Current Programmes of KDG

Humanitarian response programme at a glance

To protect the rights, promote dignity and improve welfare of IDPs are the main focus of our humanitarian response. KDG has been in the forefront of IDPs humanitarian crisis response since the armed conflict in Kachin and norther Shan state resumed in June, 2011 after a seventeen-year of fragile ceasefire between Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and the then Myanmar government collapsed. Currently KDG’s humanitarian assistance programme reaches more than 50,000 population 16 IDP camps and host communities in the hard-to-reach areas with in KIO controlled area where the presence of national and international humanitarian agencies is hardly seen. All the humanitarian assistance programmes are designed to address the immediate needs of IDPs, and capacity building activities meant to promote self-resilience and bridge to early recovery stage for the future return and resettlement plan.

The sectors covered under IDPs humanitarian assistance programme are:

  1. Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Promotion (WASH) – programmes covers IDP camps and host communities in and around Laiza and Maija Yang town.
  2. Essential Service Provision On Health To IDPs – covers 16 IDP camps in KIO controlled area in collaboration with the Health Department of KIO with the aim to promote better health together
  3. Psychosocial Support – With the technical assistance of School of Public Health of Johns Hopkins University, Complement Element Testing Application (CETA) method is used to provide mental health and psychosocial service gap for the IDPs and host community in and around Laiza.
  4. Protection – to protect the rights, promote social inclusion, and improve welfare of persons with disabilities (PWDs) living in IDP camps and host communities who are among the extremely vulnerable individuals is the main area of focus in protection sector of our humanitarian crisis intervention. The main activities under this programme are provision of assistive devices and physiotherapy services, assistance for livelihood activities to self-help groups formed by PWDs themselves, removal of physical barriers, capacity building, and advocacy across different levels of the community – ranging from grassroot community to key stakeholders.
  5. Emergency Response – programme has been in operation since 2017 that has been set up under an arrangement of Emergency Response Mechanism (ERM) with Oxfam International under an umbrella of the Joint Strategy Team (JST). Making use of this programme KDG had able to plunge into IDPs recuing action to rescue IDPs who were fleeing fierce fighting between KIA and Myanmar government forces from Zai Awng camp to a safer place in December 2017. The current COVID-19 response operation in the local area also remarkably shows the expediency of this mechanism.

Community Development In Brief

From voluntarism to professionalism and “change from within” are the bottom lines of all the programmes designed by KDG. With the aim to addressing the immediate needs and striving for sustainable development of the community KDG does not merely focus on particular proficiency but to ensure not to sideline the poor, marginalized and dis-advantaged section of the society. The followings are the current development programmes of  KDG.

  1. Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Awareness – the programme targets young people of aged from twelve to nineteen years. Training of peer-groups of school-going adolescents and drop-outs, mentoring young people, advocacy to parents and community leaders, and conduct action research are the main components of this programme.
  2. Early Child Marriage Intervention – safety and well being of adolescent girls are prioritized in this programme. The practice of early marriage is common, but culturally and traditionally this practice has been ignored and considered as nothing less than a mere practice. Surprisingly this intervention has quite often faced with resistance and jeering from the community. It’s vital that KDG stands side by side with young girls and early married girls to say ‘No’ to early marriage practice to ensure safety and to improve well-being of their precious life.
  3. Assistance for Early Child Development – proudly partnering with Kachin Women Association (KWA), KDG has been engaging in providing assistance to fourteen early child care centers in the remote and hard-to-reach IDP camps situated along the Sino-Myanmar border of conflict affected zone of Kachin state. Thanks to “Children On the Edge (COTE)” for their kind and generous supports, and KDG is proud to be an instrumental in relaying their consistent assistance to the most needed children.
  4. Durable Peace Programme (DPP) – is a joint programme of more than thirty local and international NGOs where KDG focuses mainly on promoting durable peace and social cohesion in the community level. Promoting peace education and community harmony through youth initiatives is the worth mentioning approach of the programme. KDG conducts skills and knowledge building for youth and organizing youth events to empower youth and amplify their voices.
  5. Forest and Environmental Conservation – realizing that KDG can be a part of global movement for climate change and environmental protection, the programme has been started since 2018 with the partnership of Forest and Environmental Conservation Department (FECD) of KIO. Empowering the community members who are the sole owner of their community forests, building capacity for FECD and its staff, advocacy to promote participatory bottom-up forest governance practice with the key stake holders, supporting formulation of forest policy of FECD, and bridging grassroot level community and policy makers are the main features of our initiatives under this programme.