School Preparedness Programme and Mangrove Rehabilitation

Project School Preparedness Programme and Mangrove Rehabilitation
Objectives

• To increase awareness and promote disaster preparedness for vulnerable communities • To introduce School Preparedness Programmes (SPP) to schools within project villages • To introduce Community Managed Mangrove Rehabilitation to project villages • To facilitate Community Managed Disaster Risk Management activities in project villages

Project Partners Mingalar Myanmar
Activities

• Training for Mingalar Myanmar Staff on School Preparedness Programme • Training-of-Trainers (ToT) for teachers in 7 villages • 18 school preparedness workshops by teachers and volunteers • Mangrove rehabilitation workshop in 7 villages • Establish community led evacuation and early warning committees and conduct drills • Infrastructure / community facilities reconstruction

Locations Dedaye, Bogale and Pyapon Township, Dedaye Region, Yangon
Period 2010 – 2011
Accomplishments

• SPP carried out in all schools within the 7 selected villages in Bogale, Pyapon and Dedaye • Community based mangrove rehabilitation committee and activities established in project villages • Community early warning system committee and activities established in project villages • Generators, bridges and pathways in selected villages are replaced, fixed and / or maintained

Background
The Cyclone Nargis incident in 2008, which hit the
Ayeyarwady delta, was one of the worst disasters to
ever hit Myanmar. MERCY Malaysia responded promptly
with relief efforts which continued into reconstruction
projects as well as projects on Disaster Risk Reduction
which began in 2009.

MERCY Malaysia efforts
Through partnership with Mingalar Myanmar, MERCY
Malaysia began efforts to build capacity and resilience
amongst affected and at risk communities in seven
villages across three townships within Dedaye Region.
Beginning with Community Based Disaster Risk
Management (CBDRM) training for Mingalar Myanmar
staff, the staff then conducted CBDRM activities in
these villages. The staff were also trained in conducting
SPP and ToT. Early Warning Systems and Evacuation
components were also inculcated in the training modules
together with simulation exercises which were led by the
communities themselves.

The destruction of Mangrove trees, which are effective
storm barriers in years prior to the storm was said to have
contributed to the heavy damage caused by Cyclone
Nargis. As such, Mangrove Rehabilitation workshops were
conducted in the seven selected villages to educate and
bring awareness to the community on the importance
of mangrove replantation in order to mitigate future
disaster risks.