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Project information

Building schoolteacher housing in rural Myanmar

It's tough to retain schoolteachers who are sent by the government to the remote villages in the Irrawaddy delta where we have built schools. These are hardship postings, exacerbated because the villages struggle to provide housing. We want to build decent houses for teachers so that they remain.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Helping The Burmese Delta

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  • Need


    We have built 34 primary and middle schools in remote areas of Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta. The great majority have been adopted by the government, who then provide teachers. These are unpopular postings, in villages without facilities or electricity, and teachers often resign in order to get away. Because the government does not supply accommodation, the teachers often end up lodging with a villager, or even living in the school. This is uncomfortable, and makes retention even harder.


    Our solution is simple: we will build proper, basic houses, with good toilet and cooking facilities.

    This will give privacy and much better accommodation, make the teachers' lives more comfortable, and encourage them to stay longer.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build teachers' houses in 8 villages


    » Select villages where the teachers are in need of accommodation, and discuss the project with the teachers and village committee.
    » Choose a suitable site to be provided by the village.
    » Build the accommodation.

    What success will look like

    By successfully building the houses.

    Aim 2

    Monitor the teacher satisfaction and retention.


    » Meet periodically with the teachers and committee.

    What success will look like

    By improved teacher satisfaction, and retention.

  • Impact


    By ensuring a more stable staff in the schools, we expect that the children will be better educated, and the parents will be motivated to keep their children in school.

    We can measure this by improved enrolment and retention, and parent satisfaction.


    We know these villages and schools extremely well, having worked there for ten years. There are always potential risks in these remote and difficult environments, but we have reliable builders, and strict controls on purchase of materials, plus we monitor the process carefully.

    We cannot influence the choice of teachers, so the quality and motivation may fluctuate beyond our control.


    We report through our newsletters, website, and Facebook page. We ae always ready to report directly to donors when required.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,500 Materials All building materials
      £800 Labour Carpenter charges
      £1,000 Management Supervision of project
      £700 Travel and transportation Costs of transport for people and materials
  • Background


    The project will be in Yay Kyaw Toe village tract, Bogalay Township, Ayeyarwaddy Division, Myanmar.

    This is a very poor area, even by Myanmar standards, which is dedicated to rice growing, but where due to saline streams can only produce one crop per year. The only other significant occupation is fishing, but purely for local consumption.


    The direct beneficiaries will be the teachers, but the indirect beneficiaries will be the children, parents, and the villagers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have worked in the area for ten years, and the project will be in schools which we have built. No other NGOs/charities reach the area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    U Htoo Hlaing Win

    Htoo is our country manager in Myanmar, and will supervise the project.

    May The-Hla

    May is the founder of Helping The Burmese Delta, and is bi-lingual. She will work with Htoo and the villagers/teachers.