Rover Scouts in Myanmar organise relief efforts
Myanmar Scouts has successfully organised a flood relief project for those who were affected by the flood. The project lasted for fifteen days, from the 5th to the 19th of August 2018 at the Kayin and Mon states.
Myanmar has been experiencing flooding since July 2018 due to heavy monsoons, coupled by the overflow in its drainage system. Thousands have already fled their homes and others were temporarily evacuated. Despite the efforts of the government to provide emergency relief assistance to its citizens, the resources remain scarce.
Recognising the need for immediate action, Myanmar Scouts launched the project called “Rovers in Action” with forty-four rover volunteers. The project was initially funded through cash donations from fund-generating activities organised by several Rover Scout groups from different schools across the country. Through the funds that were collected, they bought, gathered and distributed the basic and most needed supplies of the affected families – drinking water, rice, canned goods, medicines and even used clothing.
Bulk of the relief efforts focused on Kayin Kawt Kyite, a distant village which barely received any help from the government. The project was able to provide the basic needs and some supplies to over 250 families in that village alone.
In recognition of the commendable efforts of Myanmar Scouts in this initiative, and despite limited funding, an emergency grant from the Messengers of Peace Support Fund was awarded to the team in order to further continue their project and implement the same in other communities which were heavily affected.
The project was spearheaded by Phyo Thura Win, National Disaster Management Co-ordinator of Myanmar Scouts. Similarly, the project was able to render a total of 2,250 service hours in WOSM’s global network.