Integrated Community Development in Rural Myanmar
An important transition happened in our programs in Myanmar this year. What used to be individual projects for community-based Disaster Risk Reduction and water infrastructure improvement are now more holistic community development programs. The new, integrated approach includes community information sessions for parents about better nutrition for young children, improved household sanitation through latrine construction, first steps for families to improve their livelihoods through raising poultry and expanding home gardens and support for better access to safe water.
In partnership with the Myanmar YMCA in Pathein, our team continued support for five villages in Ngaputaw Township to complete a variety of small-scale infrastructure projects to help them reduce the impact of future disasters, particularly flooding. In all, more than 1,300 families – about 7,000 people – will continue to benefit from these improvements.
In the Ayeyarwady River delta, our staff’s integrated approach to support for vulnerable families and communities helped them cope with the reality that the river is a source of livelihoods, especially fishing, but is also a cause of perennial harm and destruction from flooding. Through nutrition education, DRR and water, sanitation and hygiene programs in 20 villages in two Ayeyarwady region townships, CWS helped 2,431 families – nearly 12,000 people –take steps towards improved wellbeing. These programs involved material and technical support from CWS as well as encouraging communities to work together to establish action steps.
While responding to flooding in late 2016, CWS supported 1,896 families with whom we were already partnering – about 8,000 people – with emergency rice and cooking oil while they coped with rising, then receding, flood waters.
During this year,
benefitted from CWS and partner initiatives in Myanmar.