Humanity & Inclusion in Myanmar
Our team opened its first operations in Myanmar in 2008 following cyclone Nargis. Humanity & Inclusion has been working to promote the equal rights of people with disabilities and individuals who have been injured by explosive remnants of war.
Myanmar has made significant economic progress, however, living standards have not improved for the majority of the people residing in rural areas. The country remains one of the poorest countries in Asia as well as one of three countries with the most landmine victims in the world.
Since 2014, Humanity & Inclusion continues to work toward developing projects relating to inclusive education, disaster risk reduction, and victim assistance.
Our Current Work
Humanity & Inclusion’s team in Myanmar is composed of 59 national staff members, 5 expatriates, and 2 volunteers. The team works diligently to:
- Assist individuals injured by explosive remnants of war
- Provide support to Organizations for People with Disabilities
- Promote inclusive employment
Humanity & Inclusion is building the project management skills of the Myanmar Physical Handicap Association (MPHA) in order to sustain survivor assistance throughout the region.
Local Policymaking and Support for Organizations for People with Disabilities
Humanity & Inclusion works to improve the access to basic services for people with disabilities and to ensure inclusion of people with disabilities at the national level by:
- Collecting data
- Providing organizational, technical, and financial support to national and local OPDs or DPOs
- Coordinating between the disability and political sectors
- Supporting the application of a regional development plan for people with disabilities
Humanity & Inclusion improves socioeconomic conditions for individuals injured by explosive remnants of war and people with disabilities, and their families through identification, needs assessments and referral mechanisms to appropriate livelihood services.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been operation in Myanmar since 2008, promoting a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities and who are vulnerable. Over time, we have evolved our work to meet the dynamic needs of the communities where we serve.
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To improve the quality of life of survivors injured by explosive remnants of war and other adults and children with disabilities, Humanity & Inclusion established a new survivor assistance center in Kyaukkyi providing both physical and psychosocial rehabilitation.
- Strengthened community and institutional resilience to natural hazards
- Built capacity of institutional and hospital staff to improve the quality of services provided to people with disabilities
Ensure All Children Have Access to Education
Humanity & Inclusion provided technical assistance to the Myanmar Independent Living Initiative and 200 other disabled people's organizations that work towards improving school accessibility for children with disabilities.
Disaster Risk Reduction
To enhance the capacity of the region of Rangoon, Humanity & Inclusion trained 450 Burmese in disaster management, specifically how to assist those with disabilities in the wake of an emergency response operation.