Last year, a project arose in Myanmar, for teaching Composting and Sustainable Soil Management. Initial request dates were for September; a time in which I had little availability.
I did have time in November, yet was told that, due to the scheduled election, as well as uncertainty regarding it’s outcome, it would be best to pick another time.
This memo serves as a prelude to an upcoming post…
In mid-January, after a long flight to (and an overnight in) Hong Kong, I arrived in Yangon, Myanmar. This is a country I have long wanted to visit. Until now, the brutal military dictatorship, as well as lack of suitable (for my skills) projects, prevented my travel there.
The election was once again a success for Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party: this time though, the Military leadership declared the vote to be the will of the people, and have backed the outcome. That said, they still control veto power. Hopes are that the military will continue releasing it’s absolute control.
Needless to say, the people I met were overjoyed with the possibilities of new opportunities to live, grow, and develop without too much fear.
Mine was a Farmer to Farmer project, through Winrock International, and funded (at least in part) by USAID. For this project, the host organization is a large grower’s co-operative: Myanmar Fruit, Flower, and Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association. (MFFVPEA).
Stay tuned for my upcoming blog…