In Myanmar, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, we have been assisting internally displaced persons and host communities from among the Muslim Rohingya people and Buddhist Rakhine people since 2014. In 2020, we added a new development project supported by the Czech Development Agency. Our local partner is Lutheran World Federation Myanmar. The situation in the area is extremely tense, so part of our work involves monitoring the situation and working on conflict prevention with representatives of all communities and volunteers.
Despite the stringent measures in the region associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been able to carry out most of the planned work. The COVID-19 pandemic had major economic impacts in 2020. Opportunities for wage labour have narrowed even further and the need for support of alternative earnings and education has increased.
In a new project with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), we are building the necessary community infrastructure in the urban areas of Sittwe and Pauktaw. This infrastructure serves both displacement camps, new settlements for Muslims and Buddhists who have had to flee their homes due to local conflict, and adjacent so-called host villages.
Two water tanks were cleaned and repaired We built latrines, distributed water filters and hand pumps for water. We organized 30 events to clean up villages and displacement camps. We support the construction of roads, footpaths and jetties for water transport on the local river.