The Community Wireless Cooperative (CWC) by Alternative Solutions for Rural Communities (ASORCOM) is a sustainable, low-cost approach to expanding internet connectivity to rural, remote and underserved areas of Myanmar. The proposed project seeks to establish a seeding organisation that develops autonomous, community-managed wireless infrastructures to overcome barriers to access in rural and remote communities. These infrastructures, known as mesh networks or meshnets, will be managed by a new digitally linked constituency of alternative network operators to provide information and communication services to their communities and catalyse new social and economic development opportunities. The new information constituencies will also be in a position to represent the interests of Myanmar’s digitally underserved communities and contribute policy recommendations for the design and implementation of Myanmar’s ICT infrastructure and proposed Universal Service Fund.
ASORCOM was formed on 9 April 2013 by members of the Siyin-Chin Youth Network Organization (SCYNO) and the Siyin Project who were eager to help and develop the community they have grown up in, which means they are familiar with its needs. Working with the community closely to provide an outcome that will help create a more sustainable society, they envision community networks as a connectivity strategy that can contribute to solving the communication problems of rural and remote areas of Myanmar and establish an inclusive informal education system including a knowledge, skills and information sharing platform.
Status and Funding
Siyin-Chin Youth Network Organization – SCYNO was formed on 15 Feb 1995 with the aims of Every Siyin To Become Great Leader. We have been trained many young people with English language, ICT skills, vocational skills, management and financial skills. We send many young to attend rights workshop, political seminaries, we support students who in need. We provide free internet for 30 villages in the Siyin Valley since 2013 April (some villages are now blocked by the government department) With other working groups under the cover of Siyin-Chin Association for Christian Communication – SACC we work together for environmental awareness and trees plantation activities every year, since 1997. We have participated in the activities of development, credit union, religious, cultural and literature related conferences. We are now working with Save The Children – Myanmar for Child Protection, Child Rights promotion and awareness projects. We are partners of Chin Youth Forum/Chin Youth Network to Myanmar Youth Forum and ASEAN Youth Forum.
The SCYNO is a charitable and non-profit community-based organization in Myanmar that seeks to support the community in the Siyin valley, Chin State as the ad-hoc initiative. Generous and compassionate, groups and churches fund this project.
The SCYNO has members of ranging profession from Doctors, IT experts, NGO staffs, Cartoonists, Media, Church Pastors, School Teachers and Farmers as a voluntary act of kindness towards the community.
The way in which projects are undertaken involves a sharing of ideas and information. Involvement in shared decision making and responsibility is central to achieving a positive outcome.
The work is carefully sequenced and designed in close consultation with the community so that efforts from everyone can be optimised. It is agreed that the ultimate outcome is to have a genuine and lasting impact on the lives of the people and their communities.
By working together in a participatory mode, we are able to understand what works best for the community. Continuing input from all the participants is essential for the success of the project.