YMCA Myanmar has been serving the people and especially the young people of Myanmar for 70 years. With branches in Yangon and at 17 other locations across the country, it reaches 120,000 people a year. YMCA Myanmar has been severely affected by the military coup of 1 February, which has seen hundreds of people killed by the military, and thousands arrested. A number of its own staff have been detained for being part of the 2019 democratic elections, and a number of its volunteers have been arrested at peaceful protests.
YMCA worldwide seeks to support its colleagues with a Myanmar YMCA Solidarity Fund which will give:
- financial support for YMCA staff, volunteers and their families who are detained by the military
- financial support for the legal cases of YMCA staff who have been detained, and who may yet be detained
- financial and in-kind support for the local YMCAs which have been seriously impacted by the current political crisis in Myanmar, allowing them to continue programmes and activities serving and empowering young people and communities.