Myanmar: Training Benefits Entire Families
Published on 16 September 2011

Hamida in her workshop. Copyright:WFP/WFP Myanmar

WFP assists vulnerable families throughout Myanmar through its Food-For-Training activities. The projects, designed to support and re-establish livelihoods, have knock-on benefits not just for those trained but also for their families and the wider community.

Thirty-four year-old Hamida lives in Ywa Ma village in Buthidaung Township, Northern Rakhine State. She finished her primary education in 1992 at 15 and got married three years later.

But after a separation, Hamida struggled to take care of her four daughters with only a small wage earned working as a daily domestic labourer.

In 2007, when Hamida had no land, no assets, and few opportunities, WFP provided her and her family with protracted relief rations. As part of a Food-For-Training programme implemented by WFP and its partners, Hamida also learnt various needlecraft and sewing skills. Over time, she was able to teach others in Ywa Ma the skills she had learnt through her own training programme.

With the income earned from her trainings and from her own business enterprise, Hamida no longer struggles to feed her family. In 2009, she was able to enroll her four daughters in a school where they also benefited from WFP’s Food-For-Education activities.

"I am grateful to WFP for the chance to start my own business - it's allowed me to make enough money to buy the food my family needs," said Hamida.

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Edward Johnson

Reporting Officer

After working in headquarters, Myanmar and London, Edward is currently the operational information management and emergency preparedness officer in Yemen.