Why We Care

Myanmar Statistic

Total Population (Official estimated, 2003)

52,400,000

Human Development Index (HDI) 2011*

149 rank of 187

Life expectancy at birth (m/f)**

61/67

Probability of dying under five (per 1,000) **

71

Probability of dying under five (per 1,000) **

71

% of population using improved drinking water sources

33

% of population using improved sanitation facilities,

81

GDP per capita (current US$)*

379.6

Survival rate to last primary grade (%) ***

70

In May of 2008, we saw firsthand the devastating impact of Cyclone Nargis on vulnerable communities in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta region of Myanmar, while our founder and first supporters drove from community to community meeting with townspeople and assessing needs.

Approximately 2.4 million people were severely affected by extreme winds in excess of 200 km/h, and storm surges of up to 5 meters high that hit the low-lying coastal areas of the Delta. The official death toll was 84,537, with an additional 53,836 people missing and 19,359 injured (PONJA). Cyclone Nargis was the most destructive natural disaster in the recorded history of Myanmar, and the third deadliest storm ever recorded at the global level.

We knew that we needed to do something to help. Thus, KT Care Foundation was created and immediately began providing essential food, medicines, toiletries, fuel, blankets and clothing to cyclone-affected communities.

This event inspired us to want to do more than just help people meet their basic needs. As such we strive to:

Improve the lives of Myanmar people in need, through direct involvement at the community level

Reduce vulnerability and disadvantage in order to build stronger communities Encourage participation and open communication within and amongst communities Give people more choices and the ability to make decisions about issues that affect their lives

Facilitate sustainable, life-long change Following the tremendous efforts of NGOs and charities (both local and international) who responded after Cyclone Nargis hit the Delta, many communities have been transformed

KT Care Foundation

KT Care Foundation