Myanmar (previously known as Burma) is one of the poorest countries in Asia, with around one quarter of its population estimated to be living in poverty.
Habitat for Humanity Australia will be working with a local partner, World Concern Myanmar, to build healthier communities in six villages in Mon State, as part of Project LifeChange.
In Mon State, the availability of clean water is a significant issue. The lack of clean and fresh water means many families need to spend their already limited income on buying water or must send women and children to fetch water from another village.
The availability of water is such a significant problem that even some of the sub-rural health centres lack water and proper sanitation facilities.
Habitat for Humanity Australia will be building wells, providing water filtration systems and facilitating training on Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).
Many of the households in the project area currently don’t have toilets and the CLTS approach is used to empower communities to do something about this.
The approach educates communities on the health implications of open defecation and the importance of sanitation. The aim is to ensure communities feel inspired to build their own toilets and better their sanitation practices, and together can be involved in deciding how to create a clean and hygienic environment that benefits everyone.
Along with this, Project LifeChange will also focus on working with the community to build safe and secure homes.
Project LifeChange is supported by homeheaven.com.au.