Myanmar

Why World Vision is in Myanmar


Torrential rains swept through most of Myanmar in 2015, destroying homes, crops, and infrastructure. Over 1.6 million people were impacted and 117 died. We responded by distributing rice, soap, water purification products, mosquito nets, school supplies, and other essentials. The flooding was a huge setback for families already struggling to get by. The majority of Myanmar’s people live in rural areas and earn a living by farming. We are helping form farmers’ groups to increase income and establishing village savings and loan groups to help families cope with emergencies and expand their businesses. Poverty puts children at great risk of trafficking. Many drop out of school to work and help their families. They are easily lured by the promise of a job, only to be deceived into bondage. We are building community watch groups and children’s clubs to inform people about the risks of exploitation, traffickers’ ploys, and how to keep children from harm.

We never give up on people

World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Myanmar

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • We raised awareness of child protection issues such as human trafficking and empowered children to advocate for their rights and engage with local leaders on issues that affect their lives.
  • Farmers were trained in improved agricultural practices, animal husbandry, and how to grow vegetables for nutritious food and a source of income.
  • Savings groups were established to help families become more financially stable. In addition to savings accounts, these groups offer small, affordable business loans.

  • We focused on 15 high prevalence areas to serve survivors of trafficking by training police, legal professionals, and those managing cases to provide comprehensive support, including reintegration.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • Community health workers were trained in maternal and child health and nutrition.
  • Through our health education sessions, mothers learned how to prevent malnutrition among babies and toddlers.
  • We worked to prevent the spread of disease by holding awareness campaigns on healthy hygiene and sanitation practices.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • We established and strengthened preschools and encouraged parents, churches, and community organizations to take an active role in providing quality early childhood education.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Following Christ’s example, we worked alongside children and families to change lives, promote peace and understanding, and demonstrate God’s unconditional love.

Prayer Requests from Myanmar

World Vision's staff in Myanmar are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Families forced out of their homes by natural disasters or ongoing civil conflicts.

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  • A successful transition from military rule to the country’s first freely elected government in decades.

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  • New women’s savings groups that are providing additional income for family essentials, such as food, education, and healthcare.

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  • Opportunities for refugee children to attend school and continue their education.

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News from Myanmar

Killing worms, gaining weight

Underweight and suffering from worms, 2-year-old Hnin needed more than a home remedy. The malnourished child needed medicine, nutrition, and hygiene help.