For people living in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, these are uncertain, challenging times. Many families have faced cyclical violence, population movement or flooding over the past three years. To help them through the worst of these situations, villagers around Sittwe town are receiving cash grants and training from the Myanmar Red Cross Society.
Although violence means the Red Cross programmes sometimes have to be suspended, these grants have helped people start small businesses, while Red Cross health centers and first aid training give them access to basic healthcare and prepare them for future disasters.
Meet the people we are reaching and the Red Cross volunteers who are making all this possible.
Daw Toe Ma Sein, 56, is a weaver in the small village of Kyauk Tan Chay. One year after receiving a cash grant to invest in a weaving business, her investment is bearing fruit.
Maung Maung was selected to sit on the village’s grant management committee, helping identify those most in need of support. It is also one of the toughest jobs in the village.
As the Livelihoods Programme Coordinator for the Myanmar Red Cross Society, Zaw Tint has overseen the distribution of cash grants to more than 3000 people in communities affected by flooding, cyclical violence and population movement.