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:

Building Community Capacity for Protection of Child Rights

Goal of the Project

KWEG is funded by SHE supporters and an ANCP (Australian and Non-profit 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 July’19 until Dec’20)

  • A new Child Rights Law was introduced by the Myanmar Government in July 2019. Our partner has been involved in collective advocacy with other NGOs, encouraging the government to make this change in line with international Child Rights,
  • Child Rights awareness sessions were held with 2,617 participants, then activities were halted or changed and a COVID response was put in place,
  • 25 Child Champions (21 female) were trained in positive discipline by our partner. The Child Champions shared their new knowledge with 357 participants (279 females),
  • 1,467 people (883 female) in 7 villages aware of new Child Rights Law,
  • 711 children participated in Child Club activities, including peer-to-peer and online sessions where older children lead games and read stories,
  • 5 Women’s Groups, previously using a micro-finance loan system, were introduced to and implemented a Village Savings and Loan Approach with 65 members in total (all female).
  • 1,533 participants (761 female and 772 male) celebrated the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Day in November with innovative home celebrations,
  • At the end of the year, project orientation was done in 6 villages, including 321 participants (207 female and 114 male), following safety and social distancing rules,
  • The project handed out basic essential items like soap, and rice to support communities during COVID lockdowns. Handwashing stations were installed in 7 schools and 7 churches which are used as community meeting halls.
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