Save the Children is working with 64 villages in Pauktaw, a Township based on the shore of the Lay Mro river. Infrastructure teams are renovating 21 miles of embankment to benefit 1,198 households, 4,526 beneficiaries and 366 farmers in seven villages, by protecting 2,211.6 acres of paddy from salt water intrusion.
Water, sanitation and hygiene awareness is increasing with the community actively building 1,000 latrines. There are 235 Village Savings and Loans Associations enabling 5,382 people to save, manage their money, access affordable loans and emerge from debt.
4,249 mothers participate in Mother-to-Mother Support Groups where they encourage each other to overcome child care challenges and learn about essential nutrition for the First 1000 Days of a child’s life. This practice of this knowledge is reducing the incidence of stunting in Tat Lan villages.
For Tat Lan, IRC is partnering with communities in 24 villages and Minbya town, while Save the Children is partnering with five Minbya villages. Minbya a low-lying delta is vulnerable to annual flooding when monsoon rains hit the Kyein Range and the Lay Myo River breaches its banks, submerging the Minbya to Yangon road. Communities become isolated, homes and livestock are washed away and paddy plantations are destroyed.
Tat Lan is successfully introducing farmers to flood-resilient, high yield varieties of paddy seed, mechanical rice threshers and power tillers.
Throughout the Tat Lan programme, 93 miles of embankments and 31 sluice gates have been built to protect paddy land from exposure to salt intrusion monsoon flooding. 112 ponds, or wells have been renovated and fenced to protect fresh water sources from animal pollution. Communities are also learning about the importance of boiling water, hand washing, and latrines to reduce diarrhea.
Meanwhile, debt is being reduced as villagers access financial services through village saving and loans associations (VSLAs).
Tat Lan is implemented in 68 Myebon villages by IRC and a further 11 villages by Save the Children. Building the communities’ capacity for long-term independent development, Village Development Committees have all assessed their village needs and developed long-term development plans with linkages to Township organisations.
This preparation for the future includes building a close partnership with the Department of Agriculture to support villagers and Farmer Field School initiatives including the certification of producers of high yield variety paddy seed. Similarly, the Department of Irrigation is to actively support farmers and infrastructure committees to maintain embankments and sluicegates built by community cash-for-work labourers.
Cash-for-work projects employ villagers according to social protection principles and this work is building community spirit, pride, resilience and a sense of empowerment as communities look to their future. Gender equality is encouraged in village development committees and livelihood groups, access to financial services is enabling people to emerge from debt, while improved nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene projects are improving the health of communities.
In Kyaukphyu, Tat Lan is supporting 62 villages to plan for their future. Better Life organisations is facilitating cash-for-work infrastructure in some villages where communities are rebuilding embankments and /or renovating village ponds and wells with filtering systems. Agricultural production is improving and sustainable management of the fishery resource is being formulated through the Fishery Co-management project in 10 pilot villages, led by Better Life Organization.
Oxfam, Scholar Institute, Earth Rights International and the International Commission of Jurists are working with community leaders in 68 villages leading good governance, social accountability, leadership, advocacy and gender equality workshops to enable communities, local leaders, CSOs, Members of Parliament and government officials to engage in effective and constructive dialogue.
The Rakhine State Government, Township authorities and staff from the departments of agriculture, irrigation, fisheries, rural development, health and education are encouraged to participate throughout Tat Lan. As knowledge is shared, practices of good governance are developed and networks are formed enabling communities and government leaders to work together to create resilient, sustainable futures.
Gender equality is encouraged in village development committees and livelihood groups, access to financial services is enabling people to emerge from debt, while improved nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene projects are improving the health of communities.