Fondacio in Myanmar

Fondacio in Myanmar since 2000

Fondacio has been working in Myanmar since 2000, at the service of the Church, the young and the poor. In line with the thrust of Fondacio to ‘go out to the peripheries’.

Since its international Congress in 2013, we have been gradually transforming the formation program we offer into two phases, and to be more focused on giving the young and poor the means to lift themselves out of poverty.

The Fondacio Myanmar mission began when the Catholic Bishops Conference invited a member of Fondacio to assist some dioceses in pastoral planning and later to establish the National Karuna (Caritas) office.

The Youth Leadership Program (YLP) was launched in 2005, at the invitation of the bishops which launched the different missions in Fondacio Myanmar at present.

The Country Coordination Team of Myanmar is composed of Roger Martin Barelli (Coordinator), Rose Balla and Xavier Ny. Other project team members are Raymond Braun Aung, Julia Naw, Ze Naw Madang, Patrick Tukhwang and Martin Ye Tun Lin

average income

126 $/month

Annual growth



24% pop.

Human  Index

0.578 (148th)

life expectancy

66.6 years

Situation of poverty

14.4% pop.

Our actions in Myanmar

YLDC Yangon  trains youth leaders and church volunteers from different dioceses and parishes

YLDC IGP training center for the marginalized youth and church youth leaders.

Green Pastures, a community empowerment project in Tyegi village in Shwebo

Sustainable Fashion, a social enterprise in Yangon

CLUB (Community Leadership & Unity Buildling) , a monthly program where youth of different faith are gathered to do outreach programs for different underprivileged communities.

Youth Camps and Retreats catered to the youth and church workers are organized and implemented by the community members in collaboration with different church ministries, parishes and other organizations.


No. (292), MaHaSway Street,
North Dagon Township,
Yangon, Myanmar
+95 9 975 320720

Fondacio in Myanmar

Fondacio Myanmar

We work and live continuously to "Rebuild our community" with activities adapted to its needs.

Institute of Formation Fondacio

Economical context

Myanmar is a lower-middle income economy with a GNI per capita of US$1,210 in 2017. Strong economic growth translated into a reduction in poverty from 48 to 32 percent between 2005 and 2015. However, stark variations in the overall degree and types of disadvantages among states and regions in Myanmar remain, according to the Multidimensional Welfare in Myanmar report, which constructed a multidimensional index of disadvantage consisting of 14 non-monetary indicators related to education, employment, health, water and sanitation, housing and assets. Overall, rural populations are more than twice as likely as urban populations to experience multiple disadvantages. Households in Rakhine, Ayeyarwady and Kayin are much more likely than in other states and regions to suffer from severe multiple disadvantages. Sixty percent of households in Rakhine and 36 percent in Kayin are disadvantaged in at least five different areas, and Rakhine State is by far the most disadvantaged state or region.

Economic growth remains strong by regional and global standards but is slowing. Myanmar’s economy grew at 6.8 percent in 2017/18, driven by strong performance in domestic trade and telecommunications, but offset by slowing growth in manufacturing, construction and transport sectors. Real GDP growth is projected to moderate to 6.2 percent in 2018/19.