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Posted: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 11:20 AM HST

Suu Kyi foundation for Myanmar based in Hawaii

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi's new foundation for health care and education in Myanmar will be based in Hawaii.

The Suu Foundation's immediate goal is to restore the University of Yangon and Yangon General Hospital. It will also focus on helping people living with HIV and AIDS.

Asia-Pacific Center for Strategic Studies Associate Professor Miemie Winn Byrd told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the seeds for the foundation were planted during Suu Kyi's visit to Hawaii last year.

That's when Suu Kyi met Hawaii's Burmese community and urged them to help Myanmar as it modernizes.

Myanmar-born Byrd is the foundation's chairwoman. She immigrated to the United States as a child.

Suu Kyi announced the formation of the foundation during a speech in Yangon over the weekend.

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