A Community, not just a Company
We pride ourselves in taking corporate citizenship very seriously. Among our many outreach projects and community support programmes we are particularly supportive of efforts on AIDS and disaster relief.
Myanmar Business Coalition on AIDS
SPA Myanmar is one of the main sponsors of the Myanmar Business Coalition on AIDS (MBCA), whose mission is to reach out to the community through the business sector. HIV continues to be the most challenging health threat to our society and we aim to use HIV and AIDS awareness education as a preventive tool to fight against the disease and to create a supportive environment for the people of Myanmar. Since its inception in 2002, the organization has encouraged the business community to provide local support for those infected have been active in co-ordinating with related agencies to develop and promote programs in local areas.
Cape Negrais Relief and Recovery Committee
The Group was also involved in the aftermath of the devastating Cyclone Nargis, the worst storm in the region in a hundred years. The cyclone hit the west Ayeyarwaddy Delta on May 2, 2008, obliterating whole villages, killing tens of thousands of people, and displacing many more. SPA and FMI volunteer teams were dispatched immediately to the disaster area to provide the surviving victims with much needed food, water, shelter and medical care. The Group subsequently constructed a model Environmentally Sustainable Pilot Village at Auk Pyun Wa, not far from where the cyclone first hit land, to replace a village that had been totally destroyed. It accommodates 125 households, and is complete with solar-powered running water and electricity, a primary school, a health clinic and a storm shelter and community center. The project was funded with donations from our Group, as well as domestic and international donors, and built in cooperation with international Non-Governmental Organisations and Government agencies.
SPA Myanmar and its Group companies have a focus on helping the communities around their operations. One such project that the Group has undertaken is a malaria control program in the highly malarious Nga-Pu-Taw Township of the Ayeyarwaddy division which is where our agricultural land holdings are situated on the Maw Tin Estate. On the estate we are partnering with the local population to clear large tracts of fringe areas which are home to large quantities of mosquitoes. The area and the inhabitants are also receiving a systematic malaria control program led by the Pun Hlaing International Hospital. After nearly two years of instituting these measures the once endemic levels of malaria infection have now been reduced significantly.