Supporting Nutrition and Livelihoods through SHG in Kachin State, Myanmar (SuN-Live Project)

Supporting Nutrition and Livelihoods through SHG in Kachin State, Myanmar (SuN-Live Project)
Supporting Nutrition and Livelihoods through SHG in Kachin State, Myanmar (SuN-Live Project)

Period: 28th January 2020 – 31st  December 2021

Area: 14 camp sites/relocation/local integration sites in Myitkyina, Waingmaw & Chipwi township in Kachin State.

The first specific component: Healthy Food Habit Awareness and Cooking Demonstration

Objective 1: To improve nutrition level and strengthen sustainable behavior change in consumption of locally available nutrition foods

Widespread malnutrition experience by the target population, especially pregnant and lactating women and children. People living in the IDP camps rely heavily on humanitarian assistance, which is limited in both its regularity as a result of the funding cycles, and in diversity in the provided assistance (either directly through in-kind or indirectly through cash transfers). While IDPs families are trying to meet the breadline, improve nutrition for children, pregnant women and lactating mother are being un-prioritized. The purpose of this intervention is to improve nutrition level and strengthen sustainable behavior change in consumption of locally available nutrition foodsin the families.

The second specific component: Creating Livelihood Opportunities through SHG and Supporting start-up Grants (SSG) to Individuals from IDPs and Host Communities

Objective 2: To strengthen household incomes and assets, uplifting the socio-economic condition of the families, and able to access to financial services.

Nyein Foundation conducted Focus Group Discussions regarding the nutritional and livelihood needs, availability of trainings and jobs, collaboration between camp management committees and host communities, and the educational trainings already provided by other actors in target areas in January 2019, wherein numerous types of trainings were identified as beneficial by communities. However, trainings cannot be provided in a vacuum without sustainable community structures that can take advantage of existing social capital as well as build networks for those who seek economic opportunities. Therefore, this component will implement through two approaches: 1) through supporting SHGs to selected IDPs camps; 2) supporting start-up grants (SSG) to selected individuals of IDPs and host communities.  

The third specific component: Strengthening Skills of Future and Current Workforce

Objective 3: Strengthening the skills of the workforce and expand the opportunities for Youths from selected IDPs camps and host communities and improved market access.

This component has two main target groups: out of school children aged 12-17 and individuals of 18 years old and above, some of them are bread winners of the IDPs and host families. Social and economic pressure tend to force them into illegal business easily. Therefore, informal and non-formal education support will be focusing on both recent dropped outs and out-of-school youth above 18 years in this project. The project expected to cover at least 100 out-of-school children but not limited and including those in the host communities from Myitkyina and Waimaw.

Target Area and Stakeholders

The 2019 Myanmar Humanitarian Response Plan has identified that 168,000 people are need of short-term and long-term support in Kachin State. The proposed project will be implemented in five townships (Chipwi, Waingmaw, Myitkyina) in Kachin State covering 14 camp sites/local integration sites/ host communities, with 6068 IDP people, 1224 Households and an estimated 6,000 host community members.