Naw Htoo Paw, 26, works as a warehouse manager. The job involves supervising staff, managing the distribution of charcoal, writing reports, providing the stock balance, and overseeing the cleanliness of the warehouse.

Although being around charcoal and its attendant dust might have an impact on her health, Naw Htoo Paw doesn’t complain. This is community work, and she is happy and proud to do it, she says.

“I get a lot of different experiences doing this work, such as in warehouse management, managing staff, computer skills, document filing and working as a team. So I would like to continue working like this and supporting the community until the closing of the camp. When I return to Burma I would like to become a teacher for my community,” she says.

On the current situation in the camp, she states: “I am able to cope with the ration provided by TBC. But I know some people have difficulties after the ration cuts. I would like TBC to send a message to the donors that we have very limited access to natural resources for supplementing our rations and fuel, because we are living in a national park.”