Life-Saving Assistance and Sustainable Development Regional Consultation Workshop by YMCA Myanmar

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Regional Consultation Workshop on Life-Saving Assistance and Sustainable Development By YMCA Myanmar

In the wake of ongoing humanitarian crises and environmental challenges, the National Council of YMCAs of Myanmar stands committed to addressing the pressing needs of vulnerable populations across the region. We highlight the remarkable efforts of organizations and individuals working tirelessly to provide life-saving assistance and promote sustainable development in the face of adversity.

Collaboration with the Impulse Model Prevention by Impulse NGO Network in India

One such initiative making significant strides is the Impulse Model Prevention, which targets populations on the move and aims to provide life-saving assistance to those seeking safety. This innovative approach is particularly relevant in the context of cross-border unsafe migration from Myanmar, affecting regions such as Manipur, Mizoram, and Nagaland. Leveraging the proven Impulse Model Innovation, this project not only addresses immediate humanitarian needs but also seeks to mitigate the long-term impacts of climate change, deforestation, and food insecurity by promoting indigenous foods and strengthening seed banks.

Project Evolution in Myanmar:

The project in Myanmar, initiated in 2022 with pre-discussions starting in mid-2021, took on added significance amidst the tumultuous backdrop of political changes in the country and the global COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Hasina Kharbhih's pivotal visit to Myanmar YMCA provided crucial insights for extending assistance to vulnerable populations amidst multifaceted crises.

The project's multifaceted approach includes beneficiary expansion to increase coverage for displaced persons, impacting 1200 hectares of land, and initiatives on agroforestry and sustainable livelihoods in Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Myanmar. By providing essential resources and raising awareness of biodiversity and sustainable economic activities, the project aims to enhance food security and resilience among displaced populations.

Regional Consultation Workshop:

Against this backdrop, the Regional Consultation Workshop on Life Saving Assistance was convened in Aizawl, Mizoram, India, from 6-8 February 2024. Hosted by the Impulse NGO Network in collaboration with Country Partner Myanmar YMCA and State Partner Cod Nerc in Mizoram, the workshop brought together 20 young adults and 20 adult leaders to review the impact of humanitarian aid and sustainable life-saving assistance in Myanmar and the northeastern states of India.

Program Highlights:

The workshop featured interactive sessions, input from professional speakers, team-building exercises, and discussions aimed at finding resolutions to the challenges faced by displaced populations. Participants actively engaged in sharing personal experiences and insights, contributing to the collective effort towards effective resolution and community development.

As we reflect on the outcomes of this workshop and the ongoing efforts of organizations like the Impulse NGO Network, Myanmar YMCA, and Cod Nerc, we are reminded of the resilience and determination of communities in the face of adversity. Together, we reaffirm our commitment to building a more just, equitable, and sustainable future for all.

Aligning with World YMCA Vision 2030: Myanmar YMCA's Response to the Humanitarian Crisis

In the face of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, the Myanmar YMCA has demonstrated exemplary commitment to addressing the urgent needs of vulnerable populations while also aligning with the core pillars of the World YMCA Vision 2030. As we navigate through these challenging times, it is crucial to recognize and commend the efforts of organizations like the Myanmar YMCA, whose work embodies the principles of sustainability, social justice, and community well-being.


By Alex Kaung Myat Htoo

Country Team Lead | Humanitarian Programme Manager

Impulse NGO Network Humanitarian Relief Support Programme

National Council of YMCAs of Myanmar