Project #77 | Clean Water and Sanitation in Myanmar
Our partnership with World Concern
World Concern provides life, opportunity, and hope to suffering people around the world through disaster response and development programs. In many of the countries where they work, the people who live there face significant political or religious restrictions. 95% of World Concern employees are citizens of the countries where they work. By employing locals, it provides financial value so that donations can help more people. The background of these employees also allows them to better understand and overcome challenges faced on a daily basis.
Gaining access to clean water and sanitation touches many facets of people’s lives. It frees up women in the community to work and provide income for their families instead of spending hours fetching water, it helps kids stay healthy and attend school, and it allows communities to invest in other areas and continue to rise out of poverty. Together we helped provide 7 communities in the Myanmar Mon State and delta regions with access to clean water and improved sanitation, impacting 3,586 people. Each community needed a different approach ranging from repairing wells, building rainwater catchments, building latrines, and providing comprehensive training in better hygiene.
Our collective impact
Water Points Built
Meet Daw Lae
Daw Lae, a housewife, and her husband U San Myint, a casual laborer, live in the village of Phar Pain in Mon State, with their three children. Before World Concern Myanmar’s WASH activities started in Phar Pain, there was no proper drinking water supply system in the village. Like other women in the village, Daw Lae now has more time as she does not need to walk a long distance to fetch water from neighboring villages. She can take care of her children after school and prepare food for the family. The children are healthier than before because they get hygiene education at school and practice personal hygiene. Daw Lae has begun raising two young pigs and chickens using the money saved from her husband’s pay. She now has enough water supplies for her family, including their domestic animals, and grows vegetables in her kitchen garden. In three to four months, she expects to earn more than 100,000 kyats ($100) after selling the grown-up pigs and chickens.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our clean water fund.