BDM CSO started to work in Naung Phar village (Ong Ma Hkar Village Tract) in Nawnghkio Township in Northern Shan State in 2014. At this time, there was only one volunteer group providing social and funeral services for the village. The villagers were facing social, economic and environmental issues. There were limited educational and job opportunities in the community. One of the biggest problems they were encountering was land confiscation and many lands were confiscated. Even lands they had inherited and had been owned for generations were grabbed. To make it worse, land confiscation issues made the villages misunderstand each other.
“When we were facing land issues in our village, all of our fellow villagers misunderstood each other. We had no idea how to handle this situation” said one of the women leaders of the Shwe Naung Phar Community-based Group.
We, BDM CSO, began the project intervention in the community in these circumstances. We delivered different kinds of trainings to help address the needs of the community. We strengthened women and youth to play a leading role in their community. We financially and technically helped women and youth to form the “Shwe Naung Phar” community-based group in the village through this project. This Shwe Naung Phar group was an independent group and it started functioning with 19 group members.
Now, Shwe Naung Phar Group can play a leading role in the community and implement its tasks of community development, environmental protection, capacity building for its members, fund-raising and income generation.