SEDA is cooperating with DRI (Direct Relief International) from USA, who is providing the medical aids for the typhoon victims in Southern of Laos in Attappeu, Sekong and Salavanh provinces. SEDA has made this mission possible as partnering with Ministry of Health to make sure these aids is out reach to the district and provincial level. Many thanks to DRI to support our typhoon victims in Southern of Lao P.D.R.
Benefits will be mostly for the hospital district, and provincial level in rural area. Today, we still need more medical aids, especially for children, mothers and elderly women, who are the most vulnerable and struggle the most in the crisis. SEDA urges for more donations to help victims as they are still lack of nutrition and livelihoods.
SEDA has implied two micro credit projects for these areas: Fingerling fish and Biodiversity Protection. To learn more about these projects, please follow the link http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/micro-credit-for-disadvantaged-farmers-in-laos/
SEDA has implemented a Food for Work program in order to help victims of the typhoon. On March 10th 2010 SEDA staff and volunteers traveled to the southern provinces and spent 6 days in the affected areas, providing rice and salts to the victims. Each person received 4kg of rice and each family received 5kg of salt which helps to fight malnutrition. In return for the provisions, people were asked to dig ponds in order to breed fish to give them sustainable food sources. 730 people were involved in this Food for Work program, and 137 families directly benefited. SEDA partnered with the Provincial Department, the District Major, the Agricultural Department and village committees in order to complete the program. So far it has been a great success.
A team of four SEDA staff traveled south this week to visit four Attappeu villages affected by Typhoon Ketsana. These villages sustained damage to more than 45 homes and lost approximately 90% of their rice and vegetable crops during the typhoon. We met with village representatives to discuss both their immediate, and long-term needs and goals.
Two villages urgently require building materials to repair and rebuild homes and storage buildings damaged by Ketsana. They also need rice and vegetable seeds before they can sow their next crop and begin the long recovery process. We are hoping to assist with these most immediate needs quickly and effectively.To facilitate long-term development, each of these villages needs irrigation infrastructure. This would enable villagers to produce a second rice crop each year and meet their own rice consumption needs. Excess rice could be sold to generate much needed extra income. Irrigation could also reduce rice-crop labor hours and enable villagers to spend more time growing vegetable crops, thus increasing both their nutritional intake and their income.
Only a small percentage of households own working livestock such as cows and buffalos, and many more are needed to make farming more efficient, and less labour intensive. Villagers are also keen to improve the yields of their cash crops via the introduction of both new techniques and varieties.
We are hoping to work in partnership with these villagers to provide agricultural support and advice in the future.
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