3x3 project is intended to increase health in poor Myanmar

Three meals a day, three kinds of vegetables at each meal, and three food groups each week. It is the recipe that should make the population healthy so that they have the profits to learn new sustainable cultivation methods and thus lift the remote Maraland out of poverty.

New farming methods drive hunger away

A new Mission East project trains the poverty-stricken Mara people in cultivating crops all year round. It will provide children and adults with better nutrition.

By Line Højland, Communications Officer – June 2018

Pawtlei and her old mother struggle to keep hunger at bay. They belong to the isolated Christian Mara people in Myanmar's Chin State, one of the least developed areas of the country.

”I feel more confident”

Thadak Hlaing’s dream is to pass her exam and do charity work for the benefit of her people. At the COME school she gets help with the difficult exams.

By Alex Ramos-Peña, HQ Programme Manager and Line Højland, Communications Officer – June 2018

A future without food shortages

Mai Ki and her colleagues from the local organisation Together for Sustainable Development are working to eradicate food shortages among their vulnerable fellow countrymen and -women in Myanmar. Cooperation with Mission East has taught them to work more efficiently.

By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager, September 2017

When Mai Ki needs to attend an important meeting in Myanmar’s largest and most important city, Yangon, she hires a motorcycle taxi in her home village of Lailenpi in the remote Chin State.

Here the children get food everyday

Education is important. But it is equally important to eat enough food to grow, thrive, and study.. At the COME school in Burma, the children of the Mara people get education as well as food thanks to the aid from Mission East. Here are three accounts on the daily life in Maraland, Chin State, before and after COME school.

The Mara people are struggling against the floods

The worst floods in decades have hit Burma. "Food is the biggest problem," says Mission East’s partner in one of the affected areas.

12 days of constant rain and storms in July and August have caused widespread destruction in Chin State in western Burma. The severe weather is caused by the cyclone Komen, which has raged throughout Southeast Asia this summer, and the situation is still chaotic.

Knowledge is a Way out of Poverty

Burmese women started to cooperate on selling chilli peppers after receiving training from Mission East. Better knowledge means more profits, and that brings people out of poverty.

Imagine that you have never had a bank account. Banknotes are something you only see when you travel - to India, to sell your home-grown chillies and buy rice. If you need anything else, you exchange your crops for it, or manage to do without it. 

Little Girl Walked for two Days through the Mountains

Mary Nuso’s desire to study was so deep that she as an eight-year-old embarked on a two-day journey, to reach the COME school. Now she is one of the Mara people’s hopes for the future.

Fetching water, gathering firewood, cleaning, cooking. The life of a little girl in Chin State in Burma consists of hard work and not enough food to fill the stomach. The life of Mary Nuso, the youngest of eight siblings, was no exception, right up until she decided to change her life.

The children are the Mara people’s future

The Mara people struggle with poverty and isolation in the rugged mountain region of northwest Burma. Until the visit of Mission East field workers in February 2013, only two other Europeans had visited this area since 1938!
 
One of the Mara people’s greatest challenges is the lack of food in the area, and the high prices for basic goods because they have to be transported from far away on dangerous transport routes.