WASH Project in Kawhmu and Kunyangon Townships, Yangon Region

Project WASH Project in Kawhmu and Kunyangon Townships, Yangon Region

• To ensure community members have proper access to sanitation facilities • To minimise the risk of outbreaks of communicable diseases among the community members

Project Partners NA

• Construction of the latrine units • Training sessions and demonstration of model latrine units • Hygiene Awareness Campaigns

Locations Kawt Dun, Kyu Khat Kone Gyi and Taw Palae in the Kungyangon township, Myo Ma, Nat Sin Gone and Kyauk Tan in the Kawhmu township
Period January 2011 - June 2012 (18 months)

• 75 temporary latrines • 200 household latrines • 660 family hygiene kits


In May 2009, Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, sweeping through the Ayeyarwady delta region and the country’s main city and former capital, Yangon, with winds up to 200kph. It was estimated that 2.4 million people were affected by the cyclone and it is further estimated that several hundred thousand people were without shelter and safe drinking water. 37 townships in Ayeyarwady and Yangon Divisions were significantly affected by the cyclone, with damage most severe in the Delta region. The level of damage in the Delta region forced many to relocate to the less damaged Kawhmu and Kungyangon townships, which is at the border of the Delta.

Nevertheless, several humanitarian needs are still lacking including, among others; proper housing, access to clean water, proper hygiene and sanitation facilities, livelihood source as well as education for children. The survivors still live in deplorable conditions with hardly any access to proper health care and livelihood.


With greater emphasis on building better living conditions for those affected by the cyclone, MERCY Malaysia focused its efforts on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project at the Kunyangon and Kawhmu townships.

Having identified the needs of the different communities, temporary and household latrines were built with the help of local communities. A total of 75 temporary latrines were built in the Kunyangon township and a further 200 household latrines were built in the Kawhmu township. Another 183 units will be installed at the Taw Palae village. Hygiene awareness campaigns were also conducted throughout the townships and hygiene kits were distributed to members of the communities.