refuse to do that.
The Chin had always lived independently, under Chin rulers. They cooperated with General Aung Sang when he fought the British for independence, but did not consider themselves part of Burma. On February 17-20, 1948, the first Chin National Convention was held. Over 5000 Chin representatives from all the clans and villages of the Chin met. They abolished their former government which was based on hereditary clanship and established themselves as a nation ruled by democracy.
In October of 1950 the Chin Affairs Council established February 20 as Chin National Day. Chin National Day continues to be one of the most important holidays that the Chin have, as significant to them as July 4th is to the United States.