Scouts were once again among the first responders when Myanmar was hit by a tropical storm with heavy rains, which lead to landslides and flooding earlier this year. Reports of the Scouts’ courage and swift and selfless actions have now been documented, in particular a flood relief rover project, which took place 5-19 August in the Kayin and Mon States.
The situation was grave, with hundreds of thousands displaced by the heavy monsoons and flooding, compounded by the overflow in the drainage system. Resources were scarce and the Scouts realized the need for immediate action, launching a “Rovers in Action” project with forty-four Rover Scout volunteers, initially funded through cash donations from fund-generating activities organised by several Rover Scout groups from schools across the country.
With the funds collected, they bought, gathered and distributed vital basic supplies to the affected families: drinking water, rice, canned goods, medicines and even used clothing. The bulk of the relief efforts focused on Kayin Kawt Kyite, a distant village which barely received any help from the government, and they were able to meet the basic needs and provide supplies to over 250 families.
In recognition of their efforts and impact, an emergency Messengers of Peace Emergency Fund grant was awarded to the team to allow them to continue their project in other badly affected communities. In total, the Scouts delivered an impressive total of 2250 hours of community service.
The project was spearheaded by Phyo Thura Win, National Disaster Management Coordinator of Myanmar Scouts. As in so many countries regularly hit by natural disasters, Scouts in Myanmar have been trained in emergency response. They also, very importantly, have the trust of their local communities and as such are able to effectively show leadership as part of the relief efforts.
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