AFSC has worked with groups in Myanmar since 2008. In line with our principle of helping those most needy under any circumstances, AFSC offered relief during a time when much of the world was refusing to assist due to the political situation. Since 2011, Myanmar has been undergoing a slow and difficult process of democratic reform which, though far from complete, has seen significant social, economic and political change. However, many of Myanmar’s long-running conflicts remain unresolved and there is much uncertainty about the country’s future direction.
AFSC has a commitment to assist the people of Myanmar in improving their lives. Until 2016, AFSC supported monastic schools – an important part of Myanmar’s education system for centuries – to promote self-reliance, life skills and critical thinking. Teacher trainings also engaged monks and abbots in learning about organizational and financial management, giving them effective skills to run schools.
Building on this work, AFSC currently promotes understanding and tolerance amongst ethnic and religious groups and responsible business investment that benefits local communities. We provide funding support, technical assistance and links to global networks.
In Myanmar, AFSC is registered as a not-for-profit social enterprise with the Department for Investment and Company Administration (Company Limited by Guarantee 114688673).