Location: Kani, Irrawaddy Delta area, near Yangon, Myanmar
Key dates: Commenced March 2010; Project work still ongoing
Local partners: Management Committee of orphanage
Project background: In consultation with the orphanage Management Committee, The Mandalay Projects has helped to establish a vocational training programme at the orphanage, focusing on the development of skills which the boys will be able to use in the local rural community.
Main activities: The Mandalay Projects has arranged for the construction of a mechanical workshop, complete with a metal-working lathe, drills and other equipment, which has allowed the orphanage to become an important source of mechanical support for the surrounding rural agricultural community.
Status of project: Ongoing. The workshop is complete and the orphanage has secured a steady stream of work from farmers and businesses in the local community. A number of the resident boys have now received training, and we have extended the apprenticeship programme to include trainees from the local village (ie non-residents of the orphanage itself)