We are committed to pursuing our commercial goals in a way that is socially and environmentally sustainable. We know that with success comes great responsibility and in everything we do we look to contribute in a positive way to local communities and the natural environment.
In Myanmar, we run a number of charity initiatives through which we aim to make a positive difference to the lives of local people. We also support local communities in other countries where we operate. This work can comprise of short-term emergency relief efforts, for example during Cyclone Nargis in 2008, the floods of 2015, or long-term programmes of coordinated support.
Uniteam Marine’s philanthropic work in Myanmar dates back to 1999, when our management team in Yangon began providing coordinated support for local orphanages. Around this time, we also started organising medical trips to remote villages. These trips involved buying medical supplies with donations received from Uniteam Marine colleagues and seafarers, and enlisting the help of local doctors to bring treatment to people who had no access to medical care.
Keen to formalise our involvement in Myanmar, in 2008 we founded a flagship initiative and ongoing partnership with Myanmar Development Aid e.V. (MDA). Based in Hamburg, Germany, this non-profit organisation provides assistance to vulnerable children in Myanmar, working to ensure they have well-balanced diets and good standards of education.
Through our work with MDA, and in accordance with the wish of our founder’s late wife, we have also built and continue to fund two private orphanages in Thanlyin, southeast of Yangon. Here, we offer a new home and brighter futures for 150 vulnerable children.
There are no administrative fees whatsoever, as all MDA members and helpers in Myanmar, including Uniteam Marine employees, are volunteers. As a result, 100% of all donations reach their intended destination. MDA is also audited by the German authorities.