CBM-Volunteer support in Mandalay and Bago Regions, Mon and Chin States

CBM-Volunteer support in Mandalay and Bago Regions, Mon and Chin States

PMI is working in the field with over 50 partner communities, including religious organisations, and is collaborating closely with state, township, and local authorities to respond quickly and compassionately to the pandemic. This includes reallocating resources in response to requests from partner communities and health authorities to train volunteers.

In remote Chin State, PMI has assisted “The third eye”, a local organisation in educating the public about how to protect themselves and others. PMI alumni also reach out to sensitive areas such as Meikhtila which is an opportunity to build trust with these communities. PMI is working in the field with over 50 partner communities, including religious organisations, and is collaborating closely with state, township, and local authorities to respond quickly and compassionately to the pandemic.

This includes reallocating resources in response to requests from partner communities and health authorities to train volunteers. Volunteers who are already based in communities are key to delivering this approach: our volunteers form deep relationships, built on trust, with the people with whom they work. It’s through these strong relationships that we’re
working to tackle the crisis together – ensuring that our response plans are driven by the needs of the people we serve, and using our existing networks to share essential messages. Most of our community and alumni volunteers have
been able to continue their work since the crisis began.

We are working to adapt our approach and develop innovative ways of working through remote and online volunteering.
The safety and well being of all our volunteers – along with that of our staff, and the primary actors we work with – is paramount. We’re providing everyone with extra guidance. We will continue working with other organisations to promote volunteering best practice, coordinate joint responses, and create the biggest possible impact together. We’re exploring opportunities to collaborate with partners online. We recognize that there are times when our partners may be better placed to reach the most vulnerable or isolated groups, and in these cases we work to build their capacity to deliver activities.

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