Nyein (Shalom Foundation)


About us:

Nyein Foundation envisages a peaceful and just society for all people in Myanmar; a society that practices good governance and fosters a culture that rejects violence as a method for dealing with differences.   Motivated by pursuing the attainment of peace and development for the people of Myanmar, including by engaging in mediation to end the armed conflicts that erupted in the post-independence era in remote areas of the country, Nyein (Shalom) Foundation was founded in May 2000 by Rev. Dr. Saboi Jum and a group of principled leaders from different religious and ethnic backgrounds. Since inception, Nyein Foundation has grown from a small locally-based organization in Kachin State to a well-established local NGO that operates on a national level with international funding.

The foundation has been at the forefront of peace-building processes aimed at transforming conflicts that have deeply divided the country for more than half a century. Nyein has created spaces for constructive dialogue between the government and the ethnic groups, and the peace education programs have focused on ethnic leaders and grassroots communities. Nyein is active in Kachin, Kayah, Chin, Mon, Kayin, northern Shan and Rakhine States.

Some Nyein programmes:

  • Peace Process Support Programmes, including promoting the DPP and providing support for Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement Signatory Ethnic Armed Organisations.
  • Research and Advocacy Programmes, including work with the Kachin Education Consortium (KEC) and Supporting Peace Process and Empowering State Hluttaws through Technical Assistance and Peacebuilding Research (STEP).
  • Nurturing Youth Peacebuilders Programmes, including Interfaith Youth Cooperative Actions for Peace Project (IYCAP) and Dialogue among Diversity (DaD).

Under the DPP:

Nyein is implementing activities on access to justice, livelihoods and peacebuilding. Their project focusing on peacebuilding includes organising social dialogues, trauma healing, conflict monitoring, and providing paralegal support.