Blackmores helping Kachin refugees

Volunteers from the MyKids project have travelled all the way to the north of Myanmar with donations from Blackmores to help improve the health of refugees in the camps at Kachin.

The volunteers with leaders of the village

The volunteers with leaders of the village

The northern states of Myanmar like Shan and Kachin, have been badly battered by civil war and resistance, leaving behind broken homes, orphaned children and displaced people. The volunteers of the Mykids Project were located in Yangon, but have travelled to north to distribute Blackmores nutritional supplements to Kachin refugees.

Refugee leader accepting Blackmores supplements

Refugee leader accepting Blackmores supplements

Home to three major ethnic groups, Kachin is bordered by China to the north and east. Constant fighting between the government and insurgents for over 60 years has resulted in thousands of refugees and internally displaced people. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there are more than 85,000 internally displaced people taking shelter in camps in Kachin and Shan states.

Refugees thanking Blackmores

Refugees thanking Blackmores

The military government of Myanmar spends only about 0.5% to 3% of the country’s GDP on health care, leaving the desperate population dependent on charitable organisations for basic needs, including shelter, food, health care, water and sanitation, access to medicines, education, and protection.

Thanks to our project partner Blackmores, we are able to assist in improving the health of refugees in Kachin- another small step towards the fulfilment of our mission –Health for All.