WHAT “RESPONSE” LOOKS LIKE
Two very active schools that we support have gathered supplies and are now making masks, soap, and hand-sanitizer. Another is pooling resources to distribute food to migrant families.
Another partner is translating COVID-19 information into multiple languages so that the thousands of people that must cross the border back into Myanmar will know what to do when they get to their villages–and marginalized ethnic communities in Myanmar (who don’t speak Burmese) will know about the virus.
A fifth partner is distributing food parcels to thousands of Refugee families along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border as the lockdown is extended.
With many international aid workers no longer in-country, we are seeing clearly what we have long believed to be true–that the most effective response to a crisis is a local response.
This is exactly why Partners Asia supports local leaders. We walk alongside our partners, so that they can do the things they need in order to pivot, respond, and protect the most vulnerable members of their communities.
This pandemic has underscored why we promote their wisdom in responding to changing needs. Feel free to ask us more about what we do and what’s happening right now. We have a lot to share.