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Plan signs agreement to continue work in Myanmar

Haider Yaqub, Planís Deputy Regional Director for Asia, shaking hands with U Soe Kyi, Director General, Department of Social Welfare, Myanmar Government
Haider Yaqub, Planís Deputy Regional Director for Asia, shaking hands with U Soe Kyi, Director General, Department of Social Welfare, Myanmar Government
July 9, 2012

Today Plan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Myanmar that allows the global organization to run new programs in the country to improve the lives of children.

“We are very proud to announce that we can now build on all the work we have done in Myanmar so far and start implementing new programs in the country,” said Haider Yaqub, Plan’s Deputy Regional Director for Asia.

Nigel Chapman, CEO of Plan said: “This is a historic day for Plan as we begin what we hope will be a long and fruitful relationship with the government of Myanmar that will allow us to help some of the most disadvantaged children in the country.”

“Plan is committed to working with government, non-governmental and civil society organizations to implement child-centered community development programs.”

The MoU signed today outlines a project time frame of three years. Plan’s programs will include child focused disaster risk reduction (DRR) and early childhood care and development (ECCD). The organization will also be looking at starting a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) program in the dry zone of the country. All of Plan’s programs will be implemented through partners.

The programs will target Rakhaine State and Ayeyarwady, Mandalay and Sagaing regions, offering financial and technical support to existing institutions and organizations to support children. Plan’s work will especially focus on marginalized girls and children with disabilities.

Plan first worked in Myanmar in 2008 to help the government and partner organizations support people affected by Cyclone Nargis, which devastated Myanmar’s southern coast, killing about 140,000 people.

After teaming up with local partner organizations, Plan’s relief work soon became a long-term recovery program, reaching almost 200,000 people. This work included everything from building new schools, helping children and their families deal with the impact of the disaster, and better preparing the community for future disasters.

Learn more about Plan's work in Myanmar

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