Htoo is no stranger to new beginnings. One of the first was moving his family from Burma to Thailand due to oppressive conditions for Karen families in the area.  Htoo would live in a refugee camp for many years.

In 2013, he and his son moved to the United States from Burma, a new beginning for which he is forever grateful.

“My heart is full of gratitude because God gives us strength, health and a job to be able to work to accomplish many things.”

Today, Htoo works for Tyson Foods. It’s through Habitat Omaha’s Workforce Housing partnership with Tyson that he had the opportunity to achieve his dream of homeownership.

When asked what he liked most about Habitat Omaha’s program, he replied. “I loved all of it!”

“Habitat taught me how to care for my house, and I really enjoyed the construction classes the most.”

Today, Htoo’s son, Mu Kpaw, is married to Paw Ler Wah. The young couple plans to live with Htoo in his new home.

“I am looking forward to living in my new home. I plan to add a fence in the back yard and plant a garden. And one day when I payoff my house, I will have something to leave to my family.”

Once again, Htoo and his family will have a new beginning.