* 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 | April 17, 2018
Ko Myo Kyi and Ma Khin New Aye live in Taung Tar Yar village in Myanmar’s far southwest Ayeyarwady Region, which is defined by the far-reaching Ayeyarwady River system that has hundreds of powerful tributaries by which people live but also because of which they struggle sometimes. Ko Kyi and Ma Ayge have three children: […]
CWS Myanmar | April 16, 2018
Just one year ago, CWS celebrated signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Disaster Management of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement to validate our years of work with communities to improve their disaster preparedness through grassroots risk reduction efforts and to expand and improve water, sanitation and hygiene programs. This […]
CWS Myanmar | March 16, 2018
Ma Khaing is a 39-year-old mother of 5 children and, besides the huge job of being a mother and homemaker, she has an added job selling fish. Ko Ye Tun, who is Ma Khaing’s 36-year-old husband, works as a wage laborer and fisherman. Their children’s ages span 17 years, starting with Yamin Hlaing, who is […]
CWS Myanmar | February 18, 2018
Since 2015 CWS has joined with many partners, including AmeriCares, the Pathein YMCA and villages in Southwest Myanmar to strengthen Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction with basic readiness training and with small mitigation projects too. This work followed naturally from years of recovery and resilience work following 2008’s historic cyclone, Nargis, which devastated the Ayeyarwaddy Region. […]
CWS Myanmar | February 17, 2018
CWS had joined the 67-member Scaling-Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance, at the Myanmar national and Ayeyarwaddy regional levels as one of 14 international NGO members. The SUN-CSA goal is to eliminate all forms of malnutrition; and, invoking the principle that everyone has a right to food and good nutrition, the alliance unites civil society organizations […]
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 […]