Women in field in Burma/Myanmar

What we do

Our work here focuses on empowering civil society, development and education, emergency relief aid and supporting refugees.

Time for change

Burma/Myanmar has been ruled by various military governments since the independence in 1948. Ongoing conflicts and a lack of investments have resulted in neglect of fundamental services like education and health. A large part of the population lives in extreme poverty.


The Burmese people should be quite wealthy; the country offers a variety of natural resources and many fertile areas. However, a large part of the population is relentlessly trapped by internal conflicts, poverty, debt and a lack of education. At the same time, other parts of South-East Asia have experienced considerable economic growth.

At least 500,000 people in the eastern part of Burma have fled their homes and now live as internally displaced persons within the borders of the country. Several millions have fled the country.

The educational system, the healthcare system and other fundamental services are generally neglected. The UN and human rights groups have documented several outrages against individuals and entire communities, but the military government dismisses the criticism.

In May 2008 parts of southern Burma/Myanmar were hit by the cyclone Nargis. Approximately 140,000 people were killed and millions lost their homes.

What we do in Burma/Myanmar

For nearly 25 years, DanChurchAid has supported and worked with local and international partners, all with the common goal to improve the conditions for some of the most vulnerable people in and from Burma/Myanmar.

Our work focuses on the following:

  • dotStrengthening civil society
  • dotFacilitating development and education
  • dotHelping survivors of natural disasters
  • dotSupporting refugees on both sides of the border

Articles about Burma

A number of international NGO's are joint in condemning the attacks carried out on 25th of August and subsequent violence across northern Rakhine State in Myanmar
Phaung Daw Oo is a monastic school network that reach thousands of children with care and education in Myanmar.
The forests of Myanmar are important and a valuable resource – for commercial investors and for the communities living off the land. Unfortunately a lot of logging today is done illegally and a lot of timber is taken out of the country illegally, thereby cheating the state and communities of important income.
DCA-NCA Joint Country Programme Myanmar 2017-2021
The Federal Republic of Germany has awarded DCA DKK 4,820,000 to help and support Persons With Disabilities (PWD) and others affected by landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) in Myanmar until the end of 2017.
As DanChurchAid’s Patron, H.R.H. Princess Marie has been in Myanmar to put focus on poverty reduction.
The Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) under OCHA has awarded USD 141,696 in support of DCA’s work providing mine risk education and victim assistance to communities living in landmine-contaminated areas in Shan State, Myanmar.
UNICEF has granted USD 313,853 to support DCA’s efforts to standardise and improve Mine Risk Education (MRE) at a national level.
Many people in Myanmar have to fight for the right to their land. The government frequently claims pieces of land without an explanation. An EU-funded project implemented by DanChurchAid and local partners helps changing this by making people capable of fighting for their rights.
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has granted 288.074 CHF to DCA’s programme in Myanmar. The grant supports DCA’s work improving the safety of people affected by the danger of landmines/ERW and the living conditions of the victims in South-East Myanmar (Kayin and Kayah States).
Network Activities Group (NAG) receives ASEAN’s Leadership Award on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication 2015.
Maw Pray Myar is one of the most active team leaders for an important survey on Mine Risks conducted for the first time ever in three States and two Regions in Myanmar
A new grant from UNICEF of USD 175.903 will enable DCA to conduct capacity building of national authorities for the effective coordination and delivery of Mine Risk Education (MRE) interventions in Myanmar.
The German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) has granted 163.984,03 EUR to facilitate DCA’s implementation of a project that seeks to improve the livelihoods of landmine victims and people living with disabilities in remote areas of Myanmar/Burma.
Current advisor in DanChurchAid, Carsten Trier Høj, will be the new regional representative in Myanmar as of November.
The small disasters in Myanmar don’t get shown on CNN. But they still make a big difference locally and knock the breath out of people in small villages. That is why the Baptist Church in Denmark supports the Baptist’s disaster preparedness in Chin State in Myanmar through DanChurchAid.
Disaster Risk Reduction is an important part of the DCA country programme in Myanmar. The poorest people are often the most vulnerable when disaster strikes.
DanChurchAid has supported victims of land mines in Cambodia and Myanmar for years, and it is therefore only natural also to support victims of landmines in Thailand, that is also contaminated with the forbidden weapons
More and more of Myanmar’s mine victims get a new leg at DanChurchAid’s rolling prosthetics clinic. If a peace agreement between the government and rebel groups is arranged, the clinic is ready to roll into the most heavily mined part of the country.
DanChurchAid recently launched its regional food security governance project at a function in Kathmandu
Through the donation of EUR 150,000 the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) supports DanChurchAid (DCA) victim assistance efforts in Myanmar
Even though the government in Myanmar shows clear signs of moderation, it is too early for the more than 130.000 refugees, who have lived for years in camps in Thailand, to return.
Popular training courses teach young Myanmarese to play an active role in society
‘Maimed’ – a thought-provoking photo exhibition at Copenhagen City Hall – tells the story of the Burma/Myanmar’s unknown landmine tragedy.
DCA has the opportunity to further investigate the possibility for mine action activities in Burma/Myanmar through a USD 500,000 donation from the US Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement.
After the election in Burma/Myanmar last Sunday, violent clashes took place between the military government and resistance groups. Close to 20.000 civilians were forced to flee.
‘The flies are unbearable.’ When asked how things are in the Cylone-affected Irrawaddy delta of Myanmar, the first thing that they describe is the flies. Thick clouds of biting flies fill the air around the villages, having bred in the bloated carcasses of the buffalo killed by the storm. ‘There are so many, that some of the remaining buffaloes have even been killed from the bites.’
An ACT situation report on the response to the disaster in Burma.
“I felt that I had to help,” says one of ten dedicated young Burmese volunteers. These young people are supporting the survivors of Cyclone Nargis in the severely devastated Irrawaddy Delta region and their task is increasingly demanding.
"Aid is going out everyday, and local organisations are reaching thousands of people,” says an ACT member representative.
Survivors are still arriving at relief camps in the Irrawaddy Delta nearly two weeks after Cyclone Nargis hit Burma according to Christian Aid partners.
Responding to the increasingly critical need for humanitarian relief in Myanmar (Burma), ACT International launched a preliminary appeal today for US $5,156,215 to provide emergency assistance for up to 1.3 million cyclone-affected people.
In the aftermath of the worst Asian cyclone since 1991, members of the global alliance, Action by Churches Together (ACT)International, are mobilising support to assist affected populations in Myanmar. DanChurchAid is a member of ACT International.
Thousands of people have been killed or are missing in Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which pushed ashore on May 2. Villages in the Irrawaddy Delta have been completely flattened. Overall one million people may be homeless. Through 21 relief centres, DanChurchAid’s local partners are reaching 100.000 people.
Despite roadblocks and bad weather conditions DanChurchAid’s partners are able to gain access to some of the worst hit areas in Burma.
The destructions after the cyclone Nargis are huge. DanChurchAid’s representative reports from the delta area which was hit most severely and where no one has received any help and where dead people and animals are floating in the rivers
Bodies are floating in the rivers; desperate survivors are plundering the rice stores; these are some of the stories that are pouring in from disaster struck areas in Burma. So far DanChurchAid has earmarked 750.000 DKK to arrange for food supplies for the disaster in Burma.
Smashed up houses, broken masts, giant trees strewn across the roads. The damages from the cyclone Nagris are visible everywhere in and around Rangoon, the capital of Burma, where almost 50 percent of all houses are overturned.
DanChurchAid is pleased to nominate Executive Director Jack Dunford and the staff of Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) for the 2008 Nansen Refugee Award.
DanChurchAid is monitoring the situation in Burma, where Burmese monks have been protesting against the declining living standards and rising food prices; and demand the resignation of the military regime.
Refugees from Karen state in Burma are now flocking to camps supported by DanChurchAid in the neighbouring Thailand as the Burma dictatorship’s feared State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) forces are clearing the northern part of the state of people. Their strategy is to starve the population away, destroy their villages and block transport by putting out new land mines.
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