Photo: Shanley Studio

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.

Despite these challenges and the ongoing political crisis, rural communities in Myanmar and CWS remain committed to developing a safer and healthier environment.

Our team supports families and communities as they address and overcome these challenges. We are providing chickens, seeds and gardening tools to families. This enables them to add eggs, chicken and vegetables to their diet or sell them for income.

Through community-led efforts, we are working to improve public spaces such as schools, evacuation centers, and health posts. We are working with communities to build sanitary and flood resistant toilets. This allows families to develop hygiene habits like washing their hands and keeping cooking areas clean. Along with the development of sturdy roads and bridges, these efforts also ensure communities can be protected and evacuate efficiently in the case of a natural disaster.

We are proud to stand with these families as they find sustainable solutions to the challenges they face.