Myanmar
Location: Northern Hpa'An District
Project: Building Community Capacity for Protection of Child Rights
PARTNER: Karen Women Empowerment Group (KWEG)
Karen children and their parents have suffered from armed conflict between the Burmese Government and Karen armed groups for more than 60 years, in the world’s longest civil war. Now, with the national reconciliation process, Myanmar is taking positive steps. However, insecurity, poverty, poor road infrastructure, lack of quality education, health knowledge and care are prevalent in Karen State. And the lack of knowledge and awareness on child rights, protection issues and child malnutrition are serious concerns in Northern Karen State.

Project One:

Building Community Capacity for Protection of Child Rights

Goal of the Project

KWEG is funded by SHE supporters and an ANCP (Australian and Nonprofit Cooperating Program) grant through DFAT (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). The goal is to build community capacity for Child Rights protection and the empowerment of children in Northern Karen State.

Through dialogue, exchanging of views and training, this project will:

  • Benefit 961 children (up to 18 years old) and 1,000 parents, teachers, community members and local authorities,
  • Form voluntary Child Protection committees and Child Clubs to promote and enhance child and community participation,
  • Attain 60% of children enjoying improved educational success,
  • Reduce cases of child abuse by 60%,
  • See 70% of families able to send their children to school.

Progress Update (From Quarter 3 of 2019/2020)

  • The Myanmar Government introduced a new Child Rights Law in July 2019, including the key change to raise the age of the child in Myanmar from 16 to 18. KWEG has been involved in collective advocacy with other NGOs, encouraging the government to make this change in line with international Child Rights,
  • The project conducted awareness sessions to the communities to ensure they know about the new laws and understand the implications,
  • 3 villages held awareness sessions on gender where topics like gender-based violence were discussed,
  • 25 Child Champions were trained on positive discipline by KWEG staff. The Child Champions shared their new knowledge back in their 7 villages,
  • 3,580 participants from 7 villages attended monthly meetings, peer-to-peer sessions and under-18 Child Rights awareness sessions,
  • 402 children participated in Child Clubs,
  • 51 participants (9 male and 42 female) received business training
  • 33 poor households received a loan through the project’s livelihood revolving fund to invest in household livelihoods opportunities,
  • KWEG has developed an internal plan to work remotely during the pandemic.

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