Burmese family gets new start in Kingwood
- Written by Kasiah Johnson
A new home and freedom is what one young family has found in Kingwood due to the efforts of a local church. With a joint effort between Kingwood Christian Church and Interfaith Ministries, a Burmese family are new residents of Kingwood, working for a better life for themselves and their 2-year-old son. Ni Lar Paw is the wife of Hsa Eh K' Paw Moo and the couple's son's name is Hsa Eh Pwe Moo. Both the wife and the husband are 27 years old. Interfaith Ministries is a refugee organization responsible for aiding refugees that come to the U.S. Kingwood Christian Church has contributed much to this family, new to the U.S. With just $35, the couple traveled by plane to the United States on Aug. 23 and settled into the Woodland Hills Apartments in Kingwood. The church and the refugee organization have been responsible for getting them the apartment, furnishing it, and helping them to get all paperwork done; for example, obtaining Social Security cards, and registering for Medicaid, signing up for food stamps, and resolving medical issues. Everything in their home, from the couch to the microwave oven, has been donated from the church. The church has agreed to pay their rent for three months, so that they would not have to stress over bills as they become accustomed to life in America. According to Charlotte Bilderback, chair of the Missions and Outreach Committee at Kingwood Christian Church, "I have about 10 to 12 other people, besides myself, who help out with the driving, babysitting and other needs of the family. We have also had to educate them on how to use appliances and generally just how things work in the U.S. It is a huge responsibility but a very rewarding one." This couple is Burmese, but only the wife lived there. She fled from the persecution, and war occurring there, to the refugee camps of Thailand. Danny, also known as Eh K' Paw Moo, met his wife in Thailand at the university that was available to the refugees at the camps. The originally, both resided in different camps, but eventually ended up in the same camp, considered the "capital" because it held more than 45,000 refugees fleeing from Burma. "The camp was about six miles long, very overcrowded, and caged and fenced in. It seemed my whole life was in the camp. I was there for 15 years and my wife for 12. Who would want to live somewhere like that? Not me!" Danny "Because we cannot return to Burma, for our freedom and human rights. We planned to come here where there are more opportunities and chances for our family." The couple's child was born at the camp, but now runs joyfully through his new home here in the U.S. Ni Lar Paw is taking English classes at Kingwood's local library, and Danny works at Interfaith. Danny and Ni Lar Paw both attend the church that sponsors them, as well as sing in the church's choir. Danny is actually very talented because he can also play the guitar and has recorded a CD that has circulated more in the U.S. than anywhere else. "Burmese soldiers are inhuman, horrible, and act as if they are not people with feelings, so I am glad I am not going back there!" Danny said. The family plans to have the rest of their family join them here, after the proper medical tests and procedures are done. This joint effort between the two organizations has brought peace and future prosperity to this Burmese family ready to start their life in Kingwood.