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:
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!
Empty handed to overflowing baskets…
We're delighted to be able to share some of the photographs of food aid arriving into villages in Chin State during September and October.
Despite an arduous journey by the team and many volunteers, there was immense gratitude from villagers for the provision of food aid and support received.
The photographs show villagers arriving at collection points where food aid is distributed and shared. The women fill their baskets and then return on foot to their villages.
There are still many families without food in villages connected to the work of Health and Hope through our Community Health Worker training programme and we continue to deliver food aid across the region to those most in need.
We are delighted to report back on the successful delivery of the Clean Delivery Kits to villagers in Chin State. These kits were kindly donated by the UNFPA on 1st September.
Despite huge logistical challenges, the kits have now been safely delivered into the hands of local women, traditional birth attendants and nurses, through a number of free clinics and visits to rural villages in Chin State by Dr Sasa and the team.
We are continuing to support the flood relief efforts in Chin and Rakhine States through a needs assessment, lobbying for the rebuilding of key infrastructure and ongoing food and medical supplies.
The relief efforts continue with the team distributing further food packages and running free health clinics in Chin State.
Over the last week, Dr Sasa was able to meet with the Honourable Chief Minister of Mizoram, Mr Lal Thanhawla as well as the Honourable Chief Minister of Chin State, Mr. Hungai.
We are really grateful to both Chief Ministers who lent their support to the work of Health and Hope. With their generous support, the Health and Hope team have been able travel across the border and run free health clinics in Hakha and in some of the surrounding villages.
Over the next week, Dr Sasa and team will be travelling back through Chin State running mobile health clinics and distributing clean delivery kits provided by the UNFPA into remote village areas.
14th September 2015
Food aid transported to villagers in need in Chin State
The Health and Hope teams have been working incredibly hard to transport over 25,000kg of food aid in very challenging road and weather conditions into Chin State.
Many volunteers have helped with the distribution of food aid which must be kept dry from continuing rains and moved between storage locations until it can be distributed to villagers in need.
We are really proud and thankful of the hard work of our team and volunteers who have supported these efforts and who have assisted particularly with the transport and carrying of heavy rice bags long distances to reach those in need.
We are continuing to undertake damage assessment work across Rakhine and Chin state and have already distributed evaluation forms to over 300 villages in Rakhine State alone. This data will be compiled in mid-late September to provide a comprehensive needs asessment for the region.
Health and Hope is a partnership between Health and Hope UK and Health and Hope Myanmar. Health and Hope UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England under Company No. 08290412 and Charity No. 1151105. Health and Hope Myanmar is registered in Myanmar under NGO Registration No. 0264.