Fruitful Training Bears Development Growth

This month, I would like to highlight the sanitation project in our model village of Myat Hlae and the follow up Transformational Community Development (TCD) training in Sittwe. As we have all seen, the toilet project has experienced high achievement in Myat Hlae under the supervision of our village TCD training team. The motivation is growing stronger as villagers see the accomplishment and benefits. According to our champion, *Nyan, a lot of families are lining up for their turn to participate in the project and build toilets for their families. The villagers’ attitudes toward building latrines is very positive and a large number of people have engaged to build toilets in the village. The chief, the leaders, and many villagers are impressed by the success of the sanitation project.


Regarding the TCD follow up training, it was the second time we conducted TCD training with Mro communities that are located nearest to our model village. However, some villagers are still far geographically from Myat Hlae. Our focus groups were local leaders who engaged to do holistic development work in Mro villages. We had done the first TCD training in July. That time, we had thirty participants who represented five Mro villages. Those villages look to Myat Hlae village as a model to motivate change in their communities. However, this time we had some issues setting up the training due to the limited times the participants were available. Unfortunately, we could not have all of our previous participants return. Instead, we only had fourteen villagers to represent four villages. Due to communication difficulties, our coordinator could not contact all the previous participants.


Even so, it was a fruitful training because we had more time to focus on each participant as we effectively taught the lessons. During the training, our participants showed a good example in the campus where there were university students, patients, and children by doing an environmental cleaning exercise. Everyone there was impressed by their deeds. That exercise was important as it taught the participants how they could set up seed projects in their respective villages.


As a result of the training, three village representatives were engaged to initiate a TCD program in their own village and will report with updates. For phase one implementation, we asked them to hold a TCD vision seminar in the community, do seed projects, and set up at least one TCD committee out of the five TCD sectors of water, food, education, income generation, and wellness.


Nyan says, “I have been to TCD training many times, and I thought that I would get bored listening to the same lessons over and over again. But it was not true. I always learned something new about TCD and every training gives me motivation to do more. I want all Mro people to learn about TCD.”


*Kan says, “TCD program is crucial for our tribe as it gives us a concrete principle to do development. I believe having the knowledge of TCD will bring transformation to our villages. Now, I learn better and I am motivated enough to put it into practice when I get back home.”




*For purposes of safety and well-being, “Nyan” and “Kan” are pseudonyms for the individuals being helped by this project.