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Myanmar (Burma): Comprehensive aid for communities in the Irrawaddy Delta region


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The Irrawaddy Delta at the southern coast of Myanmar is a dangerous place to live. The region is one of the most affected by natural disasters worldwide. Floods and cyclones are threatening constantly the livelihoods of people. The last huge catastrophe occurred in 2008, when Cyclone Nargis destroyed almost 100 percent of the houses in the arche noVa project region Bogale - in the south of the Delta region. Up to now, people, who are among the poorest in the country, were unable to overcome the consequences of the disaster.
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The aim of arche noVa's project is to improve living conditions in 20 villages in the municipality of Bogale for the long term and to secure them. For this, a broad range of activities will be initiated, which will go side by side. They range from food and income security through improvements in water and sanitation areas and new methods for the management of natural resources and catastrophe management.

Disaster preparedness

In order to help people from the project villages to protect themselves and their children better against disasters in the future, management teams will be established and trained, disaster preparedness plans are worked out and regular educational campaigns for local people will be carried out. All participants will know at the end of the project, how to behave in case of different natural disasters in order to protect oneself, the own family and property. In case of a downfall the communication plays an important role. Therefore, the connection between the local disaster preparedness committees and network organizations with the governmental disaster preparedness institutions is developed in the project. Joint trainings and regular meetings ensure a better familiarity and adjustment of the disaster management plans.

But not only knowledge and networking are established. In the villages at the selected locations disaster-proof buildings are also formed, each with an assembly room, toilets, drinking water storage tanks and a room for the first aid, search and rescue materials.


Most of the families in the project region live literally from hand to mouth. Only with difficulty they manage to earn the necessities for their life. This has many reasons: steadily decreasing crop yields, reduced acreages, problems with licensing of fisheries and the growing population. The families are trapped in this chain of problems so far. A further issue is the lack of knowledge about alternative sources of income such as growing the vegetables or the rearing of domestic animals

This issue is the focus of the current arche noVa project. It strengthens fishing as a main source of income for the families and stimulates self-sufficiency income through horticulture and animal farming. The aim is, that the families grow kitchen gardens. The necessary gardening tools and vegetable plants are distributed. The families learn how to compost and are supported in creating raised garden-beds so that the gardens remain protected from salt water. Seed banks ensure that there will be no food shortages by poor or damaged harvests. Small livestock, such as chickens and ducks are distributed. All this is accompanied by intensive trainings.

The households in the project villages earn money mainly with catching fish and shrimp on the wide branches of the Irrawaddy River. Many families do not have their own fishing equipment and must rent it at unfavorable terms. They either commit themselves to sell their catches exclusively below the market price to the owner of the equipment or they have to pay high rental prices at the end of the fishing season. arche noVa breaks this dependency by handing the families fishing equipment, what immediately creates the possibility to sell the catches for the market price. The distributions are always accompanied by trainings, where the people get trained in the proper handling and the storage of the equipment.

In five project villages, which have access to mangroves, aquaculture ponds are going to be created in a pilot project. On the one hand mangrove forests is going to be used sustainable and at the same time the ponds contribute to the income and food security of the population.

Fischer im Irrawaddy Delta

Two Years ago my famliy received a fishing gear. Especially duricng the rainy season I achieve a regular income.

U Zaw Lin (30) from Ngar Ah Shae


To improve the supply of the families with drinking and tap water in in each community one or two disaster resistant rainwater collection tanks and at least one drinking water filter system will be installed. The formation of WASH committees ensures the proper handling and maintenance of the equipment. For this maintenance schedules are made and maintenance funds are set up. During hygiene trainings the villagers also learn about the correlations between good hygienic behavior and potential diseases.


Mangrove forests play an important role in the project regions - as a supplier of building materials and firewood. They provide income and employment and are vital for the environmental protection. Too intensive deforestation of forests and mangrove areas in the past l intensified the impact of monsoons and cyclones on the people living there and reduced biodiversity. During the project this should be counteracted. The aim is to reforest ten hectares of mangrove forest. For this purpose forest user committees are formed, which work out development plans, inform the forest users and manage the seed plots.

Helping people help themselves

Besides all the hand-on-activities arche noVa places a high priority on putting communities, government agencies and other groups in all activities together and trains them. This is the only way to create an increased sense of responsibility of all and to enhance a chance that established structures and facilities can be maintained and further developed even after the official end of the project.

The activities are addressing to a total of 9,000 men, women and children. A special focus lies on supporting the small farmers, landless workers as well as female-headed households.

Donate for this project

Garden equipment and seedlings
Your contribution for a rainwater collection tank
You help to conduct disaster-preparedness activities.

Project Overview

Disaster preparedness and improvement of the nutrition situation in the southern Delta region between the Gulf of Mataban and Bay of Bengal
Target Group
9,000 people (2,000 families) in 20 communities in the Bogale municipality
  • Better nutrition and income situation:
    Planting of kitchen gardens, distribution of chickens and ducks, distribution of the fishing equipment, establishment of the rice and seed banks, creating aquaculture ponds, training on small animal farming, small gardening, fishing and seed grain.
  • Improved access to drinking water and tap water:
    construction of wells, rain water collection tanks, rainwater storage tanks, water filtration systems, formation of WASH committees, hygiene trainings
  • Disaster preparedness:
    Establishment, networking and training of disaster preparedness committees, implementation of disaster risk reduction efforts in every village - emergency trainings, construction of rescue points, roads and bridges, reforestation of mangrove forests
May 2015 – April 2018
Co-operation partners

SMDO (Sopay Myanmar Development Organization)
MHDO (Myanmar‘s Heart Development Organization)

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Portrait Anna-Luise Sonnenberg mit roter Pumpe
Anna-Luise Sonnenberg
Head of Communications
+49 351 481984-11
anna-luise.sonnenberg [at] arche-nova.org