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COVID-19 Response update (Dec 2020)

Posted on 10th December 2020 by Philippa Wilford

After the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in Myanmar in March 2020, our team responded by providing resources and equipment, as well as educating local communities on preventative measures to reduce the spread of the virus. You can read more about this first response here

In September, as a second wave hit Myanmar and cases began to rise, we received funding from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development office which enabled us to conduct further outreach visits to remote communities. As part of this response project, the team in Myanmar have visited 110 towns and villages, many of which are in areas of conflict in southern Chin State. 

During these outreach visits, the team set up handwashing stations, distributed PPE supplies and ran mobile clinics. Many areas that were visited had limited access to healthcare services.

Local hand washing station Equipment supplied to villages

Lockdown restrictions have been in place to varying degrees in Myanmar since March 2020. Unfortunately these ongoing restrictions have impacted people as much as the virus itself.

In August, schools shut again only a few weeks after opening for the new academic year, and it is now looking likely that students will miss a whole year of teaching. This will further exacerbate the existing challenges that students face in gaining an education. We have also seen the impact of these lockdowns on people's ability to earn an income, as well as increases in the price of food and other commodities — making those in poor, rural communities even more vulnerable.

As we head into a new year, we are ever more aware of the increasing need for our services to support the desperately poor communities in this part of the world. 

As always, your continued support and prayers are very much appreciated and the generosity of our supporters who gave through our recent matched giving campaign could not have come at a better time. Thank you! 

Lailenpi Airstrip update

Posted on 10th December 2020 by Philippa Wilford

The video above shows the latest progress that has been made on the Lailanpi Airstrip project. Despite a few delays as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the airstrip is on track for completion early next year, with the first flight being planned for March 2021. 

It is only through our partnership with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) that this incredible project has been made possible. This year, MAF are celebrating their 75th Anniversary and have held a series of online events to mark this milestone.

This isn’t just an airstrip - it’s the airstrip of health, the airstrip of education, the airstrip of social economics...Life is full of hope. Lailenpi Airstrip was the hope for my village, then it became the hope for my state and now it’s becoming the hope for my nation.

A very big THANK YOU!

Posted on 10th December 2020 by Philippa Wilford

We are absolutely blown away by the amazing generosity and support of our wonderful supporters! 

Just over 24 hours after the Big Give Christmas Challenge launched, you had donated enough to meet the target we had set, raising over £9,000 for Hope Clinic! Thanks to some very generous supporters, we were able to secure a further £5,000 of matched funds and again within a matter of days, our next target was reached!

Overall, through our Christmas campaign, we have raised £20,722 for the work of Health & Hope. What a fantastic way to end 2020! 

Training TBAs Education for All Hope Clinic COVID-19 response

This year's highlights

It's been a tough year for everyone, and so we don't take it for granted that many of our supporters are facing difficult circumstances themselves, including financially. Your continued support through giving and praying for our work is very much appreciated and will make a massive difference to the communities we serve in Western Myanmar. 

Hopefully you will have read our latest Annual Impact Report, which gives a summary of all that you have helped to achieve. Below is a summary of last year's highlights in numbers.

For many years I dreamt of our children having these opportunities. And this has been the result of our hard-working staff on the ground, and your generous support. I really want to take this opportunity to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in what we have been doing and giving such amazing support to our works.

Thanks to your support, we will be able to help even more people by bringing health and hope to to the remote communities of Chin State, Myanmar.

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