- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue 2 2017 | June – 22 September
- Statement of INGO’s in Myanmar, 31 August 2017 [EN/MY]
- Advisory Commission on Rakhine State: Final Report, August 2017
- RW Topics: Refugees/Migrants - South-East Asia
Appeals & Funding
- 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview
- 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2017: Myanmar
- Country-based Pooled Fund
- UNHCR Global Focus
- OCHA Myanmar
- UNHCR Operational Portal: Thailand-Myanmar Cross Border Portal
- UNFPA: Myanmar 2014 Population and Housing Census
- Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
- Advisory Commission on Rakhine State
- Department of Meteorology and Hydrology
- Food Security Cluster: Myanmar
- Human Rights Watch: Myanmar - Events of 2016
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2017
- Tropical Cyclone Mora - May 2017
- Myanmar: Floods - Jun 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Roanu - May 2016
- South-East Asia: Drought - 2015-2017
- Tropical Cyclone Komen - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods - Jul 2014
- Myanmar: Floods - Aug 2013
- Tropical Cyclone Mahasen - May 2013
In order to reach UN SDGs, eradicating extreme poverty, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation begins the Charity Project with Education in Myanmar. Tzu Chi has helped some local teachers organize a special after school class to provide extra support for students as they work towards graduating high school and getting into university. We know that only with a good education will they be able to lift their families and their communities out of poverty.
In Myanmar, an earthquake measuring 6.8 occurred on August 24th in central Mandaly, which damaged one of the country’s most sacred regions of Bagan. According to local media reports, there were 449 Buddhist stupas damaged by the earthquake, along with four casualties deceased unfortunately. There were several schools forced to suspend classes due to the earthquakes suffer.
In order to provide medical care for the survivors of floods in Myanmar, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation have continued to partner with local hospitals to hold free clinics for cataract sufferers throughout the country. Over the past 6 years, we have served some 5,000 patients helping them regain their vision. Following an earlier humanitarian relief of rice distribution in Taikkyi Township, the medical team traveled to this location to host a free clinic and performed cataract surgeries for about 100 seniors.
In order to provide humanitarian medical care for the refugees from Myanmar in Malaysia, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Malaysia recently organized a free health care to look after those Rohingya refugees.
As the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are living in a foreign land, they don't have access to medical care typically offered to most citizens, which puts them at quite a disadvantage since they need to bear high medical expenses.
The rainy season in Myanmar last year caused serious flooding. Since then, volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation had distributed rice seeds in Yangon Region's Hmawbi and Taikkyi townships. In mid-May, Tzu Chi volunteers also traveled to Sagaing's Kalay township to visit poor villages. While there, we distributed rice, blankets, and relief aid to the farmers in need.
Summary Report: Love Never Ceases – Tzu Chi’s relief efforts for Refugee Children in Malaysia
Nang Lian Khual , the Principal of the Teizang Zomi Education Centre for the refugee children, was moved beyond words on January 9, 2016, when volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, Malaysia, came to offer much-needed schoolbags, uniforms, stationery, and 300 new workbooks. He felt that the volunteers were like guardian angels, sent from heaven when help was needed.
Unsanctioned Status of Refugees in Malaysia
Heavy rains caused floods in several parts of Myanmar since June 2015. It’s even worse that Cyclone Komen made landfall, bringing strong winds and additional heavy rains to the country for several weeks, which resulted in widespread flooding across 12 of the country’s 14 states. More than 1.7 million people were affected and 840,000 acres of paddy fields were destroyed, where farmlands in six states including Rakhine, Ayeyarwady, Bago, Sagaing, Magway and Yangon were severely damaged. Experts forecasted the floods would cause a decline of rice production by 2 million tonnes.
Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation always helps those who are in need, no matter where they are in the world. In Myanmar, serious floods struck many areas in June last year. Since then, Tzu Chi has held 44-time rice seed distributions for the farmers affected by floods. The volunteers had to prepare well beforehand, to ensure the success of each distribution.
Giving farmers renewed hope
Date: October 2015
July 2015 Myanmar was strike by the worst flood in the past forty years, affecting twelve of the fourteen states of the country. Unusually heavy monsoon rain coupled with a cyclone led to severe flooding in Myanmar for months, displacing one million seven hundred thousand people and inundated thousands of paddy fields. Government officials in Yangon worked with local Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers to provide rice seeds to 5,106 farmers in the townships of Hmawbi and Taikyi covering 28,906 acres of rice paddies.
In July 2015, severe flooding, beginning with torrential rains, which began on the 16th of, July, destroyed farmland, roads, rail tracks, bridges, and houses, damaging, according to OCHA reports, more than 687,000 acres, flooding more than 1.29 million acres of farmland, and destroying more than 15,000 homes.
A 6.8 magnitude tremor shook Myanmar, near its border with Thailand, causing the deaths of 75 people on March 24. Tzu Chi volunteers were allowed special permission to enter the quake-hit area, in the first step to distributing aid to survivors.
On March 6, Tzu Chi held a handover ceremony at Yangon to officially hand over the Thingangyun No 4 Basic Education Middle School to the government.
The No 4 Basic Education Middle School in Thingangyun Township, Yangon was one of the schools that Tzu Chi help built for the children affected by Cyclone Nargis that struck Myanmar in May 2008.
This school was originally an elementary school with 4 buildings. The cyclone destroyed three buildings and only one was left standing.
Following the several recovery projects in Myanmar since Cyclone Nargis, Tzu Chi volunteers in Malaysia arranged a special mission on June 1, 2009, the first day of the Myanmar school year. Working together with local Myanmarese volunteers, free medical services and school supplies were provided to 19 schools in need.
Jan 29, Myanmar - Tzu Chi's free clinical team is holding a three-day service in Myanmar. Coming from Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia, the volunteers arrived at the Myodaw Medical Center on Wednesday, to set up the venue and organize the logistics. Apart from operations and medical treatments, the volunteers are also using the chance to spread Tzu Chi's humanity among patients.
11 medical volunteers from Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA)-Philippines first flew to Thailand before changing planes for Myanmar.
Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar in early May of year 2008. Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundations relief team continues its relief efforts in Myanmar, the latest completed operation included providing medical services to 6,368 persons and distributing nearly 20,000 baskets of rice seeds (approximately 420 tones) to enable poverty and disaster stricken farmers in Kungyagon and Kyauktan to plant 11,320 acres of rice fields. Nearly 50,000 people in Myanmar has directly benefited from Tzu Chis relief work (please see Table 1).
Since tropical cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar on May 2 and 3, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi continues its relief work to help those victims. Myanmar government has launched many projects including distributing relief supplies to storm-hit region. With the selfless and non political purpose contribution to international community, Tzu Chi gains the trust of Myanmar government and takes part in its relief aid work. Tzu Chi is the first NGO to be awarded official certification by the Myanmar government.
Cyclone Nargis hit the Irrawaddy delta region in Myanmar on May 2 and 3, 2008. The death toll has risen to over 70,000. Millions victims are waiting for help. Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi relief team is already on the ground on May 10. The Myanmar government has allowed Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi to initiate organized relief work. As one of the first organizations permitted access, Tzu Chi has taken up the burden of relieving a region near Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar. Tzu Chi held four distributions on May 15, 17 and 22 in Shwe Bau Kan, Nyaung Thone Pin and South Dagon.
Tropical cyclone Nargis caused great devastation in Myanmar, with damages continuing to rise, and the death toll likely to be in the tens of thousands. At the first instance, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi volunteer in Myanmar with over 100 local volunteers, immediately carried out distribution of aid supplies and medicine to the disaster victims sheltering in the local temples.
Funded by the US Embassy in Malaysia, and with the joint efforts from Tzu Chi, UNHCR and refugee communities, four "UNHCR Tzu Chi Education Centres" for refugees' children were officially opened in early January 2008, after months of preparation. A total of 178 students enrolled at the centres.
Being the eldest child in her family, 11-year old Shaidah binti Abdullah is a great help to her parents. Her chores include cooking for the family, taking care of her siblings or helping her father to collect scraps for sale.
On Dec. 26, 2004, the fourth strongest earthquake over the past century struck in the Indian Ocean off the western coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Measuring 9.0 in magnitude, the earthquake was as destructive as 16,000 atomic bombs combined and 256 times as powerful as Taiwan's Sept. 21, 1999 earthquake.
The earthquake also triggered massive tsunamis that struck 12 countries, including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia and Somalia.