UN DEVELOPMENT INDEX*Rank: 149 out of 191
People supported per year45,000
Thematic focusEducation and Vocational Skills
Private Sector Development
Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion
Gender & Social Equity
One focus is on skills training of young women and men, particularly for many teenagers, who never finished school. Working together with businesses, Helvetas enables young people to develop manual skills so they can earn a living or at least improve their income. In sewing and tailoring courses, for example, young women learn a new craft and, after several months of coursework, can look for work as seamstresses or set up shop on their own. Furthermore, the digital skills training has proved to be key when in the last years due to COVID and security concerns mobility was hampered.
Preservation of biodiversity
Helvetas promotes the sustainable use of natural resources, especially to protect declining fish populations, and the unique and endangered biodiversity along the coastline. Women and men in coastal communities get an alternative source of income in the processing of fish products and agriculture. Helvetas also contributes to the preservation of biodiversity by promoting the production and export of special indigenous plants, such as the Thanaka tree, whose wood and bark are traditionally used to make cosmetics.
Humanitarian assistance to refugees
Myanmar is again facing a crisis and armed conflict. This has led to large scale displacements of civilians and is putting an enormous burden on people that were already facing poverty. Helvetas Myanmar is engaged in direct support to IDPs with food aid and education in crisis situations.
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Our Projects in Myanmar
If you would like to know more about our work in Myanmar, click on each project for details.