The goal of the Amara Foundation is to make a permanent impact on the living standards of the people of Myanmar through sustained and long-term collaboration on development projects. Our projects focus on medical care, education and the environment. Christina Stercken, an EAC Partner, has been active on the Amara Foundation project for the last eight years, and at least once a year visits on the ground the projects that it supports and others that it has started.
After the devestating Typhoon Nargis in May 2008, the trust spontaneously provided immediate assistance on the ground. Since then, the geographical focus of the Amara Foundation has been in the Irrawaddy Delta, which was hit particularly hard by the catastrophe.
Building hospitals and schools, equipping a mobile clinic, training and hiring doctors, nurses and teachers are just some of the many projects that the Foundation has been able to initiate and carry out over the last few years with specialist local staff.
The emergency assistance provided in 2008 has, in conjunction with the local village communities, developed into projects in the fields of health care and education. Since 2012 there has also been a programme for the environment. With support focused on these three areas, the Foundation aims to achieve a sustainable and permanent improvement in the living standards of the people in the villages of the Delta region and foster self-reliance by empowering the population to take a full part in their own development. This long-term engagement should help this disadvantaged region to catch up with the rest of the country and so join the transition that Myanmar will experience in the coming years.
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