SONNE Social Organization (SSO)
The local Partner of SONNE-International in Myanmar
Our work principles are simple: Create as many opportunities as possible to improve as many people’s lives as possible – towards a secure, fair and promising livelihood. That’s what we work for – together with SONNE- International.
Short history about a long relationship.
SONNE Social Organization (SSO) is a locally registered non-governmental organisation (NGO). Since 2016 the organization is officially registrated as such (No.is local-0135, dated, 07,2016). Before that, SSO was working under the name of „Myanmar Professional Social Workers Association“ (MPSWA). Since 2008 we have been cooperating with the Austrian-based SONNE-International as the local partner organisation.
SONNE stands for “Support Organization for Non-formal Needed Education” and focuses on education, health and support programmes. The principle ever since has been to provide a secure and promising life through accessible education and healthcare for vulnerable and marginalized children and youth in Myanmar.
The organization’s understanding of development assistance includes inclusivity, respect, transparency and dialogue. The work is carried out with local people (village associations) and puts huge effort on a community building approach.
SSO runs projects in two regions in Myanmar, in Yangon Region and in the Ayeyarwaddy Division. Projects include non-formal education programs for street children, vocational trainings, health care and nutrition program.
2015 was an auspicious year of restructuring and reorientation for our organization, promising an exciting and dynamic future. The revitalisation and reinforcement of the team, the development of sustainable projects and the setting of clear goals, structures and strategies form a strong and robust basis for a successful and enduring collaboration. Aside from the core team at the Yangon office, the social workers, teachers, cooks, and trainers are all an essential part of the “SONNE family” in Myanmar. All share the same vision of helping disadvantaged children and youth to a better life, one of possibility, opportunity and education. And they are all daily proof that, regardless of role, responsibility, position, social status, rich or poor, above all it takes a big heart to knuckle down and get the job done.
Not only challenges but also chances – what we do
Our goal in Myanmar is to provide comprehensive care and support for disadvantaged children and young people in education, health and medical care, nutrition and assistance of families. Currently, about 1200 children, adolescents and their families benefit from our projects. Looking ahead, we want to expand our team and operations of SONNE-Social Organization in Myanmar. Further, we are planning and developing projects for ethnic minorities and other marginalised groups.
In 2015, Myanmar enjoyed a surge of positive developments and changes; the first successful democratic national elections were held – a very promising event.
SONNE-Social Organization, too, is riding the wave and has overhauled and fortified its organisational structures; with the opening of two new day-care centres we currently have nine active project sites in Yangon and the Ayeyarwaddy Delta. These operations encompass education, healthcare and nutrition and particularly benefit vulnerable street children. Three new day-care centres covering three separate areas provide comprehensive care for about 120 children, serving also as an essential refuge from the harsh challenges of life on the street. Here, in a secure, nurturing environment they can benefit from skills and job training, social services (e.g. rehabilitating former detainees and reuniting them with their families) and regular mobile health camps.