October 2016 was a month filled with excitement for ActionAid since we celebrated our 10-year anniversary in Myanmar. We initiated our programme in 2006 with only one full-time employee, some strong partner organisations, and a few interns. In 2016 the number of employees was close to 200, and our partner organisations has also multiplied.
The anniversary celebrations started on 10 October with a women’s forum in the morning followed by a reunion diner joined by our international CEO, Mr. Adriano Campolina. The launch of our Safe Cities Campaign on 11 October was also a significant part of the anniversary celebrations, followed by International Day for Disaster Reduction in Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and all our working areas, a special collection of child messages and a range of awareness raising activities on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a National Women Farmers’ Meeting in Myaing, and an Adolescents Refresher Training in Myitkyina. The two weeks of celebrations ended with the sixth National Fellows’ Conference and the CSOs Forum in Nay Pyi Taw from 18 to 20 of October.
During the past ten years, ActionAid has devoted much effort to establish and grow a country programme in Myanmar through engaging with grassroots communities as well as duty bearers. The first Fellowship programme was initiated in Kachin State with 30 Fellows - now more than 800 fellows across the country have received training, and we are collaborating with dozens of partner organisations and relevant government officials.
Built on our experience and learning from working with communities, we also built stronger relationships with the government and other stakeholders.
During our 10-year journey in Myanmar, we have conducted momentous events and enabled changes in local communities and the country. ActionAid Myanmar was congratulated by ActionAid International’s CEO on the event, with the remark, “ActionAid's rootedness, integrating struggle with movement and its civic engagement is demonstrated through ActionAid Myanmar”. We are grateful to have received so many congratulations from friends around the world and would like to share our joy and achievement with everyone.
Written by Hsu Mon Aung, Communications Officer - ActionAid Myanmar.