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Kyaw Naing


“Lao Family has always helped us. I am so glad and so happy,” says Kyaw Naing, a forklift operator with New WinCup in Corte Madera—a job that Lao Family helped him obtain.


Kyaw Naing left Burma in 1992, fleeing persecution from a government that was opposed to his fight for democracy and independence.  He met and married his wife, Lae Lae Htun on the Thailand/Burma border, and she gave birth to their daughter in Bangkok.  Kyaw and his family came to Oakland with the support of their International Rescue Committee sponsors in November 2004.


In early 2005, Kyaw Naing came to Lao Family Community Development for help finding a job. An employment counselor helped him secure a job with New WinCup, and in 2007 he was promoted to forklift operator.


Since Lao Family helped Kyaw offers services in a comprehensive way, Kyaw and his family were able to use a variety of services as they began to participate in the U.S. financial, educational and civic systems. 

  • Financial Services – Lao Family helped Kyaw cancel a pre-approved credit card he had accepted, which had a $25 a month fee, and secure a non-predatory card. We also intervened to negotiate a reasonable payment plan for a medical bill that his family unknowingly incurred before they were approved for MediCal
  • Education – Kyaw and his wife began learning to speak and read English in Lao Family’s Even Start Program. They enrolled their daughter in our Early Childhood Education class to prepare her for kindergarten, and when it was time, we helped them enroll her in primary school.
  • Income Tax Preparation – Each tax season, the family receives free tax preparation services through Lao Family’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
  • Immigration Documents – Through Lao Family, Kyaw and his wife secured I-94 employer authorization documents. We are now helping them obtain green cards.

“I am very satisfied,” he says of the services he has received. He also wants to pass on his knowledge to new Burmese arrivals, whom he has introduced to Lao Family. “I see other refugees who come from Thailand and Burma. They can’t speak English, and I worry. They need an agency to help them learn to live here. Lao Family can help.”