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A health worker treats a patient for wounds suffered during the recent cyclone in Myanmar (Burma).

A health worker treats a patient for wounds suffered during the recent cyclone in Myanmar (Burma).

MCC seeks $500,000 for cyclone response

May 16, 2008

AKRON, Pa. – Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is supporting partner organizations that are meeting basic needs for tens of thousands of people affected by Cyclone Nargis in the southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, also known as Burma.

MCC is appealing for $500,000 in contributions for immediate relief response and longer-term recovery and rebuilding in Myanmar. Contributions should be designated "Myanmar (Burma) relief and recovery" and may be made online at mcc.org/donate or at any MCC office.

MCC is applying for additional funds from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help restore water systems that have been damaged by the cyclone.

While MCC does not currently have staff members in Myanmar, MCC has longstanding partnerships with organizations in the country, according to Ron Flaming, MCC's director of international programs.

"We feel very fortunate to have local partners that are actively responding to the emergency," Flaming said.

MCC is supporting four partner organizations that are providing relief in Myanmar:

  • Metta, a relief and development organization based in Myanmar, is providing rice, medicine and other items to more than 68,000 people, including many orphans, who have gathered in camps in southwestern Myanmar.
  • HOPE International Development Agency, an organization based in Myanmar, is distributing emergency supplies and providing medical treatment to cyclone survivors through mobile health teams. As of May 12, these health teams had treated 2,000 people.
  • Church World Service (CWS) is providing water containers and water purification equipment in 1,000 locations.
  • International Development Enterprises (IDE)-Myanmar is distributing water containers, water pumps and plastic sheeting to communities affected by the cyclone.