Dawei Township Myanmar

About the community

Dawei Township is located in the south of Myanmar, close to the border of Thailand.

Until 2015, Myanmar was under military rule for 50 years and, as a result, access to basic education and health services across the country is extremely low.

Ongoing conflict between ethnic groups in this region has resulted in thousands internally displaced persons, while many other families have been forced to seek refuge in Thailand.

Myanmar has a significantly large youth population and in Dawei over 40% of the population are children.

Youth in Dawei made a short video to introduce their village to you. This is one of many videos you can expect to receive from your community, as they love to share their everyday lives with their sponsors.

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Meet the community

Meet the community

Win Nang is 10 years old. His mother peels onions for a living and their family barely survives on an income of $3 a day. “I worry that one day my parents might not be able to afford to keep me in school.”

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Saw Moe is 12, and the youngest of 8 siblings! She is one of our Youth Ambassadors, learning about media literary, advocacy and leadership skills.

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Daw Kyi has been a teacher for 8 years. “For the future of my students, my belief is that they must know more than me. I want them to be more educated and more clever than I.”

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What projects are we currently working on?

Child protection
Child protection

We are supporting a youth-led capacity building program, to train young people on media, communications and advocacy.

Education
Education

We have an education project underway, to rebuild classrooms, train teachers and establish Parent-Teacher Associations.

Solar Power
Solar Power

We’ve built solar panels across 20 villages, bringing electricity to children, their families and their school.

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