The recent political crisis that Myanmar is going through is not only creating an atmosphere of uncertainty but also exacerbating poverty conditions of the whole population. In a country where more than 1.620.000 people (3 out of 10) used to live already under poverty line, today thousands of families are finding it hard to satisfy basic needs.
Data published by UNICEF on 29th March 2021 are already alarming: nearly a billion children don’t have access to fundamental vaccinations, more than 250.000 kids are going to lose access to basic hygene and sanitation services and are at risk to lose another year of learning, too. Nearly 280.000 vulnerable mothers and children are going to lose access to money transfer that are their only security.
In this context malnutrition is spreading easily: more than 40.000 children are now without proper cares for severe acute malnutrition and nearly 5 billions don’t have access to vitamine A supplements.
While waiting for the evolution of the political situation, we have decided to stay close to the population in the regions where we work, helping families unable to satisfy their basic needs.
We have started a fundraising campaign to purchase food for families in state of emergency. Our staff is going to get in touch with families in cities and villages to give basic needs that we will be able to buy (rice, beans, eggs, dried milk, medicines).
YOU CAN HELP US FACING THIS EMERGENCY WITH A DONATION!
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In just six months L.H. feels different. After years of escapes from three different schools due to a total lack of motivation to study, in the center Nghet Awe San he has found the right push to take his life into his own hands: now he wants to roll up his sleeves to become a successful businessman!
Where he comes from: second of six brothers, after losing his father when he was very young, he moved with his family and the stepfather to Htaut Kyant, Yangon. The often tense family atmosphere and lack of support by his parents led him to lose the desire to go to school, and he became silent and angry.
“I was never allowed to go out of the house and if there was anything to buy my mother would let my brother or sister out to get it. I was forced to stay at home because my mother was afraid I’d meet bad companies.”
The school before the NAS center: for total lack of interest L.H. begins to systematically run away from school. “The teacher made students learn everything by hearth and I was forced to do this too, I found it very difficult to follow the lessons in this way.” Thus, L.H. leaves school permanently and stays at home without studying or working at the age of 14.
The experience at NAS center:
Teacher: “How did you get to the NAS center?”
L.H.: “After leaving school I had nothing to do and I was obliged by my mother to stay in the house. One day I sneaked away and went back to the area where we lived before we moved. I was only 14 years old and there I met my friends who did bad things like kidnappings and thefts. During the night we used to wander in the streets and if there was a chance we would steal. One night we stole a cell phone and some money from a house. One of my friends was taken by the police and later the whole group was taken. After that, I was sent to this school with my friends”.
T: “What did you learn from the New Humanity school in the NAS center?”
L.H.: “I started studying at this school in June 2020. I’m happy to be here because it’s totally different from the other schools I’ve attended. I love participating in school activities such as learning corners, sports days and learning new things about the environment. I had never got a prize in my life but last semester I won an award for outstanding academic performance. My favorite subjects are English and Ecology. I’m not like before, I want to learn and finish what I start doing”.
T: “What are your future plans?”
L.H.: “After this academic year I’m going to attend a basic course for motorcycle mechanic, and then continue with the advanced level. I’m going to try to buy a new house and become a successful businessman”.
A lack of awareness of school and family educational methods led L. H. to face difficulties in orienting himself in his everyday life. Thanks to the education of the Nghet Awe San juvenile center, now he has another chance… and seems willing to spend it in the best of the ways!
What happened in KENG TUNG and the near villages in 2020? Simple, it’s a matter of numbers.
And this was possible because New Humanity local staff managed to carry on projects of water infrastructure, training, support for families with disabled children, agriculture and many more, which have once again supported local communities in their growth and empowerment process.
Here’s what figures tell us:
34 =ACRES OF TEAPLANTATIONS
In the villages of Loi Mweand Yang Kha tea seedlings were planted to encourage farmers to take care of them and then distribute them to other. Tea is a suitable crop for Keng Tung area and its cultivation is an excellent tool for increasing farmers’ per capitaincome. During the rainy season seedlings were planted, and then redistributed to the farmers between July and August, in order to help them to increase their production.
70 = PARTICIPANTS IN AGRICULTURAL TRAINING COURSES
Agricultural trainings organized by New Humanity improved the capabilities of local farmers in livestock and agriculture. Participants learnt new farming practices to increase efficiency, disinfestations for plant pests, treatment and prevention of livestock diseases, and other tricks which allowed them to growprofessionally.
3,823,150 = VALUE IN KYATS OF LOANS FOR AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT
Seeds, fertilizers, barbed wire and herbicides were distributed to farmers to boost their work: these loans were then repaid in November 2020.
1,105 PEOPLE IN 196 HOUSEHOLDS = VILLAGERS WHO HAVE NOW ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER
In the villages of Yang Kha, Wan San, Naung Yang, Hwe Lan, and 31 Miles the population can now benefit from clean water, the quality of which was checkedand approved at the end of the work on infrastructures by several laboratory tests. Pipes, tanks, pumps were built, and local inhabitants actively participated in the work, too!
The construction ended in the summer; people now not only have access to clean water, but they also had the opportunity to participate in trainings on health education and good practices for the use of clean and drinking water.
1,000,000 KYATS = NEW HUMANITY DONATION FOR COVID-19 EMERGENCY PREVENTION
Due to the sanitary emergency that hit Myanmar too, several activities were organized for the control and prevention of covid-19, with masks, hygiene gel and other useful material provided by NH. In this way New Humanity supported the Department of General Administration of the States and Municipalities and the Local Department of Social Welfare in the management of the pandemic.
50 = CHILDREN RECEIVING MEDICAL TREATMENT
Each month NH provides food, medicine and medical care to the Keng Tung kindergarten. Our local staff has distributed nutrition and hygiene kits, and children could also benefit from dental checks.
144= PARTICIPANTS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD AND DISABILITY TRAINING COURSES
New Humanity staff in Keng Tung organized training meetingsforparents andteachers, to support them in their daily activities and make them aware of their fundamental role. The trainings allowed participants to get to know each other and create good relationships; they could improve their skills without feeling alone!
47= CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES LIVING IN THE AREA
After a survey, a list was filled in with all the children with disabilities living in the Keng Tung area where New Humanity operates. These children and their families can now be supported by the expertise of our local staff: not only they received food, physiotherapy, training for parents, but also opportunities to spend time together and get to know each other, as through taking part to daytrips organised for them. In addiction, infrastructural changes were made to the houses of two families, to allow disabled children to go in and out more easily and independently…
These are the ACHEVEMENTS that keep alive the passion of New Humanity and its whole staff, and we can’t avoid sharing them with you: all that remains is to hope that 2021 can be full of growth opportunities even more than last year… our staff is already at work for that!
Since 1995 in Cambodia, 2005 in Myanmar and 2016 in India, New Humanity chose to promote inclusion of people with disability strengthenin all development’s aspects of the person inserted in its context and community. For this reason all our projects follow the methodology of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) as an approach for an integrated development of people with disability.
The CBR started by the will of World Health Organization after the Alma-Ata Declaration in 1978. It has been fostered as a strategy for the improvement of access to rehabilitation services for people with disabilities in low-middle income countries, through a rational valorization of local resources. During last forty years, through a collaboration with other UN agencies, NGOs and Associations, CBR developed until becoming a multi-sector strategy facing deepest needs of people with disability, ensuring their participation and inclusion in society and improving their life conditions.
In 2004 ILO, UNESCO and WHO defined CBR as a “strategy of development of communities aimed to the rehabilitation, poverty reduction, equal opportunities and social inclusion of all people with disabilities”.
CBR recognize that all people with disabilities should have access to all services available for other people in their communities, such as health services, child programs, social welfare and education. Furthermore it emphasize human rights and stimulate actions against poverty, demanding also government’s support and a strategic policies’ development.
During the same year, a matrix has been published in order to provide a common frame of reference for CBR programs. This matrix consists in 5 key components – health, education, livelihood, social and empowerment. Every component is set of 5 elements and first four are linked to key development sectors, reflecting in this way CBR’s multi-sector focus. Particularly, last component is linked to skills of people with disabilities, their families and communities (empowerment), crucial to grant access to every development sector, improving life conditions and human rights for people with disabilities.
CBR’s program don’t have to implement every component or elements of this matrix, it has been instead designed in order to let programs select options which better satisfy local needs, priorities and resources. CBR programs not only are developing specific activities for people with disabilities, but they also aim to create partnerships and synergies with other sectors not inserted in CBR, in order to grant access to these sectors to all people with disabilities and their families.
For this reason New Humanity’s staff isn’t focusing only on people with disabilities, but they are going to villages, slums, in their houses involving the family and the community. We are carrying on sensitization and awareness activities in communities and advocacy activities with local authorities. We are involving relatives and neighbors in therapies’ provision in order to make them do therapies even when the specialist is not there, we are also trying to strengthen families’ economy and to improve the whole villages’ conditions, in order to develop the whole environment where the person with disability is inserted and in this way promote a real inclusion of the person in community’s social life.
Here you can find all our projects about disability.
We really do believe that the development can be real only through a real inclusion of all isolated people, and for this reason we decided to adopt this integrated approach, which allow us to walk side by side with local communities and to improve life condition of most vulnerable people.
Since COVID-19 showed up in Myanmar and India, our local staff supported our beneficiaries in many ways. Covid-19 spread hadn’t only health consequences, but the biggest impact in our project’s context was the socio-economic consequence of local lockdowns. That’s why we invested 21.567 € to support local population in this critical period.
Actually both Myanmar and India are still in lockdown and we’re keeping on supporting them. Since March 2020 until today we organized different activities trying to face the emergency and answer to local needs:
12.020 € invested for distribution ofFOOD and BASIC GOODS to families who were struggling after the lockdown.
4.520 € invested for distribution of HYGIENIC MATERIALS to all our beneficiaries and in support to local municipalities.
2.673 € invested for MEDICINES and DOCTOR’S VISITS to our beneficiaries.
2.356 € invested in the organization of PREVENTION TRAINING about COVID-19.
We organized those activities in all contexts we are working in.
In India we’re keeping on supporting slum’s children with disabilities and their families, especially in this period when they are most isolated than ever.
In Yangon, Myanmar, we’re keeping on supporting the juvenile detention center through education activities and we added also special activities for COVID-19. We’re keeping on supporting the School for Disabled Children and the Disabled Care Centre through a constant provision of hygienic materials and basic goods. Whenever the lockdown allowed us we also kept on supporting them through our professional staff, even though now that the lockdown is stricter our professionals are not allowed to enter the centre.
In Shan State our activities in community based rehabilitation for children with disabilities, drugs prevention and rural development kept on as planned. We only had to stop for 2 months, even though we had special permission to go in villages for distributions or similar activities, but now the situation in that region is not so critical and there is no lockdown for the moment.
Our House of Dreams in Taunggyi gave availability to host people in quarantine, we organized everything in the house in order to be able to meet these special guests and we were able to answer to all request from the government, hosting some group for 14 days each.
Luckily we were able to support those activities thanks to a special attention from our main donors, through an agreed adaptation of project’s budget to these new special needs. We also had some unexpected contributions from private donors who helped us to face this critical period.
Unfortunately the emergency hasn’t stopped yet, most of our beneficiaries are still in lockdown and lockdown consequences will gave new problems for longer than expected. So if you wish to help us please donate here indicating “Covid-19 emergency”.
My name is U Ah Jone. I live in Khun Sai (Upper) Village under Loi Mwe Village Tract, in Kyaing Tong township. In my family we are eight: my wife and our 6 children.
I am a Li Shaw ethnicity. We grow three acres of paddy field. The paddy fields are located six miles below the hill of Loi Mwe. We also have some livestock such as buffalos, cattle and pigs.
When I lived at my parents’ home in their village, I had access to water from the lower part of the village where the water source used to be. Gradually, the weather got worse and the water gradually disappeared.
Since I got married, when I was about 30 years old, we carried water and rainwater from the bottom of the house in the rainy season. In dry seasons, winter and summer, we used to take a bike / motorcycle / bullock cart to Loi Mwe Lake to get the water which is far from the village at about 0.5 Mile. We had to carry water every day for our household water and animals.
Then New Humanity Myanmar arrived and started a project for a solar water supply system.
This was really A LIFE CHANGE!
When the water supply system was provided in 2014, New Humanity Myanmar built three water reservoirs (with concrete rings) for Khun Sai (Upper) village. I have one reservoir close to my house and it can fill with water in the morning, and during the night. The house and the water storage tank is about 20 feet away, so we are able to get access to the water whenever we need for the household use without wasting a lot of time.
Beginning in 2017, there is the connection from the small water tank with 0.5 inch plumbing to the house, installation of water meters, and 200 kyat per unit of water for water use and costs only 1,000 to 1,500 kyat per month.
We are so happy now that the water is already in the house and we can work more without worrying or wasting time to go to take water every day.
We are so grateful to New Humanity for having improved our lives!