CWS’s community-based approach in disaster risk reduction and health education sessions

CWS Myanmar | August 24, 2016

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Daw Naw Say Poe said “Our wooden bridge – which is our main way into and out of the village – was old and damaged and dangerous; CWS program provides supplies and tools to help the community in times of emergency, and we were able to renovate the bridge (right).” Photo: CWS

Daw Naw Say Poe lives in a village in Maubin Township in southwest Myanmar. She recently told our staff about how she appreciates CWS’s community-based approach. She attended disaster risk reduction and health education sessions, and now she is able to help her neighbors when they need it.

Daw Naw Say Poe also noted, “Our wooden bridge – which is our main way into and out of the village – was old and damaged and dangerous; but we couldn’t renovate it by ourselves.” Because CWS’s Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction program also provides supplies and tools to help the community in times of emergency, they were able to renovate the bridge (right). In Daw Naw Say Poe’s words, “We are really happy now, and we thank AmeriCares, CWS and YMCA for their help. Now, by using the bridge, we can get safely to the church when there are bad storms or floods. And, every day, it is very helpful for us in going out for work and healthcare too.”

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