SONNE projects in Myanmar
At present SONNE-International administers or supports projects in and around Yangon, in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta and in two remote, backward villages in the countryside. 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.
Education and care
Altogether, SONNE-International supports four primary schools (e.g. by paying for teachers’ salaries, teaching materials, renovation costs …) and a secondary school for more than 100 students. In Yangon we run three day care centres for vulnerable children and adolescents and a reintegration programme for children who are detained in a state-run reformatory. The children’s families (if they have any) receive assistance from our social workers. In individual cases they also get a micro-credit.
Mobile health camps
All our beneficiaries (approx. 1000 children and adolescents) 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.
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