Helping children in Myanmar succeed


Save the Children is one of the largest organisations improving the lives of children in Myanmar.

We work to create sustainable change for children through our health, education and disaster risk reduction programs. We focus on reaching the most vulnerable, including girls and children from ethnic minorities, so they have the same opportunities as other children to survive and succeed in life.


Why we work in Myanmar

Myanmar is entering an incredible period of transition. Recent events indicate the country is heading towards democracy, a free market economy and peace. However, Myanmar is still one of the poorest countries in East Asia, with 26 percent of the population living below the poverty line.

Infrastructure is also in a poor state and poses challenges to providing basic health and education services. This means many children suffer from malnutrition, die from easily preventable diseases and do not complete primary school.

Another major challenge for Myanmar is the impact of disasters. The 2004 tsunami and Cyclone Nargis were disastrous for the country – many lives were lost and millions of children and their families were affected. 

Giving children the best chance of success

We work in partnership with World Vision and the Burnet Institute to increase the number of children attending and completing primary school.

By 2015, the program will provide:

  • 55,000 children with access to early childhood education;
  • 160,000 children with access to quality primary education; and
  • 4,500 teachers and 2,500 monastic school administrators and principals with training.

Working together to help children in Myanmar

As a global network, Save the Children International plays a key role in responding to disasters in Myanmar.  Our response to the devastation of Cyclone Nargis – the worst natural disaster in Myanmar’s history – was the largest in the country. In 18 months we helped 680,000 children and adults recover from the disaster and access the help they needed. Within hours of Cyclone Giri in October 2010, our staff were already on the ground providing aid.

Our long-term recovery work now includes disaster risk reduction so we can help children and their families better prepare for disasters.