Traditionally, the Banyan tree provides shelter and and a gathering space for problem-solving dialogue. The Watering the Banyan Tree project works in that spirit.

December 2022: Our Senior Program Manager, Daniela Westphal Huber, recently met the Myanmar team in Thailand. They were able to reflect together on all of the amazing work the team has been able do do, in small groups and over Zoom, despite all of the hardships and danger in the past two years. In this first installment of Building Peace: Stories from the Field—our informal video podcast about the everyday work of building peace—Daniela talks about the project’s final gathering, peace work under military rule, and reasons for hope.

About the Program

Since the February 2021 military coup, our networks in Myanmar have been intimately affected by the persecution of activists, ongoing violent conflicts, and COVID-19. Yet, the project team has been able to build on civil society’s sense of unity, across ethnic and religious divides, in the face of these challenges.

Through a combination of online training and localized community work, participants in this project continue to work toward a future based in freedom from oppression and respect for Myanmar’s rich diversity.

“The February coup has created divisions even within ethnic and religious groups, but it has also prompted unity across traditional divides. I am proud to be a part of the Watering the Banyan Tree project team because the project is still here to support the partners and our communities while raising the voices of our people amidst these numerous challenges.”

– Peacebuilder and Karuna staff member in Myanmar

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Program Stories


Read our Myanmar Project Manager’s reflections as a peacebuilder and Myanmar citizen—and key accomplishments of the program.

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