Kham Bwar (VDT member)

Dan’s Notes from the Field

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I want to share with you all some recent stories from our partner villages. On my visit to Myanmar in January, I was inspired every day by these thoughtful, smart, and powerful women.

 

All of us Shanta beam with joy, knowing we are making a difference in the lives of thousands of villagers. Thanks to your support, we are empowering and lifting women out of the grips of poverty one woman at a time. Enjoy these testimonies of success and join us as we celebrate the women who are positively impacting their lives and the lives of their family members and their communities.

Kham Phyu (Village Development Team (VDT) member)

Kham Phyu (Village Development Team (VDT) member)
“I became so courageous and confidant after I participated in VDT sessions. Now I can travel alone and speak to other people in the city.”

Kham Bwar (VDT member)

Kham Bwar (VDT member)
“In the past, I used to complain lots to my husband when he attended the VDT meetings. Now I understand how important it is for women to have a voice in VDT and in the village meetings and projects.”

Kee Khaing (Elementary Teacher)

Kee Khaing (Elementary Teacher)
“I saw very happy faces of parents when they got scholarship support for their kids to keep studying in middle and high school. I think they would not sent to their children to the school if they have not received scholarship support.”

Myo Gyi (VDT member)

Myo Gyi (VDT member)
“After our village partnered with Muditar, there were many development projects in the village. It took all the villagers – including the women-to meet regularly to discuss village issues. Because of these regular village meetings, all the villagers have more unity and the groups have made improvements to our village rules and the completed projects we only dreamt of.”

Village decision-making was once a male only activity- Now with active women’s participation I see many benefits rippling through the villages. Women have a voice to help determine what projects are important to them and what they choose to accomplish. Women have grown exponentially in skills like math, reading, writing, and public speaking. They are regularly practicing leadership and transparency. They carry themselves with confidence knowing their opinion matters. A world where both men and women have the opportunity to participate is an equal world. And an equal world is an empowered world.

#EachforEqual #GenerationEquality #IWD2020