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
Situation of poverty
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.
Fondacio Myanmar coordinator / Fondacio Asia regional management team
In my 15 years experiences with Fondacio I have materialized being a lay person for the Church and social worker for the society. It requires openness and sensitivity to the situations; to respect ethnic beliefs, rituals and celebrations and care for truth and action. At the same time, I also improved my understanding of the Church’s teaching and being a leader in the Church. I was faithful to my commitments to Fondacio, family and business. As I myself experienced the formation and transformation, I am convinced that formation of persons will help them to contribute meaningfully to their family, church and society. In my work I am conscious that reflecting on who am I and what am I for others, give me the perspective to bounce back into my daily routines.
YLDC Myanmar volunteer
These four months as a volunteer has opened my eyes about the reality of the life for some population. I have been deeply touched by some people, who thanks to their faith and an education, have succeed in improving their lives. By giving to the young people a chance to get an education, Fondacio gives them the hope to dream for a better future, and an opportunity to improve their living conditions. I am very proud to have been able to participate in this mission.
Young Lives Development Center Myanmar alumni
Before I joined Young Lives Development Center, my social skills were very poor. Now I am able to share with everyone and become more friendly to more people. I was also able to create my life’s vision and mission here. I wish YLCD to be more fruitful and be able to help more young people in Myanmar.
These two years of volunteering have been an opportunity for me to reflect deeply on a personal and a professional level.
The experience I had was a process of humility and gratitude in regards of the reality of poverty that I was confronted to.
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.