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.

Pigs for Prosperity

Piglets purchased through Red Cross cash grants are helping families like Daw Khin Aye Sein’s raise the funds they need to invest in other businesses.

Weaving a steady income

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.

The good doctor

Dr Kyaw Phyo Hein, 26, has been coordinating Red Cross mobile health clinics visiting villages around Sittwe town, capital of Myanmar’s troubled Rhakine state, for almost three years.

Trading hair for cash

Khaing Yu Swe, 45, is selling hair for cash! Using the cash grants, she invested in a hair trading business

The clinic custodian

As custodian to the village health center, Khin Maung Hla, 36, plays a crucial role by helping translate between patients and doctors.

Making hard choices to help those most in need

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.

The heart of community programmes

Red Cross community volunteer Soe Moe Khin is tells us how cash grants and first aid training is helping her community rebuild

Serving the needs of communities in Myanmar

Shwe has been coordinating cash grant distributions and training in villages around Sittwe as part of the Red Cross programme in Myanmar.

Connecting people to the Red Cross in Myanmar

U Maun Kyaw Win acts as the middleman between the Red Cross and the people in his village. Here is his story.

A place to get help and medical treatment

Every Friday, retired farm laborer U Maung Pain, 78, goes to the Red Cross mobile health clinic for a medical checkup and to get blood-pressure medicine.

Seeing success one year after distributing cash grants

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.