When we visited the Asochin tribe, it was such a joy to meet literally everyone by name! Villagers waited for hours to greet the team on their arrival and as you can see from the photographs, we had the opportunity to meet each one by name.
As we shook hands and greeted each of these precious people, it was evident again why we do this work. We do this work because we know that everyone counts - everyone of us is equal, known by and loved by God. And, as an expression of what He has done for us, in loving us first, we want to reflect that love to others around us.
It is very easy for us to look down on others whom we see as below us in status or ranking, or to look up to those whom we see as more important than ourselves. It's very hard to treat everyone as equal in worth and recognise that everyone counts. Whether they are poor, crippled and illiterate or rich in education and resources.
But when we recognise that 'everyone counts', we start to change our behaviour and we find our eyes are opened to find joy and friendship in unexpected places.
*New* Annual Report 2014 - 2015
We are delighted to announce the release of our Annual Report for 2014-2015.
Over the 2014-2015 period, we were able to train 157 Community Health Workers (CHWs) from 82 villages supporting a population of over 24,000 people. This brings the total number of CHWs who have graduated from our training programme to 834 (401 women and 433 men) serving across 551 villages in Chin and Rakhine States.
We were also able to extend our training for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to 93 women from 47 villages and support 59 students to continue studies beyond high school.
None of this could have been acheived without the ongoing faithfulness of many of our long term supporters - thank you so much!
Click the image below to read more about the context, history, success and challenges of our work over the last year.
12th November 2015
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.
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.