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The development  of the destinations is part of a community-conservation project funded by the UK's Darwin Initiative. It is a partnership between the Myanmar non-profit organisations 'Grow Back for Posterity' and Myanmar Bird and Nature Society and the UK's Harrison Institute. The project has also received valuable support from the University of Mandalay.

The project has received a number of very generous donations, which are greatly contributing to its success. This is in addition to the three year (2014-2017) core funding of the UK Government's Darwin Initiative and the ongoing support of the Harrison Institute
In particular we would like to thank:
  • His Excellency The Union Minister of Hotels and Tourism, U Ohn Maung who was instrumental in securing  a generous donation to the project by the Myanma Apex Bank of the Eden Group, Yangon
  • Dr Aung Kyaw Thu of 'architecture-construction' who has also made a very significant donation. 

These  monies are being used in the construction of the new Ecolodge/ Environmental Learning Centre at Hsithe Village. The  accommodation will greatly increase the income for villagers from tourists and the learning centre will be invaluable for future projects linked to environmental awareness.

  • Meanwhile, U Win Aung, the CEO of the Myanmar Environmental Innovation Fund has very kindly donated solar panels and a water pump to provide hot water to the new accommodation at Hsithe
  • Dr Than Myint of Peacock Brothers Trading Co Ltd of Mandalay not only provided ceramic tiles for the Hsithe and Myikangyi Visitor Centres but also has offered more for the shower rooms and toilets of the new Ecolodge at Hsithe.
    We thank Guy Johnstone of Spectrum Photocopier Sales and Services, Mandalay who contributed towards a photocopy machine, including free servicing, for Hsithe School
  • Dr Axel Bruns and his wife Ei Ei Linn, GM and MD of Azure Sky Tour Travel who provided the cruise boat M.S. Hintha as our project accommodation vessel at heavily discounted rates. This greatly facilitated our work, allowing us to spend much more time in these remote villages. They are now further supporting the project by offering bespoke cruises on the Ayeyarwady River that include the new destinations.
  • UK tourist David Moores who, with four friends, visited Myitkangyi destination in January, 2017. He  received such a warm reception that he subsequently gave through the project, a fantastic donation of exercise books, pens and paper to the 300 children of the two village schools. Such kindness makes a huge difference to this poor, rural community.
  • Highclere House, UK who donated jam jars from their cafeteria, which have now be used for the delicious, village-made mango jam.
  • The Harrison Institute, UK who covered nearly half of the project's cost. We are grateful to the late David Harrison and all the Trustees and staff of the Institute who helped make this project possible. 


Ma Hnin Witt Yee, Project Reservations Manager, Yangon on 09 250 640 728 or email

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