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Myitkina – Looking Forward with Partners Asia-partners

My recent adventure into Burma took me and my photographer buddy to a place we had not yet seen in country. We spent a short two days in Myitkina, a town near the center of the Kachin State. Myitkina has big, unhurried and uncrowded streets and quite pleasant weather, at least when we were there. It borders the Irrawaddy River as it flows south into central Burma and then to the far delta. The mountains surrounding the town appear lush […]

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International Investment in Myanmar: The Realities

Zunetta Herbert Partners Asia Senior Advisor As international investors and others continue to pour into Myanmar to search out deals and opportunities, one company gives a more humane view of the situation they found in special economic zones(1). The situation reported here is repeated all over Myanmar. In November 2014 Partners Asia staff traveled to Kachin State, and found that villages resettled for the abortive Myitsone Dam are now largely abandoned: the rows of brick houses with wire fences, the […]

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Land Rights in Myanmar – Life is Not Sweet!

by Partners Asia staff Recently, Partners Asia staff had the opportunity to talk with some villagers being defended in court by a lawyer whom we have supported. The area is in Sagaing division, Kanbalu township. To protect the villagers, we have changed their names and those of their villagers. This interview gives some sense of the issues faced by tens of thousands of farmers in Myanmar. The government established a Land Commission in parliament in 2013 to receive complaints by […]

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Digital Dreams – Computers for Myanmar Schools

Digital Dreams (c) Anne Barnett

San Francisco Bay Area teen Lily Barnett developed and implemented Digital Dreams. Lily has traveled in Southeast Asia with her parents, long time Partners Asia supporters, Jim and Annie Barnett. This year Lily fulfilled a dream for many small school children. Personally raising $3,800 from family and friends, Lily launched her own project Digital Dreams with the assistance of Partner’s Asia and in February she traveled to Yangon to deliver computers to a monastic school on the outskirts of Yangon. […]

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A Day in the Life of Partners Asia Senior Advisor

Written by Zunetta Herbert Partners Asia Senior Advisor A Day in the Life of Partners Asia Yet another day passes, and I am as ever grateful to be working with Partners Asia, and for the many generous and far sighted donors on whom we rely. I appreciate that with the massive increase in bilateral government aid to Myanmar, it is easy to think that maybe we are no longer needed; maybe needs are now being met. Sometimes, on a day […]

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Farewell U Win Tin – April 21, 2014

Partners Asia joins with the people of Myanmar to mourn the death of U Win Tin, who passed on Monday aged 84. U Win Tin was a founder of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in 1988 (along with Aung San Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo). Prior to that he was an author and newspaper editor. He was arrested in 1989 and spent 20 years in Yangon Insein jail – often in solitary confinement, and often tortured despite his […]

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Yangon Monastic Schools Site Visit

A path to learning. Recently, I had the privilege of joining Kaung Nyunt, Partners Asia Special Projects Director, to visit two monastery schools near Yangon to learn more about our partners in the field. Partners Asia works closely with local Burmese NGO, EduNet, and through this partnership we improve education for children as well as strengthening communities, improving health and sanitation. Although close to the city, in the first school the level of poverty was immediately evident. Despite the lack […]

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  What a joy to lead a trip with our Board Chair Hal Nathan across Burma for the Foundation Partners Asia. It has been a moving and demanding and fulfilling journey. We were a group of 15 dedicated supporters and dharma practitioners, all gracious and very engaged travelers. Much of the time we visited inspiring Partners Asia projects and met with dozens of courageous and dedicated leaders, teachers and nurses running rural village projects, women’s empowerment, HIV clinics, leadership and […]

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2013 International Day of Peace – Myanmar

21 September 2013 – building national peace Partners Asia staff in Yangon and local partner EduNet joined in the celebrations for the International Day of Peace in Yangon. EduNet organized for teachers and children – in their home made “We Love Peace” T-shirts – from some of the sixteen schools in Yangon’s poorest areas to come to the center of the city and join the march from the park to City Hall. Despite the rain, which was very heavy all […]

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EduNet works with children cleaning up trash at their school

EduNet – making cleaning up fun! EduNet is a partner organization that works primarily in monastic education schools in the slum areas of Yangon.  There are four teams working on different aspects of community school development – teacher training, health education and prevention; reading skills and library development and children’s psycho-social well being.  The Health and Child teams frequently work together, and this year they have worked with teachers to create school councils. Groups where children are invited to join […]

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