In a recent meeting with Myat Moe Thwe, Director of the Department of Disaster Management in Myanmar’s Ministry of Social Welfare’s Relief and Resettlement Department, CWS Country Representative, Isaree Khreusirikul had a chance to strengthen our relationship with the Department for the first time since CWS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with them in early 2017.
In meeting Ms. Moe for the first time, Ms. Khreusirikul was able review CWS reports about our integrated nutrition, WASH and community-based disaster risk reduction work in 15 Maubin villages. Isaree described how the project has helped improve living conditions among especially vulnerable families, who are prioritized for nutrition education and livelihood support, and to engender more resilience across all 15 communities. Highlights shared included descriptions of Mother-Leaders, Self-Help Groups, WASH Committees and DRR volunteer structures, all of which focus on quality and impact, and on coordination and cooperation with relevant local government officials.
After listening and asking some questions, Ms. Moe said, “I am happy to hear what is happening [in Maubin], and I will surely tell my colleagues about CWS work. I agree with CWS approaches that focus on participation and on [better] infrastructure as well as people’s capacity-building for sustainability. I’d thank CWS for supporting poor families for their development [and for working] alongside government.” At the meeting’s end Ms. Moe spoke responded positively to an invitation to visit families who are partnering with CWs: “We will surely plan a field trip to Maubin before this year-end”.
(For more information please contact IKhreusirikul@cwsglobal.org )