Myanmar

Myanmar faces poverty, insecurity and ethnic-based conflict. The recent military takeover has exacerbated the vulnerability of poor families. Rural-urban migration puts pressure on urban centres’ infrastructure and has led to the growth of informal settlements, where lack of education, health and protection services put children at risk of neglect, abuse, violence and trafficking. The number of children in contact with the justice system and children in street situations is alarming. Terre des hommes (Tdh) improves their situation by building capacities and strengthening services in child protection, healthcare and juvenile justice.

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 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 such as short or long-term foster care placements. In Yangon’s most populated and poorest township, we provide safe spaces where basic literacy and numeracy education and life skills training for children that dropped out of school.

Access to justice

We strengthen access to justice for children in contact with the justice system, both offenders and victims. We build awareness and strengthen structures that promote child-friendly justice, community-based dispute resolution, alternative measures to detention, restorative justice, child participation and respect the best interests of the child. We improve access to legal advice and representation for children. Justice actors are trained to respect the rights and respond to the needs of children in contact with the law. This reduces the number of children separated from their families.

Mother and child health

Tdh contributes to reducing the maternal and child mortality in Hlaing Thar Yar township by facilitating access to healthcare and nutrition services in collaboration with the health Department of the township. We strengthen official and community health structures and improve the capacity of health staff. We use mobile outreach services and do community awareness raising to increase the use of maternal and child health and nutrition services.

Tackling Child Labour

Tdh is surfacing key drivers of modern slavery and the worst forms of child labour in Yangon slums, and developing activities 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 2020

 

177,115 people

Expatriate / National staff

 

1 / 65

Budget 2020

 

CHF 1,910,367.-

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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
A 4-year-project that is financed by the EU on alternative care of children to help them realise their full potential by growing up in safe and supportive families.
2019
Set up of a DFID regional research project on tackling child labour with presence in the Yangon slums.
2020
Start of the global WASH Consortium on improving access to water sanitation and hygiene services in healthcare facilities in Hlaing Tharyar township.

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Annual Report 2020
Thematic Policy - Enhancing child protection systems

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