Awareness on Disaster Risk Reduction and basic knowledge on using mobile application for communication training were done for four days on (16-19.12.20) at East Dagon Community Learning Center(CLC), Insein Youth Learning Center(YLC) and East Dagon YLC. Altogether (26) participants attended the training. This training was done according to the directions and rules of MOHs.

The participants are drawing mapping of their community(42 & East Dagon)

They learnt about different types of disasters and how to manage the disasters. Moreover, they had shared their experiences related to the disaster they had faced. They examine the possible risks in their environment by drawing their community maps.

Drawing their community mapInsein
Drawing their community map(North Dagon)

So that, drawing their community maps also help them to recognize their nearby risks and disaster that might occur and it also help them to get the information about Emergency response groups around their community. Some SHG also response to set up the Disaster Management team and work together with their community ward leaders.

This awareness training was supportive to the SHG members who’s attended and also to the community through them.

Presenting about their experiences related to Disaster

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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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Committee Review and redesign workshop for Self-help groups’ committees was done at Myitta Center in November altogether (27) Committee leaders attended the workshop.

             Twel Latt Nyi (East Dagon) Committee E.C Discussion for their committee future plan

Committee Review and redesign workshop helps the Self-help groups’ leaders to think deeply about their committee future plan, the activities they want to do to support their members, fundraising methods and procedure for their committees’ sustainability.

              Discussion time for their committee future plan(32 North Dagon Committee)

The leaders are willingly planning all the best for their committees and also for their members. They discussed their former weakness and on that, they find the best ways to solve their problems. This workshop helps each committee to draw their constitution, vision, mission, activity and future plan for their committees.

                                    Presenting about their committees’ future activities plan 

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Three capacity building training named Problem solving, Organizational management, Social Accountability were done successfully on (29-30.5.2019), (17-18.5.2019) and (31.5-1.6.2019). Altogether (37) SHG Committee leaders attended the training enthusiastically. Each training supports the SHG members to consider deeply and carefully for the advantages not only for their committee but also for their community.

Problem Solving Activity, during the Training


SHG Committee Leaders’ were attending PCM Training

After the training, as leaders they had learnt their duty and responsibility they should have, knowledge  to coordinate with others in their community, skills to analysis the problems around their community and to solve them, to plan and work systematically and know the important of developed their groups systematically.  Moreover, they had leant that sustainability is important for their groups and also for their committees.

 Group Discussion


Recap before training


Draw Community Mapping

The Strengthening activity for the Self-Help Groups’ Leaders was helpful for the Committee Leaders and their community for those who attended the training applied the skills and ideas as much as they can after the training.

Capacity Building Training Attendants

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