Together, with your support, we have constructed early childhood education centres and equipped them with learning materials including storybooks, visual charts and posters.
Many parents didn’t know how vital it was for children aged three to five to attend early childhood education centres, so they could grow in confidence and ability, and have the best start to primary school education. We have trained teachers and raised awareness amongst parents on the importance of early childhood education.
Now, more young children are attending early childhood education centres and the flow-on benefit is already showing with a huge boost in primary school enrolments.
Many families couldn’t afford to buy fruit and vegetables and didn’t know how to prepare nutritious meals for their children. There was an alarming number of children suffering from acute malnutrition, which significantly increases their risk of disease and death.
Together, through our programming and community-wide change, acute malnutrition in children has been dramatically reduced in Myeik.
Families are now growing their own fruit and vegetables, and children are eating nutritious meals and growing up healthy and strong.
Because of your help, families are now earning more stable incomes and can afford to feed their children and send them to school. Most families in Myeik rely on agriculture and livestock for their income. Basic farming methods and a lack of agricultural training made it tough for families to produce enough to feed their children. Together, we have trained families on ways to increase production and income from their farming and livestock activities such as piglet raising.
We have also set up 64 savings and loans groups to help empower families to start their own small businesses, by enabling them to take out low-interest loans.
Because of your support, children are learning how to stay clean and healthy by learning how to wash their hands; and using safe toilets in schools and homes. Many families didn’t know how to protect themselves from disease, and children were suffering from illnesses like diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections.
Children are protected from malaria when they sleep, thanks to insecticide-treated mosquito nets. The children of Myeik are now healthier and suffering far less from preventable illnesses.
Your kind-hearted support has raised awareness of child trafficking and trained community members on how to protect children from trafficking, and report it safely.
Children in Myeik were at risk of falling victim to human traffickers, especially because poorer families often need to migrate for work opportunities.
Very few people in the community were aware of the risk of child trafficking, and even those who were didn’t know how to report it or what power they had to stop it. There is now widespread awareness of how to protect children from human trafficking and other dangers. This knowledge is continually being shared, so the community is now empowered to protect their children.