Where the Change Has Yet to Reach is a collection of seventeen reports by former students of the EarthRights School Burma, from the classes of 2010 and 2011. The work covers topics such as the impacts of deforestation on indigenous people, challenges to Rangoon’s monastic education system, livelihood destruction caused by the Dawei deep sea port and the consequences of building oil and gas pipelines in remote ethnic areas. The writers hail from several different ethnic groups across Burma, but together they form a cohesive picture of the country’s emerging civil society.

Each year, students of the EarthRights School Burma venture into the field and collect stories and information about human rights and environmental issues in their home communities. Their fieldwork provides practice in skills such as interviewing, map making, report writing and research planning, but it also raises the voices of local people in Burma so that they may be heard globally. These are voices which speak of land confiscation, the perils of dams and mines, the impacts of armed conflict and other earthrights abuses which might otherwise remain invisible.

These are true stories.


Education & Child Rights

  • The Defenselessness of Street Children in the Townships of Yangon, by Lay New
  • The Social and Economic Impacts of an Inadequate Educational System on Kachin Youths in Mohnyin Township, Kachin State, by Seng Seng
  • The High Cost of Education: The Plight of Pa-O Children, by Khun Robert
  • Challenges and Opportunities for the Future of the Monastic Education System in Rangoon, Burma, by An An Hti

Poverty & Health

  • The Impact of Poverty Among Mon IDPs at the Bee Ree Resettlement Site in Northern Ye Township, by Mi Thuzar
  • Economic Hardship in Kyar Inn Seik Gyi Township, New Mon State Party Region, Burma, by Mi Goe Chai
  • Social Impacts of the Government’s Insufficient Health Care System and Lack of Awareness about HIV/AIDS for People Living in Hpa-an Township, Karen State, by TT
  • Major Health Problems from Lack of Health Care and Health Education in Pruso Township, Karenni State, Burma, by Rose Lone

Development vs. Human Rights and the Environment

  • Dawei Development Project is Creating the Negative Impacts of Land Confiscation, Changing Lifestyles, and Lack of Livelihoods for Local People East and West of Dawei, by Thukha Thakhin
  • Negative Impacts of Deforestation on Indigenous People in Bangshau, Kawngmu, Hohap Villages in Lashio Township, Northern Shan State, by Jhon Zau Shan
  • The Impacts of Rubber Plantations on the Ceasefire Area in Mongla Township in Eastern Shan State, by Sai Lieng Lem
  • Environmental and Social Impacts of Commercial Rubber and Banana Plantations on Local People in Hkaya Village, Northeastern Kachin State, by Myitsu
  • Social Impacts of a Casino on the Community of Mai Ja Yang Village on the China-Burma Border in Southeastern Kachin State, by Pisi
  • The Negative Impacts of Burma-China Natural Gas and Oil Pipelines on Local Villagers through Land Confiscation in Western Namkham Township, Ta’ang Area, Northern Shan State, by Mai Mao Dang

Conflict & Displacement

  • Villagers in Ho Kai Villages, Southern Shan State Continue to Suffer the Effects of Having their Villages Burned Down by Armed Forces, by Mune Noung
  • The Impacts of Emigration of Karenni Youth in Deemowso Township, by Khon Poe Hlone
  • The Causes and Effects of Displacement in Pasaung and Shadaw Townships in Karenni State, by Lae Moo