Title Myanmar-Rakhine - School

Myanmar (Burma): Flood relief and reconstruction in Rakhine State

Despite the free elections in November 2015 the current situation in Myanmar is still tense. Armed conflicts between the ethnic groups arise frequently. Also in Rakhine State, where the new project takes place, armed combats occur regularly. Furthermore the region is strongly threatened by natural disasters. Besides the seasonal heavy precipitations, landslides, flooding and seasonal droughts occur frequently. These phenomena will intensify due to the impacts of the strong El-Nino. In summer of 2015 once again 1.6 million people have been hit by floods. Heavy monsoon rain and severe storms caused massive destruction. The Rakhine State was one of the areas which were particularly strong affected.
Myanmar (Burma)
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The project activities of arche noVa in Myanmar are currently suspended in all regions.

The objective of the arche noVa project is to improve and secure living conditions for families in 28 villages. For this a combination of different activities will be implemented. The following activities will be carried out: Provision of improved water supply and sanitary infrastructure, construction and renovation of schools and disaster risk reduction (DRR) and preparedness.

Water and Sanitation

To secure the water supply of the families twelve rainwater catchment basins, nine wells and three water conduit systems will be installed. The formation of WASH committees ensures the proper handling and maintenance of the installed infrastructure. For this maintenance schedules are made and maintenance funds are set up. Moreover, hygiene promotion sessions will be implemented to ensure adequate hygienic behaviour and to avoid potential diseases.

Renovate Schools

An especially vulnerable group are kids and juveniles, as they are in particular prone to water inducted illness. Schools are an important multiplier for the transfer of knowledge about water borne diseases. arche noVa supports the new construction of five schools and the reconstruction of existing school buildings in the project area. On the one hand pupils should receive better access to schools and education, on the other hand the supply with sanitary infrastructure and drinking water should be assured.

Disaster preparedness

In order to strengthen the resilience of the local villagers, disaster relief committees are established, trained and connected, disaster preparedness plans are worked out and regular trainings in disaster risk reduction and first aid are held. In addition disaster proof emergency drinking water tanks will be installed at selected sides in 28 villages.

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 train 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 14,500 men, women and children in 28 villages.

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Construction of a toilet for one family
Implementation of an emergency drill in one school or one village
Training of Trainers of 28 future hygiene promoters from the project villages

Project Overview

  • Improvement of state of health by access to clean water, sanitary systems and hygienic knowledgenew construction and renovation of several schools
  • Disaster preparedness.
Target Group
14.479 men, women and children in 28 villages

Water, sanitation, hygiene:

  • Building of several water supply facilities
  • Formation of WASH Committees
  • Implementation of hygiene education activities


  • Construction and rehabilitation of various schools

Disaster preparedness:

  • Formation, training and cross-linking of disaster relief committees
  • Implementation of emergency drills and first aid trainings
  • Elaboration of disaster preparedness plans
June 2016 – May 2019
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Private Donors