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Rice Dreams Come True

Girls holding new rice cooker
Love and Mercy Shelter bringing in their new electric rice cooker!

Coupons are a nice way to save money in the US, but they don’t exist in Myanmar—at least not yet. In the meantime, our orphanages have to find creative ways to save money.

Several of our orphanage directors in Myanmar wrote to me requesting electric rice cookers. Traditionally, the directors would have to buy wood or other fuel—costing about $40 per month—to build the open fires needed to cook rice, the staple of the Asian diet, to sustain their children. (Did you know that the average Burmese consumes about 500 pounds of rice each year, while the average American only consumes about 25 pounds?) An electric rice cooker costs about $180, which means that in less than 5 months it pays for itself. This was a no-brainer!

Thanks gifts to the Orphan’s Tear’s Special Gifts Fund, we’ve been able to purchase new electric rice cookers for several of our orphanages.

On behalf of the children,


Elisabeth Walter
Director, Orphan’s Tear division

All the children with their new rice cookers
New Heritage needed two electric rice cookers to feed all their children

Agape children holding their new rice cooker
Agape Orphanage is very pleased with their new electric rice cooker

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