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Food Provision for the Centre of Maraland Education (COME)


Project Status: 
Running

Project Aims:

To enable the continued provision of quality education for 120 children in a food insecure region of southern Chin State by the provision of balanced nutrition for the 2013-2014 academic year at the Centre of Maraland Education (COME).
 

Burma

Project Background:

Burma children in SchoolIn the extremely remote community of Lailenpi, high in Burma’s mountains in Chin State near the Indian border, a local organisation runs the ‘Centre for Maraland Education’ (COME): a boarding school for both bright and disadvantaged children from throughout the region where the Mara people group live. The school aims to raise the quality of education in the region, giving children the chance to complete high school and get a university education, which would be nearly impossible for most of these children without the support of COME. For the organisation which runs the school, the Service and Development Department of the Mara Evangelical Church, COME represents their long-term strategy for development in their region. The school is a way for them to raise up future leaders and improve the human resources available to address the difficulties their communities faces: poverty, food shortages, lack of healthcare and a low standard of education.
 
But currently, the survival of the school is threatened. The region of southern Chin State has been suffering from serious food shortages. This is a consequence of long-term problems related to traditional slash-and-burn agricultural practices which are no longer effective, as well as the effects of a particular crisis which began in 2007. In 2007, the bamboo which grows in this region flowered and then died – an event that happens only every 50 years in the natural cycle of the bamboo. This event has devastating effects on agriculture. It results in a boom in the rat population, which then turns to farmers crops for food. It also changes the soil composition, and makes way for other invasive plant species. The effected communities, which are almost 100% reliant on local food production for their survival, are still struggling to recover from this crisis.
 
As a result of the food shortages, many students have dropped out of school and many are urged to drop out by their parents. Nevertheless many children have insisted on continuing their studies at COME. COME has been struggling to keep operating in-spite of lack of funds and food for the students. Parents cannot afford to pay the nominal fees for the school, and local farmers have no excess to share. If any external food assistance comes to the area from NGOs or government, these students are often left out, because they are not at home with their families in the villages.
 
Assisting COME with food for their students will help the centre continue to operate, securing the future of 120 students who are the future leaders of the Mara community.

Project Action:

1. Procurement of long-lasting food items for 10 month’s food supply for the Centre for Maraland Education
2. Transport of long-lasting food items from markets in other towns/cities to COME school in Lailenpi Village
3. On-going purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers
4. Preparation and provision of balanced daily meals for children

Donor:

AEC Fonden

Project Code:

MYA-COME-001

Location:

Lailenpi, Matupi Township, Chin State, Myanmar