U ANGELO: STORY OF A BURMESE FARMER

U ANGELO: STORY OF A BURMESE FARMER

Today we tell you the story of U Angelo, a farmer who has been able to improve the living conditions of his family and community thanks to the collaboration with the rural development project of New Humanity International in eastern Shan State.

Here’s what he shared with us about his experience:

“My name is U Angelo and I live in the village of Naung Leng in Keng Tung district. I am 50 years old, of Kha ethnicity and Christian. I live with my family, my wife, three children, two boys and a girl, my mother and aunt. In my village there are 30 families for a total of 200 inhabitants.

We possess two acres of rice paddy that produce 100 baskets of rice (2,100 kg), but this is not enough to eat the whole year. We also have 5 buffaloes, 5 pigs and 20 chickens that we partly sell to meet our needs. We grow corn and tea plants. I also own another 8 acres of land mostly with bamboo and shrubs.

We learned that New Humanity was working on rural development in the village of Loi Mwe which is about seven miles from ours, but it was difficult to reach.

New Humanity Myanmar then invited me to collaborate on the planting and agriculture program in my village. So in 2014 we started the construction of a nursery with a small reservoir for water supply. Thanks to this, as of 2015 we had the first local varieties of green tea, wild apple trees, coffee, macadamia and vegetables. Local tea varieties have been gradually expanded over the years; as of 2018, as many as 6 acres of tea were grown! Within this plantation, during the rotation year we grow cabbage. Here, in addition to my family, other farmers work, too. Today thanks to these changes we produce a greater amount of tea and vegetables and our income has increased!

Although I am not a rich man I am happy with the money I earn because they allow me to invest in the farm, buy the necessary equipment and expand the crops. Almost 300,000 tea plantations from my farm have been grown in partnership with New Humanity Myanmar and I’m happy to see the excitement in farmers growing their own tea! Like me, the inhabitants of the surrounding villages are very happy to make money from their productions.

We are really grateful for this possibility of collaboration for the cultivation of tea, coffee, avocados and other crops, and for being able to learn modern and advanced agricultural techniques: we have also received support to build a plastic roof for drying tea leaves, to make fences, toilets and a water tank in the factors to… And it was a great opportunity to develop new friendships and exchange techniques among us in the field of agriculture!

Thank you to U Angelo for his telling: his story and many other like his, show together New Humanity’s real face!

And… we are curious to hear the next one.

 

TOGETHER FOR MYANMAR POPULATION

TOGETHER FOR MYANMAR POPULATION

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!

By bank transfer:
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To “Fondazione New Humanity International Onlus”

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“I’M NOT LIKE BEFORE, NOW I WANT TO LEARN”: STORIES OF CHANGE FROM NGHET AWE SAN CENTER

“I’M NOT LIKE BEFORE, NOW I WANT TO LEARN”: STORIES OF CHANGE FROM NGHET AWE SAN CENTER

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!

 

A MATTER OF NUMBERS

A MATTER OF NUMBERS

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 TEA PLANTATIONS

In the villages of Loi Mwe and 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 capita income. 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 grow professionally.

 

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 checked and 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 meetings for parents and teachers, 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!

 

CBR: WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT HAS NEW HUMANITY TO DO WITH IT?

CBR: WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT HAS NEW HUMANITY TO DO WITH IT?

Self Help GroupSince 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.

Home therapy

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.

Home therapy

 

 

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 matrix

Activities in slumCBR’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.

 

Anita and her brother

 

 

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.

 

NEW HUMANITY’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 EMERGENCY

NEW HUMANITY’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 EMERGENCY

 

 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 of FOOD 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.

 

  

Coronavirus Dance

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.

 

 Distribution

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”.

THANKS TO ALL OUR DONORS AND SUPPORTERS!