In September 2017, MA-UK’s Chief Executive Officer Jehangir Malik OBE visited the MA operation in Myanmar, with Director of Business Development, Zac Hussain.
When he arrived, Mr Malik met the British Ambassador, Mr Andrew Patrick, in Yangon. At Nay Pyi Taw Mr Malik and Mr Hussain presented the donations for six thousand food packages to the Ministry of Social Welfare, received by Dr Win Myat Aye, the Minister of Social Welfare-Relief and Resettlement, and other government officials
“We are committed to work closely with the government to respond to the humanitarian needs in this country,” said Mr Malik during the ceremony. “We will provide lifesaving aid and fight poverty and suffering in Myanmar.”
After this presentation, the group departed for Nga Pone Gyi village in Sittwe, Rakhine. They distributed 145 school uniforms at a temporary learning school (TLS) and they met with MA-UK’s livelihood programme participants, women who have had training to make soap and shampoo and learned to sew.
Later in the day the group were shown the WASH integrated facility in Nga Pone Gyi, which MA-UK provided, and saw a distribution of hygiene kits to 35 households. After a rest, the next day took the team to Kyauk Taw township, where they could assess the situation from a humanitarian perspective.
The final day of the trip took place in Sittwe. Mr Malik and Mr Hussain met with the Director of Relief and Resettlement Department of Rakhine State, they discussed further humanitarian assistance for Rakhine State. Then, amidst heavy rain, the British MA team joined the Myanmar MA team lifting 25 kg rice packs to distribute food for 550 households, 150 of these were Rakhine and 400 of these were Muslims.
“I was deeply saddened and moved by what I have personally witnessed of the tragedy unfold at unprecedented level. As a humanitarian, I am inspired by the courage and bravery of MA-UK Myanmar team who have been working in the most hostile area to reach all those that are affected by the conflict.”, added Mr Malik.