Expertise: Microfinance and Livelihoods Development, Civil Society Development
As a result of decades of armed conflict, the eastern Myanmar states and division bordering Thailand continue to be the most heavily landmine-impacted areas of the country. A national peace agreement is still under negotiation but landmine clearance has not yet begun in Myanmar.
Since 2013, World Education has partnered with a local prosthetics workshop to provide landmine survivors in Kayah State, Myanmar with direct assistance, including medical fund support and livelihood training activities. In 2015, with support from USAID’s Kann Let Program, World Education launched the Victim Assistance and Disability Program in Kayah State, expanding its programming to include persons with disabilities and their families.
Often times, persons with disabilities cannot access work to support themselves and their families. In addition, for those who live in remote areas, medical care and other services are difficult to access. The Victim Assistance and Disability Program in Kayah State builds on World Education’s previous experience in order to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities, landmine survivors, and their families through greater access to livelihood opportunities and medical support. In addition, through this project, WE seeks to increase civil society’s understanding of disability inclusive development.
World Education’s support for landmine survivors and people with disabilities includes:
The Victim Assistance and Disability Program aims to reduce the financial burden on persons with disabilities and their families by providing opportunities for economic empowerment. Providing such opportunities is essential to not only meet basic needs, but to overall enhance the quality of life and improve the well-being of landmine survivors, persons with disabilities and their families.
- Livelihood trainings and individual action plans with follow-up support for persons with disabilities and their family members
- Livelihood start-up kits for persons with disabilities and their families to start small businesses
- Access to medical and vocational support funds
- Improved data collection and information sharing about persons with disabilities in Kayah State
- Stronger networks and coordination among those supporting disability work, including the Department of Social Welfare (DSW), community-based organizations, Disabled Persons Organizations and other service providers
- Advocacy for increased inclusion for persons with disabilities among service providers
- Improved capacity for local organizations assisting people with disabilities and landmine survivors