There have been a number of one-off infrastructure projects run in recent years:
|Health and Hope Myanmar's Training Center Rebuilding Project||Rebuilding Health and Hope Myanmar's training facility in Lailenpi following cyclone Mora's destruction of the previous facilities in 2017. The new facility is made of re-inforced concrete and is cyclone resistant.||Ongoing|
|Airstrip||Health and Hope are involved with supporting the design, project management and construction of Lailenpi Airstrip alongside Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).||Ongoing|
|Hydro-Electric Power Supply and Piped Clean Water - Lailenpi||Installation of a hydro-electric power supply and piped clean water supply in Lailenpi, where most of Health and Hope Myanmar's activities are based.||Completed|
On 30th May 2017, Cyclone Mora made landfall in Bangladesh before moving northwards through western Myanmar. Torrential rain and high winds destroyed homes and triggered landslides in rural villages with 37 families made homeless in the village of Lailenpi where Health and Hope Myanmar’s (HHM) work is based.
In addition, we were devastated to lose the majority of the HHM training centre; seven buildings were destroyed including the main training hall, kitchen and dining area and four dormitory buildings.
Since 2011, the training facility, which had become a beacon of hope for so many, had supported:
- The training of 834 Community Health Workers and 166 Traditional Birth Attendants
- The distribution of 100,000+ tonnes of emergency food relief
- Education programmes for school children
- The storage and distribution of medicines & medical equipment
- Youth and women’s conferences
- Hosting of international visitors and government officials
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 significant progress has been made over the last year on the new centre.
More photographs of the rebuilding work can be seen in our Gallery.
It's incredible to look back and see how much progress has been made on the building of the training centre post Cyclone Mora.
When the project started, the local tradesmen initially refused to dig foundations at 20' spans, asking us to hire 'professional builders' from outside the village. They had never dreamed of being able to construct a building of this scale, nor did they feel they had the skills to do it. But through the provision of field engineers and through careful supervision and encouragement, the training centre is now really starting to take shape. Best of all, the local townspeople can look back at what they have accomplished with their own hands, standing tall and proud of their accomplishments.
We’re delighted that the building is now almost complete and that we’ve just received a significant grant for the last stage of work to put the roof on the building. In fact, in December we hosted our first week long training in the building, despite the fact that it has no roof, or even a coat of paint on the walls! 28 Area Coordinators, who provide in-situ support for our network of Community Health Workers, gathered for the launch of our new healthcare project and took up residence in the training centre. This has been followed by training for educators in January, further training of health workers in February and now is providing facilities for over 100 students to receive full-time education in our newly launched Education for All project.
The video below gives an update on the project...
Once the roof is on, we’ll be looking to equip the building with the essential furniture and furnishings to make the centre become operational. We're aiming to raise the final funds to help the team in Myanmar complete this before the monsoon season in May.
We are delighted that the partnership with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), to develop and build an airstrip in Lailenpi, has taken significant steps forward. The airstrip will reduce travel time to Yangon from three to four days by land, to just 90 minutes by air. The project requires moving over 300,000 cubic metres of earth and infilling the sides of the mountain to create an 800m long airstrip. Despite being a large and complex project, the work has inspired support from the Vice-President of Myanmar, the Director of Civil Aviation and the Deputy Minister.
The airstrip will provide a means to deliver essential medical supplies and personnel to the region, as well as support emergency aid to rural communities in times of natural disasters. The official ground breaking ceremony took place at the beginning of May and work on clearing the land has now commened, with the construction estimated to take two years to complete.
The video and photos below gives an update on the project:
The mountainous and rugged terrain surrounding the base provides the perfect environment for a hydro-electric power supply. Health and Hope Myanmar have successfully achieved the installation of a hydro-electric power and piped clean water supply in Lailenpi which has improved the efficiency of operations.