Max Harrington and Ko Thura Aung came across Myo Oo Monastic School on their travels, a school with many orphans that needed a larger, sturdier classroom/dormitory building than the existing thatch huts in which classes were taking place. A half-finished two-story classroom building at this site existed but donor funding had languished.
Max returned to California in winter 2007 to set up a 501c3 (the birth of the Myanmar Children’s Foundation) and launch a fundraising campaign to help this school complete that structure. Over $10,000 was raised in the early months of MCF, allowing the building to be completed in 2008. It now serves a large population of both local and boarding school students from at-risk areas.