In collaboration with Oxfam, YCT has been implementing “Inclusive Development and Empowerment of Women in Rakhine project” in 8 villages in 4 Townships of Rakhine State since 2018. Among those villages, there was Ya Chaung village in Ponnagyun Township with a population of 500, and 3 women participants were included in the Gender Leadership Training. The training was organized into 3 modules. After Modules 1 and 2, the 3 participants from the village were able to share with their experiences and knowledge acquired at the training to 70 villagers in their community.
After conducting Module 3, Yaung Chi Thit supported the village by providing some funds for fencing reservoirs, which the villagers raised as their urgent need. That area faces water shortages every summer. Since the reservoirs were properly fenced that summer, cows, buffalos and other animals could not enter the compounds of the reservoir and all villagers have access to clean water. On the benefits of fencing the reservoirs, Ms. Phyu Phyu Aye, a trainee claims, “All three reservoirs get dry in summer almost every year. Besides, water shortages in summer forces cows and buffalos to enter the reservoirs. This year, since all three reservoirs are protected with fence and gates with stairs installed, the animals cannot enter and people have access to clean water. Water usage is also automatically and properly put under control.”