Saving lives, strengthening sustainable livelihoods
Myanmar has faced and continues to face numerous hardships and difficulties. With conflict running throughout the country between EAOs and the military, thousands of civilians have been displaced, leaving them without homes, food, water, medical care, or even their loved ones. Facing these already momentous difficulties, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought an abundance of hardships and challenges.
Many people are losing their jobs or what little income they had, causing many to go without food, essential supplies (women are going without hygiene supplies and even undergarments) leaving some so desperate that they even abandon their children.
Our goal is to save lives and ensure that people are properly protected, even in life-threatening situations. PPM has been providing the humanitarian aid to the vulnerable family members, homeless people, street poor people, and people who have lost their job as a result of this situation and are now facing difficulties and hardship. Our overall goal is to provide emergency medical aid to those in conflict areas in Rakhine state, as well as kitchen needs and food to homeless people as well as hygiene products and necessities.
Our humanitarian assistance complies with the principles of humanitarian aid – humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality – and respects International Humanitarian Law.
Since 2012 communal violence escalated, the tension, anger, distrust among diverse community arise higher that lead to segregation of diverse communities and demote social cohesion. Due to the conflicts, young people lost opportunities to further study and children didn’t get access to formal education since 2012 in Rakhine state.
The PPM’s new project is looking to supply Myanmar’s vulnerable youth with educational materials, reaching all ages and backgrounds. Our goal is to create an accepting, fun, judgement-free zone with educational activities for all. The PPM’s Library project aims to offer education to those in vulnerable situations by offering fun activities and learning materials to all. We will be making sure that these children get access to an education and support. Our aim is to create a comfortable and educational environment to those living in extreme poverty as we believe no one should go without education. The project will help young people and communities better understand the root causes of the conflict, drastically reduce anger and tension and encourage more moderate positions and promote social cohesion. This allows more children to go to school and to complete their education. At the same time, it improves the quality of education.
We are planning to offer the following services;
- Create sustainable educational courses including social cohesion trainings for local communities, teaching English lessons and other useful skills.
- We will offer youth books reading sessions named “The books I used to read” to share among them what they have learned through.
- We are also aiming to offer young people to provide basic computer training including (using Microsoft word, excel, PowerPoint, internet and graphic design training) which will help them to get a job.
The overall goal of our Women’s vocational trainings is to teach employable skills to women and girls and to build the capacity of displaced women in and outside of the refugee camps so that they are able to take responsibility for their own lives. PPM believes that capacity building is a potent tool that leads to genuine empowerment of women to fully realize their potential.
This sewing project provides an atmosphere for healing, an opportunity to express creativity, a way to enhance self-esteem, and a source of income for Rohingya women and girls who have been persecuted for decades. It also aims to provide a safe space for women and girls to get together to sew, knit, and crochet to create beautiful handcrafted things.