Since 2015 CWS has joined with many partners, including AmeriCares, the Pathein YMCA and villages in Southwest Myanmar to strengthen Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction with basic readiness training and with small mitigation projects too. This work followed naturally from years of recovery and resilience work following 2008’s historic cyclone, Nargis, which devastated the Ayeyarwaddy Region. After 18 months of staff learning and strengthening with AmeriCare’s formative leadership and mentoring, the CWS has reengaged with new disaster risk reduction initiatives in 15 communities of Maubin Township, where WASH, nutrition and livelihoods programs are ongoing.
In cooperation with the district Relief and Resettlement Department, CWS team members have recently reached out to engage new community volunteers in villages where CWS already works with the goal that villages discuss and prepare action plans for Disaster Risk Reduction based on their own context, risks and resources. As in earlier work on this challenge, CWS staff will support formation of task force groups for Search and Rescue, First Aid and Emergency Center Management under that umbrella of a Village Disaster Risk Management Committee, which will lead risk reduction efforts with technical and in-kind help from CWS and government.
For networking and communication, CWS will support peer linkages among all the village Disaster Risk Management Committees alongside upward linkages with Township and other government groups for further coordination and cooperation for ever-improving disaster risk reduction.
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