Updated: Jun 7, 2022
Trenton Gin’s first visit to Myanmar was in 2016. Facing the harsh tropical landscape and heat during the raining season was a lesson about sacrifice. In the midst of the hardship, he realized a new-found love of his ancestral homeland. His humanitarian work drew the attention of local officials and earned him a meeting with the 8th president of Myanmar. From that moment, Trenton started working closely with the 8th President on education and healthcare issues for Myanmar.
Trenton Gin's first visit with the 8th President of Myanmar in 2016. They discussed the difference between the education systems of the United States and Myanmar. The 8th President of Myanmar was especially interested in what changes can be implemented in Myanmar to improve its education system.
Trenton Gin's second visit with the 8th President of Myanmar in 2018 summer. they discussed Myanmar's education, democracy, and the future of medical advancement in Myanmar.
Trenton Gin's visit with the Myanmar Minister of Health in 2018.
Trenton Gin organized a volunteer team to visit landmine victims (injured from stepping on landmines left from World War II). Trenton Gin organized volunteers to ask wealthy East Asian businessmen for donations to buy rice for the village.
Trenton Gin and volunteers visited orphanages in Myanmar. Many children had lost their fathers because of the long civil war, and their mothers had abandoned them.
Most orphans lost their parents to civil wars and ethnic skirmishes. Others were abandoned because of birth defects and illness.
The rooms in the orphanage are simple but adequate.
Trenton Gin visited Pathein High School. He partnered with an organization called Ladoo to donate refurbished laptops for building a computer lab at Pathein High School, the first in Pathein to have a computer lab. Trenton Gin taught a research seminar to the students demonstrating how to use computers for research and how to write research papers.
Golden Land Restoration Foundation visited the General Hospital of Pathein in 2016. The hospital was very old and lacking adequate equipment, basic medical supplies, and needed better hygiene and sanitization standards. We plan to provide assistance and donations to this hospital in the near future.
Trenton Gin visited the Blind School and Deaf School in Myanmar in 2016. He also arranged a rice donation to the school.
These pictures are of children at the Blind School in Pathein. Myanmar is largely Buddhist, and unfortunately, because of Buddhist beliefs, many families believe that their children are born blind as a punishment for misdeeds from a previous life. Therefore, blindness often brings shame to the family. However, landmines have also caused blindness. There are a few students who became blind after stepping on landmines.
The Mary Chapman School for Deaf Children. Deafness does not hinder these children's desire for knowledge and to study hard. Many of the children were born deaf but have developed the skills to work and contribute to society.
These are photos of another orphanage in Myanmar. The foundation visited this particular orphanage in 2016. Many children came to this orphanage because their parents were too poor to raise them. We are currently running a program of rice donations for them.
Trenton Gin donated many refurbished laptops to the Myanmar Women and Children Development Foundation. This foundation helps women and children of rural Myanmar and ethnic minorities.
Trenton Gin participates in various volunteer services and leadership roles in the Burmese community in Los Angeles.
California Congresswoman Judy Chu presented the Congressional Award Gold Medal to Trenton Gin in front of over three hundred people of the southern California Burmese community. This award ceremony was reported in the Myanmar Gazette.