An update on your donation to the Cyclone Mocha Relief Fund
By Chase Williams | Senior Program Manager, Disaster Response
Thank you—we cannot express our gratitude enough. In May 2023, Cyclone Mocha caused significant devastation in Myanmar. Your generosity is fueling relief and recovery efforts led by trusted nonprofit organizations in GlobalGiving’s vetted network of partners.
The storm killed nearly 200 people and affected more than one million people in areas already grappling with civil war, internal displacement, and precarious economic conditions. The damages were especially severe in Rakhine State in western Myanmar. For example, nearly all buildings in the city of Sittwe suffered significant damage. In total, more than 200,000 homes are estimated to need repair. Cyclone Mocha’s short-term and long-term effects are now exacerbating an already critical and dangerous situation for many communities in poverty and at risk of violence.
Together with more than 1,100 other people from around the world, you helped to raise $50,000 to support storm relief and recovery. Despite the challenging circumstances for nonprofit organizations to operate in Myanmar, your generous support powered flexible grants to trusted and vetted nonprofit organizations at the forefront of this crisis in some of the most storm-affected areas of the country. Here is a short summary of that work:
Mutual Aid Myanmaris a collection of activists, academics, and policy makers working together to improve lives for communities across Myanmar. With support from GlobalGiving, the organization worked quickly to get resources into the hands of its trusted networks of grassroots mutual-aid organizations working in some of the most hard-to-reach communities affected by the storm. This included the provision of medical supplies, support for temporary and long-term shelter, and food and clean drinking water. This work in response to the storm built on the past successes of Mutual Aid Myanmar following the COVID-19 pandemic and other humanitarian challenges facing communities across Myanmar.
Foundation for the Rights of Disadvantaged Populations (APRRN) is a network of more than 200 civil society organizations and individuals covering over 30 countries in the Asia Pacific region. Quickly making use of GlobalGiving support, one of APPRN’s grassroots partners working in Rakhine State provided cash assistance to more than 200 households in rural villages that faced significant damage from the storm. The selected households were those with the greatest level of vulnerability to the impacts of the storm.
Thank you for your donation. Your support of the Cyclone Mocha Relief Fund is advancing community-led relief and recovery.
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