Thein Oo and his wife Lweh Eh Paw are from Burma, and they met in a refugee camp in Thailand. After moving to the United States, Thein Oo began working at UNC as a housekeeper and was recently promoted to team leader.
The couple has a one-year-old, Chit Su Oo, and a five-year-old, Chit Ku Oo. The four of them live in a townhouse in Carrboro, but in the five years since they’ve moved to the United States, rent has risen drastically. The same unit costs $300 dollars more now than it did in 2011. They’ve always dreamed of owning a single-family home, but before Habitat, they didn’t have any affordable options.
Thein Oo and Lweh Eh Paw are excited to move into downtown Chapel Hill’s Northside neighborhood where he can easily get to work and the children will grow up around other children in a thriving community. They have friends who live in the neighborhood, and hope their children will one day attend the University of North Carolina!
Nan Say The Hler Aung and Saw Ae Htee Kung Aung have four children and both work as chefs for Carolina Dining Services. The whole family loves to cook, and they often cook together as a family activity.
Nan Say and Saw Ae are originally from Malaysia and have been married for twenty years. They moved to Chapel Hill from Chicago five years ago to escape the cold and love the community and school system here. Currently, they are renting an apartment that will soon be too small for their growing children.
The family is thrilled to live in the close knit Northside community where their children can thrive. With the many resources nearby and the extra space in their home, they are looking forward to staying there for a lifetime.
Poe Htoo and Eh Paw both work as housekeepers at The Carolina Inn. They love that the Inn is close to where they live, and they have friends at work. When they’re not at work, they like to cook, garden, and play with their kids.
Poe Htoo and Eh Paw met at a refugee camp in Thailand while picking corn. They have been married for ten years, and they have three children, Clay (11), John (5), and Josie Paw (2). Clay recently completed sixth grade, and John is starting kindergarten next year. They are looking forward to being close to school and having bigger rooms!
The family has been in Chapel Hill for nine years, and currently lives in a cramped three-bedroom apartment in Northside.
Poe Htoo and Eh Paw never thought that they would be able to have a home, and they are glad that they have finally found something that will be affordable for them. They are excited to stay in the Northside neighborhood, which is close to school, work, and their community center. Everyone in the neighborhood is friendly and always greets each other. They like that they can walk everywhere, and they feel very safe.