Is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation working with diverse people from all levels of Myanmar society to promote freedom of religion and belief and to protect the dignity and rights of religious minorities.
Our vision is of a society where all people can practice their faith without fear or restriction and where everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their full potential.
Our mission is to mobilize broad support for laws and policies that protect religious minorities and to empower the diverse people of Myanmar to be change-makers.
SMILE Myanmar was founded in 2007 and registered in 2013, SMILE’s main focus was originally to train teachers in Myanmar to utilize participatory approaches.
In the years following SMILE’s establishment, Myanmar experienced waves of violent attacks targeting Muslims, both in Rakhine State and around the country. At the same time, SMILE observed a wide range of increasingly repressive measures that were being levied against religious minorities around the country. In the years following, SMILE began to shift its focus more towards promoting freedom of religion and belief (FoRB) and building interfaith cooperation.
We work in partnership with CBOs, NGOs, INGOs and a broad range of civil society actors. Most of our work has been conducted in Yangon and Mandalay and via our field coordinators in states and regions around the country.
SMILE is maintained through generous support by funding form INGOs, embassies,foundations, and generous donations.
Examples of Past and Current Activities
Theory of Change
If we raise awareness about the existence and effects of faith-based discrimination and persecution by creating spaces where people of diverse backgrounds can build relationships with one another, then people will be motivated to protect the rights and dignity of religious minorities and will work together towards lasting solutions.
We are always looking for enthusiastic people to help us achieve our mission!
For inquiries about internships or volunteering opportunities, please send an email to with your motivation and a copy of your resume. We ask that you are available to work with us for at least three (3) months.
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