published in ChildrenEducationEmergencyFarming / AgricultureFood SecurityHealth / HealthcareRefugeesWomen / Girls on January 29, 2018

Reaching out to Rakhine

The world was shocked in August last year when up to 500,000 people from Rakhine state in Myanmar were forced to flee to Bangladesh.

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“We are isolated in these centres ... the shelters and toilets are inadequate. We don’t have enough food or medicine. The children don’t have all the school supplies they need.” Mr U Zaw Min, IDP Camp, Rakhine State, Myanmar.

The ALWS family responded with great kindness, helping provide total support to Myanmar worth $83,187.

Your help is delivered by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) team in Myanmar, working as part of a coalition of churches from around the world through ACT Alliance.

Your help through ALWS and LWF is focused on Internally Displaced People (IDPs) – people displaced from their homes, but still in Myanmar.

People here were receiving no food or support, with children and women suffering the worst.
This is a special role we can play.

LWF has worked in Myanmar since 2010, and won enough trust from Myanmar officials to gain access to IDP camps in Central Rakhine State, where many other agencies are unable to go.

Your support is offered to people regardless of ethnic background or religion, and includes:
Student Kits – for 2,000 children ($19 each)
Food Basket – rice, beans, cooking oil, salt, sugar, fortified food ($95 per family)
Shelter – 1,000 families ($142)
Garden Grow – seed pack, fertiliser and training ($81)
Hygiene Kit – essentials like soap, shampoo, toothbrush ($14)

In an emergency, it’s vital we act quickly to protect the lives of those most at risk.
At the same time, it’s important people aren’t left behind when the world’s media moves on. That’s why ALWS is looking at how we can extend our commitment to the people suffering in Myanmar – especially the children, for whom education may be the greatest gift we can give.