School Preparedness Programme and Mangrove Rehabilitation

Project School Preparedness Programme and Mangrove Rehabilitation

• To increase awareness and promote disaster preparedness for vulnerable communities • To introduce School Preparedness Programmes (SPP) to schools within project villages • To introduce Community Managed Mangrove Rehabilitation to project villages • To facilitate Community Managed Disaster Risk Management activities in project villages

Project Partners Mingalar Myanmar

• Training for Mingalar Myanmar Staff on School Preparedness Programme • Training-of-Trainers (ToT) for teachers in 7 villages • 18 school preparedness workshops by teachers and volunteers • Mangrove rehabilitation workshop in 7 villages • Establish community led evacuation and early warning committees and conduct drills • Infrastructure / community facilities reconstruction

Locations Dedaye, Bogale and Pyapon Township, Dedaye Region, Yangon
Period 2010 – 2011

• SPP carried out in all schools within the 7 selected villages in Bogale, Pyapon and Dedaye • Community based mangrove rehabilitation committee and activities established in project villages • Community early warning system committee and activities established in project villages • Generators, bridges and pathways in selected villages are replaced, fixed and / or maintained


The Cyclone Nargis incident in 2008, which hit the Ayeyarwady delta, was one of the worst disasters to ever hit Myanmar. MERCY Malaysia responded promptly with relief efforts which continued into reconstruction projects as well as projects on Disaster Risk Reduction which began in 2009.


Through partnership with Mingalar Myanmar, MERCY Malaysia began efforts to build capacity and resilience amongst affected and at risk communities in seven villages across three townships within Dedaye Region. Beginning with Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) training for Mingalar Myanmar staff, the staff then conducted CBDRM activities in these villages. The staff were also trained in conducting SPP and ToT. Early Warning Systems and Evacuation components were also inculcated in the training modules together with simulation exercises which were led by the communities themselves.

The destruction of Mangrove trees, which are effective storm barriers in years prior to the storm was said to have contributed to the heavy damage caused by Cyclone Nargis. As such, Mangrove Rehabilitation workshops were conducted in the seven selected villages to educate and bring awareness to the community on the importance of mangrove replantation in order to mitigate future disaster risks.