The Irrawaddy

Shan State Honors  Nang Lang Kham for Charity Work

Daw Nang Lang Kham, left, talks to a mother of a child with a cleft lip before a free operation organized by Brighter Future Myanmar and Asia Smile for cleft lip and palate children in Myanmar in October 2017.  ​

YANGON—The chairwoman of the Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation, one of Myanmar’s best-known philanthropical organizations, was honored by the Shan State government for her humanitarian efforts in the country’s eastern highlands.

During a commemoration to mark the 71st anniversary of Shan State Day on Wednesday in the state capital Taunggyi, the Shan State government announced that  Nang Lang Kham, the head of the foundation run by the Kanbawza business group, was honored for her leading efforts to help support education, health, and regional development in the state.

Hailing from the southern part of Myanmar’s eastern highlands, the 30-year old ethnic Shan woman, founded the Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation in 2008. Since then, the foundation has been engaged in social and humanitarian assistance activities across the country with a primary focus on her native state. The highlights of the efforts include digging wells in remote areas in Shan State where locals often suffer acute water shortages in summer each year, while also embarking on reforestation missions in the areas. In collaboration with Smile Asia, BFM has also brought smiles back to children with cleft lips and palates.

As an executive director of one of Myanmar’s leading banks, Kanbawza Bank (KBZ),  Nang Lang Kham was named “The Promising Young Banker in Myanmar” by The Asian Banker magazine in 2017 among other local and international prizes.