* After several year’s effort, CWS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Relief and Resettlement Department of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement in Nay Pyi Taw for “Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Capacity in the Republic of the Union Myanmar through improving community infrastructure, especially in Water and Sanitation/Hygiene.” This MOU validates CWS presence in Myanmar and formalizes Government acceptance of CWS work.
* After a pilot / learning years of nutrition education and young child nutrition improvements activities, the initiative was modified to respond to external evaluation results and recommendations from former CWS staff member, Julia Suryantan. A Nutrition Specialist joined the team to take her advice into account for year two improvements, especially related to screening young children for basic nutrition and growth factors.
* The team grew from three to six national staff in 2017 with two new program Field Coordinators and an Ops-Program Assistant to support an integrated community-based resilience initiative with WASH, nutrition and DRR components. Supporting the team throughout the year of change and growth was former Cambodia Country Representative, Isaree Khreusirikul, who will join the team as Country Representative in early 2018.
* The Myanmar team hosted a township level advocacy meeting for the newly expanded CWS “Integrated Community-based Resilience” project in November for 51 people from relevant government departments as well as Village Tract and Village leaders.
* A great year-end highlight for Myanmar came with their hosting the CWS Asia regional WASH learning exchange during which there was a one-day “talkshop” at Yangon and a 3-day field visit to Maubin township in the Ayeyarwaddy delta region. In all, 16 CWS staff from Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and
Myanmar joined the gathering along with partners from Cambodia and Vietnam, too.
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.
CWS Myanmar | December 19, 2017
Ma Ohn May is 43 and lives with her husband-U Kyaw Myint and their six children in Let Pan Tan village in southwest Myanmar. U Kyaw Myint is as fisherman and daily wage laborer, depending on the season. In the rainy season, he fishes from his own small boat to earn about 2,000 Myanmar Kyat […]
CWS Myanmar | November 17, 2017
Ko Kyaw Zaw Hein earns an above average monthly salary of 150,000 MMK (≈ $110) at Ngwe Saung Beach Hotel, so he provides well for his wife, Ma Theint Theint Sint, and their two daughters. So, he and Ma Sint were surprised to learn that their three-year-old daughter is malnourished. Fortunately, they were glad to […]
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U Maw is 67 year old and lives with his wife, Daw Tin, and three children in Let Pan Tan village, where he farms winter crops on nine acres of land that he owns. He is a respected grand old man because he is very active in community development, and he is often asked to […]
CWS Myanmar | October 29, 2017
The current conflict in Rakhine State, Myanmar, started in 2012 and displaced about 140,000 people then. In 2015-2016, about 25,000 internally displace persons (IDP) were then resettled near their original home by the Myanmar government. But, in October 2016 when an armed group attacked national border guards in Northern Rakhine, the Myanmar army response led […]
CWS Myanmar | October 16, 2017
U Ko Ko Naing and Daw Win Win Htay who have an 8-year-old and 6-month-old son. U Ko Ko Naing is a fisherman and a vegetable famer as the seasons allow, and Daw Win Winn Htay is a homemaker. Between fishing, which earns the family about $50 month during spring and summer, and selling vegetables, […]
CWS Myanmar | September 13, 2017
Among the many risks children face in Myanmar, tuberculosis is one that develops slowly and often unnoticed by parents and teachers. Fortunately for seven-year-old first grader, Lin Lae Cho is seven, who lives in a village in the far southwest of the Ayeyarwaddy River delta, her TB was detected when her parents started to notice […]
CWS Myanmar | September 5, 2017
Nutrition specialist and long-time CWS colleague, Julia Suryantan, visited the CWS team in Myanmar recently to help review progress to date, and advise on improvements for best practice implementation, for nutrition activities in 15 Maubin Township villages in the Ayeyarwaddy region in the country’s Southwest. Julie visited five communities and met with secular and religious […]
CWS Myanmar | August 18, 2017
Some basic rebuilding in communities that were flooded last July in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady region has improved the lives of 85 families in 2 villages of Maubin township, which is due West of Yangon. With the support of Japan’s Felissimo company, 10 families now have safer and more secure houses to live in because basic tin […]
CWS Myanmar | August 17, 2017
Forty-year-old U Tun Naing is married to Ma Aye Htay, who is 37, and they live with their seven children, who are 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 6 and 3 years old – in an unusually large family for Myanmar. The children who are 14, 12 and 6 are in school while their older siblings […]
CWS Myanmar | July 31, 2017
Maubin Township is a two-hour drive west from Yangon, and Inn Ma Su village is one hour’s drive from Maubin Township center during the dry season and about 1.5 hours – by boat — in the rainy season when all roads are flooded. About 1,400 people in 322 families live in Inn Ma Su and […]
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. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]