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According to the Precious Stones’ Goal, we want to empower women and youth to be skilled and constructive leader in building flourishing communities. Precious Stones Organization’s Youth Program organized the Online Reading Club and Online English Conversation Club for youth by using Zoom application during period of Covid-19 era. There are two Reading Clubs of Insein and East Dagon. For Insein Reading Club, we targeted the university level students and drop-out level students are for East Dagon Reading Club.

Insein Reading Club’s sharing section

The programs were started from end of April 29th, 30th and still in progress of every week. Due to the Reading Club, some youth could participate and shared their experience about their daily activities during Covid-19 period. We made the new world for youth to learn and share their feelings through Social M. In every week, we announced and persuaded youth to be a participant of Precious Stones’ Youth Program by using the Facebook Posts.

East Dagon Reading Club’s sharing section

East Dagon Reading Club’s reading section

We read books, played games about Burmese Proverbs, shared the general knowledge during the Reading Clubs in Insein and East Dagon.  On the other hand, we only have  an English Conversation Club. We organized the students from East Dagon, Insein and Shwe Pyi Thar to participate and let them grab the opportunities to have self-confident, to improve in English Skills and Presentation Skills within the activity.

Insein English Conversation Club’s speaking section

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     There are 4 Self-Help Group Committees in 4 target areas of Precious Stones. In each committee, there are 5 to 15 Self-Help Groups. So, there are 40 Self-Help Groups in Precious Stones. Totally, there are 200 Self-Help Group members. In Pandemic Era of Covid-19, the SHG committees cared their SHG members in each community by supporting basic need to overcome the hardship as much as they can.    

    East Dagon Self-Help Group Committee supported basic foods (rice, oil, sardine tin, noodles and seasoning powder) to 73 Self-Help Group members on 8th April at Community Learning Center because of Covid-19 pandemic threaded. It is really supportive for those who are facing out of work and to earn daily income.           

   Insein Self-Help Committee supported (51) Self-Help Groups’ members on 10th April. They supported basic foods (rice, oil, onion and seasoning powder) from their committee revolving fund. They used (10000 MMK) for each members.

 

East Dagon Self Help Group Committee supported to their Self Help Group members in pandemic era

 

East Dagon Self Help Group Committee supported to their Self Help Group members in pandemic era

32 ward Committee from North Dagon supported basic foods (rice, oil, onion, garlic, soap, eggs and vermicelli) to (25) Self-Help Groups’ members on 2nd April. It’s cost (16000 MMK) for each member. The committee used their revolving fund to support all of their Self-Help Group members.

42 ward Committee from North Dagon supported packs of rice for each SHG members on 20th  April. They used their committee revolving fund each for 7000 MMK.

32 ward Self Help Group Committee supported to their Self Help Group members in pandemic era

Insein Self Help Group Committee supported to their Self Help Group members in pandemic era

 

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(2017-2019) 3 years review was done in MBCU, Mawlamyaing on 30.11.2019. (5)staffs and (40)youths (Drop out and University Students) who were from East+North Dagon and also Insein were actively participated.

Asking and reflecting on how long they participated with Precious Stones Organization by doing activities. Round Table Discussion on learning points improvements and challenges by world cafe’ style and presentation within groups.

Discussion with youths who were participating with community development activities,engaged with learning and also development activities, improve relationships with parents and friends.

  • with topic by topic grading
  • with why,how, challenges by H-form group discussion

Circle time for feeling sharing

World Cafe’ discussion activity

World Cafe’ discussion activity

World Cafe’ discussion activity

World Cafe’ discussion activity

World Cafe’ discussion activity

H -Form group activity

H-Form group activity

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Self-Help Groups Conference led by Precious Stones Organization on 7.12.2019 and around 161 SHG Groups’ members attended. (4) Self-Help Groups executive committee leaders were handed over their responsibilities and the constitutions. The members were actively presented their performances.

Performing with dance by (42)ward SHG Groups

Performing with Than Chat from East Dagon SHG Groups

Performing with Aerobic Dance by (42)ward SHG Groups

 

Group Photo of SHG Committee leaders and Precious Stones’ staffs

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Youth Training on 22-23rd February 2 days training at youth learning center, PS have rational thinking training for youth. Youth program gives self-esteem, responsibilities, problem solving, goal setting and decision making.

Also give an idea about the difference between love and sex and sexual transmitted diseases which make youth to rethink about their values and have awareness on infection. By facilitation with games and role play by the help of mobilizers they actively participated with questions and discussions.

 

 

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Parents knew when they come and learn what their youth were doing in the program, youth were actively participating by reading poems to parents, group songs and individual songs, role play and giving hand make arts drawing to parents drawing by one youth.

First, parents misunderstood that they were wasting their time outside but when they learned the program is doing for youth,giving space for youth to gather to do positively, parents say thanks to the program and have understanding what their youth doing.

Parents were interesting in discussions, participated in games and tea talks.

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