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Cherry Oo (left), who had TB, is hopeful – thanks in part to CWS support – that she will have a positive prognosis for the future. She feels sure that the nutritious food supplements, multivitamins and other support from CWS, including bus fare, clinic fees and medicines, have helped her feel better and better each day. Photo: CWS

CWS-village WASH team on the new bridge supported by our Week of Compassion friends at Maubin, Myanmar. Photo: Leslie Wilson

Hand washing before food in Auk Htone village, Maubin Town, Ayeyawaddy. Photo: CWS

During the 1960s, CWS was present in Myanmar (Burma) through the Burma Council of Churches and the YMCA. Our work expanded in 2008, after Cyclone Nargis devastated much of the country. Today, we focus on community-based partnerships in the Irrawaddy delta region, in coordination with our funding partner AmeriCares and implemented through local Myanmar YMCA chapters. Our goal is to better prepare people to address a myriad of natural and manmade disasters.

Additionally, we work with local governmental and non-governmental partners in Kayin state to help communities gain access to clean, safe water by building low-tech, high-impact systems.

Latest News

CWS Support for TB Patients Pays Off

CWS Myanmar | June 13, 2017

Cherry Oo is 22 and lives in Pathein Township in the Ayeyarwaddy River delta region of Southwest Myanmar with her family. Her father and mother are both daily wage laborers, and she has one younger sister, Cherry was also a wage worker earning about $2 a day before she was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2016. […]

“Community WASH Promotion” Workshop Promoted by CWS in Myanmar

CWS Myanmar | May 16, 2017

To support CROP’s Integrated Community Development initiative, several members of our CWS team in Myanmar were fortunate to join 15 civil society colleagues in adding to their understanding of effective Community WASH Promotion during a 4-day workshop that CWS co-hosted with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST). This was the third in […]

An Engaged and Enthused Volunteer Helps His Community Prepare to Face Natural Disaster

CWS Myanmar | May 9, 2017

Forty-year-old Saw Edimoo is from a village in southwest Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy Region, where he is a volunteer for CROP’s Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction project, which is led by the local YMCA branch. Among all five project communities and 20 volunteers, Saw Edimoo is very active and most interested in helping with his village’s development. […]

It’s Never Too Late To Learn: Building a Better Future For Our Children

CWS Myanmar | April 7, 2017

Nang Aye Khaing (Ma Nang) is 38 and lives in Auk Htone village in Southwest Myanmar with her husband U Aung Min and three children: a daughter, 17, and two sons, 11 and 5. The family runs a small grocery store and basket weaving business from their home which, alarmingly, has lost six acres of […]

CWS Signed a Memorandum of Understanding With Myanmar’s Government

CWS Myanmar | March 29, 2017

Since responding to Cyclone Nargis in 2008, CWS has partnered with local government and national organizations in Myanmar for our emergency preparedness, water, sanitation and hygiene programs in rural communities. Now, we are pleased to celebrate the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, which formalizes our […]

Nutrition Project Helps Home Gardening in Myanmar

CWS Myanmar | March 20, 2017

Ma Nge is 34-year-old woman who lives in Bar Ma Nee village in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region. She is married and with her husband, Mg Nge , who is 40 years old, has two children: Hnin Wai Phyo is 9 and is in Grade 3 at the village school; Phyo Wai Yan is 3 and stays […]

Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Work Continues in the Ayerwaddy Delta Region

CWS Myanmar | March 16, 2017

After a successful pilot project with AmeriCares, CWS is continuing its partnership with Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Pathein in Southwest Myanmar to expand a joint Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) project in five communities. In the newest phase of the project, 20 volunteers were selected by their communities to join a 7-day Training […]

A Young Myanmar Family with A Brighter Future: A New Opportunity Starts to Pay Off

CWS Myanmar | February 23, 2017

CWS Japan Partnership Helps Myint Myint Kyi, who is known as Ma Kyi, is 22 years old and lives in Inn Tae Su village in Maubin Township of Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region. She is married and, with her husband, Ye Lay, who is 31 years old, she has two boys: Zin Myo Oo is 5 years […]

Working with communities in Myanmar to weather the storm

CWS | January 21, 2017

Flooding. High winds and cyclones. Fire. Drought. Communities in rural Myanmar, or Burma, need to be prepared to face many emergency situations, both small and large. And, in remote villages, disaster response is almost always up to communities themselves. Emergency aid, including fire brigades and medical services, are essentially nonexistent. Hospitals and clinics are in […]

Elevated hand pumps mean year-round clean water access in Myanmar

CWS | January 20, 2017

In the heart of Inn Ma Su village, there is a huge, sturdy tree in the middle of a large clearing. There’s a sign on the tree that makes very little sense for many months of the year. It asks that you drive boats slowly in the vicinity. During the rainy season, though, the importance […]

One Family’s Improved Well and Hand Pump Benefit Many Neighbors, Too

CWS Myanmar | January 14, 2017

U Wai Lwin and Daw Myint Myint Khaing live in Inn Ma Su village in Maubin Township of Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region. The village is a small one with only 41 homes and 184 people, including 33 children. Only 10 families own agricultural land; the rest are daily laborers who work the fields in summer and […]

Continuing Education and Training Helps CWS Myanmar Staff Improve Their Knowledge and Skills

CWS Myanmar | January 6, 2017

In December CWS program team members joined three workshops in support of their professional development for our work in Myanmar. One workshop was led by Christian Aid colleagues and joined by staff from 10 other NGOs to help us reinforce our awareness of key aspects, including collaboration and coordination, in emergency response, which starts with […]

Working For Better Nutrition Among Young Children in Myanmar

CWS | January 3, 2017

It is morning on the Ayeyarwady River. Today our team is traveling to two communities in Myanmar, or Burma, that participate in a CWS program to improve the nutrition of young children. The program is now in five villages and will expand soon to an additional five. Because of perennial flooding, these villages are only […]

Effective Info-Sharing & Teaching About WASH

CWS Myanmar | December 16, 2016

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) are with CWS team members in Yangon this week to lead a workshop about “Delivering Effective Water Sanitation and Hygiene Training”. Ten women and seven men from eight organizations, including CWS, are joining Lena Bunzenmeyer and Lee Boudreau, who are leading the workshop; and participants are learning […]

Nay Lin Oo Helps His Community Learn to Reduce and Mitigate Disasters

CWS Myanmar | December 13, 2016

Nay Lin Oo is a young man who works four days a week at a charcoal factory, and who was happy to spend some of his free time volunteering in a CWS-supported disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiative in the flood-prone area where they live in southwest Myanmar. Recently Nay Lin Oo joined a 7-day DRR […]

CWS Helps Mothers and Caregivers Understand Young Child Nutrition Better

CWS Myanmar | December 7, 2016

The 37% prevalence of stunting (low height-for-age) children is alarmingly high in Myanmar’s southwest Ayeyarwady Region, and it is caused by chronic malnutrition that can have irreversible damage on brain as well as physical development. To help address this threat, CWS has been helping mothers and caregivers of < 5 children increase their knowledge and […]

Improving Water Resources in the Ayeyarwady Delta Southwest Myanmar

CWS Myanmar | November 25, 2016

Partnership for Problem Solving Over the past few months, with Support from the Disciples of Christ Week of Compassion (WOC) and our CWS Myanmar team, communities in the Ayeyarwady Region in southwest Myanmar joined together to repair and improve 30 hand-pump wells so more than 500 people now have access to clean, safe water year-round. […]

Safe Access To Deep Water Is Changing Myanmar Families’ Lives

CWS Myanmar | November 15, 2016

Ma Thida Aye, who lives in a village in southwest Myanmar, is 38 years old and married with three children. Together with her husband, she farms a small plot of land, where they grow mung beans for sale – and for a meager family livelihood. Needless to say, one Ma Thida Aye’s main daily jobs […]

Facing the Risk of Recurring TB in Myanmar with Health Foods and Vitamins

CWS Myanmar | November 12, 2016

Daw Hla Aye is 66 years old and lives with her 70 year-old husband in southwest Myanmar. Their seven adult children support them financially – but with just barely enough for their basic living expenses. When CWS staff met Daw Hla Aye during flood relief activities last year, they learned that she was having a […]

ACT Alliance Leadership in Myanmar Meets Key Government Colleagues

CWS Myanmar | October 29, 2016

Recently, leaders of the ACT Forum Myanmar met with Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement in the new Government of the Union of Myanmar (GoUM). Dr. Win Myat Aye emphasized three points of importance to him and the GoUM: accountability to the people of Myanmar; equal treatment for […]

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