Families living near the Ayeyarwady River in Myanmar face many daily challenges. Health centers and schools can be far away. Too many children are malnourished, despite their parents’ best efforts. And the river floods each year, submerging roads, crops and clean water systems.
Our team supports families and communities as they address and overcome these challenges. We host gatherings for parents to learn how to make sure their children have a nutritious diet. Then we provide chickens, seeds and gardening tools to families. This enables them to add eggs, chicken and vegetables to their diet or sell them for income.
We also focus on water, sanitation and hygiene. That means building wells and bathrooms that are flood resistant. It also means helping families develop hygiene habits like washing their hands and keeping cooking areas clean.
We are proud to stand with these families as they find sustainable solutions to the challenges they face.
Hope for a new chicken farmer in Myanmar
Daw Aye May, a 56-year-old widow, used to make a living selling herbs in an open-air market. That was before COVID-19 public health restrictions curtailed public gatherings at large markets and travel beyond township borders. In the village of Sar Phyu Su, 40 miles north of Yangon, Myanmar, salaried job opportunities are limited. And when she lost her husband in …
How do you share 30,000 chickens with families? By working together.
Vending machines are uncommon in Myanmar. And vending machines filled with practical items for vulnerable families are unique, even in the United States. But last Christmas, the Church of Latter-day Saints stocked vending machines in a few U.S. cities with gifts for families around the world instead of snacks. Among the gifts were two hens and a rooster per family. …
Local chickens mean a hopeful future in Myanmar
Farmer Ko Ye Naing is always looking for opportunities to improve his family’s livelihood. The 38-year-old father of two and his wife, Ma Nandar Win, live on a three-acre farm 55 miles west of Yangon, Myanmar. They grow about 700 pounds of chili peppers, which they sell for about $500 yearly. He also works as a broker: he buys chili …