MYANMAR

Mission start 1992
Impacted population 1,000,000

To lift families out of extreme poverty and fight against social injustices

Context

Myanmar is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. In 2018, it ranked 148th out of 189 countries on the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index. The 2015 elections marked a historic milestone in the country’s political and economic transition. The democratically elected government took office with a huge popular mandate.

Although some sectors have undertaken important reforms, the level of poverty remains very high: 67% of workers live on $2 a day. Rural areas, remote border regions, mainly populated by ethnic minority groups, as well as territories where migrants and internally displaced populations live are particularly affected by poverty. One of the consequences of conflict and violence in Myanmar, including the Karen conflict, described as the world’s longest-running conflict or the most recent Rohingya crisis, is the displacement of more than 660,000 people within and outside the country. 

The education sector is underdeveloped and unable to provide the necessary manpower in terms of both quantity and quality. As a result, the majority of people entering the labour market lack qualifications, affecting both the productivity and competitiveness of industry and society as a whole in terms of underemployment and poverty.

FXB in action

FXB began operations in Myanmar in 1992 to provide economic and social reintegration to 95 Burmese girls rescued from forced prostitution during a police raid in Thailand initiated by FXB founder Albina du Boisrouvray and the Thai government.

FXB then created a program in Myanmar to offer them an alternative to prostitution and allow for individualized reintegration, according to each girl’s aspirations and abilities. Many of them were involved in trafficking from a young age and had very little education. They, therefore, undertook basic vocational and management training and received a small amount in the form of a seed capital to start an economic activity. As the program grew rapidly, FXB created its own vocational training centre to extend its intervention to young people in extremely precarious situations and people infected with HIV/AIDS.

Since then, FXB has been developing complementary programs that promote respect for basic human rights and social justice in several states of Myanmar.

Our activities in the areas of Economic and Community Development FXBVillageEducationProtectionNutrition, Health, Water and Hygiene – strengthen the capacity of the communities in which FXB operates to act and develop.

Our ongoing programs

In Myanmar, gender inequality and women’s exposure to violence, harassment, and abuse are not only critical risks but also a major obstacle to national development and peacebuilding. For the vision of a modern, developed and democratic Myanmar to become a reality, it is essential that women and girls have full access to education, training, and economic opportunities and that their leadership capacities are strengthened to enable them to participate in general decision-making. FXB places particular emphasis on these issues.

Testimonial

We are happy to see generations of women and children able to take advantage of the support offered to them to gradually and successfully build their self-esteem and thrive.

Dr Cho Cho Mar Kyaw, FXB Myanmar Director

Mission impact

FXB has been providing essential support to Myanmar since 1993.

Our programs such as

  • emergency and reconstruction operations after Cyclone Nargis and other major floods,
  • HIV prevention and comprehensive care programs,
  • human trafficking awareness campaigns,
  • sexual and reproductive health or gender-based violence, capacity building for policy formulation and implementation and multisectoral interventions,
  • vocational education and training,
  • poverty reduction and FXBVillage economic development activities

have reached more than 1 million children and adults in their communities in the different states and regions of Myanmar.