Fighting Trafficking in Myanmar
Human Dev Index:#149 (Aus #5)
Our partner works in the sprawling urban slum areas on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar's capital. Due to poverty, children, young teens and women from the slums are vulnerable to being trafficked. Ongoing military rule (since 1/2/21) and COVID-19 has exacerbated the trafficking risks due to the collapse of society which has affected healthcare, jobs, food security etc and has increased poverty. Families fall deeper into debt bondage and are desperate. With 12 community centres operating in the poorest urban trafficking hubs, our partner is well placed to deliver strong anti-trafficking awareness programs to these vulnerable communities and to engage in regular household visits. Support groups are extremely effective in reducing individual and family vulnerability and increasing resilience.
Why support this
Our partners are nimble, hands-on and experienced and work towards building safe and holistic communities. They work closely with other anti-trafficking agencies and community leaders to protect children and families to bring about change in communities where trafficking, gang violence and poverty are rife. We appreciate that they pinpoint effective strategies based on practical experience, and engage the participation of volunteers from the slum communities.
$46,400 for a 1yr project.
- Support groups for families and 7 weekly children's groups
- Support groups for trafficking survivors and women working in survival sex
- 55 in-depth household visits per week
- Training of trainers for 40 centre staff
Expected Life Change
- Families will be taught how to avoid traffickers and paedophiles
- Families will feel empowered to build strong communities
- Women empowered through vocational skills training and the knowledge to build family resilience to trafficking