Dam renovation improving children’s lives

World Vision’s video producer, Lay, revisited World Vision projects in Myanmar last year. Having worked in the World Vision Myanmar offices 15 years ago, he was encouraged by the positive changes that have occurred across the country, including a dam renovation through the “Food for Work” project.

Lay witnessed what life was like after the dam was created. Watch the video below to see Lay carry water from the dam to the local community.

Dam renovation improving children’s lives in Myanmar | World Vision Australia

Thank you for sponsoring a child in Myanmar! Meet Lay, our video producer who worked at World Vision Myanmar 15 years ago. Lay had the opportunity to return to the communities he worked with and has been encouraged by the positive change he saw. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to carry heavy water for kilometres in the blistering heat? Lay was stunned to witness young girls transporting heavy water for their families and wanted to know what it was like.
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Food for Work

The Food for Work project is an initiative where community members build a dam in exchange for food. The project means families have the food they need to survive in the short-term while building a reliable source of water that helps the community in the long-term.

Why this project was necessary and how it’s helped sponsored children

“Before the dam was renovated, children in the project area had to travel to the pond and wait and line up in the heat for their turn to collect water.

As a result, they had to skip school and ended up dropping out of school,” Lay says.

What World Vision has done to support these children

The dam renovation means the water is cleaner and children don’t wait in the heat for water anymore.

“The children were given food (rice, bean, salt, cooking oil) if they attend school regularly and the adults were given food when they participate in the dam renovation or road renovation.

Both activities bring enough food for the families and as a result, the children don’t need to drop out of school to find food or work,” Lay says.

“It's been over 14 years now since I started working with World Vision Australia and I'm so thankful to have the experiences in working with the families we are serving as well as with our generous supporters.

I am actually going back to Myanmar again in April this year. I've planned to visit the World Vision project that I used to work with about 15 years ago to see the children and the families I used to be working with again. World Vision has successfully phased out of the community but the development activities are still run by the local development committee and volunteers.

I can’t wait to be there and inspired by them again.”

Want to read other stories like this? Read about Maddie's visit to Myanmar to visit her sponsored child, or see how your child sponsorship is helping children living with HIV in Myanmar.