Balance Requested: US$ 4,096,643
Geneva, 21 December 2009
On 2 - 3 May 2008 a massive cyclone (Nargis) hit Myanmar (Burma) affecting the lives of approximately 24 million people in 115 townships, according to United Nations (UN) estimates and collective assessments by the international communities. Winds of 200km per hour swept through the Irrawaddy Delta and the former capital of Yangon leaving devastation in its wake. A first appeal (ASMY81) issued to support and coordinate the crisis and early recovery phase of ACT members' responses closed on 30 November 2009 and was externally evaluated.
This appeal, ASMY82 to support continued recovery, rehabilitation and disaster preparedness was first issued for Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH) on 15 October 2008 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance, construct community cyclone shelters, and promote knowledge exchange with partners in Bangladesh. The appeal was revised on 19 December 2008 to include Church World Service Pakistan/Afghanistan (CWS P/A) - proposing assistance in the area of agricultural livelihoods recovery and food security; and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), proposing improved access to potable water an school and build multi purpose community hall/center reconstruction. These members have also been focusing on community-based disaster risk reduction. A second revision was issued on 13 July 2009 to include recovery programmes by ACT members Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and Danchurchaid (DCA), in continuation of their ASMY81 programmes with a focus now on agricultural livelihood recovery and rehabilitation.
This 3rd revised version of the appeal is being issued with the purpose of:
- incorporating an extension of the implementation period for the Lutheran World Federation programme and
- a revision and extension to the Danchurchaid programme taking into consideration current funding levels.
- Extensions to the Norwegian Church Aid and Church World Service implementation periods are also shown here.
ACT is a global alliance of churches and related agencies working to save lives and support communities in emergencies worldwide.
The ACT Coordinating Office is based with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Switzerland.
- The reporting schedule for all members has been revised accordingly.
In addition, the provision for an ACT evaluation has been replaced with provision for ACT Coordination including a Participatory Learning Review workshop on the recovery phase response. The Review workshop was facilitated by the ACT CO with members and their partners in Yangon in October 2009. A follow up visit will take place in 2010.