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25 Nov 2016 description

By Rhea Bhardwaj (Humanitarian Capacity Development Manager) and Timothy Cohen (Emergency Support Officer). November, 2016

The number, scale and severity of humanitarian crises is posing a big challenge to the international humanitarian system’s capacity to respond. The number of crisis-affected people dependant on humanitarian aid is growing as is the funding gap. At the forefront of the response are local organisations who are amongst the first ones to respond, have better knowledge of the context and better acceptance from the crisis affected communities.

12 Aug 2015 description

CAFOD’s partners are providing clean water and sanitation to 40,000 people at risk of disease after devastating floods in Myanmar.

Heavy monsoon rains and a major cyclone have brought widespread flooding to Myanmar, affecting nearly a million people, according to the country’s government. At least 100 people have been killed, and hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes. In many areas, clean water sources - like wells, ponds and springs - have been contaminated, leaving communities at risk of waterborne disease.

01 Nov 2010 description

As the first elections for 20 years in Burma/Myanmar are taking place on the 7th November 2010, CAFOD asks its supporters to stand in solidarity with all people of Burma/Myanmar at this significant time.

[Caritas] CAFOD has been engaged with local Church and non-Church partner organisations in Burma/Myanmar for over 15 years. Throughout this time our partnerships have been underpinned by our values, most notably hope and dignity for all peoples.

25 Oct 2010 description

CAFOD partners in Myanmar (Burma) have been gearing up to respond to the latest emergency in the region this weekend.

Cyclone Giri hit the western coast of the country last Friday. When the storm hit on the night of 22nd October, winds reached speeds of 110mph, causing severe damage to at least 400 homes in Kyaukpyu, on the western coast of Rakhine State.

06 Aug 2008 description

As people slowly start to return home after the cyclone in Burma/Mynamar, Archbishop Charles Bo reflects on the huge challenges ahead for communities

Hundreds of people are returning to villages devastated by Cyclone Nargis in Burma/Myanmar - and experiencing mixed feelings of joy and pain.

Some are joyful because their rootless life living in camps is over.

But they also feel pain as they return to their homes where so many of their friends, family and neighbours died. For many, their homes, their schools and their places of worship lie in ruins.

'We begged for our bread …

06 May 2008 description

Following the devastating Cyclone Nargis that hit many heavily populated areas of Burma on May 3, CAFOD is working closely with the international Caritas network to assess how best to respond

State media reports that more than 22,000 people have died, and around 41,000 are missing after Cyclone Nargis hit the country, causing a huge tidal surge to sweep inland.

Shelter and food

In the aftermath of such a severe cyclone, immediate needs include lack of shelter, lack of food, and damage to water and sanitation systems that could result in the spread of waterborne diseases.

It is …