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Sand water filter in Yae Le Gyi school. Photo: CWS

The disaster risk reduction volunteers at one of the billboards. Photo: CWS

Feeding time. Photo: CWS


During the 1960s CWS was 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; and today CWS initiatives support integrated community development with special focus on preparedness for and resilience to perennial disasters, especially floods, in the Irrawaddy River delta region.

Partnerships with families and communities in coordination with local government address disaster risk reduction and mitigation challenges; and, there is a related focus on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in challenging environments. CWS helps communities increase their safe water access with new and restored wells that are tested for arsenic and other contaminants and then, if safe, improved with the addition of raised platforms and hand pumps. Additionally, we work with school principals and teachers to bring safe water to schools. CWS also supports families to build affordable sanitary latrines at home, which relates to another part of CWS work with families in Myanmar: working with mothers, primarily, to help them improve their young children’s nutrition and wellbeing with improved hygiene alongside integrated education and livelihoods support. Education helps mothers better understand their children’s essential nutritional needs as well as simple ways to promote their wellbeing – like having a clean kitchen and a safe latrine. Livelihoods support, usually for improved home gardening and poultry raising, helps mothers provide an improved diet for their children while earning money selling eggs and surplus vegetables.

In working with communities to integrate activities and approaches to address threats and daily challenges to their lives and livelihoods – and to seize opportunities to change for the better – CWS stands firmly with Myanmar’s people in seeking just and sustainable solutions for the future.

Latest News

Once Again: It Takes a Village!

CWS Myanmar | November 27, 2018

CWS first got to know the people of tiny Yae Le Gyi village in 2015 when our Myanmar team partnered with community leaders and other to respond to severe flooding in the Ayerwaddy River delta region; and, since then all 250 families have joined with CWS staff and each other to recover and rebuild … […]

“I want to my daughters grow up healthy and happy”

CWS Myanmar | October 23, 2018

Than Than Si is 33 and married to Myint Lwin, who is 40. They have two daughters: Chit Thet Wai is age 7 and studying in Grade 1 and Chit Phu Wai is a 4-year-old toddler who stays at home with her mother. The family lives in a village where CWS works with poor and […]

New Mother-Leaders Organize Cooking Demonstrations to Share a Healthy New Soup Recipe

CWS Myanmar | October 22, 2018

In Koe Ein Tan (West) village of southwest Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy region, 16 children under the age of five were assessed as malnourished during a CWS-led nutrition survey in early 2017. To address this fact, which exists in other nearby village and other parts of the country as well, the children and their mothers joined nutrition […]

Villagers in Ayerwaddy Delta Are Their Own Strongest Asset

Yukiko Maki - CWS Japan | September 20, 2018

With the thatched-roof houses built on stilts over often-flooded land, small shops lining the river embankment and pigs lying around in household gardens, the villages in Ayerwaddy River delta seemed unreal – like a fairy tale, but not an always lovely one – to me. Though I have lived and worked in many rural villages […]

Gaining Important Practical Knowledge for Life Is Its Own Reward

CWS Myanmar |

Thin Thin Soe, who is 24, lives with her family in Sit Kone village in the Ayerwaddy River delta region of southwest Myanmar. She finished Grade 8 at her village school and then decided to leave school to help her family grow winter crops. Because CWS has been working with many of her family’s neighbors […]

“I Am So Proud of All I Have Learned!”

CWS Myanmar | September 19, 2018

Khin Myo Thant is 33 and married to U Aung Ko, who is 35; they live with their only son, Hein Aung Soe who is 3 and a half in They Sin Ku Taung village in the Ayerwaddy River delta region of southwest Myanmar. Khin Myo spends most of her time taking care of Hein […]

One Successful Endeavor Leads to Another and Another for One Myanmar Mother

CWS Myanmar | August 21, 2018

Ma Than Dar is a 29-year-old mother with one daughter and, besides her full-time job being a mother and house keeper, she used to work as a day laborer outside her home village, Yae Le Gyi, in southwestern Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy region. U Thet Naing, her 35-year-old husband works as fisherman and, in the past, they […]

We Are Grateful to CWS, Not Only for Material Aid, But Also for the Chance to Gain Knowledge

CWS Myanmar | July 23, 2018

Thin Thin Khaing, is a 27-year-old mother whose small family benefits from her participation in CWS-led nutrition education activities. She and her husband, Kan Tun, have a 4-year-old daughter named May Phu Khaing, and they have lived in Let Pan Tan village for many years. As poor farmers they earn about 40,000 Kyat ($29) monthly […]

Myanmar Country Leadership Team Visits Ministry of Social Welfare Colleagues

CWS Myanmar | July 22, 2018

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 […]

Twice Lucky: A Young Girl Grows Strong with CWS Support

CWS Myanmar | June 21, 2018

Hnin Nanda Aung is a happy and healthy child, living in a small village in the Ayeyarwaddy River delta region. CWS got to know her during CWS-organized weight monitoring sessions that are part of nutrition education activities for mothers and other caregivers, and staff noticed how much she laughs and smiles while talking and playing […]

“I thought the training would be easy. But …”

CWS Myanmar | June 20, 2018

To continue helping villages in Maubin Township in Southwest Myanmar, the CWS team once again worked with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology ( further strengthen sanitation in flood-prone villages where CWS has been partnering with families for several years to help them affordably improve sanitation in schools and at home. In a […]

“My name is Khaing Win Swe, and I am happy for a chance to tell you my story”

CWS Myanmar | May 18, 2018

So begins the story of one 30-year-old women with whom CWS is proud to work in Myanmar. “I live with my husband, Ko Aung Win, and our two sons, Kaung Khant Aung, who is 10 years old and in Grade 4 and Aung Phone Khant, who is just 14 months old. During the dry season […]

“I am … happy to share my learning and tell about our achievements”

CWS Myanmar | May 17, 2018

“My name is Ma Khin San. I am a 36-year-old daily wage farm worker, and my husband, U Kyaw Naing Myint, is 38 and a wage worker, too. Together, we earn about 6,500 Kyat ($5) each day for about 15 days of work each month during the six-month dry season, which makes us very poor. […]

Happy to Have Help, Ma Aye Joined All the Education Sessions

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: […]

Marking One Year of Progress Since Signing Our MOU in Myanmar

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 […]

Success Builds on Success: One Family Succeeds in Improving Its Life

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 […]

Highlights/Key Accomplishments For The Year 2017

CWS Myanmar | February 20, 2018

* 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 […]

Community-based and led Disaster Risk Reduction Redux

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 Joins an Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition in Myanmar

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 […]

One Family’s ‘Baby Steps’ in a Journey to Change

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 […]

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