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