Where we work

Burma (Myanmar)

Burma is a beautiful country with some of the friendliest people in the world. For years the country was governed by a military junta which kept the population under extreme control. Over the last few years the political climate has changed dramatically and the country is gradually opening up to international and democratic influence.

It is one of the poorest countries in the world and by far the poorest in Southeast Asia with 32% of the population living in poverty. According to the World Health Organisation it has the third lowest spend on health care in the world and an equally low spend on education.

For years it has been ignored by many of the major international NGOs who found the government restrictions on foreign organisations too great a burden. This has left the people isolated from international help and with just a few dollars per annum of foreign aid per person it is one of the world’s most neglected and impoverished countries.

With its current high profile, the new government under Aung San Suu Kyi, the relaxing of trade embargoes and the huge influx of tourists let’s hope that all this will lead to an increase in the awareness of the plight of the Burmese people and that more charitable institutions will become involved.