Life Story: Eh Le Say
Eh Le Say was born in 1983 and grew up on the Karen State village of Taohta. His family had to flee their village when he was very young because the Myanmar junta soldiers burned the town to the ground. He along with his father, mother and brother stayed in a neighboring village for a period time. Then because of the danger in Burma, Eh Le Say’s family placed him in a jungle clinic that operated an orphanage/grade school. Nyein who attends our church was one of the workers at this medical clinic (which was under the auspices of Dr. Cynthia Maung).
Eh Le Say’s brother remains in the orphanage. His mother has passed away and his father, Shwian Khe has returned to Taohta to live. Eh Le Say started formal schooling in 1996 and graduated from high school in March of 2004.
After High school in 2004, he studied to be a teacher including lesson planning, lesson deliver, classroom management, questioning skill, child development, basic reading for a language and teaching methods. He was trained by the Consortium Thailand – the Burma Border Project. The leaders of this project were Greg Antos and Paw Ray.
He met his wife, Mu Nai, in the refugee camp. They were married on April 23, 2005. They lived in the Umpium [OH Pee rum] refugee camp on the Thai/Burma border from 1999 until he came to America in 2008. After his marriage, Eh Le Say took a certificate course in preventative medicine called Basic School Health Training at the Mae Tao Clinic. Mu Nai gave birth to their son, William in the camp and they came to America in 2008.
Eh Le Say works in the laundry department of High Point Regional Hospital and will be starting night school at GTCC, January 12, 2009. He will be continuing his studies in English. Last week Eh Le Say passed his drivers exam and now has his learner’s permit.
Here is an additional post about Eh Le Say.
Flash forward to his brother’s arrival in 2011.