|When:||May 2, 2008|
|Who:||2.4 million people severely affected.|
84,000 lives claimed.
More than 53,000 people missing.
|Helped:||over 347,000 people|
|Today:||The one-year recovery phase has begun. World Vision is focusing on livelihood recovery, disaster risk reduction, child protection, and improving water and sanitation.|
Children are at the heart of World Vision's response to Myanmar's Cyclone Nargis with some 17,000 children cared for in 108 Child Friendly Spaces.
One parent told World Vision that the "Space" in his remote village was the best thing that had happened to them as a family. All of his eight of his children were attending. He was especially happy his six-year old son, who had physical disabilities prior to the cyclone, was also able to attend along with 80 children. "Today, our children are better able to express themselves and share their ideas and opinions. They are more creative in the way they play," said one local teacher whose own children attend a Child Friendly Space.
Among other relief efforts, World Vision is also building cyclone-resistant schools which will serve as community shelters if another disaster strikes.
|When:||May 12, 2008|
|Who:||Over 46 million people affected.|
More than 69,000 killed.
17,923 people still missing
|Today:||World Vision has begun a two-year plan that includes helping to rebuild schools and homes, reconstruct infrastructure, restore agricultural productivity, and build seven new permanent health clinics.|
Immediately following the earthquake, World Vision responded by providing 26,700 tents and tarpaulins for more than 100,000 displaced people.
Jiang Cuihua, 39, tells how it felt to receive aid after the quake.
"When I received the aid, I felt that there were people who cared for us as the earthquake hit us badly." Her house, her family's only asset, was severely damaged during the quake. "With the tent and cooking set given by World Vision, we can say goodbye to our makeshift dwelling made from the debris of our former house. I see a glimmer of hope knowing we are not forgotten," she says.
As part of the on-going recovery, World Vision is taking part in one of the most staggering house building projects ever undertaken. With generous help from people like you, World Vision is helping in the building of nearly 9,000 homes. This allows families to focus on paying school fees and providing health care for their children rather than trying to pay for house construction. And experience gained from the recovery process following the 2004 Asia tsunami shows that rebuilding homes is a way of stimulating the economy.
World Vision has also started rebuilding 17 schools. School furniture was also provided to meet the needs of 33,000 students, including 7,540 sets of desks and chairs, 231 blackboards and 574 fans.
"The desks and chairs are marvelous. There were many holes in the old desks causing holes in my workbooks and exam papers when I wrote on them. These desks are more stable because they don't sway." Pu Lijuan, 10, a primary student from Guangyuan City, Sichuan.