Community Agency for Rural Development (CAD) is a registered Myanmar non-governmental organization. Its inception is propelled by occurrences of catastrophes from 1987 to 2002 in Lautu region (one of 5 big ethnics in Thang Tlang Township) where no UN agency or non-governmental organization has any development programs. Severe dysentery and food shortages were happened in our region. 75 people died of dysentery in Hnaring village in 1987. A young girl, who was a younger sister of Joseph Kung Za Hmung, died of excessive nose bleeding in 1994. In 2002, more than 8 villages (about 4000 people) faced severe food shortages and drought. Many parents stopped their children’s education. Such catastrophes hereby forced us to find humanitarian aids from different agencies and authority which however refused to intervene the suffering of our local people due to lack of accessibility. Therefore, Joseph Kung Za Hmung @ Win Hlaing Oo founded this organization on 4th May 2004 sooner he left from Catholic Major Seminary.
The founder is a Chevening Fellow from University of York in 2010. He was previously eager to be a Catholic priest. He had stayed in the Catholic seminary from 1990 to 2004 to become a priest but he was not chosen by Jesus Christ through his superiors that he was asked to leave from the seminary. No sooner he left from the seminary, he made novena to the Holy Spirit to guide him what kind of life he should live out. After 9 days of prayers, he was inspired by the Holy Spirit to do humanitarian works in Myanmar. Therefore, in guidance of the Holy Spirit and relying on the grace of God and with the paternal support and encouragement of Archbishop Charles Bo, he darely set up this organization to address the past catastrophes in his native region lest the local people will face such community problems in the future.
In CAD General meeting on 14 January 2016, we unanimously changed our vision and missions for coming 5 years’ commitment for betterment of our people of Myanmar from 2016 to 2021.