New water supply source for the villag by ECHO and NRC .
Wan Nay Mu (9), enjoys playing with the water together with her cousin Naw Par Soe Way (9). They live in Kama Aing village between the southeastern cities of Dawei and Myeik, and are both Kayin.
Quotes from Wan Nay Mu:
“I enjoy playing with the water, it feels very cool.”
“Sometimes we play with the water, we play cooking with our friends.”
“Sometimes our parents scold us if we play with the water.”
Quotes from Naw Par Soe Way :
“Playing with the water makes me happy, it’s fun to become wet.”
In Kama Aing village between the southeastern cities of Dawei and Myeik, The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), in collaboration with ECHO, has provided the villagers with a new water supply source: Through building a water collection tank with a solar pump system, the villagers can now have water at any time they want.
“Before we got the pump, we had to bring water from a well far away. It was heavy and sometimes the water would dry up during the summer. Now we can get water whenever we want,” said Daw Chit Yin, one of the villagers.
After fifty years of military rule, Myanmar welcomed a new era of democracy and reform with its first civilian elections in 2015. However, the newly formed government still faces the same issues as before.
Known as the “longest running civil war,” Myanmar has been tormented by internal conflicts led by ethnic groups struggling for representation since the country’s independence in 1948. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced in the decades-long conflict. Every day, people are being displaced by violence, leaving everything they own behind. Years of fighting have forced many to flee over and over again.
Since late 2011, the government has signed ceasefire deals with the majority of ethnic armed groups in the country, and in October 2015, the government negotiated a nationwide ceasefire agreement with eight of the largest ethnic armed groups. Still, some groups have refused to sign the agreement, and they continue negotiating with the government.
In addition to conflict, disasters and, increasingly climate change are forcing people in Myanmar to flee their homes.
In Myanmar, NRC helps displaced people and people affected by conflict through building disaster-resistant schools and wells, providing civil documentation, youth education and camp coordination. We have been working in the country since 2008 and all of our activities are managed from seven field offices within the Southeast Region, Kachin and Rakhine States.
We are working for people in Myanmar to have the right to education, work and property, so that they can live safe and independent lives.
Photo: NRC/Ingrid Prestetun