Education, Environment, and Livelihoods in Myanmar

What We Do

Our projects are planned for long-term sustainability and financial self-sufficiency to systematically improve local livelihoods in Myanmar. We seek out undervalued resources, both labor and materials, to address social challenges through innovative, small-scale social entrepreneurship.

Education

We support children in disadvantaged communities to receive a quality education. We provide job skills training to women and young people in tourism and agriculture as well as support local entrepreneurs to improve rural livelihoods.

Na Kyo Ai Village Monastery School

Na Kyo Ai Village Monastery School

A project to provide supplementary education for rural Myanmar children to improve school achievement and retention.
Photography Education in Myanmar

Photography Education in Myanmar

We are using photography for education and as a communications tool in our community projects in Myanmar. Photography as both art and science can be used to develop the knowledge and vocational skills of young people.
Photography Skills Training for Myanmar Nonprofits and Companies

Photography Skills Training for Myanmar Nonprofits and Companies

We are using photography for education and as a communications tool in our community projects in Myanmar. Photography as both art and science can be used to develop the knowledge and vocational skills of young people.

Environment

The dry zone comprises the central regions of Mandalay, Magway, and Lower Sagaing, which cover 13 percent of the country. It is home to 58 million people, a majority of whom are engaged in agricultural-based livelihoods, and is characterized by limited rainfall.

"Hoya House": Our Training Center in Bagan

"Hoya House": Our Training Center in Bagan

PROJECT UPDATE: As of February 2019, all sustainable agriculture and hospitality skills training programs have been moved to Mi Ta Zu Farm , our demonstration permaculture farm outside Bagan. The farm site is situated 2km east of New Bagan and is equipped...
Mi Ta Zu Permaculture Farm in Bagan

Mi Ta Zu Permaculture Farm in Bagan

View onto a rice field at Mitazu permaculture farm in BaganThe challenge many Burmese farmers face is how to sustainably work the land where rainfall is becoming more unpredictable. Many areas are vulnerable to both flooding and drought, even as...

Improving Local Livelihoods

Our activities emphasize appreciation for local culture and traditions by educating locals and visitors in how traditional practices can be integrated into the larger, globalized economy sustainably.

Three Treasures Bagan: Responsible Tourism in Myanmar

Three Treasures Bagan: Responsible Tourism in Myanmar

Three Treasures Responsible Tourism is our flagship social enterprise. We create jobs and help local communities take advantage of the opportunities available as the number of foreign visitors to Bagan continues to grow.

Economic and Political Challenges in Myanmar

Our development model focuses on education, environment, and livelihoods
Our development model focuses on education, environment, and livelihoods

The economic and political situation in Myanmar creates a challenging environment for startup entrepreneurs, especially independent, ethical, and social enterprises. Our project team and developing advisory board have professional training and experience in ICT for development, organic agriculture, sustainability, environmental management and community-based tourism, as well as experience in small business operations. Positive environmental impacts in our host communities will be supported through technology adoption, microfinance, training in organic agriculture, renewable energy and natural building.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Our activities support the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations Development Programme as part of their “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.” The 17 interconnected goals provide an inclusive set of guidelines and targets for addressing the challenges of the 21st century and range from quality education and equality to responsible consumption and decent work. Read more about the United Nations Sustainable Development goals here. As part of SEEDS’ holistic approach, we make an effort to address multiple SDGs with each of our activities.