During the half-year since the cyclone hit, World Vision has been part of the international relief response to support the 2.4 million who were severely affected. International aid has brought significant gains for its hundreds of thousands of recipients in the country, helping children recover from their experiences and return to school, helping families meet their dietary needs, and helping communities rebuild their livelihoods.
World Vision's $32 million program ($18 million for relief, $14 million for rehabilitation) has so far reached some 322,000 people with things like:
- Emergency food;
- Tarps, blankets, clothing and cooking sets;
- Water, sanitation and hygiene programs;
- Child-Friendly Spaces and other child protection programs;
- Medicine, mobile clinics and health educaiton;
- Tractors and fuel for planting season.
Six months later, the needs of survivors remain great. Soon after the cylcone hit, rapid assessments made it apparent that one of the greatest impacts of the disaster was the destruction of livelihoods across the hard-hit Ayeyewaddy Delta and Yangon Division. Some 2 million livestock were lost to the storm, a million acres of rice paddy inundated with salt water, and hundreds of fishing vessels and critical infrastructure wiped out. In the rehabilitation phase of its response, one of World Vision's key priorities will be the recovery of livelihoods so that survivors can get back on their feet for the long term.
Myanmar: 1 year later