MDCG was founded by a group of 13 like-minded individuals who share common vision and aspirations for a peaceful and modern Myanmar. The renewed fighting in Kachin State in 2011/2012 and the slow response by the international community brought the group – back then many of them were simply private donors – together in an effort to join forces to alleviate the suffering caused to the thousands of innocent civilians affected by the conflict.
The diverse background and wide-range of technical expertise of the core group has provided MDCG with a unique multi-ethnic and multi-sectoral make-up and a sound programming foundation. Most members of the founding group and the current staff have years of experience working in humanitarian and development programs in rural Myanmar at grass-roots level. Their work and program conception are guided by humanitarian principles, rights based approach, international norms and standards, and well adapted to local context and culture. MDCG staff comprises of a well-balanced pool of experienced social workers with community development experiences from several years of working with INGOs and/or LNGOs, and retired persons of government departments with extensive networks and financial management skills. The diversity and strong professional competences of staff has helped MDCG to gain momentum and to transition from a low profile CBO to a full profile NGO.
While saving lives and alleviating immediate suffering are first priority of MDCG intervention, MDCG recognizes the urgent need for more advanced and sustainable development in remote villages, especially in ethnic minority areas that have been neglected for so many decades. So, to achieve highest impact of recovery, MDCG aims to accompany all relief efforts with livelihoods and infrastructure rehabilitation in integrated fashion. MDCG staff is dedicated to help people in these remote areas and challenging environments and therefore are principally based in the field. Similar to CBOs, MDCG field staff work through community networks (women’s associations, volunteer groups, VDC, etc) to strengthen their capacity and community ownership of the project. Community participation and contribution play an integral element in MDCG conception and implementation of projects.
Helping Hands Organization has experiences of training on enhancing capacity of community leaders’ democracy and human rights with the support of Paung Ku in 2012. In 2013, Helping Hands organization received People In Need (PIN)’s fund to provide Civic Education and Political awareness trainings and organize workshop and community level platform for 10 times. In resulting of strong participation and coordination of community leaders and strong networking, community based organizations (CSOs) as such Mwe Taung local development group and Nan Lui Kual local development organizations come out. Currently, Myay Taung Local development group are taking a leading role on land issues of Mwe Taung Red Copper project and Chin State and Sagaing Boundary problems. Then, Nan Lwe Kwel local development group are involving and coordinating with Helping Hands in the local development activities. In 2014, Helping Hands organized conference on democracy talk with the support of Dana Shae Saung Myanmar from Yangon, 88 generation (Kalay) and upper Chindwin youth network and the participants from different stakeholders included township and Regional level political leaders, government departments and civil society. HHO organized women conference and meeting for land issue/confiscation. From 2014 March to 2015, in partnership with FSWG, the project of multi-agriculture and livestock breeding was implemented by LIFT support. For Women Empowerment, HHO give Microfinance to the Home Shop owners and Women handmade, weaver. Women Weaving Group is begin in 2013, and Helping Hands Credit Union is form in 2014 then, there is about 300 members, 98% is women.
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To serve the poor and the needy by motivating and empowering them towards quality and dignity of life based on the social teachings of the Church.
- Assist in crisis or chronic distress, and work toward the development of long term solutions on the basis of community participation.
- Assist communities, especially poor and vulnerable, by providing infrastructures and capacity enhancing activities addressing basic needs, and other assistance necessary to achieve self-reliance in their lives.
- Advocate for and assist communities in their management of natural resources effectively and efficiently, and climate change adaption.
- Promote gender equity and provide equitable assistance to the communities to ensure development of target population in the working area for improving their livelihoods without any form of discrimination.
- Develop long-term partnership with key stakeholders, where all partners are on equal terms, to achieve sustainable development in communities.