Protecting the most vulnerable in Myanmar
Poverty, a lack of knowledge and awareness of child rights and protection issues, are serious concerns in Northern Karen State in Myanmar. Sadly, there have also been a growing number of cases of child abuse, child rape, neglect and exploitation. This means that for vulnerable children like Ebene*, safety and survival are a daily concern. Ebene is 10 years old. She has a sweet and bright nature marking an incredible resilience greater than most twice her age. She lives with her 85 year old grandmother and her 13 year old brother. Ebene’s physical differences compound her challenges in a society where life is difficult even for those who are able-bodied.
With a lack of any child welfare system, Ebene’s teacher brought her to see INA’s visiting project team during their recent trip to Myanmar. Ebene’s grandmother was no longer able to care or provide for the children in any way and our project facilitators worked with the community women’s group and newly elected Child Champions to ensure Ebene and her brother were properly cared and provided for.
To address the many other similar cases, we are now also working with the local government authorities to form a Township Child Rights Committee with responsibility for receiving referrals and managing cases of abuse and those of severe neglect and vulnerability, such as that of Ebene and her brother.
Ebene poses for a selfie with her Child Champion