Building Resilient Communities

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$22,000 $22,000
Project Code: MMR-NHM-BRC-P01


Our partner works in the sprawling urban slum areas in the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar’s capital. Due to poverty, children and young teens from the slums are vulnerable to being trafficked. The military coup (began 1/2/21) together with COVID-19 has exacerbated the trafficking risks due to increased financial pressure faced by families who have lost jobs. Families fall deeper into debt bondage and are desperate. With 12 community centres operating in the poorest urban trafficking hubs, our partner is well placed to deliver strong anti-trafficking awareness programs to these vulnerable communities and to engage in regular household visits.

Why Support This

Our partners are nimble, hands-on and experienced and work towards building safe and holistic communities. They work closely with other anti-trafficking agencies and community leaders to protect children and families to bring about change in communities where trafficking, gang violence and poverty are rife. We appreciate that they pinpoint effective strategies based on practical experience, and engage the participation of volunteers from the slum communities.


$22,000. This covers teacher training, materials for distribution, trafficking awareness and prevention events, as well as monitoring and evaluation.

The Need

Myanmar has suffered from 50 years of military rule and remains a country unsettled by government forces. Resources are limited and slum areas and poverty are common-place with one of the five slums mentioned cramming in a million people and others 200,000. Children as young as five are often involved in the care of their younger siblings or are forced to work, leaving them highly vulnerable to traffickers who live within the communities. The economic devastation of COVID-19 and the instability caused by the military coup in early 2021 that has left thousands of families in these slums areas without salaries or work for months, has only added to the vulnerability to trafficking.

Expected Life Change

  • Families will be taught how to avoid traffickers and paedophiles
  • Families will feel empowered to build strong communities
  • Families can access safe community centres and will find adults to trust and can report trafficking risks
  • Women empowered through vocational skills training and the knowledge to build family resilience to trafficking

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