17-year-old, Nang San Noon is from Myanmar.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nang San Noon was unable to attend school.

A short time later, the BRIGHT project came to her village and introduced a vocational training program. Nang San Noon became interested in this, and since she was no longer able to attend school, she decided to attend the mushroom training.

“Before I joined this training, I had dreamt of growing mushrooms and selling to customers.”

Nang San Noon learned about environment conservation, using local products with low capital investment to produce mushrooms, and how to grow mushrooms with a low capital investment from the mushroom training.

“Now, I can grow and care for mushrooms!”

Growing Organic Mushrooms in Myanmar: SDG 4, ADRA Canada

She learned how to replant the mushroom packages provided by BRIGHT. Nang San Noon now has enough to feed her family and share with their neighbours.

As a part of the project, mushrooms are regrown with the help of trainees and village participants. Nang San Noon shares “as trainees, we share tips with villagers on how to grow mushrooms.”

Now, Nang San Noon is inspiring other people in her community to be aware of organic mushroom farming.

Nang San Noon and other trainees are looking forward to the development of a mushroom grow house. Villagers are contributing bamboo to build a mushroom grow house where more than 1,500 nurseries will be planted to grow mushrooms.

Nang San Noon dreams of starting her own mushroom nursery one day, and BRIGHT is helping her make that dream a reality.

“I would like to say thank you to Global Affairs Canada and ADRA who supported vocational education in our village!”

Sustainable Development Goal 4

Growing Organic Mushrooms in Myanmar: SDG 4, ADRA CanadaSustainable Development Goal 4 is about quality education and is among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in September 2015. The full title of SDG 4 is “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

About the BRIGHT Project

ADRA Canada is partnering with Global Affairs Canada to implement the Breaking barriers, Improving Girls Education, Hope and Totality (BRIGHT) project.

ADRA Canada believes that every child everywhere has the right to an education. Through the BRIGHT project, ADRA will work over the course of four years (2020-2024) to make education available in war-torn and conflict-affected communities in Niger, Sudan and Myanmar, focusing particularly on girls and women.

The project works to make education more readily available to communities. It’s working with parents and village leaders to address the barriers that specifically prevent girls and women from attaining an education such as early, child, or forced marriage, the devaluing of girls’ and women’s education, as well as sexual and gender-based violence. The project also works to ensure that minority groups have access to education that meets their cultural and language needs.