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Tiddim, Myanmar 2014

Transforming lives in Tiddim

© 2013 Tiddim ADP team/World Vision

A personal tale of change in Tiddim EVERY CHILD FREE FROM FEAR

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Man n a h K n a u S Man, r, Tiddim

Suan Khan e Manage t Programm n e m p o el Area Dev

Liang can see a bright future, now that his family can farm better


iang lives in a remote village in the hills of Chin State, part of the Tiddim region. Chin State is a very under-developed part of Myanmar. Roads and other communications are often in a very poor state and local people have always found it physically difficult to get to school or visit a doctor. Liang’s family works on the land, as do

But I can’t focus on the lessons in the class when teachers are explaining things and can’t study well because of my poor eyesight.

Khan Mang/W orld Vision

Yours sincere

© 2014 U Suan

Thank you.

most of the people in this region. The It’s more than family find it very difficult to earn a living enough for family growing rice and corn on the dry land survival and we can in this area. Just surviving from one year to the next has always been a struggle. even get income Despite this, Liang’s parents understand from selling extra. how important a good education could be to their children’s future. Liang is the second of seven children, with one older sister, three younger brothers and two younger sisters. His parents, Ning Ngaih Khup and Cing Deih Khup, were desperate for him to attend and enjoy school. The problem with Liang’s eyes began when he was very young and seems to

© 2013 Tiddim ADP team/World Vision

cult to make ends meet before Liang’s [middle] family found it diffi can take pride in being able they Now the new irrigation system. r, re their children have a healthie to support themselves, and ensu happier future.

have been aggravated by a serious fever he endured when he was four years old.“We were very worried for him, but hospital was very far and we couldn’t afford for proper medical treatment and transportation,” remembers Liang’s father, Ning Ngaih Khup. “We thought we were going to lose him.” Fortunately, Liang did recover, but the illness had a permanent effect on his eyesight. “At school, I have been teased and made fun of,” he says. “I don’t mind about it that much. But the big problem is I can’t focus on the lessons in the class when teachers are explaining things and can’t study well because of my poor eyesight.” The family could not even have imagined being able to pay for the surgery that would correct Liang’s eyesight. But your generosity has enabled the construction of a new irrigation system. This has meant Liang’s family can grow more crops and sell the surplus to pay for his medical treatment. Liang and his family are free from the fear of not having enough to support themselves. Better farming means better living “With 33 pipes for irrigation the crops now get enough water,” explains Ning Ngaih. Before the irrigation project was put into place, he says, one and a half acres of paddy fields would produce 86 baskets of rice. With the new irrigation scheme in operation that yield has increased to 150 baskets. “It’s more than enough for family survival and we can even get income from selling extra,” says Ning Ngaih Khup. “On top of that, I can even take my son to see the doctor.” So now Liang has been able to travel to nearest city to have surgery to correct

My son gets his normal life back, otherwise, we can’t afford the operation and he has to stay with crossed eyes for his whole life and can’t continue his education.

his eye condition (strabismus). “My son gets his normal life back,” says Liang’s mother Cing Deih Khup. “Otherwise, we can’t afford the operation and he has to stay with crossed eyes for his whole life and can’t continue his education. The whole family is very happy and we are really grateful for your support, which has brought my son’s sight back.”

I can go back to school and no longer need to be worried about others making fun of my eyes.

“I’m now very happy,” says Liang himself. “I can go back to school and no longer need to be worried about others making fun of my eyes.”

© 2013 Daw Dim Lam Vung/World Vision

This is Liang. By suppo rting the new irrigatio n system, you’ve helped his sight back. Now he bring can finally enjoy life and school to the full.

© 2013 Daw Dim Lam Vung/World Vision

Women and children gather in one of the community’s health centres. Here they can learn about the prevention and treatment of malaria as well as how to care for themselves and their baby during pregnancy.

Protecting children from disease The people of Tiddim can now access new health centres, even in the more remote parts of this region. Your sponsorship of a child is helping doctors and midwives make childbirth safer for mothers and babies. Your support has made it possible for Tiddim’s children to have safer drinking water at their schools and township hospital. They no longer have to travel miles before school for a drink. They are also being protected from water-bourne and childhood diseases. This is thanks to new toilets facilities and rubbish disposal points you’ve helped build. Your support has also been vital in making this community aware about the treatment and prevention of malaria.

New crops bringing prosperity and land protecting the is helping ultural techniques Use of better agric w a wider variety of farmers in Tiddim gro n. event soil exhaustio more crops and pr to grow w ho rn lea to le ab Farmer s have been s and potatoes, yams, chillie different crops, like e rat ne ge to ll they can se groundnuts, which rs me far ing ag ur co en We’re additional income. y t foot yams, as the to cultivate elephan s e of forest trees, thu ad sh can grow in the for t es for to clear the reducing the need e. agricultur

Children nurturing one of the local vegetable gardens. Tiddim has been educated not only on how to grow more types of crops, but also how to better care for their land and environment.

© 2013 U Thang Sian Mung/World Vision

A bit more about Myanmar Myanmar, or Burma, is the largest country in mainland south-east Asia and border with Thailand, Laos, China, India and Bangladesh. For most of the past 50 years it has been ruled by a series of military governments. Although the current government is initiating a series of political and economic reforms which are starting to open up the long isolated country, many people live in extreme poverty.

Tiddim, Myanmar

Your sponsored child’s project is located in a remote and hilly region of northern Myanmar. Transportation and communication are difficult, as some villages can only be accessed on foot or by horse. World Vision is working with communities in Myanmar to improve livelihoods and access to healthcare and education. Tiddim The work you are supporting in Tiddim has brought hope and new opportunities to local people as the project moves towards its next phase. World Vision is working in partnership with the local community to improve household income, agriculture, access to food and safe water, education, health care and community sustainability. Building these strong foundations will enable the communities to © 2011 U Naing Naing Aung/World Vision achieve a better quality of life and more sustainable future.

Before, many orphans would not have had high hopes to receive an education. Thanks to your sponsorship, many are enjoying school and even more children have the support to stay in school for longer.

Helping children to enjoy school

By suppor ting ou r work you are en suring that the next gene ration of children in Tiddim will get a good ed ucation. You have helped to provide 28 vil lage schools with benches, chair s and desks, blackboards, libra ry books, stationery and ra incoats. Orphans and vulnerable childre n in particular ha ve been suppor ted to sta y in school. New microhydroelectric pla nts funded by W or ld Vision suppor ters mean children learning in night study centres can now read and stu dy after dark under elect ric lights.

Here are the facts 000: 71 Infant mortality per 1, rth Life expectancy at bi (years): 65 te per Maternal mortality ra 0 100,000 live births: 24 ing in Mean years of school adults: 4 org/en/countries/

Source: http://hdr.undp. profiles/MMR

© 2013 Tiddim ADP team/World Vision

Lifecycle of a World Vision sponsorship programme

Your community is in Phase 2

Phase 1

Building trust and laying groundwork.

Phase 2

Contributing to child well being together

Phase 3

Preparing to leave behind more resilient communities

As World Vision prepares to World Vision and communities leave, communities are better work together building skills so Communities and World Vision children and families benefit and equipped to continue their own development: caring, protecting participate in projects such as plan long-term and providing for children. education, nutrition, clean water, projects together. child protection, food security and healthcare. Partnership with community established.

All photos © World Vision In some instances, names have been changed to protect children’s identities

Registered Head Office address: World Vision UK, Opal Drive, Fox Milne, Milton Keynes, MK15 0ZR World Vision is a registered charity no. 285908, a company limited by guarantee and registered in England no. 1675552. Registered office as above 2014_MYA_TID