Project information

Community Development Among Myanmar's Poorest

Villagers from inaccessible areas in Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma) are trained in development in key areas of Water, Health, Education, Food Production & Income Generation. Training is strategic & catalytic - in a cluster effect of other villages inspired to work towards a better life together

January 2016 - February 2019

Charity information: Global Hope Network International, Uk

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  • Need


    Myanmar is developing rapidly in many areas of economic & social welfare. However, there are areas of the country which are isolated from these positive development and these remote villages remain in extreme poverty with many problems associated with poverty - limited education, poor hygiene and sanitation, disease and other health problems to name a few.


    'Transformational Community Development' is a proven method empowering villagers to take significant steps forward with training, mentoring and partnership, avoiding potential dependancy of some aid approaches - 'A Hand Up, rather than a Handout'. Most of the steps towards sustainable development can be taken using materials and resources already accessible to them. Staff workers collaborate with indigenous groups and see whole village communities see significant life quality improvement.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Training & Accreditation of 35 Village Workers in Transformational Community Development (TCD).


    » 35 village workers will be trained & equipped to implement Transformational Community Development (TCD). All 35 will be accredited.

    What success will look like

    Success will be in 35 workers present at TCD training over 3 days in January 2015, who will receive ongoing training, and in accrediting them with TCD leader status.

    Aim 2

    Villages implementing Transformational Community Development (TCD).


    » Staff workers will monitor & mentor progress in the villages in implementing Transformational Community Development (TCD).

    What success will look like

    Success will be seen in villages coming together to work as a community to address successive community-assessed needs, working with committees focussed as needed.

    Aim 3

    One village to continue in closer partnership adopted by Global Hope Network International (GHNI))


    » TCD monitoring & mentoring reveals which village is best-placed for closer partnership with GHNI. This enables us to maximise our effectiveness.

    What success will look like

    Success will be in identifying one village which is best-placed for closer collaboration with Global Hope Network International (GHNI)

  • Impact


    Long term changes will be seen in closer community collaboration, measurable health improvements, and improvements in water, education, income generation & food production. We frequently also see human trafficking being prevented at source. These effects will be most-marked in the village adopted for closer collaboration with GHNI.


    Some delegates are likely to be travelling though areas affected by civil unrest. For them this is a part of day-to-day life, and they take all due precautions. Scholarships we hope to offer enable safer transport.

    Health risks - we insist that our workers adopt appropriate hygiene precautions, and are vaccinated as needed.


    We will report to donors on a quarterly basis by email newsletter

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £48,157

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      Amount Heading Description
      £38,526 Training Equipping 35 to 50 leaders in Myanmar for advanced Leadership training
      £9,631 Sponsorship of New Village First year sponsorship of Transformational Community Development
  • Background


    Myanmar is working diligently to overcome the extreme poverty of their population. Partnering with leaders of small rural villages, we are able to train, equip and resource villages to become self-sustaining within 5 years. Transformational Community Development empowers those living in extreme poverty to rise above proven setbacks - income, education, food, water and wellness issues. Once these problems are solved in a culturally relevant manner, self-sustainability becomes possible.


    As reported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development through the rural poverty portal, Myanmar is one of the poorest nations in Asia; ranking 149th among 186 nations rated in the 2013 Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme. However, Myanmar is rich in water and land. Training rural villagers to grow food for themselves and for income generation is changing the dynamics of this large Asian nation.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Global Hope Network International has developed a method called, Transformational Community Development, that empowers rural villagers and expands by influencing neighboring villages rapidly becoming viral in countries. Our trained workers become expert and equipping villagers over five years, then stepping out of the newly self-sustaining village. We have proven success in Asia, Africa and the Middle East with Transformational Community Development.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Wes Brenneman

    Wes is Regional Field Leader working alongside our National leaders.

    Michael Shea

    Mike's involvement in Myanmar has increased capacity significantly.