On 16 April, The Pink Shoes (TPS) celebrated their 3rd year anniversary. CREST was invited to set up a booth and to introduce our ministry to TPS volunteers. We want to put on record our thanks to CREST staff and volunteers who had come to celebrate this remarkable event with TPS
|CREST booth at TPS event||Sharing at TPS event||Meeting with Malaysian CARE|
CREST and Malaysian CARE have been meeting to share ideas, information and experiences in the area of disaster response. CREST looks forward to partnering with other agencies who share similar goals in serving the poor and needy in crisis.
Thank you, The Pink Shoes and Malaysian CARE for spending your precious time with CREST.
Background: Since 2014 during the east coast flood, CREST has working closely with Kampung Kuala Telang. Besides sending relief items, we have there for years to support the local on rebuilding, development and risk reduction. During 25-29 Jan 2017, the heavy rain fall at Kg. Telang has overflow Sg. Jelai and Sg. Telang, following developed a 4ft-high water, affected 49 out of 69 household.
Before the 2017 flood, CREST and the local community has built 9 rafts for flood emergency to keep safe their valuable items from the flood water. All rafts are functioning during the 2017 flood.
1. To build eight floating rafts for the villagers, two for the Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Telang and one for the community hall.
2. To bring a group of eight volunteers to work together (build rafts) with the local villagers.
3. To have fellowship with Bob and Melissa Seong for preparedness training @ Kuala Lipis.
After Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and Hagupit in 2014 CREST Malaysia and our local partner Omega Emergency Respond working together in livelihood project in Letye and Samar.
Project 1 – 10 x Pedicabs in Tacloban (Update by Omega 3 April, 5 Pedicabs have paid in full)
Project 2 – Pedicab beneficiary – Ramon extended his business to Micro Enterprise
Project 3 – Pedicab beneficiary – Mr. Merchol / Mark extended his business as pedicab spare parts supply and repair.
7 August, 2015 Heavy seasonal rains caused flooding in Myanmar. On 31 July, the President of the Union of Myanmar issued a statement declaring natural disaster zones in Chin and Rakhine states and in the Sagaing and Magway regions indicated that it would accept international assistance.
Critically flood affected people in July and August
People reached with food assistance
Cumulative number of households displaced
Figures according to NDMC as of 24:00 UTH 13 August 2015
Nu Nu Pan, one of our Disaster Relief Workshop student in 2013 and also a leader in Calvary Care Myanmar (CCM), has initiated a relief efforts by gathered some fund and a group of volunteers in Mandalay. The main objective for this effort is to send food supply to a remote area in Magway. Initial assessment has done by the local church and reported with 400 household in Hta Naung Khone village.
CREST Malaysia has released USD 5,000 to respond for this climate. CCM has raise 50 household emergency packs (contained of food, clothing and hygiene items). They has purchase additional 350 packs by borrowing money from friends and relatives. Each pack cost USD 10 included the cost of transportation.
Trip in 2011 by Crest to Myanmar for the followup on Early Childhood Care Development Center (EDC) and post Cyclone Nargis development in the land of Myanmar.
In 2008 Cyclone Nargis made landfall in Burma/Myanmar. It was a devastating storm that killed over 138,366 people and caused at least $10 billion (USD) in damage. The hardship on the people living there was immense in a situation where life was already hard. CREST responded with different relief efforts through local partners.
After Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and Hagupit in 2014 CREST Malaysia and our local partner Omega Emergency Respond, The Light House, World Harvest Fellowship, Agape Rural Health working together for livelihood projects in Bogo (Cebu), Tacloban (Letye), Balagawan (Sourthen Letye) and Hernani (Eastern Samar).
25 January 2017, heavy rains were non-stop in the area of Southern Peninsular Malaysia and causes 70 evacuation centres opened in Johor and 8,204 people from 2,427 families evacuated from their home. State Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said Segamat district was the worst affected with 6,609 people (2,012 families) and the number of evacuation centres opened in Segamat district had increased to 50.
On 24 January 2017, 7.39am, Crest has received alert from the weather focus team and same alert has forwarded to our local partner Vincent Teo Chin Wah, the founder of Persatuan Kebajikan Kasih Segamat, our previous relief partner in 2011 and 2006 flood.
24 December, 2014 as Monson session in East Malaysia, heavy rains were non-stop in the area of Peninsular Malaysia and causes 5 states went into disaster emergency respond. During our relief operation, CREST has establish network with the local community. In Kelantan, Kota Bharu, Guchil Kuala Krai and Manek Urai Kuala Krai. In Pahang, Kampong Telang.
2 December, 2014 Typhoon Hagupit local Philippines named Ruby has formed. 2 days after, it become into Super Typhoon category 5. Subsequently, Hagupit begin weakening before making landfall in Eastern Samar as Category 3 typhoon.
When Hagupit turns into Super Typhoon, local government has issue Zero Evacuation policy, around 1 million population has taken their shelter in evacuation center, school, churches and government building to prepare for the worst to be happen as the local community has already experienced from another Super Typhoon – Haiyan a year ago.
CREST Malaysia has provided financial aids to our local partners before the typhoon making landfall in Philippines. With the balance from Haiyan respond fund, CREST Malaysia has agreed to provide USD 3,000 each for our local partner in Cebu (Arapal Church Camp) and Tacloban (Omega Disaster Relief – RASFI) to stock up food and water supply or immediate needs after Hagupit landed. Hagupit first made landfall over Dolores, Eastern Samar on 6 December.
It has been a long time since CREST had conducted wilderness training. On 17-18 March, 15 participants pitched their own tents at the basic wilderness survival, search and rescue practice. We are grateful to you for your prayer covering and to God for our safety throughout the training.
Many lessons learnt in the classroom were put to practice. To the participants, I hope you will remember the lessons as well as the fun. To the facilitators, thank you so much for being such an awesome team in your service.