November 12, 2014

Protecting child refugees in Thailand

By |12 November 2014|

COERR, the Catholic Office for Emergency Relief & Refugees, part of Caritas Thailand, helps about 10,000 of the refugees, working in all 9 camps, where it focuses on children who are living alone, are orphaned, living with relatives or otherwise in a vulnerable positions.

Children from Myanmar seek escape from poverty in Thailand

By |12 November 2014|

COERR, the Catholic Office for Emergency Relief & Refugees, works in refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border. Over 120,000 people from Myanmar live in the camps.

July 22, 2014

Supporting children of migrant parents in South-East Asia

By |22 July 2014|

As South-East Asians increasingly migrate overseas in search of work, there is concern over the growing number of family members, particularly children, left behind in the home countries.

June 6, 2014

In Myanmar, child trafficking stopped in its tracks

By |6 June 2014|

Caritas has fought labour exploitation for years, tracing trafficked children and providing them with reintegration support.

May 13, 2014

Thousands flee conflict in Myanmar

By |13 May 2014|

Caritas launches an emergency appeal as thousands flee conflict in Myanmar. Around 100,000 people have been displaced in Kachin and northern Shan states. Caritas will provide water, food, health services and lodging to people wanting to return home.

July 2, 2013

Hail to the chief!

By |2 July 2013|

For Caritas Denmark and COERR, this election is yet another successful milestone in the journey that Caritas Denmark and COERR embarked on 10 years ago with the setting up of what is still fondly known as the HoM component of our Thai-Burma Border Programme.

May 6, 2013

Five years on from Cyclone Nargis

By |6 May 2013|

As part of the five year anniversary of Cyclone Nargis, 600 people from 10 villages came together on the 28th and 29th of April, 2013. The two-day event led by KMSS was held in Tayoke Kone village, in Labutta township, a fishing village on the coast in Irrawaddy Delta, and one of the hardest hit areas of the disaster.

January 22, 2013

Inside Myanmar’s ongoing conflict

By |22 January 2013|

Myanmar is moving forward towards democratisation. You will read much of this in the coming weeks, months and years. But spare a thought for Maran Ji in St Paul’s camp 25 miles from the Chinese border. 2013 will not be an easy year for her.

June 28, 2011

How Caritas helped Myanmar after Nargis

By |28 June 2011|

It was one of the deadliest cyclones in history. In May 2008, a storm powerful enough to blow away hundreds of thousands of houses hit Myanmar. Along with the resulting tidal surge it led to the deaths of 140,000 people. One of the main problems for aid agencies wanting to help the people of Myanmar in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis was gaining access to the flooded communities. View photo gallery Caritas’s grassroots organisations along with the local Church were already there living as part of the communities that became isolated. This meant that they had not only easy access to assess people’s needs and deliver aid but their help was welcomed by villagers. Jamie Isbister, who worked on the crisis for Caritas, said at the time, “Local church representatives enjoy a high level of trust among the affected population: they speak the local languages and dialects, have an intimate knowledge and thorough [...]

February 22, 2010

Myanmar still suffering two years after cyclone

By |22 February 2010|

Caritas says more needs to be done to help the survivors of a deadly cyclone in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) nearly two years ago. Cyclone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy Delta in May 2008. The storm killed nearly 140,000 people and left 2.4 million homeless. Nearly half a million people there don’t have a place to call home 20 months later. In a message to Caritas supporters for Lent, Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon said, “May this season, bringing hope of resurrection to our people in the delta, the widows who lost their families, the homeless that wait by the wayside, for those without livelihoods. Lent brings the message that every Good Friday ends with the hope of Easter. The suffocating long night will one day end with a bright dawn.” Caritas raised US $6.3 million (4.6 million) from 37 members, other aid agencies, and private donations. Caritas worked through 116 international [...]

December 2, 2009

Imagine compassion in a crisis: Recovery in Myanmar

By |2 December 2009|

2008 saw tragic scenes in Myanmar, India, Nepal, the Caribbean and Honduras as storms killed thousands. Caritas relief efforts provided food, shelter, medicine and compassion as it appealed for US $77 million worldwide in 2008 in 40 separate appeals. In May, Cyclone Nargis hit the Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar (also known as Burma), leaving 134,000 people dead or missing. Caritas made use of existing Church structures to deliver desperately needed aid to over 26,000 people within weeks of the disaster. Caritas has supplied over 100,000 people with basic food staples, around 40,000 people with non-food items such as blankets and mosquito nets, and thousands of other families with household hygiene and sanitation kits. Just days after the cyclone hit, Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon visited the worst affected area. He sent a series of reports. 3 May: The magnitude of devastation overwhelms a poor country like ours. Thousands are in need of urgent medical [...]

September 3, 2009

Myanmar on Cyclone Nargis Anniversary

By |3 September 2009|

One year on from Cylcone Nargis which took the lives of more than 140,000people and left more than two million people without homes, the Caritas network continues to bring dignity to those affected. Caritas has supplied over 100,000 people with basic food staples, around 40,000 people with non food items such as blankets and mosquito nets and thousands of other families with household hygiene and sanitation kits. Yangon’s Archbishop Charles Bo, leading the local response, says the Church’s greatest achievement has been its ability to provide support to the most vulnerable people affected by the cyclone. “Our intervention is targeted to the villages and places neglected by others. Our flexibility has been our strength.” Archbishop Bo, thanked the world and particularly the Catholic community who have given so generously to support the people of Myanmar (Burma) in their moment of need but impelled them not to forget those affected over the following years [...]

November 3, 2008

Myanmar Cyclone Crisis

By |3 November 2008|

As the number of those affected by the devastating cyclone in Myanmar continues to rise, Caritas agencies are seeking ways to respond through local Church partners. With more than 78,000 dead with 56,000 missing and two million affected, the need to respond is immediate and vast. Caritas President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez said, “People in Myanmar are facing a terrible humanitarian crisis. The message of our global network to them is that they are not alone. Messages of support have flooded into our offices from around the world. “The Burmese should know that we are doing everything we can to ensure international aid efforts get through. So far we are receiving very positive messages from the Myanmar government on their need for international help. We hope this will allow non-governmental organisations such as ourselves access into the affected areas.” Caritas has assembled an initial team drawing on staff from across the memberships with a strong representation [...]

Lives saved in Myanmar

By |3 November 2008|

Caritas says that 80,000 people have received some form of assistance through its relief operations following the deadly cyclone that hit Myanmar 2-3 May, 2008. Over 7 million people lived in the area affected by Cyclone Nargis.  The latest figures put the death toll at 84,537 people, with the number of missing at 53,836 people.  Approximately 2.4 million people were directly affected by the cyclone. At least 1.4 million people lost their homes. Caritas Internationalis is coordinating relief efforts of its 162 member organisations. Caritas has reached survivors of the storm in Yangon, Pathein, Bogale, Amar and Dedaya with food, clothing, bedding, and provided access to clean water and sanitation. At least 5000 people have received 50kg bags or rice and 8,500 mosquito nets have been been handed out among other items. “With the ensured the support of all of you, we are resolute in making the lives of the people more dignified [...]
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    Caritas making a difference three months after Myanmar cyclone

Caritas making a difference three months after Myanmar cyclone

By |3 November 2008|

By Tim O'Connor Saturday, 2 August 2008 marks the three month anniversary of cyclone Nargis. And despite the difficulties, Caritas’ immediate response, through the Church and other partners in Myanmar, has saved many lives and brought urgent relief to 82,700 children, women and men. Mr Jamie Isbister, adviser to the Caritas response in Myanmar said: “Despite the immense difficulties in accessing the affected areas, in working in Myanmar and in harnessing and training people on the ground to assist the recovery efforts, we have exceeded our initial targets in reaching affected populations. At least 82,700 people have been directly assisted with supplies of food, clean water, temporary shelter and other essential items. We have striven – and succeeded – in responding in a manner true to the Caritas spirit of respecting people’s dignity at this horrendous time.” Through local partners, particularly the Catholic Church and other networks, Caritas has established the necessary systems [...]

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