We Are Family in Myanmar, Inc.

This is my family in Myanmar. As a family, we have cared for each other for the past five years. We are a major part of each other’s lives. Especially, I want to help my three granddaughters getting their education.

However, as much as I love my granddaughters, they attend school with classmates who I see as my extended family. Therefore, I need to get 1250 laptops for the two schools where my granddaughters attend. The following photos are two classrooms of students at one of the schools. None of the students have access to a computer in their schools. This is where you enter the picture.

We Are Family in Myanmar is incorporated and is waiting for approval from the IRS as a 501(c)(3), which is the designation for a not-for-profit charity. As soon as the IRS grants the corporation that status, I will post my request for $500,00 for the laptops for the two schools along with improved Internet with GoFundMe.

While I wait for the 501(c)(3) classification, please take the time to look over my request through GoFundMe. As soon as the IRS acts, what you are about to read will be on GoFundMe.

One other item, when you have the time, please read this essay.

The Magnificent Seven… My Dream Team

Thank you for reading this request for funds. By way of introduction, I would like to mention a couple of events that have radically changed my life. Those changes explain why I wish to raise $500,000 before the end of 2019. In addition, some events might also change your life. To begin with, allow me to explain what happened to me.

Just over a decade ago, I danced with death twice, and both dances were successful. The medical issues of a traumatic brain injury and prostate cancer were initially formidable dance partners. Nonetheless, I was able to lead death on the dancefloor of my life. While I don’t wish to revisit either dance, I would not delete either from my life. Both dances with death caused me to come alive and had a profound effect upon me. That is the first backstory.

The second backstory is that I have spent a great deal of time traveling and teaching, especially overseas. Both the traveling and teaching greatly enriched me. George Santayana said, “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” I am still teaching at the college level and have told my classes about traveling as a means to more fully educate themselves.

In the past half century, I have visited about four dozen countries. In some of the countries, I have taught, gone to school, been a tour guide, had tour guides, or been on my own. However, the best two trips were to Myanmar, which used to be called Burma. Five years ago, I had a tour guide near Inle Lake in Myanmar and met her family. I met her oldest daughter, Ti Ti, who was nine years old. When I saw Ti Ti, she wanted to play Scrabble with me. We played for about a half hour. When I left Ti Ti, I knew that I had met my granddaughter. In addition, I met her two younger sisters and her father on that first trip. They are my family. During winter break a year ago, I returned to visit them.

It is difficult to explain the emotional transformation that I experienced over the past five years. I have helped them, and they have helped me. Before I left them on my last trip, I gave Ti Ti, who is now fourteen, my laptop. The only use that I had for a laptop was as a device to store pictures and videos of my travels. However, instead of returning home with my laptop and not using it, I gave it to her. Ti Ti is now using it for her education and is my assistant web administrator in Myanmar.

However, my gift has some inherent problems. One is that the Internet access in Myanmar is very slow. The other is that while there are benefits for Ti Ti having a laptop, she attends a school where the vast majority of students don’t have access to a computer. That is also true for the school that Ti Ti’s younger sisters attend. In that school, there are only three computers, which are used by the teaching staff and administration. Perhaps, 10% of the students live in families that have access to computers.

Myanmar is an emerging nation. Students need computers to assist them educationally so that they can help their country into becoming a developed nation. It is absolutely essential for them to be able to connect with the Internet as a means to further their education. Even if laptops were available for all 1250 students at the two schools, the Internet reception needs to be greatly improved before the full benefit of a computer can be actualized.

We often use this phrase, no pain no gain. The lack of 1250 laptops and poor Internet reception are significant pain issues for those students and for me. There are two reasons for this pain. The first is a personal reason. I was doing quite well in elementary school. However, my father got a promotion in his company, which required my family to move to Pittsburgh, PA. While looking for a new home, my father asked a real estate agent about which community in the Pittsburgh area had the best school system. Mt. Lebanon was his answer. Therefore, my family moved to Mt. Lebanon.

However, the realtor didn’t tell my father that Mt. Lebanon ranked the 19th best school district in the entire country. Also, Mt. Lebanon was the wealthiest community in Western Pennsylvania. As a result of the move, I learned two things about myself while living in Mt. Lebanon. I learned that I was both dumb and poor. That learning experience had a profoundly negative effect upon me for half my life. I worked hard to offset the haunting feeling of being dumb and poor.

Interestingly, I realized that I wasn’t dumb after taking my first class while getting my doctorate. I finally realized that being average in Mt. Lebanon meant that I was an above average American student nationally. That realization radically changed me. In the past two decades, I have taught various humanity classes at the college level. While I know that I am academically above average, I am haunted by seeing some of my students making a similar mistake that I had made decades ago. Getting an education is the single most important thing that a student can do to make a living in the 21st century. However, that is only half of what drives me.

The second reason for my drive to raise a half million dollars is that Myanmar is an emerging nation. If education is critical for those living in a developed country like America, what about those living in an emerging nation? My granddaughters attend two schools in Taunggyi, Myanmar. They go to school with a total of 1250 other students, which I view as my extended family. The laptops are a critical tool by which those students can reach their academic potential.

Do you see any laptops in this class?

This is where you can enter the picture. You can help these students along with the other students attending the two schools with my grandchildren. Without you, my dream can’t be made real.

This is an example of an elementary classroom in America today.

This is an elementary school class with laptops.

This is a high school classroom.

This is a high school class with laptops.

Some might say to me, “Campbell, you are a dreamer.” And I would respond that I am a dreamer. Bobby Kennedy was my mentor. He said, “Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not.” Therefore, this is where you can help 1250 students in Taunggyi to actualize their potential. I am asking you for one or more and preferably all three of my requests.

1. I am asking you to contribute to my dream of raising $500,000.

2. My next request is for you to send this link to ten of your friends and ask them to send it to ten of their friends…ad infinitum.

3. My final request is to return with me to Myanmar during winter break in 2019…less than a year from now. You will see where your money is being sent. Additionally, you might discover a part of your family living in Myanmar. When I found mine, it was the best thing that ever happened to me.

I need to raise the half million dollars before the end of 2019. Approximately $400,000 will go toward the purchase of laptops designed for children. The remaining $100,000 will be spent on improving the Internet service to the two schools.

Finally, on my two trips to Myanmar, I learned a profound lesson about life. It is in giving that we get. That radically changed me, and it can change you. Consider contributing to my dream and returning with me to Myanmar. You will see where your money is being spent. While there, you might discover some of your family.

We Are Family in Myanmar, Inc.
8355 Doubletree Drive North
Crown Point, IN 46307
(219) 310-8064


Here are some photos of the 1250 students at the two schools in Taunggyi that will be able to connect with the Internet because of your assistance.