Tawny Thanh

Year Joined MKLM: 2000
Serving: Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam from 2001 to 2010
Rejoined: 2015

Country: Bolivia
City: Cochabamba
Focus: Children’s Education and Development projects
Ministries: Comedor Infantil
Ministry Goal: To serve the children and help them develop critical thinking skills and encourage the development of their self esteem.

Personal Data:

Tawny was very active and involved in Our Lady of Peace Church community in North Hills California. Tawny was a leader of the Eucharistic Youth (EY) in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. EY is a youth movement for Catholic children ranging in ages from six to eighteen. Its training program is similar with Boy and Girl Scouts but includes Catechist teaching. Most of her mission work with the Catholic Church in the United States called her to serve the needs of children. Tawny feels that each poor kid deserves a good education and at least a decent meal daily.

As Tawny and her husband became more involved with the church community, they began to feel a stronger calling and wanted to expand their reach and involvement. At this point in her life, Tawney started looking into missionary work. After a year working with Maryknoll Affiliated LA Chapter with local missions, Tawney found the experience fulfilling and ended up joining Maryknoll Lay Missionary in 2000. Tawny’s overseas experiences in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam included working in orphanages where many of the children were suffering with HIV/AIDS. She was also a part of local development projects for men and women, daycare center for the elderly, and job training programs for delinquent young adults.

Current Ministries:

Comedor Infantil. A program that serves lunch to 180 students aged 6-13 years who are poor, have only one parent or are orphans who live with relatives in the neighborhood of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Tawny is currently exploring a daycare program, in which the children can learn about critical thinking and develop self respect and self esteem with more hand-on experiences with actual scenario cases to deal with families and domestic problems.