In 2011, Myanmar introduced a civilian government ending nearly 50 years of military rule. Elections followed in 2015. But the country’s turbulent political history has left people with low levels of understanding of democracy.

YMCAs in Myanmar will train vulnerable young people to set up businesses while improving their awareness of their rights. Photo: YCI YMCAs in Myanmar will train vulnerable young people to set up businesses while improving their awareness of rights and democracy. Photo: YCI

Almost 60 per cent of young people do not know their rights. As a result, young people are often ignored and are vulnerable to poverty.

What we are doing to help
Y Care International will support vulnerable young people in Myanmar by providing civic education training and helping them set up their own businesses. The project will build on past work in Myanmar, where we provided basic life skills and business skills training.

We will reach out to particularly vulnerable young people by providing advanced livelihoods training to help them set up and maintain their own businesses. We will strengthen this work by helping them create links with local and national markets to ensure their businesses are sustainable and profitable.

Through partnerships with local YMCAs, Y Care International will help vulnerable young people in the cities of Maubin and Monywa to develop sustainable and profitable cooperative businesses and take an active, positive role within their communities.

Our goals:

  • Train 70 young people with the skills to set up, run and maintain their own businesses
  • Help establish at least 10 cooperative businesses
  • Train 30 peer educators on their rights and the election process so they can share this knowledge with 300 of their peers
  • Provide advanced human rights training for 70 young people