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Mary’s Meals serves more than 1,800 children every school day in Myanmar.

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Life in Myanmar

Myanmar is one of the top three countries in the world affected by natural disasters and suffers frequently from extreme weather events. Currently ranked 149 out of 191 countries and territories in the Human Development Index (HDI), nearly one in three children under the age of five have stunted growth and poverty is estimated to have doubled in the country within the past couple of years.

Myanmar has struggled to recover from the effects of multiple crises in recent years. In 2015, Cyclonic Storm Komen devastated the country, displacing 1.7 million people. That same year, violence forced tens of thousands of Rohingya people from their communities and IDP (internally displaced people) camps in Rakhine State. This number has since risen to hundreds of thousands and over 1 million people have been forcibly displaced.

The combined effects of the military takeover in early 2021, Covid-19, internal conflict and global disruptions have deepened Myanmar’s economic and humanitarian crisis. Education has paid a high price for the country’s unrelenting turmoil – particularly among the poorest households – with around 91,889 children in currently out of school.

Bowls of Myanmar ready to be filled with food

Mary's Meals in Myanmar

Mary’s Meals began serving school meals in Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis devastated the country in 2008. 

We deliver our programme in partnership with a trusted local organisation – the Episcopal Commission for Education (ECE) – which offers teacher and headteacher training and provides residential boarding accommodation to enable the most vulnerable children to access to education.

Food Changes the Story

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How many children do we reach in Myanmar?

Mary’s Meals serves more than 1,800 children every school day in Myanmar.

What meal do we provide?

We typically serve rice and either meat, fish or egg served with vegetables or beans.

What is the capital of Myanmar?

The capital of Myanmar is Naypyidaw.

What language is spoken in Myanmar?

There are nearly 100 languages spoken in Myanmar, but the official language is Burmese.

What is the population of Myanmar?

The population of Myanmar is 54,121,519.

What currency is used in Myanmar?

The Myanmar Kyat (MMK).