Long-term relief work begins in Myanmar

Teams commence new building projects.

A Salvation Army officer visits Dawa Aye Aye, a widow with three children, at her temporary shelter.

Nearly two months after Cyclone Nargis caused over 90,000 casualties and incredible physical destruction in Myanmar, The Salvation Army continues to distribute food, tarpaulins, blankets, and mosquito nets in six locations. Now, the Army is beginning to address long-term needs.

When International Emergency Services worker Damaris Frick met Tidar Saw, she was standing in the wreckage of what used to be her house. Like thousands of other people in Myanmar, Tidar lost everything when the cyclone hit her village. But unlike many others, she is still alive.

In Tidar’s village a plan to commence a reconstruction project for the 90 destroyed and 57 partially damaged houses will give her a new home. The Salvation Army will provide the materials and, under the supervision of a locally hired builder, families will build their own houses. All new houses will have wooden poles instead of bamboo, which will make them more stable than the ones that were destroyed.

In addition, toilets will be reconstructed along with access to clean drinking water and training in health and hygiene.

There is still much to do for the people affected by Cyclone Nargis and The Salvation Army will continue to provide immediate relief and long-term hope in Myanmar.

Report by International Emergency Services.

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