FXB in action
FXB has provided essential assistance in Myanmar since 1992. The organization developed programs related to health, education, vocational training and income generating activities, organized HIV/AIDS and human-trafficking campaigns, and has undertaken emergency and reconstruction operations following floods and cyclone Nargis.
In 2016, FXB assisted over 17,000 vulnerable people. Currently, FXB leads several main projects in Myanmar:
Vocational Training and Life Skills aimed at Young People at Risk
The objective of this project is to improve access to education and promote self-sufficiency for vulnerable young people disadvantaged in regards with poverty, health, education, gender, and displacement. FXB offers three different kinds of professional training:
- In Shwe Pyi Thar (township of Yangon), between 80 and 150 students are annually trained in weaving, tailoring, interior decoration, furniture making, as well as metal and wood work. The training allows them to acquire the needed skills to find a job in a factory or to open their own workshop.
- In Ngapali, the FXB Hospitality Vocational Training Program is set to provide training opportunities for 50 disadvantaged youth per year to prepare them to work in the hospitality industry in particular, and tourism in general. At the end of their training, the students have the possibility to be assessed by the National Skills Standards Authority (NSSA) for their competencies to be certified.
- Mobile Training Units in remote areas of Myanmar allow vulnerable young women to receive professional training in garment making that will improve their competencies and their attractiveness in the labor market.
Informal Education for Children
The FXB Training Center for children, located in Shwe Pyi Thar, one hour and a half away from Yangon, also daily welcomes 30 out of school and street children and provides them with informal education.
Community Development Program
A FXBVillage Program is ongoing in Môn State, an area benefiting from a ceasefire agreement with the government. The latter will lead 489 people to economic and social autonomy within three years and will also promote peacebuilding activities in the region.
Community-Led Development through Theater Capacity Training
The project is in its fourth year and so far the troupe, made up of twelve young performers and two theater Managers has conducted over 300 performances, reaching more than 37,000 community members from Yangon, Tanintharyi, Kachin, Mon and Kayin States. The theatre performances target issues focusing on both women and children’s rights.
Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Information for Young People
FXB implements a large project on “Promoting Access to Adolescent Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Information” which informs adolescents and youth about reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.
Capacity building training on Reproductive Health, Gender and HIV/AIDS are also provided to hundreds of young people every year.
Sunday Empowerment Groups
Through self-help and Sunday empowerment groups, FXB offers psychological support to people living with HIV/AIDS and their impacted families.
FXB Showroom (Yangon)
A showroom sells tapestries, curtains, furniture, clothes and toys, made by 40 people holding a FXB training diploma. The profits are used for their salaries, to buy raw materials, and to provide a small allowance to FXB’s apprentices.
Address of the showroom: No.294/3, Shwe Gon Daing Road.
Middle Shwe Gon Daing Ward. In Front of Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda
Bahan Township. Yangon. Myanmar – Tel: +95 9 73016552
Response to Gender-Based Violence
A new project, “Immediate and Rapid Response to Gender-Based Violence” reached the most affected areas in the Ayeyarwady Region through the provision of mobile case management and psychosocial support.
Policy dialogue related to Gender-Based Violence is also facilitated at National, State and Regional level.
With a population of over 54 million people, Myanmar is among the world’s poorest countries, ranking 148th out of 188 countries in the Human Development Index (2015). The 2015 elections marked a historic milestone in the country’s political and economic transition that began in 2011. The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) swept into power, leading to the parliament’s election of Myanmar’s first civilian state leader in decades.
Although some areas in Myanmar are reforming by all means, poverty levels are at an estimated one fourth of the population. Poverty is twice as high in rural areas where 70% of the population lives. The remote border areas, mainly populated by Myanmar’s minority ethnic groups, as well as areas emerging from conflict are particularly poor (Human Poverty Report 2014).
The tourism industry is overstrained. Lack of qualified staff is the most obvious challenge, as tourism is expected to boom in the coming years. Institutional research predicted that the tourism sector will need an additional 2 million employees by 2030 to provide services in line with demands. Without support and training, vulnerable populations will not be able to seize those opportunities.
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