Health & Hope deliver a number of one-off projects that support our core objectives, either directly or in partnership with other organisations. These currently include re-building Health & Hope Myanmar's training centre in Lailenpi, which was destroyed in a cyclone in 2017, and supporting the construction of an Airstrip in Lailenpi town alongside Mission Aviation Fellowship.
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On 30th May 2017, Cyclone Mora reached Bangladesh before moving northwards through western Myanmar. Torrential rain and high winds destroyed homes and triggered landslides in rural villages. Thirty-seven families were made homeless in Lailenpi village where Health & Hope Myanmar’s (HHM) work is based. Seven buildings of the HHM’s training centre were destroyed including the main training hall, kitchen and dining area, and four dormitory buildings.
Having lost such critical infrastructure, and with only the office and clinic left standing, plans were made to rebuild a new cyclone-proof training facility. The community in Lailenpi went straight to work in clearing the site, and construction started in December 2017.
The building continues to be a source of pride and a testimony to the hard work and resourcefulness of the team and local community. The construction process has been a community effort, providing valuable opportunities for employment, in particular for local women, as well as skills training for local craftsmen, thanks to our partnership with Engineering Ministries International (EMI-World).
Despite being incomplete, the Training Centre has already been put to good use. The first rooms hosted training for local villagers before the building even had a roof, as we launched a new phase of health training for Community Health Workers in December 2018. In June 2019, just as the roof was being fitted and the monsoon rains begain, 96 students moved into the building as part of the new Education for All project where they will be studying until March. In December 2019, we run further training on maternal and neonatal care for Area Health Coordinators and we are planning additional workshops which will take place this coming March.