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Myanmar: a nation of 60 million in Southeast Asia rattled by turbulent political unrest after decades of military rule and isolation and victim to the relentless greed and exploitation of outside corporations.  Myanmar has one of the most underdeveloped infrastructures in the region. 

Waste looms in the background, unaddressed and overshadowed, yet highly destructive.  Heavily impacting the areas of health, hygiene, social equality, and development, waste is a crucial factor in the nation's progress toward a standard of living that would satisfy basic human rights.

What is that fog over this town?

It is the smoke from burning trash.

What are those patches dotting the landscape?

These are spots where trash was burned in one of the most historic cities, Bagan.

Is this a trash landfill?

This is a river.

Is this a town landfill far from people?

It is an informal dumpsite near a train station.

 

Benefits of the Waste-Free Myanmar Foundation

The problem of waste is both deeply rooted and many-sided, and therefore requires large-scale, intensive, and multi-faceted approaches in order to make a real change in people's lives.

This is where the Waste-Free Myanmar foundation comes in.  Some of its benefits include:

1.More people to help organize and carry out programs
2.Larger network of institutions to work with
3.Model taken to other locations
4.Creates jobs
 

Increased efficiency through organization:


Successful approaches require good planning and a well-oiled implementation strategy.  Thoroughly considering all aspects of an approach ensures better efficiency.  

Collaboration:

By receiving information and feedback and working together with individuals and establishments through a web of local and global supporters, the foundation can better assess and work on strategies for approaching the waste problem.
Scalability:

Solutions applied in some communities may likely transfer over to other communities well, or with few modifications.  This way initiatives and a better standard of living can spread to other locations.
Job creation:

More staff would allow the implementation to target several solutions simultaneously and more thoroughly, and at the same time provides an income to those currently disadvantaged in the community, especially young adults.
 

What the foundation deals with:

Education Program
Disposal Services
Bioplastics/ Plastic Bag Banning
Organic Farming
Energy Consulting/ Energy Alternatives
River Maintenance
 

Who we work with:

Waste-Free Myanmar works together with a network of various institutions, establishments, and agencies to ensure the best approaches to bringing sustainable measures to the people.

For spreading awareness:

Schools

-Elementary to high schools
-Public and private


›Health Centers
›-Clinics
›-Hospitals
›-Pharmacies
-›Other organizations

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›Businesses
›-Shops
-›Restaurants
-›Market vendors
›-Companies

›Media
›-Newspapers
›-TV

For gathering information:

›Government
›-Town committee
›-Political parties
›-Government offices
›-Parliament

›Researchers
›-Health and waste organizations
›-Universities including MIT
-Science networks, including bioplastics researchers
 

Headquarters:
Kyaukme, Myanmar

kyaukme, myanmar

The foundation will be established in Kyaukme, Myanmar, a semi-rural town with a relatively good connection to urban Mandalay and various rural surrounding villages.  Its positioning allows initiatives to reach a more varied population in terms of ethnicity, education, and livelihood, and especially reach out to more rural communities that receive less attention and support for such developments.  Drawing upon existing contacts and partners in the town, establishment of a network would be easier and initiatives could begin more quickly.