Since our founding, CPI has supported communities coping with chronic emergency caused by protracted armed conflict. However, CPI also provides emergency relief to communities caught up in acute humanitarian emergencies caused by conflict and natural disasters. CPI’s approach in all cases focuses on developing community-led responses to these crises where possible to reduce dependency and build longer-term resilience.
Kayin State Flooding Period: July-September 2018 Geographic Coverage: Kayin State, Myanmar Approx. Population Coverage: 2,000 people In July 2018, heavy rains across Myanmar caused the Thanlwin (Salween) River to burst its banks and flood areas of Kayin State, Myanmar. More than 16,000 people in Hlaingblwe, Hpa-an, Kawkareik, Kyainseikgyi and Myawaddy townships were displaced, and thousands more affected by the rising floodwaters. Among those impacted were nearly 6,000 residents of camps in Myaing Gyi Nu, Hlaingbwe township, already displaced by conflict. In late July, Community Partners International (CPI) responded by organizing deliveries of emergency food supplies to displaced communities in Myaing Gyi Nu. CPI delivered 600 bags of rice, 1,440 lbs of meal substitutes, 190 gallons of cooking oil, 4,320 lbs of potatoes and 20 bags of salt to displaced communities around Myaing Gyi Nu.
In August, CPI distributed Dignity Kits to 500 women of reproductive age, including pregnant women and adolescent girls, affected by ongoing flooding in Kayin State, Myanmar. The Dignity Kits contained a range of items to support female hygiene and protect the health and safety of women facing displacement and other challenges due to the floods. These include a sarong, a bra, underwear, sanitary pads, a blanket, soap, laundry detergent, a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Later in August, CPI joined with the Ministry of Health and Sports Maternal and Reproductive Health Department, the Kayin State Public Health Department and Marie Stopes International to visit four flood relief camps around Hpa-An township and meet with displaced women and girls of reproductive age. The team organized sessions to raise awareness and distribute information materials about sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence. They provided details of the nearest facilities where camp residents could access family planning, and medical services in case of gender-based violence, including emergency contraception, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and post-exposure prophylaxis for potential exposure to HIV. A total of 367 women and girls attended the sessions.
Kachin State Refugee Emergency Period: May 2018 Geographic Coverage: Tanai Township, Kachin State, Myanmar Approx. Population Coverage: 1,000 people An escalation of armed conflict in Kachin State, Myanmar, displaced more than 5,000 people from their homes in May 2018, with many more remaining trapped in conflict zones. In partnership with the Humanitarian Coordination Initiative (HCI), Community Partners International (CPI) provided emergency food packages to 200 displaced families sheltering in Tanai township. The packages contained rice, oil, salt, chickpeas and sardines to ensure that families have access to adequate nutrition during this emergency period.
Myanmar Flood Relief Period: 2015 Geographic Coverage: Ayeyarwady Region, Bago Region, Chin State, Rakhine State, Sagaing Region, Approx. Population Coverage: 45,000 people In early August 2015, Cyclone Komen struck Myanmar unleashing torrential rains across the north and west of the country. Rivers broke their banks and dams were breached, inundating the surrounding regions with floodwaters up to 20 feet high. Entire villages were washed away, along with livestock and crops. Roads, bridges, and other key infrastructure were destroyed or badly damaged. As the water drained south into the Ayeyarwaddy Delta, additional serious flooding occurred in those regions. In total 1.6 million people were affected by the floods, with an estimated 385,000 people displaced and 1.4 million acres of farmland destroyed just after the beginning of the key planting season.
CPI mobilized to support local partners to deliver essential supplies and services to affected communities in several states and regions. CPI supported mobile medical teams to provide basic health care including minor surgery, food, water filter, water purification pack and cooking equipment distribution, provision of shelter materials, construction of latrines, and the supply of pumps to help drain water sources contaminated by floodwater.