Myanmar

The country is still confronted with challenges, including poverty, insecurity and ethnic-based conflict. Rural-urban migration puts pressure on the weak infrastructure of urban centres and has led to the growth of informal settlements. They are characterised by a lack of education, health and child protection and children are at risk of neglect, abuse, violence and trafficking. The number of children in contact with the law and children in street situations is alarming.

What we do

Child protection

Tdh provides family reintegration services countrywide for children in street situations and in conflict with the law, who have been detained in state-run detention centres. Through the development of a national foster care system, we also provide protection for children who cannot be reunited with their families as an alternative form of family-based care, which includes short or long-term foster care placements. In safe spaces in Yangon’s most populated and poorest township, we provide non-formal education (basic literacy and numeracy) and life skills training for children who are not enrolled in the formal education system.

Access to justice

We strengthen access to justice for children in contact with the law, both offenders and victims. The project builds awareness and strengthens structures which promote child friendly justice, community-based dispute resolution, alternative measures to detention, restorative justice, child participation and the best interests of the child. We improve access to legal advice and representation for children in contact with the law. The capacity of justice actors to respect the rights and respond to the needs of children in contact with the law are increased through training. This reduces the number of unnecessarily separated children from their families thanks to alternatives to custodial practices.

Mother and child health

Tdh contributes to reducing the maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates in Hlaing Thar Yar township by facilitating access to health care and nutrition services in collaboration with the Township Health Department. The project improves the health and nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women and children under 5 by strengthening official and community health structures and by building the capacity of health staff to deliver quality health care. The mobile outreach services are expanded to increase the use of maternal and child health and nutrition services, which is promoted through community awareness raising.

Tackling Child Labour

Tdh is surfacing key drivers of modern slavery and the worst forms of child labour in Yangon slums, and developing interventions to counteract them such as preventing push factors at community, family and individual level and unethical business. As part of a consortium, we are implementing a 4-year Action-Research project in Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh that aims to co-develop, with stakeholders, innovative and context-appropriate ways to increase options for children to avoid engagement in hazardous exploitative labour.
 

Despite her young age, Yee Yee’s story is already remarkable. In her two years of life, she has been cared for by five different women and girls, including in prison. She was recently reunited with her family.

Yee Yee, former street child

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Where we work

Terre des hommes in Myanmar

Beneficiaries in 2018

 

40,943 people

Expatriate / National staff

 

3 / 61

Budget 2019

 

CHF 2,056,327.-

Supported by

Timeline

2008
Terre des hommes starts working in Myanmar in the wake of Cyclone Nargis. Our first actions include providing emergency supplies, rebuilding schools and communal toilets, and improving access to drinking water.
2010
Start of a project, in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare, to reunite children with their families.
2015
Emergency aid provided following severe floods. In collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare, Tdh started working with families and communities to protect children who cannot live with their families.
2018
4-year-project on Alternative Care to help children to realise their full potential by growing up in safe and supportive families.
2019
Set up of a project on tackling child labour in Yangon slums.

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Related publications

Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Thematic Policy - Enhancing child protection systems

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