Irrawaddy Delta, southern Myanmar 2008
In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy Delta region of Myanmar with up to 150,000 people killed or missing. Mingalar Parahita, the orphanage near Twante where we had been working, was badly damaged. Some of the children were killed or badly injured.
While the larger aid agencies struggled to deploy aid, our experience and networks in Myanmar meant we were able to distribute immediate emergency relief.
Our local volunteers shipped fresh water, food, medical supplies and tarpaulins to the orphanages and local communities where we had been working. We then spread the aid to more remote villages, hiring boats to transport rice, medicine and basic materials to the stricken communities. Our aid was the first to arrive in these communities.
Pictures below show the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis at the Mingalar Parahita orphanage, and the aid which The Mandalay Projects was able to deliver within days of the disaster, both at the orphanage and in the broader community in the Irrawaddy Delta region of Myanmar.