Since launching the program we have been actively involved many disasters in the SE Asian region, large and small. These include:
For information on The Haven Projects response to the Thailand floods please see the site on the current disaster.
During the early part of 2011 Shan state in North East Myanmar (Burma) suffered a severe earthquake which disrupted their water table, leading to contamination of their drinking water, as well as significant under reported deaths and destruction of buildings.
The Haven disaster team and other interested parties provided valuable intel by co-ordinating the results of many of the different organisations that responded providing the most accurate map of the area and what was happening where. They also provided food, clothing, tarpuelins and large numbers of water filtration systems to the people who needed assistance.
Cyclone Ngaris: We were extensively involved in the relief effort to the victims of Cyclone Ngaris. Working with our partners in the region we worked both in the front lines and behind the scenes, visably and covertly providing food, clean water, shelter, clothing and other essentials to the victims. We helped to finance local teams who were able to go into the region providing much needed medical and practical support. With a network in place we were able to quickly get help in and often were able to do things or get to places where larger organisations failed. We still work in the region with some children’s homes for orphans from the cyclone and continuing to provide more long term support to those who are still in desperate need of assistance.
Tsunami Project: This started on the 27th of December 2004 one day after the disaster struck when the National Chairman went to the region and started with a small team and went to work. Within the first week we had a base of operations, was assisting the government with logistics, providing a centre for distribution and working in areas up and down the coast in both the known locations where the Tsunami struck and those less know about. Working with those not receiving help, as well as giving extra assistance to those who did received some aid. At the peak of operations we had three bases running, and many teams coming and going from various locations. We are still present in the area working mainly with displaced and marginalised people in the region.
Chiang Mai Floods: In 2005 a local dam burst its banks flooding Chiang Mai, and putting many houses underwater. Haven was there providing assistance to locals, both friends and strangers. Sandbagging, helping get things out of the way of the water and relocating people while their homes dried out.
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