SONNE projects in Myanmar
At present SONNE-International administers or supports several projects in and around Yangon. Like in all our project countries, we focus on education, skills training, medical care and the (re-)integration of marginalized children into society. Our principal beneficiaries are vulnerable children and adolescents and their families, ethnic minorities and other marginalised groups.
Educaction and reintegration for vulnerable children
We support altogether 500 school children, among them the destitute, homeless girls who have found shelter in two monastic schools near Yangon (by providing learning materials, toiletries etc.). Moreover, we run two day care centres and our SONNE Street Children Centre for altogether 150 of Yangon’s vulnerable children and adolescents where we feed them, provide them with medical care and prepare them for (re-)entry into a state school.
Vocational training programmes (e.g. computer skills) and job counselling for adolescents and young women complete our approach, whose utmost goal is to enable people to help themselves.
Mobile health camps
All our beneficiaries (altogether approx. 1500 children, adolescents and their families) have access to our mobile health camps. There they are checked regularly and receive medical care if necessary. In case of severe health problems, our SONNE emergency fund provides the money for medical emergencies, long-term treatment, operations and hospital stays. Moreover, these youngsters have the possibility to take part in our sports programme (football, badminton, table tennis, athletics, gymnastics, regional sports), an approach that has produced excellent results with regard to reintegrating marginalised children and adolescents.
With this integrated approach we aim at improving these youngsters’ living conditions in the long term and at giving them a fair chance of finding a job and leading self-determined lives.