Friday, April 24, 2015

WASH projects reaching children in remote non-state actor controlled areas

By Theingi Soe, UNICEF Myanmar WASH specialist
April 2015

©UNICEF Myanmar/2015

Field Mission
At the beginning of April, I went to Kyarinseikkyi Township in Kayin State to visit a UNICEF WASH project that included water supply, WASH in schools and Community-lead Total Sanitation (CLTS) in both Government Controlled Areas and areas controlled by non-state actors (NSAs). Implemented by the national NGO, Social Vision Services, this UNICEF project covers a total of 60 villages, 60% of which are in areas controlled by NSAs. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Working with Non-State Groups to Help All Children Get an Education

Jessica Aumann and U Thet Naing, UNICEF Myanmar 

Mi Pon Rod (left), aged 15, with Teacher Mi Htaw Are Lwe, Andin High School, Mon State
School was not always easy for Mi Pon Rod. “I attended Government School up to Grade 4” she said, “but I found it difficult to understand Myanmar language and couldn’t follow the lessons well”.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Children Catch-Up with their Education Rights

By Anne-Cecile Vialle and U Thet Naing, UNICEF Field Office for the South-East of Myanmar.
Khaing Khiang Hnin with her teacher Nyein Nyein Khaing (left) and Regional NFPE Monitor Than Nyunt (right)
Dawei Township, Tanintharyi Region, March 2015: Khaing Khaing Hnin, 16 years old, had to leave the regular primary school she attended in Saw Wa village seven years ago when she was just in Grade 3. “My mother has psychological health problems and my parents divorced. Then my father migrated to Thailand”, said Khaing Khaing Hnin. In fact, in Dawei, migration for work and child labour are common, and dozens of students drop out of primary school each year.

Mothers work together to fight child malnutrition in Rakhine IDP camps

By Ye Lwin
©UNICEF Myanmar/2015/Ye Lwin
Sittwe, Rakhine State, March 2014: Twenty three year-old Khin Saw looks at her two children proudly. They live in Thet Kay Pyin IDP camp in Sittwe, Rakhine State and, despite the difficult living conditions, both children are healthy and strong. 

First survey on Mine Risks in Myanmar can reduce accidents and save lives

By Emmanuelle Compingt

Photo Credit DCA - Maw Phray Myar and colleague practicing the use of GPS during the MRE KAP Training
Kayah State - Maw Pray Myar says she hasn’t “a fixed goal in life”, but in fact she wants to become a traditional singer. And while she waits to become a music star, the young Myanmar woman is already famous as one of the most active team leaders for the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) survey on Mine Risks, conducted for the first time ever, in three States and two Regions in the South-East of Myanmar, in 2014.

The first day of the rest of my life

“I want to be an example. It’s my turn to help others”
By Mariana Palavra

©UNICEF Myanmar/2015/ Mariana Palavra

Yangon, Myanmar, January 2015: He entered the empty, austere room shyly. His eyes facing the floor, as if afraid of my voice and presence. I introduced myself and clumsily attempted to put a few words together in Burmese. Almost immediately, he looked straight into my eyes and greeted me with a big smile. That smile stayed on the entire time we spent together talking and conjuring up his childhood memories.