Plan in Myanmar
Plan started working in Myanmar in 2008 following Cyclone Nargis, which tore through the country’s southern coast killing 140,000 people. Together with local partners, our post-Nargis activities included emergency relief, disaster risk reduction, early childhood care and development, and school construction.
In July 2012 Plan entered into a new, longer-term commitment in Myanmar with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
Our initial target areas include the regions/states of Ayeyarwady, Sagaing, Rakhine and Mandalay, although we are investigating the possibility of expanding into other areas including Kayah and Kayin State. Plan Myanmar is primarily implementing programmes in partnership with local organisations and has not yet started any sponsorship activities.
Plan’s programmes in Myanmar will include early childhood care and development; maternal and neonatal health with an emphasis on nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene; disaster risk management; and child protection. At present Plan is undertaking a sector situation analysis in these areas and also selecting specific townships in which to implement programmes.
Saving their school, one tree at a time
Schoolboy Mg Lwin, sits under a big mango tree as he looks at the new concrete school compound that was recently built. Though he looks tired, Mg Lwin looks pleased as he recalls planting trees at the school with his friends.