Konflikt i Rakhine State, Myanmar

I projektgruppen bag Minglabar Myanmar følger vi meget nøje med i den nuværende konflikt i Rakhine State i den vestligste del af Myanmar sammen med vores partnere i Danmark og i Myanmar.

Konflikten påvirker ikke vores konkrete arbejde. Konflikter understreger vigtigheden af vores arbejde, og at vi forsat skal mødes og støtte vore partneres arbejde for unges engagement i civilsamfundet.

Det er fortsat sikkert at rejse med Minglabar Myanmar – Fundament for Farandring til Myanmar.

En egentlig udtalelse fra projektgruppen kan fås  ved henvendelse til info@minglabarmyanmar.dk.

Youth leader’s experience

Thoughts about volunteering and why it is important. Saw Jeremiah is a Volunteer in Foundation for Change and have been in Denmark as a part of exchanging cultural and volunteering knowledge with Danish volunteers.

What I learned when I was in Denmark

I love my country, Myanmar. It is my motherland filled with unique history, invariable cultural heritage and friendly people. In my childhood days, I saw most of Myanmar people live under fear, unable to express their opinions and stand up for what they believe in.

However, as we are now walking on the path of democracy, things become very different now. I became to realize I myself can become a change maker for my society. It is my mission as a youth to continue fighting for my beliefs, educate and mobilize social groups to make our voices heard and exercise our rights and democracy.

My name is Saw Jeremiah. I am a 20-years-old boy who grew up in Pathein, the fourth largest city in Myanmar. I am volunteering as a youth leader at Foundation for Change Myanmar till this May.

Visiting Denmark

Among my experiences with Foundation for Change Myanmar, having a chance to go and visit Denmark would definitely be a highlight of my life. As one of the happiest countries in the world, Denmark is full of friendly and hospitable people which makes this democratic and happy country more alive.

What inspires me the most in Denmark is the young people. They are willing to make a better place not only for their country but also for the whole world.  So, when I was in Denmark, I was thinking like, “oh! This is the mindset we need most in our country. This is how we can change our country to become a developed nation.”

I had a chance to listen to their inspirational stories and draw motivation, encouragement and inspiration from them. To be able to think critically and analytically, to be able to express our opinions, to be able to stand up for what we believe and to take risks and challenges positively: the skills I found most in Danish youths are the core values that I want to let every Myanmar young people embody.

When Danish people become volunteers for a certain cause, they take it very seriously even though they are not getting paid. They are punctual, active, and innovative in implementing their ideas and transforming them into reality. They also receive good support from the government, and everybody in Denmark considers volunteering as a selfless act everybody can’t do.

But in our home country “Myanmar”, volunteering is a culture most of Myanmar people are not familiar with. Whether your job pays you or not is a very big issue in Myanmar. Myanmar parents only want their children to look for jobs with a stable income but not really into volunteering jobs. Moreover, some Myanmar youths still think volunteering is a waste of time.

So, at first, you need to educate the older generations about volunteerism and then encourage youths to become the changemakers for their society. That is what Foundation for Change Myanmar had been doing now. We educate and empower youths to make the changes and projects they want to for their communities.

All in all, FFC gave me a chance to discover new things, explore new experiences and become a better person. It took me a lot of hard work and persistence from a boy from countryside to be where I am today. I hope my story will inspire all the young people in Myanmar to be themselves, to believe in themselves, to chase their wildest dreams and be a part of change for their society.

Nyt medlem i projektgruppen

Der er netop blevet en plads ledig i projektgruppen bag Minglabar Myanmar, som kan blive din.

Projektgruppen består af fire medlemmer fra hhv. FDF og KFUM & KFUK. Projektgruppen har til opgave at varetage og drive projektet, herunder at være tovholdere på diverse tiltag, udvikle nye ideer, stå for formidlingsopgaver, udvikle projektarbejdet i Myanmar og facilitere at andre kan engagere sig i projektet på forskellig vis.

I foråret 2017 fik vi tildelt 200.000 kr. fra Danida til formidling af Minglabar Myanmar både i vores foreninger og blandt børn og unge i andre sammenhænge. Dette formidlingsarbejde bliver fokus det kommende år frem mod efteråret 2018.

“Minglabar Myanmar – Fundament for Forandring” kører i sin nuværende form frem til november 2018.

Da der er gået en FDF’er ud af projektgruppen, søger vi et nyt medlem i projektgruppen fra FDF. Har du lyst til at være med til at sidde med centralt og drive projektet fremad, så send nedenstående ansøgning til info@minglabarmyanmar.dk senest den 1. september.

Har du nogen spørgsmål, så er du meget velkommen til at kontakte Andreas, formand i projektgruppen for FDF på andreas@minglabarmyanmar.dk eller 2490 3612.


Hent ansøgning her.



Q: Hvor meget tid tager det at sidde i projektgruppen?

A: Det er svært at give et præcist svar på. Nogle uger er det flere timer, andre er det ikke så meget. Det kommer an på hvad du tager på dig.

Q: Hvornår er der møder i projektgruppen?

A: Her er datoerne for møderne i efteråret:

Fredag d 8. september kl 18-> i KBH – Global Fest efter ungdommens folkemøde (helt frivilligt!!)
Lørdag d 9. september kl 9-15 i KBH – Åbent møde med proces om det sidste år i MM og Danida’en
Søndag d 1. oktober kl 11-15 i Aarhus – Lukket møde
Lørdag d 4. November kl 11-15.30 i Aarhus – MingLAB
Søndag d 5. november kl 10-14 i Aarhus – Åbent møde
Torsdag d 7. december kl 17-> Julemøde og Julefrokost

Socialt liv i Foundation for Change / Social life in FFC

Derrick er frivillig i foundation for change i Myanmar. Her fortæller han (på engelsk) om, hvordan det er at være frivillig i myanmar.

Derrick is volunteer in Foundation for Change (FFC) in Myanmar. In this blog post he is writing about how it is to be a volunteer in FFC.

Most of you, the readers of this blog, have already known me as a funny guy at Foundation for change (FFC), who is into music so bad. In addition, you may notice that I spend most of my time reading, listening to music and singing in the Youth hub of FFC.

My full name is Saw Derrick, and I go for Derrick. Recently, I have become one of the Project Group members of FFC and just turned to 20 years of age. So sad. Just kidding. Originally, I am from a city named Pathein, four-hour’ drive to Yangon, and I am the biggest son in my family but I have two sisters who were born before I was.

Including this year, I have been participating in FFC for 2 years at least. Let me tell you one interesting thing about FFC.

FFC is a place where decision making is in the hands of authorized youths selected once a year by FFC volunteers and they are responsible for planning the whole year program of FFC and assisting social activity group, conversation club group and trainer group of FFC in order to fulfil the year program successfully.

It means that FFC is for the youth by the youth. Therefore, most of ownership is handed over youths in FFC and they are able to build up their skills and dreams, and search for their most possible potentials.

By the blessing of God, I have found my two possible potentials while taking part in the activities organized by FFC and I really want to say “thanks God for introducing me with FFC.” Now I 100% believe that I could be a great public speaker and trainer, as well as a successful singer in the future. Why am I so sure of that? I am sure of that because not only I am the one who believes that but also my friends from FFC do the same way like I do.

After nearly every time I had stood up and done presentations in front of my friends, the words which came out of their mouths were “good job boys”, “excellent”, “what a fascinating presentation you did” and so on.

I am also capable of conducting trainings on public speaking and youth leadership because I was trained by Majken and Jens, who are FFC trainers from Denmark, to become a trainer and they gave me a chance to start giving training. Making me better, I got an opportunity to join training of trainers program organized by FFC. And also, I can feel that I am regraded by my FFC friends as a singer and composer who could be successful in the future. What a nice living place I inhabit.

The reason why I am saying these is that I want you to know that it would be extremely difficult to reach your full potential if you are not in a supportive environment. You even would not know what possible potentials you have got. I am not convincing you to come and participate at FFC.

I just want to give you a message that you should be surrounded by supportive people and environment in order to find and reach your potential and you should be a good supporter for your brother, sisters, friends and so on in order to make your living environment enjoyable for other people.

Now I am in a place where young people support to each other, and I am being surrounded by friends who will never be jealous of me but willing to help me to reach my full potential.

Når religion bliver til tro

Dialog mellem religioner – Er det ‘a piece of cake’? om at tage dialog-elevatoren fra hovedet til hjertet.

Af Helle Bentsen Laursen, deltager på Dialogrejsen til Myanmar, vinter 2017

Gyldne pagoder, trykkende trafik og et mylder af mennesker er nok starten på mange rejsefortællinger fra besøget i The Golden Land. Og Myanmar er alt dette og meget mere, men det er ikke her, at min rejseoplevelse tager sit udgangspunkt.

I en stor sal langt ude på landet sidder en stor gruppe unge mennesker. Nogen kender hinanden godt, mens andre ikke har kendt hinanden i mere end godt et døgn. Jeg er selv en af dem. Folk griner, og der bliver danset, sunget og leget. Jeg sidder med følelsen af, at verden går op i en højere enhed, og at der skal så forbløffende lidt til. Men at denne lille bitte smule er så overordentligt svær at huske på i hverdagen.

I løbet af dagen har den store gruppe unge mennesker, som består af danskere og myanmesere – af kristne, buddhister og muslimer – været i dialog med hinanden om tro: Interfaith dialogue. Inden dagens program sad jeg selv med følelsen af, at det ville blive en smal sag: Jeg læser religion til daglig, har en bred viden om de forskellige religioner, og er vant til at diskutere religion gennem mit engagement i KFUM & KFUK og DKG. Interfaith Dialogue – piece of cake!

Men jeg tog fejl! Ligeså svigende svært, det kan føles, når man må erkende sit fejltagelse, lige så fantastisk og meningsfyldt føles det, når man griner en aften på landet i Myanmar og glemmer, at man griner sammen med kristne, muslimer, buddhister – danskere og myanmesere. Når man kun lægger mærke til, at man griner sammen med mennesker.

Da jeg ligger i min seng om aftenen, godt beskyttet for frøer og andet kryb af min prinsessehimmel af et myggenet, tænker jeg tilbage på de ting, som har rykket sig inde i mig i løbet af blot en enkelt dag.

Når man læser religionsvidenskab til hverdag, tænker og taler man utrolig meget fra sit hoved: Hvad har jeg lært og læst? Årstal og fakta! Men som jeg ligger der i det varme mørke kan jeg mærke mit hjerte, for det er det, som jeg har brugt i dialogen. Jeg har oplevet vigtigheden i at tale fra mit hjerte, når jeg taler med andre om tro. For når man taler om tro, så bliver tal og fakta underordnet til fordel for den mening, som tro kan give ens tilværelse.

Derfor skal der herfra lyde en opfordring til alle om at tage dialog-elevatoren fra hovedet til hjertet. Når man sidder i Myanmar og oplever, hvordan buddhister og muslimer, som flere steder i landet ligger i blodig konflikt med hinanden, får øjnene op for hinanden som mennesker i stedet for repræsentanter for den anden religion, så går verden op i en højere enhed. Man kan mærke et lille naivt håb for en bedre verden spire inde i sig selv.

Tilbage i kolde Danmark har jeg igen snuden solidt plantet i de videnskabelige og teoretiske forklaringer på religion og menneskets behov for den. Dog er jeg en oplevelse rigere: At religion giver ekstra meget mening, når den bliver til tro.

En rejse, hvor jeg gror

Foundation for CHange i Myanmar har ansat to deltidsmedarbejdere. Den ene er Ei Yupar Maung, der her skriver om sit nye job.

Greetings from Yangon. I am Ei Yupar Maung and I am the Administrative Coordinator of Foundation for Change (FFC) Myanmar. I am 21 years old and a fresh graduate from the National Management Degree College, with a Bachelor degree in Business Management. You can say that I’m new to FFC as I have only been working under FFC for 1 month and a half.

So, as for my story in FFC, I’ve been introduced to FFC by one of my good friends, Mindy who is also the chairperson of the Project Group. I’ve been told that FFC is an organization that is conducting youth empowerment projects in Myanmar and that is mainly composed with the youth volunteers.

As I was looking for a job after coming back from a 52-day Youth Exchange Program, I felt like the job position for the Administrative Coordinator is very interesting and perfect for me. Therefore, I decided to give it a try and submitted my CV.

After I have been notified that I am chosen to be the Administrative Coordinator, I was thrilled to become part of FFC. Because after having interviews with the members of FFC, I have expected that this position can be a good opportunity to grow myself, both career wise and personality wise as FFC is an organization that is empowering youths and creating connections with youths from various backgrounds. And guess what, I am totally right about my feeling.

Working at FFC is definitely different from other working environments. First of all, it’s a nonprofit organization which means that it doesn’t focus on making profits, it focuses on empowering youth and connecting with youths. Therefore, the working environment is totally different from the ones at the profit organizations.

Instead of dealing with numbers and customers, here at FFC, I have to deal with the youths who are interested in creating a better society. By dealing with these youths, I feel inspired by their enthusiastic minds.

Second, being one of the only two staff members of FFC, I have no supervisor or boss who will order me to get my things done which means that I have to rely on my own sense of responsibility.

Having worked as the Administrative Coordinator for 1 month and a half, I think I have developed better sense of responsibility towards my job which I think is a great thing for my career life. Another great point of working here is that as I’m working here as a part-time administrator, I can also pursue my further study in academic field. So, working here helps me to grow in many different aspects and also help me to gain working experiences. What can I ask for more?

FFC’s goal is to empower youths and I think FFC is doing a very good job in attaining in that goal by conducting various activities and projects such as Volunteer Youth Fund, Concept trainings, and Conversation clubs.

Among these, I like the idea of Volunteer Youth Fund in particular. The idea of Volunteer Youth Fund (VYF) is to assist the youth volunteers in turning their ideas into a real project by funding them with a maximum amount of 600$. The reason why I particularly like this idea is that youth volunteers usually have a lot of great ideas in contributing the society but they often face with financial problems which prevent them from making those ideas happen.

Now, with the VYF, young volunteers can freely build projects of their own without having to worry about the financial aspects. And as the administrative coordinator of FFC, I would like to encourage more and more youths in Myanmar to apply for VYF and also other youths to come and  join our activities so that they can be part of this amazing growth journey too.

Gertrud blog Minglabar Myanmar 2

Hvad dialog også er

I januar rejste Gertrud til Myanmar på dialogrejse. Målet var at blive klogere på den myanmesiske kultur, folket og tro. Læs hendes beretning her.

Af: Gertrud Payal Pilegaard Thomsen

Dialog. Dia – log. I følge ordnet.dk kommer det af de latinske ord dia og logos. Gennem ord.

I slutningen af januar tog jeg på dialogrejse til Myanmar. En rejse arrangeret af KFUM og KFUK, FDF og Danmission. En rejse, hvor jeg gennem ord skulle blive klogere på den myanmesiske kultur, det myanmesiske folk og ikke mindst på det brogede trosliv, der udfolder sig i dette farverige land. En rejse, hvor jeg skulle møde mennesker og lærer om deres livsfilosofier gennem ord.

Gertrud blog Minglabar Myanmar Foto Thomas Heie

Dialog. Nogle gange er ordnet.dk måske ikke fyldestgørende nok. Dette er, efter min mening, et strålende eksempel. Dialog er i virkelig, menneskelig, nærværende praksis et møde gennem så meget mere end ord. Der, i de gyldne pagoders land, et sted ude i den smukke regnskovs-natur, ved et bord i eftermiddagsheden sammen med en gruppe danske og myanmesiske deltagere på Danmissions Dialogue Camp, var dialog så meget mere.

Vi havde hver valgt et citat eller en passage fra vores respektive helligskrifter, som var af særlig betydning for lige netop os. At dele dette med hinanden udfoldede dialogbegrebet på, for mig, helt nye måder, og rakte langt længere end ord.

Dialog var at mærke, hvordan det betød noget, at dét, der blev delt, var af betydning. Hvordan det ugyldiggjorde en måske ellers forudindtaget opfattelse af et trossamfund. Hvordan det gav stof til eftertanke om, hvorvidt mennesker defineres ud fra den gængse omtale af deres religion, eller om religionen defineres ud fra de mennesker, der lever med den.

Dialog var at opleve det respektfulde møde. At der blev skabt en naturlig, gensidig respekt. En respekt, der trodsede principielle uenigheder og forskellige trostilknytninger. En respekt, der gav plads til at udtrykke præcis dét, det delte satte igang af tanker, følelser og spørgsmål.

Dialog var, at mennesker på tværs af kulturer, kunne skabe et rum, hvor ærlighed, tillid og åbenhed var nøgleord. Et rum, der trods de store forudsætninger for uenighed, fremmede de universelle håb, der ofte drukner i snæversyn og krigsmentalitet.  Et rum, der, sat op i dialogens tegn, klargjorde, hvad dialog er.

Dialog. Dia-logos. Gennem ord. Kære ordnet: Jeg tillader mig at anbefale, at tilføje en lille notits til jeres ellers fornemme ordforklaringsdatabase: Dialog skal opleves.

Nederste foto: Thomas Heie Nielsen

Debating one moment, giggling the next

Mindy er nyvalgt i Foundation for Changes projektgruppe. Her fortæller hun om, hvorfor hun har valgt at være frivilligt, og hvad FFC har givet hende. Læs med herunder. Blogindlægget er på engelsk.

By: Myo Su Aye / Mindy – Coordinator for Conversation Club and Chairperson of Foundation for Change’s Project Group 2017.

I am volunteering as the coordinator of the Foundation for Change’s (FFC) Conversation Club and recently became chairperson of the project group. As coordinator for Conversation Club I have to make sure the club’s activities are conducted smoothly, we make plans for the club activities and most importantly help the facilitators. Choosing the right topic is kind of difficult because we have to choose the one that is attractive enough as well as compatible with the facilitator and the audience. Every week, we have active conversations that are thrilling for me as I get to meet new friends, share opinions, and listen to the experiences that unfold then.

I joined the project group, because I wanted more volunteer experience and to contribute more to FFC’s activities. And of course, I want myself to be a change-maker, so FFC is the right place for me. For me, volunteering is devoting my time and energy for the sake of others, giving out a helping hand with best what I can offer. Also, it is like self-development because I gain knowledge and experiences which are useful in my life. Moreover, I really appreciate the participatory method used in workshops because it really enhanced my presentation and critical thinking skills.

I joined FFC in October 2016 and since then I have been actively participating in FFC activities such as workshops and Exchange camp. Although I have joined workshops here and there, the Exchange camp was my very first one. As I imagined, the camp was really fun and friendly participants made the camp more like home. What I really like about being around FFC volunteers is that, no matter how we debate (quarrel) during the workshops at the Exchange camp, no one held the grudge and we would be giggling again next minute.

Mindy (to the far right) and other volunteers at the talent show, FFC Exchange program December 2016

My must unforgettable experience from the Exchange camp would be the talent show. We had only little amount of time (probably because we didn’t want to spare our break time, chatting and eating snacks is important too) and had to make the ends meet in 45 minutes for the talent show. My team decided to make a “talent show” as the talent and I performed the song named “Bo Aung Din” in a funny way. Of course, without rehearsing and having any kind of experience, I was really nervous to perform on the stage, but I went as crazy as I could. The result was satisfying as my friends commented how funny I looked on the stage.

Everyday back at the camp was joyful plus everyone seemed to have extra energy to actively participate in camp activities and workshops. From those, I had learned what volunteering really is and how youths can contribute positively to the society.

Stepping into the world of trainers with Foundation for Change

Yee Shin THant er frivillig i Foundation for Change, hvor hun bl.a. har deltaget i “training of Trainers”. her fortæller hun om, hvordan hun både har fået modet til at tale foran sin klasse, og hvordan hun har fået en ny familie i Foundation for Change.

Yee Shin Thant is a volunteer in Foundation for Change and has among other participated in the Training of Trainers (ToT). Here she tells about how she got the courage to speak in front of others and how she fells she has got a new family in Foundation for Change.

My name is Yee Shin Thant. I am studying English Specialization at University of Yangon. I am a teenager who has a strong passion for volunteerism. I always wish to share with people whoever they are. I love to support the community as much as I can, even if it may be just a little bit. Under the control of the atmosphere I was raised, I couldn’t do anything about volunteerism. I just lived for myself from dawn to dusk and I am the one who was satisfied just by entering charity organizations and donated things according the needs of local people.

One day, one of my best friends sent me a message. It was about an event calling for new Youth Volunteers and she asked me if I would like to join it. Without thinking too much about it, without knowing where the event was going to be held, and without having heard the name of the organization, I agreed to attend that event. I am very thankful to my friend for taking me there as well as me myself for making the best decision ever.

I can do more than I thought

As soon as I got there, I felt the warm atmosphere because the former members are very friendly and on that day, I learnt about Foundation for Change (FFC) (its background, vision and goals) and how it is working for the youths (through trainings, volunteer projects and exchange programs). Among the sub-group; Trainer, Social activity, Conversation Club, and PR & Communication, I became a member of both Trainer and Conversation Club. Here, I want to share my experiences form the training called Training of Trainers (ToT).

The ToT training reminded me of what I can do as a youth for my surroundings and community. It showed me that I can do more than I thought, and it pointed out the ethical living as a youth. I can apply the experiences I got from the training both in trainings and in reality. I guarantee the ToT training is a treasure for every youth as it is producing more precious youth volunteers, who will be the foundation of the future. I also would like to encourage youths to be a part of Foundation for Change volunteers and to participate in the empowering youth activities.

All together 28 youths joined ToT. All the former FFC members welcome us warmly and no one can know who new ones are if they see from outsiders’ views. Starting from the first night we arrived, I felt like I was not the old Yee Shin Thant who was shy and quiet. It was because of all my friends from FFC. They changed me to the new one who is active, open and friendly.

Going into the trainer world

We did exercises and had a lot of fun through getting-to-know-games and team building games from which I could realize what kind of person I am. I found out my weaknesses and strengths through these games and learnt so much knowledge through the lesson learnings sessions after the games. I didn’t know that we can get life lessons even from just small matters we are doing unconsciously or games.

I became familiar with several skills such as observation, presentation, questioning, feedback, improvisation, and summarizing skills, which have helped me a lot going into the trainer world. For instance, I began to notice what kind of questions I should ask to the participants; open or closed ones.

To say the truth, I was very bad at summarizing before the ToT, and so I always took the opening parts whenever I had to do presentations. After ToT training, I got confident to be the last speaker who has the responsibility to sum up all the content as I had learned about what should be included in summarizing and how to summarize. Based on these skills, I could analyze my participants and prepare effective activities and think of teaching methods.

Different is not necessarily difficult

Through the whole training, we discussed a lot for each session in many ways; open discussions, closed discussions, etc. I feel grateful to my friends for their active participation and discussing the lessons very seriously without tiring. In the past, I didn’t think about something very seriously and I didn’t try to think what other people are thinking. After the training, I did improve my critical thinking from the discussions and I could see the different personal glasses and also got a lesson not to judge only by my point of view as everything might have its own reason and solutions.

I realized the difference between the attitudes towards “Difficult” and “Different”. I used to think things were difficult for me to complete when I face with some obstacles. However, after ToT training, I starting thinking things in the view of “Different” not from the “Difficult” point of view. I really had a precious time with my lovely FFC friends in each and every session of ToT training.

Understanding the participants

One of the most enjoyable memories I got is learning about Adult Learning Style in which I could learn what kind of trainer I am. I learned about Keep-Add-Drop and Finger Models (feedback tools), which reminds me of things I need to adapt, avoid, keep doing, and things I am good at. We learned about the performance curve and how to motivate participants, which made me realize the situation of the participants during trainings and how I should change my training schedule according the participants. These lessons also made me improve my improvisation skills.

I never thought of the difference between participants even within a single training. During a live session at the ToT, I was given a mission to be a joker. This was a challenge both for me and for my trainer friends. Jokers in the trainings can delay the trainings or make other participants annoyed or disappointed, and through this session I got lessons on how to handle these kinds of situations.

Action Track also plays an important part in the training. I had to give training to a group of people at the end of ToT training. It was my first training ever and I was very nervous. I had to practice a lot before the action track. My friends from FFC motivated me telling me even they felt the same way. I am thankful to my friends because the action track finished successfully. I felt how helpful, friendly, and warm my friends are during the whole ToT. Especially, during live sessions and action track.

I felt like I got a new family

I could improve my communication skill not only because of the training but also because of the activities we did after the training time. Some of my friends played guitar untiringly and we all sang together happily, played games together very heartily though we had already been in the training for whole day. We shared our life experiences, ghost stories and funny things and we all laughed out loud together. These moments are the ones that tied our hearts and made us more and more familiar. I felt like I got a new family.

I’ve attended many trainings and workshops before. At that time, I didn’t know how much effort the trainers or facilitators need to put into the trainings and workshops, and how difficult it is to become a good facilitator. After attending ToT, planning, and experiencing the live sessions and action track, I realized what it involves to be a trainer or facilitator; the preparations, needs, attitudes, goals, and the hard work.

Seeing the trainers, I realized what I need to improve such as communication and presentation skill, what I should cultivate such as the habit of reading, being frank, and what I should quit doing for instance staying alone and being silent. I have changed a lot after ToT training both habitually and psychologically. I became active speaker in my classes and I got a lot of self-motivation from this training.

Dagsreportage fra Myanmar – Vi “mingla-bar”

Af Martin Christensen, Hjerm, rejsedeltager på TaskForce oktober 2016.

Den 16/10/2016

Hvis du tror ris er ris, kan jeg informere dig om, at det er det ikke.
Morgenmad, middagsmad og aftensmad – du kan altid få ris. Vi startede dagen med morgenmad hos en rigtig venlig mor og hendes børn. Hun havde en bod ved 15”th Street i centrum af Yangon. Vi bestilte forskellige retter, men alle med ris. De gjorde det bedste, jeg har prøvet for at tilfredsstille os. Vi fik sat borde sammen og jeg ville gerne hjælpe, men de ville meget gerne gøre det. Jeg fik at vide, at det var en form for værdighed. Generelt er møblerne dernede meget små Mange steder på gaderne har de plasticsæt som vi i Danmark bruger til børn (meget hyggeligt). Havde man en taske fik man også en stol til den.
Jeg havde aldrig før fået ris til morgenmad, så jeg var skeptisk, men det overraskede mig. Jeg fik barbecue-pork til risene og blev positivt overrasket og spiste op.
Vi spiste alle 13 fra taskforce-gruppen sammen. Så for at gøre det nemt betalte vi sammen. Vi samlede pengene sammen og vi skulle betale 13000 Kyat. Det er meget billigt for så god mad.
Vi gav sønnen på ca. 6 år, pengene og vi vedlagde 2000 Kyat som drikkepenge. Vi troede de ville blive glade, men de ville ikke have pengene. De gik først med pengestakken, men efter at have talt dem, kom datteren tilbage med drikkepengene. De ville ikke have dem. Det var underligt – det er vi ikke vant til som danskere, hvilket får mig til at tænke på et sted vi købte vand, hvor sælgeren kun havde 6 flasker kolde vand og vi fik resten kølige. Her gav han os en del rabat på de kølige vand fordi de ikke var kolde nok. Det er det mest imødekommende folkefærd og meget betænksomme folkefærd jeg har mødt indtil videre i mit 19-årige liv.

Dagen startede med, at vi skulle møde projektets Youth Leaders i Myanmar. Det er lederne for de frivillige i Myanmar som rådgiver og er planlægningskoordinatorer. Det også dem, som står for at uddele penge til gode projekter. Pengene fra projektet Minglabar Myanmar eller Foundation for chance(FFC). Vi mødte to piger og en dreng, det var super inspirerede og motiveret. Drengen Jerrymayer var 21 år og han var meget aktiv med igangsættelse af workshops med det udgangspunkt at organisere og aktivere de unge i projektet. Pigen, May, er en klassisk, burmesisk, kvik og ung dame med humør. Hun var herlig, hun havde briller og hun elskede at snakke og lære nyt. Hun lærte os en masse burmesisk sprog, hvilket medførte, at jeg gik rundt og sagde Mingalabar samt te ta. Hvilket betød goddag og farvel. Hun fortalte en masse historier om landet. May havde mødt vores rejseleder før og hun lavede sjov med ham og grinede af måden han bandt sin longhi på. Det var rart at se, at der var skabt nogle bånd.

Min rejsemakker og jeg var ude at gå efter en god taxatur i det indre Yangon. Turen vi kørte var ikke længere end en strækning tilsvarende en tur fra Hjerm til Viborg. Forskellen er bare, at turen tog over 2 timer. Vi havde lige besøgt YMCA’s hovedkvarter i Myanmar. Vi tog med taxaen til busstationen. Da vi kom frem til busstation skulle vi skifte og vi var kommet ”lidt ud på landet” selvom der  stadig var et mylder af liv. Men det var i et område, hvor de ikke var vant til turisme. Vi havde 1,5 time inden vi skulle afsted fra busstation, så vi var 3 fra rejsegruppen, som ville se os lidt omkring. Vi gik ikke langt inden vi blev stoppet af 3 mænd,som ville snakke med os. De ønskede også billeder af os sammen med ham. Manden, som var buschauffør, tyggede løs på noget som fungerer som cigaretter, men har en smag og farver vildt rød, så hele hans mund var rød og han duftede af denne kraftige lugt af tang og en stærk lugt af Nikotin. Han komplimenterede mit tøjvalg og fortalte mig, at jeg gjorde det rigtigt. Han var glad og meget imødekommende.

Vi gik tilbage til rejsegruppen, hvor vi snakkede og spiste lidt snacks. Vores rejseleder, Mathias Norden Larsen, havde købte solsikkekerner. Det var ret sjovt, de var i skal og jeg brugte en del tid på at åbne dem. Der gik en del tid på at få dem op og spise dem. Det satte flere tanker igang. Jeg kunne lige pludselig bedre forstå, at det brød jeg havde set ikke var som Skagenslapper hjemme i det travle Danmark. Her i Myanmar giver man sig tid til at sætte sig ned og giver sig tid til at gøre det ordenligt. Ventetiden var lang og jeg trængte til at bevæge mig inden den lange 9 timers bustur mod Mandalay, derfor ville Jeppe Pilgaard og jeg gå ud at købe os en sodavand til turen. Vi gik lidt ind i den lille by. Her stoppede folk op og gloede på os halvkogte blege danskere. Det var fullmoonnight, en tradition som alle buddhisterne fejrer med fyrværkeri og stearinlys over alt i gaderne, og folk vandrede mod pagoderne til bøn. Vi gik ind på et lille spisested for at købe disse colaer, og vi var kommet til et sted hvor engelsk ikke var en selvfølge længere. Vi blev betjent og de ville frygtelig gerne have os til at sidde, men vi ville jo gerne have colaerne med i bussen, så jeg prøvede at lave fagter til ham (som gæt og grimasser). Jeg sagde Cola to-go, og lod som om jeg løb på stedet, så grinte hele restauranten af os. Pludselig var de 4 til at betjene os. En af dem kunne en smule engelsk og han var ved at dø af grin, og råbte running cola. Vi betalte 1500 Kyat (som er ca 7.50 kr).
Vi gik tilbage, hoppede i bussen og kørte afsted mod Mandalay.