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SMILE Myanmar

...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.

 
About Us

SMILE Myanmar (SMILE) is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation based in Yangon and Mandalay, Myanmar. 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 from private donations, INGOs, embassies and foundations.

We Value...

Justice & Equality

We strive to promote justice and equality for all persons in Myanmar regardless of ethnicity, race, gender identity, ability, socioeconomic status or other characteristic.

Empathy & Solidarity

We believe it is necessary that we cultivate empathy and that we demonstrate solidarity with marginalized groups and persons different from ourselves.

 

Collaboration

We believe that realistic and innovative solutions are found through collaboration, which is what we strive for in all our external activities and internal operations.

Dignity & Diversity

We believe that diversity is a strength and that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.

Transparency & Accountability

We strive to maintain internal and external transparency and promote an environment of openness within Myanmar society.

 

Sustainability

To promote lasting peace and implement lasting change, our projects and activities must be socially, politically, and economically sustainable

 
Examples of Past & Current Activities
Interfaith
Youth Tour
Statelessness Research
Protecting Women iN Conflict
Bridging the Gap
 

Theory of Change

If we raise awareness about the existence and effects of faith-based discrimination and create 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.

 

Contact Us

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 ad.smile.myanmar@gmail.com 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. 

All other questions, comments, or feedback should be directed below:

 

SMILE Offices

 

Yangon Office

 

No.351, 7th Floor,

Shine Tower

 

Thein Phyu Road
Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township

 

Mandalay Office

 

No.104, 3rd floor,

Marlaroo Feeder

 

between 36st x 37st, and

76st x 77st

Maharaungmyay Township

 

 

   +0973200524, +09259291293