Just like everyone else in the camp, each family, no matter how many members get a small bamboo shelter, roughly 15 by 25 feet. Belongings include those things families were able to grab at the time of flight and whatever contributions have been made since arriving there.
The adolescent girls in the family are often given significant responsibilities to care for their younger siblings throughout the day, often depriving them the chance to attend school.
Mai Awng and her grandmother were separated from the rest of their family while running. They have yet to be reunited. She cares for her elderly grandmother.
Attending weekly Circles not only builds life and leadership skills. It brings joy to the girls who have little other diversion.
The various IDP camps have different levels of external assistance and infrastructure. Generally water and sanitation are very limited. Girls end up carrying water and often are responsible for cleaning the shared toilets.
Thanks to Standard Chartered Bank and Women Win International, we have brought sports to the girls in our Kachin State programs. In addition to weekly circles, a structured sports program compounds the impacts of our regular leadership programming. And, the girls have a great time.
Most girls have come from different villages and because of their participation in Girl Determined Circles have developed strong and supportive friendships.
Volleyball is a hit
Fortunately, at this camp there is lots of space to run and play.
This particular circle of girls organizes themselves to hold an extra sports session during the week.