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Where is Myanmar?

Myanmar is the largest nation in mainland South East Asia and is bordered by India, China, Laos and Thailand

Our impact


Conflict and violence have been a key part of the recent history of Myanmar. In 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape escalating violence. Similarly, clashes between militant groups and the government military prompted ethnic minorities to flee and seek refuge in India and Thailand.

On 1 February 2021, the military took over the government, causing significant economic disruption in the country.

In rural areas, there is often insufficient access to food and there are limited employment opportunities. This situation has been caused by a combination of natural disasters, conflict, poor infrastructure, and a lack of access to markets.

A man driving a cart in Myanmar. Chloé Quanrud/Tearfund

Our work in Myanmar

Tearfund has supported local partner organisations in Myanmar since 1997. The work is varied and ranges from supporting local churches as they address poverty within their communities, to encouraging key decision makers to address environmental issues and develop policies that will benefit the most vulnerable people.

We support faith groups, charities and other local organisations to address issues such as sexual and gender-based violence, disability and conflict. We also support local churches and organisations to respond to the impact of natural disasters.

Please pray for Myanmar

  • Pray for the safety and security of Tearfund’s staff, partners and the communities in which we serve.
  • Pray for people affected by conflict. Ask God to bring peace, restoration and reconciliation in this nation.
  • Lift up our work with local churches as they are equipped and empowered to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty.

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