Every number here represents a real life touched by the passion and generosity of you, our hero supporters, to improve the lives of children caught in conflict and oppression.
Your support helps communities grow their capacity to help themselves. Highlights this past year include building businesses that fund schooling, improving rice production and teaching organic farming methods to feed families, and training and equipping clinics and health workers to radically improve community well-being.
134 Health workers and medics trained to provide care
Rural communities across Myanmar are benefitting from the increasing standard of healthcare provided by the local health workers and medics who have received training through Partners’ health projects.
68 Successfully running sustainable school projects
These income generating businesses, such as goat and corn farms, are now either supporting teachers and schools in areas where access to education is limited or reinvesting the profit into the business to boost long term profit.
236 Participants trained in sustainable agriculture techniques
Having been equipped in modern agricultural and animal husbandry techniques at our training centers, these farmers are now experiencing increased yields, which benefits their families through additional income and nourishing produce.
A sustainable future.
When Saw Swe Mue Hair heard about a training opportunity at Eden Development Farm, he knew he had to attend. There participants are trained in modern, sustainable farming techniques that improve crop yields and reduce dependence on harmful and expensive chemicals. “Now I will go back home and implement the information that I was taught from the training”, he shares. “Through you, we have learned to live sustainably.”
We are working in partnership with local communities to strengthen families and provide safe nurturing environments for children to grow, while keeping them in school and increasing community awareness to reduce the number of children sold, kidnapped, or otherwise trafficked into prostitution and slavery each year.
146 Children given access to early childhood education
Through the support of 5 nursery schools in areas affected by decades of conflict, Partners is enabling young children to receive early childhood education. This enables them to become literate at an early age, laying a solid foundation for their future.
876 Displaced and refugee children being cared for while attending school
For these children who have suffered from the effects of war and poverty, the community-based care provided has meant that they have the opportunity to attend school whilst being well cared for in a safe and nurturing environment.
652 Shan migrants assisted through SEED training center
For these migrant workers and children of migrant workers, the opportunity to receive assistance and educational and vocational training through SEED has meant increased avenues to secure safer work and reduced the risk of exploitation.
Free to finish school.
Su Boo Ko, already having escaped an attack by the Myanmar Army as a child, was facing the prospect of being unable to go to high school due to his family’s financial hardship. That is until he heard about the community-based homes you support, which provide students from smaller villages with accommodation that enables them to go to a local school. “I can simply focus on my school and do my best in studying, rather than doing that and working to support the family”.
Increased violence against Rohingya last year saw over half a million new refugees flee to Bangladesh, while hundreds of thousands of people across Myanmar remain internally displaced. Meanwhile, ongoing conflicts across the Middle East left millions of people in need of urgent assistance. In these times of crisis, where children and families are left most vulnerable, Partners has committed to go and help wherever we have been able.
803 Tonnes of rice provided to displaced families
This rice, delivered to communities in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, was a critical provision for many with little access to other food sources. Accompanying some rice distributions in Myanmar was meat and vegetables to help improve nutrition.
131 Water solutions installed to provide clean water
In addition to these wells, pumps, filters and gravity fed systems, our team was able to co-ordinate the building of 16 toilets in Bangladesh and 28 in Myanmar to increase hygiene and reduce the risk of disease in villages and refugee camps.
17,424 Food parcels distributed to families in need
Working with local partners, our team delivered parcels containing food and hygiene supplies to displaced Rohingya families in Bangladesh, as well as to families affected by violence across Iraq and Syria.
Now they’re helping themselves.
“You don’t know how strong you are until you are in a situation where you need to be that strong,” the baby’s mother shared. Forced to flee an attack on their village, she found herself delivering her baby in the jungle as thousands of other Rohingya fled to Bangladesh. Now faced with an uncertain future in a refugee camp where basic resources are scarce, you’ve brought hope to thousands like her with food, clean water, shelter, blankets and medical care.
419,119 people directly helped last year.
2017 was an incredible year. Our amazing global support community has given, prayed and fundraised to help fund our frontline work with children and communities impacted by conflict and oppression. On behalf of all the team at Partners, thank you for making it our biggest year yet!