In Karen state, which is in a particularly serious situation, Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR Japan) opened its office in Hpa-An, the state capital, in July 2013. Since then, we have been providing support for mine victims and developing teaching materials for landmine risk education.
This report is provided to you by Yoshio NAKAGAWA, from our Hpa-An office.
|A large, deep ditch cuts off the main road of Thit Sar Aye Myaing village, Karen state. Residents are forced to cross to the other side by using a log. (December 2013)|
|A water tank that supplies water to the village for domestic use. It is exposed to rain and its surroundings are wasteland, posing danger to the residents. (December 2013)|
Improving the living environment for victims in the village
|Most of the landmine victims use crutches or prosthetics.|
|We paved the main road with concrete and constructed a bridge. (March 2014)|
|We built a roof over the water tanks, and renovated the surrounding areas. The tanks can now be safely accessed by the residents, including persons with disabilities. (March 2014)|
Many words of thanks came in at the completion ceremony
|The Karen State Minister gives encouraging words to landmine victims. (April 27, 2014)|
We will improve the sanitary environment
Our village has become a much better place to live in. Thank you.
|Yuichiro YAMAMOTO from AAR Japan's Tokyo office (left) and Saw Yoshu from our Hpa-An office listen to U Kyi Aye's (center) story. (April 10, 2014)|