Working closely with one of the fundraisers Jeanne Hornshaw, The Hornshaw Gallery are proud to be promoting the Prospect Burma charity. For those that aren't familiar, this wonderful non-political organisation's aim is "...to build a core group of skilled Burmese people who have acquired knowledge and skills in various disciplines vital to the rebuilding of civil society in Burma".
Last Tuesday on the 14th June, was the annual Prospect Burma Summer Party where we had the opportunity to talk to Prospect Burma students and alumni while celebrating Aung San Suu Kyi’s 71st birthday. Read our review of the night here...
The venue was a small and very quaint church hall off Cheyne Walk; prettily concealed behind tumbles of flowering plants and a wrought iron railing.
When we arrived, the event was in full swing, the hall was full of people and there was a real buzz.
Amongst those attending was a scholar who is sponsored by Prospect Burma, Min Min. During the introductory speeches Min Min was introduced, he gave a short speech about the charity. As a student in Burma he set up a student union, the consequence was to be put in prison for 5 years; mainly in solitary confinement. It was a harrowing ordeal but also inspirational: he taught himself English and is now at UCL studying International Relations. His was a remarkable story of overcoming difficulties and adversity. He spoke briefly and I was struck by his resilience and optimism!
Amongst the guests were people who raise funds and champion the cause of Prospect Burma. I was really pleased to have the opportunity to speak to Prunella Scales. She has been a keen supported of the charity over the years.
This event was about raising awareness for the charity and raising funds – The Hornshaw Gallery, through the work of Jeanne Hornshaw in particular is keen to promote all charities helping young people in Burma particularly through education.
Her particular concerns are the plight of orphans and the numerous charities that help this cause. As a former lecturer, she has a genuine passion for education and promotes the importance of higher and further education in Burma.