News and Stories

Changing the world…one community at a time.

In 2000,  Peter Simmons was happily working as a management consultant in the printing industry when he accompanied a friend on a mission trip to a village in Myanmar, the South East Asian country formerly known as Burma. He was immediately moved by the experience. Eighteen babies had died there in just six weeks and this played on his mind. When he returned to Australia he decided to do something about it. Please read the full article .

Graceworks Myanmar Bike Ride 2017

Join Graceworks Myanmar in November 2017 for an adventure of a lifetime, cycling through Myanmar while supporting the work of the organization. In joining this trip, you’ll not only challenge yourself with a multi-day cycle,  but raise awareness and funds for an important cause.  Take on the fund raising challenge with the help of INSPIRED ADVENTURES, who will be there to assist you in your fundraising from start to finish and guide you every step of the way.  Go to our EVENTS PAGE and register your interest , and look out for further details to come in November this year.

Cherish the Memories : Influence the Future

This is the story of an idea, a thought that became an inspiration that travelled beyond the borders of convention, where curiosity became the starting place for a journey that changed a community  forever.                      

It was through the simple principle of sowing a seed, that a generous Graceworks supporter who through his curiosity and imagination, was visiting the community the day the land became available and decided that this was his opportunity to influence and invest.                                                                                                                                                      Marginalised communities have been robbed of the most basic of human rights: running water, health services, poor shelter and sub-standard education.  Food is scarce; many having one meal a day and often succumbing to simple ailments such as a cold, with little if any medication available.                                                                                                    With no government support and prohibitive restrictions placed on NGO’s by local authorities, the outlook was bleak and uninviting for outsiders to influence.

From a little shelter where Graceworks had established a presence with our local partner, an opportunity to purchase a small plot of land became available. Finance was not readily accessible as funds were exhausted and only a miracle could facilitate the purchase of the land….                                                                                                                                                          Please CLICK ON THIS LINK to see the complete story……Graceworks_PrintedArticle_March2016_2_ 

New Deakin University partnership

Graceworks Myanmar (GWM) CEO Peter Simmons this week signed a three year partnership agreement with Deakin University (Melbourne) to facilitate research into conflict,socio-political & economic dynamics in the Rhakine State, Myanmar.

The lead researchers are Dr Anthony and Dr Vicki Ware.
Dr Anthony recently joined the GWM board of directors and implemented the first CDE program in 2013.

In signing the agreement, Mr Simmons explained that this partnership will enhance the International profile of GWM as a leader in community-led development,as the research will provide a greater understanding of conflict resolution in the expansion of GWM’s community development education (CDE) program specifically in the Rhakine State.

GWM recently opened an office in the Rhakine capital, Sittway to facilitate the expansion of the CDE program.
Dr Anthony was an observer during the recent elections and the following links are 2 of his recent papers on political development in the Rhakine State.……

Should you require any further information on GWM’s development work in the Rhakine please email:


2016 Graceworks Myanmar Charity Golf Day

rsz_1rsz_golf_day_2     rsz_1rsz_golf_day_1  image                                                                               Just recently held, the annual Graceworks Myanmar 2016 Annual Charity Golf day was a complete success, with special thanks to our partner Lions Club Blackburn North, and the continued support from Ringwood Golf Club and Mister Fox. We greatly appreciate the support of our sponsors, and we trust those who attended indeed enjoyed themselves.  All players were in top form , however Allens Mini Bus Rentals are to be commended on receiving First Prize with a team of 3. Congratulations also go to the team captained by Simon Murray who took home second prize.

Next year’s event will take place on Friday 24th February 2017. More details will follow in due course.





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What’s on in Myanmar:

Vocational training

The first group of young trainees has been recruited for GraceWorks’ Project Food Mosaic at our Yangon training centre. These students come from various parts of the country and represent a number of different ethnicities. All have had little prospect of furthering their education or gaining meaningful employment in the future. The 10-month course will provide the students with food handling and kitchen management skills, English and computer training as well as personal development and life skills education. The students receive free tuition and GWM has provided assisted accommodation in a nearby apartment for the four female trainees.

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At the end of July, Jenny Webb and visiting country Victorian chef, Freya Stokell, completed two weeks intensive kitchen management and food hygiene training with the Project Food Mosaic students. Since then, the trainees have attended a three-day first aid course run by the Myanmar Red Cross Society and a week-long art therapy workshop. This workshop was conducted by the Myanmar Art Social Project and was designed to give them the confidence to appreciate their past and an opportunity to imagine a brighter future. For further information, please see

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The trainees are attending regular English classes with Ross Denby and studying for their International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) accreditation. They are also perfecting a number of recipes so that they can begin offering Myanmar cooking classes and market tours to foreign visitors and others in Yangon. Income from these classes will contribute towards the cost of tuition for the course.

A number of students from CLC, one of our nearby children’s homes, have also completed basic computer training at the centre. These students will be offered ICDL training in due course. Approximately $300 per person is required to put these students through this internationally recognised course. Additional English classes will also be offered.

A weekend workshop is planned for parents and teachers at Wisdom pre-school in Hlaing Thayar. The aim of this workshop is to offer parents and staff further early childhood care and development (ECCD) training and to foster positive involvement by the local village communities. $250 will be needed to cover the cost of this training.