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By Fr. Charles Saw, SDB


First phase:


Rescue and support for the afflicted areas:

  • Myit Kyi Na (Kachin State)

  • Kalay and Neighboring villages (Chin State)

  • HinThaDa and Thone Se (Yangon Archdiocese)

When the flood started, we the Salesians in three groups together with the Diocesan Clergy, Past Pupils and Volunteers, tried to reach out to the remote villages in 4 Dioceses ( Myit Kyi Na, Kalay, Mandalay and Yangon).

  • We distributed Food (mainly rice, drinking water and instant noodles), beddings (mats and mosquitoes nets), medicines (water purifier pills, skin lotions for itches, dehydration powders and some minor illness remedy).

  • We relocated the villagers (mostly women and children) to safety by providing transports (by boats and small ships) and gathered them in Church compounds or state schools buildings for some weeks, providing daily food and beddings.

  • We managed to reach out to as many as 60 villages with different supplies.

The second phase:


Re-sending the flood victims back to the respective places with some provisionsof food and medicines for their daily upkeep. This phase is just starting now: Their fields (paddy and seasonal vegetables) are destroyed by the flood or mudslides, causing them to be without food or livelihood for the coming year.

Now our focus in this second phase is on:

  • Cleaning the buildings and roads, helping people to re-enter their homes, distributing food and supplies, assisting the people to re-establish their livelihood, assisting the school children.

  • BUT for some places we are waiting for the second or third attack.

  • Indeed in the early hours of August 28, 2015, two villages near Kalay were swept away by mudslides caused by the heavy rains.

Since the flood is not restricted to a limited area, the vastness of extensive needs is beyond our capability. Although in the past we tried to reach out to as many as possible, now we deem it better to focus on the practical number which will be really effective by our service.


There are still many villages where the help does not reach. Some villagers of remote places came on foot for 10 days to ask for help. We are waiting for the other groups (of good will people) to get worn out before we actually reach out to the most needy. We are not doing much except distribution of Food and bedding for the time being.


Documentary photos show the young Salesians of Myanmar in action, delivering the food and first necessities to the most remote areas of flood victims..




Ongoing awareness and fundraising campaign in the EAO region and beyond


Period between 18 – 30 August 2015


Both provincial mission offices of AUL and KOR have already sent a substantial help and continue the campaign; as well the FIN province and PNG-SI Delegation already contributed, while THA province got in touch with MYM. Four of the major Mission Offices (G5) – New Rochelle, Madrid, Torino and Bonn – already offered their help. The SDB Economer General sent to Myanmar one of his staff to help the MYM Vice-province to organize more effectively the accounting and reporting system.

August 30, 2015


APPEAL of the Salesian Mission Offices around the world is going on



Here are the details for the funds transfer for the MYM solidarity through SDB in Hong Kong:
    Bank account title: Salesian Society (Hong Kong)
    Bank: Industrial Commercial Bank of China
    Account number: 701 530013345
    SWIFT code: UBHKHKHH
Please, use only the “support flood victims” and nothing else to write on the transfer vouchers! May this solidarity bring deeper meaning to Don Bosco 200th Birthday celebrations in the EAO!


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  • vaclav 2015.09.05 08:24

    FMA sisters involved in the Flood Victims Help

    In Myanmar dopo l’alluvione 

    4/9/2015 - Myanmar (Myanmar) 


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    Le fma in Myanmar hanno inviato un aggiornamento sulla situazione degli aiuti alla popolazione colpita dalle alluvioni. 
    Il ciclone tropicale Komen si è abbattuto tra fine luglio e i primi giorni di agosto nella parte occidentale del Myanmar. Dopo il suo passaggio le piogge torrenziali hanno continuato a provocare ingenti danni, inondazioni e frane. Sono stati coinvolti in particolare gli stati di Rakhine, Sagaing e Kachin, nell'Ovest del paese dichiarati dallo stato "natural distaster zones".

    Migliaia di abitazioni, strade, ponti, animali da allevamento sono stati spazzati via dalle forti piogge monsoniche. La distruzione dei raccolti e la rovina dei terreni agricoli ha ridotto drasticamente la disponibilità alimentari di base oltre a creare seri problemi di fertilità negli anni a venire minando un'economia già fragile.
    Suor Veronica Nwe Ni Moe, la direttrice di Anisakan (Myanmar) e suor Rosa hanno fatto visita ad alcuni villaggi del distretto di Sagaing per poter capire meglio la situazione e come poter essere di aiuto. Hanno fatto tappa nella città di Kalay, la municipalità più colpita nella regione di Sagaing dove più dell’80% delle aree rurali ê stato interessato dalle alluvioni. Sono state profondamente colpite dalla distruzione e dal cattivo odore. «Abbiamo parlato con alcune vittime − hanno scritto − le cui case sono state sommerse dall'acqua fangosa che ha raggiunto i 10 metri. In un primo momento molti hanno trovato rifugio nelle chiese, ma ora vogliono ritornare alla loro quotidianità in qualche modo. Pur non avendo nulla, con determinazione cercando di liberarsi dal fango e dai detriti per provare a ricostruire delle case di fortuna».

    Anche le sorelle della comunità di Yangon si sono recate nella zona di Pathein. Durante queste visite hanno potuto cogliere quali sono gli aiuti più urgenti per far fronte a questa situazione ancora di piena emergenza. Le necessità più urgenti riguardano cibo, acqua potabile, prodotti igienici, teli, coperte, stuoie, utensili per la vita quotidiana e bambù e legno per ricostruire le case. In seguito saranno necessari anche il materiale scolastico per i bambini e gli attrezzi per poter ripulire e liberare il terreno, perchè riprendere a lavorare la terra può ridare un forte senso di speranza e di dignità. 
    I Salesiani presenti a Kalay hanno accolto temporaneamente 200-300 giovani. La gente è molto riconoscente per tutti gli sforzi che si stanno facendo per loro. Con i salesiani, si sono recate nella parrochia di Khumnoi, dove vivono 600 famiglie e circa 7.500 persone. I salesiani stanno portando aiuto e sostegno a dieci villaggi di cui sei sono sotto la parrocchia di Khumnoi: Khaingkan, Sulpi, Haihit, Sebawk, Zawng Prato, Maulawn.

    Le Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice sono presenti in Myanmar dal 1994, attualmente hanno quattro comunità con 26 giovani suore. Vivono e lavorano prevalentemente per servire i più poveri e quelli maggiormente a rischio soprattutto bambini, ragazze e famiglie. Svolgono il loro apostolato proponendo una formazione integrale, l'istruzione e la promozione umana in scuole, oratori e centri di accoglienza per le ragazze a rischio. Sono presenti nell'animazione pastorale in molte parrocchie, organizzano incontri per genitori e visite periodiche alle famiglie. Pur non essendo tutte nelle zone più colpite, si sono messe in movimento per dare assistenza alle famiglie portando medicine, viveri di prima necessità e teli.

    È possibile contribuire all'attività di sostegno delle Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice per la popolazione del Myanmar, attraverso il sostegno alle famiglie e per la distruzione dei Kit.

    Per informazioni 
    http://www.cgfmanet.org


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