Emergency Relief Services (CBERS)
The emergency effort is practically over, yet many thousands of local
Thai villagers, small fishermen and farmers have lost their homes
and livelihood. They need technical and financial assistance and skills
training to enable them to be self sufficient in the short and long
term. We firmly believe that post-crisis relief and rehabilitation
activities should be initiated now in order to ensure a healthy future
for the survivors of this disaster.
We urge you to consider helping us to return their lives to normalcy.
PDI will work with and through its local partner in Thailand, PDA,
and that entity’s emergency relief arm --- the Community Based
Emergency Relief Services (CBERS), to implement reconstruction activities
in the provinces of Krabi and Phang Nga, which were among the hardest
hit by the Asian tsunami.
Our aim is to ensure that:
• pre-tsunami livelihoods are resurrected
• clean drinking
water and sanitary conditions are restored within the affected communities
• sustainable economic benefit is delivered to communities
• skills-training and micro-credit initiatives are supported
to help create new livelihoods
• health and education of
the communities will recover to pre-tsunami levels
term psychological health for victims and their families will improve
• negative environmental impacts will be mitigated through educational
PDI - PDA/CBERS will concentrate
on the post-crisis activities that are required for communities to
put their lives together and return, as much as possible, to normality.
PDA/CBERS have been active in providing relief to crisis-stricken
areas ever since thousands of Cambodian refugees fled to Thailand
from the rule of the Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s.
PDI - PDA/CBERS
can best carry out the project in the Krabi and Phang Nga province
because PDA/CBERS already have a development center and some staff
in place. The project will be implemented in 80 villages, covering
approximately 80,000 people. If funding is sufficient we can expand
this relief effort into the other province. Our emphasis will be on
the poorest people and smallest village businesses in these communities
and those not reached by the currently-planned government relief programs.
We will place emphasis on a community-based approach where community
members play a key role in the planning and implementation of the
activities. Project monitoring and evaluation will be performed by
the PDA staff. Collaboration with other NGOs and concerned government
departments will maximize the effectiveness of the entire program.
Starting immediately, the activities will be (order does not necessarily
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