Appeals & Response Plans
- 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
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It takes about one-hour drive to get there from Mae Hong Son, capital of the homonymous Province, in Northern Thailand. A tortuous road running through rice fields, mountains, and an exuberantly green forest. After getting through the routine control at the military checkpoint, one finally reaches the Ban Mai Nai Soi Temporary Shelter.
Jeh Meh and Neh Meh sit together, discussing about their future life out of the camps. Both of them are young refugee teachers. Both of them are now waiting for their resettlement from the camps to a third country to take place very soon.
Since violence broke out in the North of Rakhine State, Myanmar, on past 25th August, over 500,000 people have crossed the border into Bangladesh, as reported by the International Organisation for Migrations (IOM).
Most of those displaced are Rohingya who settled in the Cox’s Bazar District (Chittagong Division, South-East Bangladesh) and are currently living mainly in makeshift camps along the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf highway. With the newly arrived 500,000 refugees, there are now more than 710,000 refugees in Cox’s Bazar.
How Soe Meh, born in a refugee camp in Thailand, contributes to ACTED life skills training
ACTED is currently implementing a project, funded by the Embassy of France to Myanmar, in support of food security and nutrition in Rakhine State. This project will benefit to 238 vulnerable families in eight rural villages who have been affected by conflict and natural disasters. Focusing on off-season crop cultivation, it promotes year-round access to healthy food, such as nutrient-rich okra, yard long bean and cucumbers, in addition to improving water sources in eight villages in Mrauk-U and Kyauktaw Townships.
Training local farmers to ensure long term crops
Then Tun Aung, village leader of Nga Tauk Tak, lives in a village that is directly impacted by climate change: his home, which once lay within walking distance of the coastline, is now mere meters from the waterline due to mangrove degradation. Other homes in his village are already experiencing flooding during high tide, and the number of families in Then Tun Aung’s village that are affected by this flooding increases each year.
ACTED has been mobilised in the Sud and Grand’Anse departments since hurricane Matthew hit the region on 4 October 2016 to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to affected populations. In all sectors, needs reached high levels: Matthew caused terrible damages, casualties and losses, destroying houses, infrastructure and crops, and leaving 1.4 million Haitians in need of humanitarian assistance.
Myanmar, and especially Rakhine State, is part of the most disaster-affected regions in the world in terms of frequency, scale, and severity, and is particularly negatively impacted by tropical cyclones and floods. In 2015, cyclone Komen made landfall in Northern Rakhine State, resulting in massive floods and landslides, exacerbating the monsoonal flooding. Coupled with overall underdevelopment, reoccurring conflicts, and low resilience, the population in Rakhine State is extremely vulnerable to changes in weather patterns and are often ill-prepared to withstand the impact of disasters.
Figures of the devastation and destruction caused by the Myanmar floods are constantly changing because of the difficulty in accessing hard to reach areas and collecting accurate data. According to the latest information, over 435,000 people need food assistance and the water and sanitation infrastructure of 12 out of 14 states in Myanmar has been damaged or destroyed. Over 2,500 schools remained closed and over 100,000 children under the age of five years are estimated to be affected by the floods.
On the one hand the demand for skilled labour is high in Myanmar, however there are not enough trained workers to meet the needs of the job market. On the other, youth and young adults want to learn new skills that will lead them to more employment opportunities.
Internally displaced persons, or IDPs, are among the world’s most vulnerable people. Recent conflicts in Puta-O, Myanmar’s northernmost town of Kachin State, has displaced nearly 500 people.
As a result, hundreds of people were left without food, shelter, resources and means to generate an income. ACTED teams have provided their support to hundreds of vulnerable people by distributing emergency food relief to over 400 internally displaced persons.
Ten year-old Khaing Khang exudes enthusiasm as he begins his first week of 5th grade in a real school building with access to drinking water, toilets, and hand-washing stations. During recess, he plays football with his friends in the front of school, then quickly grabs a drink of safe, clean water from the water purifier to cool down before returning to his classroom for afternoon lessons.
Unprecedented heavy rain in the past days resulted in flash flooding in Ban Mai Nai Soi and Ban Mai Surin refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border which are home to 11,800 and 2,900 refugees respectively. This resulted in the deaths of two refugees as well as considerable structural damage in the camp affecting almost 700 refugees in total, several landslides, and considerable damage to six Thai villages in the surrounding area.
Nay Pyi Taw [ACTED News] – Due to many years of conflict, the East-West corridor between Thailand and Myanmar has been particularly neglected: the local population needs more skills, to meet the job market needs and to participate in the economic boom. In this specific area, there is the potential to create one million jobs.
LOIKAW [27/03/2014] - While the demand for skilled labour is high in Myanmar, there are not enough trained workers to meet the job market needs. And yet youth and young adults want skill training and employment opportunities. In close collaboration with the Department of Technical and Vocational Education under the Ministry of Science and Technology , the ACTED has launched a project which aims to support the delivery of short vocational training courses in Kayah through the Loikaw Government Technical High School.
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As part of its EU-funded intervention to build the technical and vocational skills of Myanmar refugees living in the temporary shelters along the Thai-Myanmar border, ACTED recently facilitated an exchange between Thai and Myanmar vocational training colleges located in the border areas. A delegation of 6 lecturers from the Loikaw Government Technical High School in Kayah State, Myanmar, came to visit the Nawamintrachine Industrial and Community Education College in Mae Hong Son, Thailand.