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Women of Myanmar

Written by Mary and Heather Partners Asia contributing writers In The Face of Change Through our work with Partners Asia, we met many women in Myanmar and in the Myanmar migrant communities in Thailand.  Their presence, inner strength and resilience conveyed a powerful message about their importance in the development of what will hopefully be a new Myanmar society.  Mothers, teachers, community organizers, nuns, midwives, entrepreneurs, translators – we were profoundly moved by each of them.  Here is a collage […]

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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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Naw Bway Khu (Snow) — Meiskwe Myanmar standing tall

Our long term partner Naw Bway Khu (Snow) has been getting increasingly involved in advocacy work with other NGOs in the new, more open Myanmar. She recently attended a high level meeting in Nay Pyi Daw, the capital city, along with other local NGOs and the Parliamentary Committee on Legislation to discuss the new draft law on the registration of local NGOs.   I am sure our supporters who met with Snow when she travelled to San Francisco last year […]

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2014 Pedal with Partners Asia on a Bike Trip in Burma

  Bicycle – Burma / Myanmar – Fall 2014 Welcome to our 3rd annual donor bicycle trip with Partners Asia in Burma – Myanmar. Join us and discover the heart of Burma by bike, experience rural culture: enchanting countryside, heritage sites, meet local people, and visit the community-led humanitarian projects we support. With more than 20 years’ experience our talented team quietly and effectively supports local change makers carry out plans they have initiated in education, anti-trafficking, HIV and health services, […]

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Displaced people in Myanmar are getting Assistance from Kachin Development Group – KDG

After 17 years of ceasefire between the Myanmar military and Kachin Independence Army (KIA), fighting once again broke out in June 2011 in the country’s north, internally displacing some 50,000 people who have sought safety in the camps. Partners Asia works with community leaders in areas controlled by either side. One local partner operating in KIA areas, the Kachin Development Group (KDG), has been working feverishly in these overcrowded camps to counter problems that have proliferated among the children and […]

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Safe haven on the border between Myanmar and China

In Northern Shan State, the continuing fighting between Kachin and Shan groups and the Myanmar army over the past two years has pushed many families over the edge. The area is also the site of the gas pipeline, road and railway line that will connect Southern China to the Indian Ocean, and as such the land there has become incredibly valuable. Kachin, Shan and Palaung families who would once have practiced swidden agriculture in the unpromising steep hillsides are no […]

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Living with HIV in Myanmar — An Evening at PM

Pwint is a member of Partners Asia’s Board of Directors. She is a telecommunications industry consultant who grew up in Burma – Myanmar. You can read more about Pwint on Our Team page. (Note that full names are not given below to protect the security of our partners and the people with whom they work.) One evening in Yangon, I visited a clinical residence for women and children living with HIV, funded by generous supporters of Partners Asia. It was […]

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HIV – AIDS In Burma – Myanmar

Our team at Partners Asia works with local community leaders to overcome poverty, discrimination, and other barriers that prevent people living with HIV – AIDS from receiving the medical treatment and community support necessary to get back on their feet and become productive members of society. These projects are intensive and often individualized, with much complementary counseling and community building needed alongside directly working with HIV positive people, in order to encourage communities to accept people living with the disease. […]

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Yangon HIV Residence

Lily Barnett, a 12-year-old in Atherton, California, wrote this essay after visiting a clinical residence in Yangon operated by one of our Partners Asia’s long-time partnering organizations, with her older sister, Lindsey, her older brother, Connor, and her parents, Jim and Annie. The PM residence was built with a generous donation from the Barnett family and operates thanks to their continued support. I was excited when my family started to support PM, a clinic for HIV-positive women and kids in […]

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