So this Home for the Aged is located on Hninsigon – Rose Hill – on the Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, BahanTownship in Yangon, it is famous as Hnin¬sigon Home for the Aged, founded by Daw Oo Zun in the year 1952.
Daw Oo Zun was born in 1860 A.D. at Mandalay. Her parents were silk merchant U Ei and Daw Hmyin, in her younger days she inherited her parents’ business.
At the age of 30 she built Mandalay Padamyar Oak Kyaung and donated it to a venerable Sayadaw (Buddhist monk).
In 1906, while paying obeisance to pagodas all over the country, she emulated building home for the aged by Roman Catholic nuns on Juda Eiskal Road (now Theinpyu Road) and decided to establish a Home for the Aged.
Daw Oo Zun generously donated her own jewelries then worth of Rupee two lakh.
The first buildings she donated at Mingun in ,Sagging Region were three religious meditation halls.
She had lived in one of these halls together with a maid. She had looked after 95-year old man and 85-Year old woman who were destitute.
Many donors and well wishers helped her with plenty of cash and medi¬cines. She allowed the pilgrims to visit Mingun free of charge with motor boats plying between Mandalay and Mingun.
Later, many homes for the aged donated by Daw Oo Zun had sprung up at Thaton, Paungde, Hninsigon and Pakokku one after another.
When she attained 60 years of age in 1928, Daw Oo Zun relinquished motley garb of layman and became nun with the title of Daw Thumarlar at Home for the Aged in Paungde.
At the same time she donated homes for the aged at Phyu, Mawlamyaing, Pathein and Myaungmya; in 1933 at Thingankyun seven miles away from downtown Yangon.
She was awarded title of T.P.S. (Taingkyo Pyikyo Saung) by Viceroy of India for her numerous contributions to the welfare of the nation and the state.
When WW II broke out in late 1941, she transferred inmates of home for the aged to Mingun.
After Japanese occupation in 1942, those who did not accompany to Min-gun were impoverished in Yangon; Sayadaw U Ottara of Detkhinayon Monastery in Natsin Baukhtaw quarter had looked after them at his monastery.
At that time members of the Asian Youth Association (အာရွလူငယ္အစည္းအရုံး) urged Myanma Ahlin U Tin to advertise in his newspaper “The New Light of Burma” (ျမန္မာ့အလင္း) for the contribution of cash donation to build Home for the Aged.
When certain amount of donation was collected a committee for protection of the aged was formed at Thingankyun on 4th April 1943.
As Daw Oo Zun could not afford to under¬take construction work and maintenance, the newly formed committee decided to hand over construction work and to build the new building at present site Hninsigon in 1952.
The new site is more convenient for the public who wish to donate cash and kind to its inmate.
Daw On Zun passed away at Mingun Home for the Aged on 11th May, 1944 at the age of 76. A ceremony of golden jubilee commemoration was held at Mingun in 1965.
With good guidance and supervision of successive committees for protection of home for the aged its reputation has been known to the public at home and abroad.
It has achieved the international status due to the contributions of the Ministry of Socials Welfare and many donors and well wishers.
However, it costs a lot of money, millions of Kyat need for daily care of 100 old men and 100 old women, maintenance of the maintenance of the main building, clinic, air-conditioned religious meditation hall, Dhamaryone, staff quarters and salaries for officers and staff members.
Under the management committee daily office work is conducted by a Head-in-charge (Administrator), cashier and ac¬count officers, 40 service persons. There are two separate buildings for old men and women.
Doctors and nurses have offered good medical services to patients among the inmates. Young women attendants have given good services when they look after them.
They serve the Aged with rice and curries at lunch time and tea or coffee with cakes at tea time.
Old men and old women pay obeisance to the Buddha image at the Dhamaryone (prayer hall) four times a day. They keep Sabbath on every Sabbath day and listen to religious sermons from venerable Sayadaws.
In the cool and fresh night of every first day of December, a crowd of well wishers in the whole precinct of the Hninsigon Home for the Aged, cerebrates big and bright fun fairs with many food stalls, shops of various commodities, many entertainments for the children, free movies and A-nyein shows to raise its funds.
All shops donate their profits of the sale proceedings of this night fun fairs for the welfare and prolong lives of these aged grand parents.
Source : The Traveller Vol 3, No.6 From July20 To 26, 2015