Cyclone Mora Rebuilding Appeal - Video Update

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On the 30th May 2017, cyclone Mora swept across Chin State, western Myanmar, triggering landslides and destroying buildings in rural villages. 

At our main base in Lailenpi town, there was considerable damage to roads and homes and sadly our training centre was torn down by the high winds and torrential rain.

Yet despite the personal impact and sorrow felt by our staff and the local villagers, hope is rising.

Health and Hope staff and a committed team from the local community have come together to dismantle the old training facility and prepare the ground for a new, reinforced training hall and dormitory to be built. 

Take a look at our short film to see what has been going on in Lailenpi since the cyclone hit:

Health and Hope Rebuilding Project from Greg James Photography and Film

As the film above shows, the site is now ready and waiting for rebuilding work to start.  We are grateful for the support of eMI-World who are providing world-class architectural and structural engineering support to help design a reinforced building which will withstand future cyclones and earth tremors. 

In the last newsletter we asked for your help to raise £60,000 towards the rebuilding budget. We are delighted to report that, thanks to your generosity, you have helped us to raise nearly £45,000 towards this target.  This is enabling construction work to move ahead while additional fundraising is taking place. Thank you so much! 

If you can help us to raise further funds towards this project, please contact us on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or you can donate to our Rebuilding Appeal by clicking here.

Dismantling the training centre with community support

Site clearance and terracing complete

CHW Training

In December we hosted over 70 of our Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Area Coordinators for refresher training in preventative healthcare at our base in Lailenpi.

There was an opportunity to review core topics as well as identify the top ten common diseases faced by villagers in rural areas of western Myanmar.

Time was spent at our training centre sharing experiences and documenting challenges faced in the field, including developing ideas for posters and leaflets for use in the communities.

The CHWs left incredibly encouraged and grateful to all who have supported this work and provided so generously for its ongoing development.

CHW Training

31st December 2016

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TBA Training

Over the last few months we've been busy providing training to Community Health Workers and Traditional Birth Attendants in Chin State.

We're really grateful for the support we have received from the wonderful team at Birthlink UK, for their hard work, technical expertise and incredible resilience in travelling out to Chin State.

The aim of the training is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of mothers and their new-born babies in the poorest and most vulnerable communities in remote rural areas through improving the skills of untrained birth attendants.

Many of the women walked up to 5 days through the jungle to attend the interactive training session and it was great for our team to hear how prior training had been put into practice to save the lives of numerous new-born babies over the past two years.

TBA Training

15th December 2016

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Annual Report 2015-2016

This month we're very pleased to announce the availability of our Annual Report 2015-2016 with the Foreword written by our patron, HRH The Prince of Wales.

In 2015-2016 we delivered over 100 tonnes of food aid to help rural villagers survive after the devastating impact of Cyclone Komen. We were able to run free clinics across southern Chin State reaching out to over 200 Community Health Workers and the 40,000 people they serve.  We were able to build the first community health clinic in Lailenpi Town and start work on a hydro-electric solution bringing electricity and clean water to over 3,000 villagers.
 

Click here to read about these projects and more in our latest Annual Report...

24th November 2016

Annual Report 2015 - 2016

UNFPA Dignity Kits

We were delighted to partner with the UNFPA earlier this year to distribute almost 5,000 dignity kits to women in Chin State. 

Dignity kits provide the basic items that women and girls need to maintain hygiene, respect and dignity, particularly in the face of natural disasters.  

The UNFPA recently featured Health & Hope's work on their website, in addition to reporting on our work to deliver 400 Clean Delivery Kits to pregnant women in the aftermath of Cyclone Komen in 2015. 

Read more at the UNFPA Website for Myanmar

UNFPA dignity kits

13th October 2016

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Airstrip Planning

We are so grateful to Captain Bryan Pill of MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) for hosting us this week in the UK.

This follows on from MAF's visit to the jungles of Chin state as they look at locations to build their first airstrip in the country.

Read more about MAF's support for Health and Hope's work in their latest newsletter here:
http://tinyurl.com/HH-MAF-Sep16

 

Sasa and Captain Bryan Pill

Surveying land for airstrip

9th September 2016

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