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In Myanmar’s Northern Chin State, common and rare orchids grow well naturally due to fair weather conditions and can be found spread all over the State. Nowadays there are those who sell these flowers illegally causing most of the valuable Orchids to become critically endangered and the need to protect and maintain this valuable species.

An activity in the SURE project funded by MFAT and ADRA New Zealand saw the first Orchid nu...

23 year old Lway Arm Saw Hlaing comes from Namkhan Township. Despite her parents’ disapproval of her idea to become a TEES teacher, Lway Arm Saw Hlaing was determined to educate children in the remote marginalized Ta’ang community. She was recruited as a TEES teacher by Ta’ang Student Youth Union and placed in Man Kyawt village, Tar Moe Hnye Township, Northern Shan State since 2017.  

Lway Arm Saw Hlaing recalled that when...

 In 2011 when the conflict started in my home village Kasoo up in Myanmar’s Northern Kachin State, we would hide in the church until things quietened down and we could return home again. When the conflict increased, I told my wife and 6 children to travel to the main road where they could be picked up by trishaw and taken to the river to travel by bamboo raft to safety as the bridge was already destroyed.

Myself and some of the...

It's a mother who has to tell Naw Paw Wah's story. The young girl cannot tell it herself because she is deaf and was asked to leave school the same year she began. She can not read or write, but Naw Paw Wah has found a way. In her memory, ADRA will always mean the 'rescue'.


Naw Paw Wah was born a normal healthy baby girl without any disabilities. When she was still very young, for several days she had a high fever. When the fe...

As Hpauhki Bawk Lu cooks Naw Hpu, a local Soya Bean with her two-year-old son Zaw Ja Aung, the youngest of eight, she reminisces how her family were forced to flee their home 5 years ago on Christmas Day when fighting broke out. Bawk Lu is an IDP, an Internally Displaced Person now living in a Kutkai IDP camp in the Northern Shan State far from her childhood home. To this day it is still not safe to return to her village.

Bawk...

In Myanmar’s South Eastern Kayin State, children and pregnant mothers suffer from malnutrition and access to proper health services. 17% of 1.5 million people living in the Kayin State fall below the poverty line. Of an estimated 648,974 children living in the area, 15% are recorded as underweight, and 30% suffer from stunting.

In Ta Di Kho village located outside Hlaingbwe Township in central Kayin, Naw Eh Mwei Phaw, her husb...

In Yang Mai village located in Mongkhet Township, Shan State, locals rely on farming for their livelihood. No schooling or facilities were available so children were unable to have access to an education or learning materials.

When the CASE ‘Conflict Area Support for Education’ project came to 21 year old Julie’s village, Julie saw an opportunity to undertake one of her passions and train as a TEES (Teacher Establishing Educati...

18 year old and pregnant Ma Htet Htet Win attended the antenatal clinic in Kwan Tar sub rural area in December 2016 with her husband U Tun Aye, a farmer. They arrived by bullock cart which they borrowed from a friend. The journey took 1.5 hours as the health centre is 5 miles from their village. This was Ma Htet Htet Win's first pregnancy and she was 38 weeks along as she was examined by the midwife.

Like in most normal pregna...

Jin Nyu is 10 years old from Hopong Township, Shan State. This year she was able to go to school for the first time. Some of the boys in her village were able to go out of the village to the Monastery for an education, but like all the other girls in her village, she had to stay with her family. In September 2016, a teacher came to their village for the first time with local authorities and talked with the community about sett...

My name is U Thet Pyin and I am 65 years old living with 7 family members in Chaung Gwa village, Pakokku in Myanmar’s Central Dryzone. Our family’s main livelihood is dryland farming though my children are all either studying in town or working as migrant workers in the bigger cities in Myanmar leaving only myself, my wife and my mother in law to do the work.

Our biggest issue is water scarcity. Since a young age, I had to get...

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