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2014
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CRS Mae Sot: Crossing Rivers, Breaking Boundaries

“We are all called to a mission, and the mission is our life.”-Dr. Lim Koon Jin

On 23 July 2014, a team of 11, comprising two doctors, three nurses, two aspiring doctors, and four other faithful servants of Christ, set out on a 6-day medical mission trip to Mae Sot, situated in West Thailand. Mae Sot is a trade hub which shares a border with Myanmar, and is home to many Burmese refugees seeking shelter from the civil war. We collaborated with a 9-man team from Bread & Life International, Pastor Ricki and family, Steadfast Love Church, and Mae La Refugee Camp Bible School, to organise medical clinics and children’s programmes for the Karen people of Mae Sot.

For 4 days, we saved lives, nurturedchildren, endured rickety truck rides and traversed treacherous terrains. Through wind, rain or shine, we worked ceaselessly, and poured out our hearts to serve the people to the best of our abilities. Every morning, we opened the day with worship and devotion, quieting our hearts before God and committing our day’s work to Him. After that, we headed to the Mae La refugee camp, running a children’s programme concurrently with the medical clinic. Everyone took turns helping out at the different stations – the triage, pharmacy, and children’s programme. Having refreshed ourselves with lunch at the camp, we went on to another refugee village for our afternoon clinic. At night, we had more varied activities, from children’s worship, night clinic, reflections, to R&R. On our last day in Mae Sot, we were blessed by the morning service held at the Steadfast Love Church in Ban Mai Village, led by youth worship leaders on fire for God.

“God taught me that He is in control no matter what happens and His ways are always higher than ours,” said June. These words rang loud and true, as the Lord blessed our team with many divine appointments during the trip, showing us that even with hiccups and delays, everything has a purpose in His time. On the third day, we set off for our first morning clinic at Mae La Refugee Camp. However, the government permit allowing us to enter the camp was missing from the entry checkpoint, causing a 4-hour delay. Nevertheless, we discovered that God had a divine reason for this long delay. As team members became hot, tired and frustrated, Pastor Ricki took the opportunity to conduct a bible study, which led Eric, a member of the Bread & Life International team, to accept Christ into his heart. What joy there must have been in heaven over the saving of one more soul! Furthermore, God blessed us with symbolic encounters, as Pastor Moses led us across tworivers, and the team was able to witness and lay hands on a woman stricken with leprosy. Just as Jesus miraculously healed the blind, the crippled, and the lepers in the bible, we continue to pray that Jehovah Rapha will heal and redeem every patient we encountered in Mae Sot.

God has blessed us richly in Singapore, so we can be a blessing to others. As Dr. Jennifer reflected, “Once again, I was remindedof blessings of our own home with four walls and a roof that doesn’t leak when it rains, plumbing that brings clean running water at the turn of a tap, education for myself and my daughters, safety for the children and good, affordable medical care.” It is our hope that through our clinics, activities and prayers, the people of Mae Sot felt the love that Christ first showed us when He died on the cross for our sins.

&With what we had, with our skills and talents, and with the overflowing of the spirit, we did what we could to serve the people ofMae Sot, and God multiplied our efforts a hundredfold,& concluded Samuel, team photographer and logistics I/C. Indeed, having touched more than 400 lives over 6 clinics, our team returned tired, but inspired. Having the opportunity to go on this mission trip together was a divine appointment in itself, and we all look forward with anticipation to the next CRS trip!

Reported by Ms. Victoria Chan

 

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Jakarta 24-28 May 2014

 

From the 24th to the 28th of May 2014, a team from CRS Singapore headed down to Jakarta for a cold trip (i.e. not a crisis relief trip). The team for this trip was larger than usual, comprising 12 people from different backgrounds: 1 doctor, 3 nurses, 6 medical students, and 2 bioengineering students. It was an interesting mix of working adults and students, which offered a unique variety of personalities and skills, and we learnt from one another as we worked together.

Everyday, we would get up at about 6.30am and have a time of worship and devotions. After breakfast, we would head out for the day’s activities. On Day 1, we attended services at the 2 churches we were partnering with- Karmel and Gideon Church, and for Days 2 and 3, we set up mobile clinics at these churches from morning to mid-afternoon. We were assigned to different stations: triage, laboratory tests, consultation, and pharmacy. It was a great experience being a part of something bigger, each of us contributing little efforts to make the clinic a success. There were opportunities to pray for the patients too, and some of us prayed for patients who were not believers. On the third day, we also visited the slum area to pray for some families and present our gifts of food packages. In the evening, we would have time to interact with the locals over a meal, or have some RnR to ourselves.

Our visit to the slum ministry was one that really touched our hearts. It was an unfamiliar experience, weaving our way through the labyrinth of houses and catching glimpses of the lives of its inhabitants. They lived in cramped conditions with often less than ideal conditions, yet they were all very hospitable and happy to see us. We met a few families and prayed for particular members of the household. One was an old lady who had recently lost her son, and as Ivy prayed for her, she was greatly overcome with emotion and filled with thankfulness. Wordlessly, she hugged each of us before we left. It was a clear demonstration of God’s power and comfort that transcend all boundaries, even language. There was another woman hoping to conceive children, and Dr KJ prayed over her and proclaimed that she would have not one but three children. This was a very inspiring moment to many of us, seeing the absolute faith that he had and claimed on so strongly.

Not one of us left Jakarta unchanged. Ming Wei, our food and accomodation I/C commented: “Overall, this trip was a meaningful one. The mobile clinic gave me an enjoyable experience in helping the patients. The volunteers from both Gideon and Karmel churches were friendly and helpful, and this allowed the team to communicate effectively, making it easier for us to do our work. In addition, the visit to the slums was an eye-opener for me as it made me appreciate the privileges I have in Singapore- access to clean water, food and medicine. If given the time and opportunity, I’ll definitely come back and render my assistance again.” Yi Hui, our children¡¯s ministry I/C added on: “It was a great experience to work alongside people who were willing to serve- both local partners and fellow Singaporeans. Sometimes things were a little impromptu but thank God for His grace to help us adapt to go along with the flow!”

Overall, we were unanimously touched by the warmth and sincerity of the locals as they hosted us, and were moved to do the same for them should they come to Singapore. We were also inspired by their dedication in service, just watching them worship and serve alongside us at the clinics, many having taken time off work to help out. We learnt how love is a language that others will inevitably feel even though we might not speak the same language. “Kindness is a language deaf people can hear and blind people can see,” said Gek Swee, our photographer. While it was a commendable effort for us, having served more than 600 patients over 2 days, it wasn’t the numbers that mattered the most, rather each and every individual life that we touched, be it through medical care, a prayer, or even just a simple smile and pat on the shoulder. The team hopes to return in the future to keep learning from these people and serving them.

Reported by Ms. Tessa Lim

2013
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Myanmar Sittwe Relief

 

Sittwe located at the Rakhine State has a population of 181,000. The team from Crisis Relief Singapore went down to Sittwe, Myanmar from 30th Nov 2013 to 5th December 2013 on medical relief.

There were 4 days of medical clinic. 2 full days and half day of mobile clinic and a Christmas outreach after that. Some of the patients come from different villages in the Rakhine state, some from the village itself. During the 3 days in Sittwe, we could see how the medical care was lacking and more backward there than in Yangon. Half a day of mobile clinic at Shwe Pyi Thar, Yangon. Many patients both in Sittwe and Yangon had cases of stress related ailments and high blood pressure. In total we saw 270 patients.

For the 3 days at Sittwe, we run a children¡¯s program. Most of the children could sing Children¡¯s songs and know about Jesus. Most of the children were from the boarding school program that Pastor Peter and Joshua were running.

On the day 3, we met a child patient with an abnormally large head, Ma Tha Zin Wai. She came with her parents from a faraway village as she had a fall recently. Our team was very interested in helping her to find a cause and treatment from her abnormality. We discussed for some time and decided to use our team fund to fly her over to Yangon with us to seek treatment at Yangon Hospital. Pastor Thein also found a german couple, doctors who were willing to pay for extra costs.

Terence(Team Leader) Took me back to a time and place gone by. A blast from the past where life was slow and time stood still. Walking down the road and streets less travelled. Mesmerized by the haunting smiles from faces, weather beaten by the harsh surroundings of life into their lives we bring glimmers of hope. That only the Lord can fill. Opening doors through His Love

Being the first ever medical trip to Sittwe, there is a lot more that can be done for the people there. The medical advancement in that area is quite slow so it will be difficult people who need long term medication and treatment there. Doctor Diong mentioned also that the people there might also be suffering from stress related problems, like anxiety, depression. It might be good to bring a psychiarist next time. Most people there do not wear spectacles as it would spoil their image. Causing some of them to endure headaches for a long time, an optometrist would be helpful too.

The team new to each other bonded very well together, we learned to work well with each other. The team¡¯s aim was to share God¡¯s love and show the people how much God loves them and I think we had achieved that we sincerely pray for opened doors to God¡¯s love.

2012
2011
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Report & Reflections of Crisis Relief Trip to Sri Lanka 27 April to 2 May 2011

 

By Pamelor Phor
Vanakam! (Hello in Tamil)

Upon our arrival in Colombo’s airport, we were welcomed warmly by the local church pastor, where we took a bumpy 10 hour bus ride to a town in the north of Sri Lanka called Vavinuya. Our bus battery exploded along the way but thank God by some miracle we managed to reach our destination without pushing the bus. Our first meal was sumptuous which was cooked by our local host, with the traditional nasi briyani, fried fish, daal, pappadum, etc. Some of us even tried to eat Indian style – with our bare hands! The “hotel” we stayed in was simple, with our fellow resident friends consisting of moths, mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, bedbugs and even a frog in our bathroom. Heh. Nevertheless, God granted us the grace to have a good rest each night, as all of us were exhausted after a long day of work at the clinics.

We conducted 5 mobile clinic sessions in various places in the village, each session lasting about 3-4 hours at one go. Our one and only doctor saw about 500 patients in total. The rest of us helped out with other tasks such as registration, crowd control, playing with the children, packing and dispensing medicine and praying for the sick. We encountered common illnesses such as flu, worms in stomach, aches and pain the body, while some had more serious diseases such as cataract, deformed bodies, embedded bullet, tumours, etc. We prayed for every person who came, for the Lord to heal them – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. 8 people received salvation and 1 received immediate healing – Praise Him!

We were supposed to enter an internally displaced people (IDP) camp which housed the Tamils during the civil war which ended in 2009. However, due to the volatile political situation, despite getting the legal permit, we were stopped at the border and had to turn back. It was disappointing for some of us, but we trusted that God was in control and had his purposes. I had heard stories from trippers who managed to get into the IDP camps in previous trips, and hope to come back someday to minister to the people in there.

We also visited 2 local church services while we were there – it was interesting to see how the locals worshipped God in their own way. I’m always amazed how people from different cultures, languages, backgrounds, can worship God together in one spirit. Some of us shared our testimonies. Most of the church goers were women and children – as in most developing countries. One church we visited was smaller than my bedroom! And it fitted about 30 people in total. It was so suffocating that my team leader (the doctor) nearly fainted while preaching his message. It was humbling to see how sincere they were in worshipping God despite their poverty and circumstance. It was also amazing seeing both the Christian Sinhalese and Tamils serving the Lord together, considering that they were both enemies in the civil war.

We had about a day and a half to rest and relax in Colombo – which we spent at one of the local pastor’s church house, and driving down south to a famous beach town called Gaal – but it was dark and raining when we reached there =/ Nevertheless, it was a good time with one another’s company. I’m really thankful for getting to go on this trip with this great bunch of people, whom I only met a few weeks before the trip. Yet it was amazing how we all got along and worked together like we’ve known one another for years! Most of the trippers were younger than me surprisingly – the average age was 28 years old which included two 50+ yrs old ple, so the median age would be around 23 years. The youngest girl was 18 years old, but she amazed me the most with her enthusiasm and humility serving the Lord – I wish the youth in church were all like her.

Each mission trip I go for affirms my calling by the Lord, though I’m not exactly sure where He wants me to go or what He wants me to do, but I believe that as I trust Him each step of the way, He would show and lead me one step at a time =)

I would be raising funds for Crisis Relief Singapore by running my 1st marathon (Adidas Sundown) on 28th May 2011. My target is to complete 42km within 6 hours. You can support me in this effort by contributing any amount. All contributions would go entirely to Crisis Relief Singapore – which is a non-profit organization. You can find out more about them on their website: http://www.crisisrelief.org/ Your contributions would give me greater reason and motivation to finish this marathon!

I’m not a natural runner (in fact, I used to tell people that I hate running), but with much discipline and hard work, I’ve learnt the art of running. At the same time, I learn to enjoy the process of running… Trust me, it’s not easy. Sometimes I feel like giving up. But what keeps me going is the thought/ sight of the end point (rest at last!) Each time I run, I’m reminded of how life is like a race (or rather, a marathon). Some people say that life is a rat race. You can run, just for the sake of running, or for a personal sense of accomplishment, or for health reasons. For myself, I strive to run this race of life with purpose, and to end it well! I pray that you would do so too and I will see you at the finishing line =)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Yesu Ungalai Neissi Kira! (Jesus loves you)

2010
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Pakistan Flood Relief (2010)

Following heavy monsoon rains in June 2010, the nation of Pakistan experienced one of the worst disasters faced by a nation in this decade. Severe flooding caused deaths to almost 2,000 people and affected the lives of about 20 million people. At one point, about 1/5 of the nation’s land mass was underwater. In response to urgent requests from Full Gospel Assembly Pakistan and a world-wide relief effort movement, CRS sent a recce team in September to assess safe working zones for medical relief teams and establish partnerships in different regions of Pakistan.

Team 1, 23rd – 30th Oct, comprising of Aaron Chiong, Chin Wan Teng, Christine Cheah, Desiree Phua, Johnny Tang and Dr. Derek Allen (TroppoDoc) was sent for the purpose of ministering medical needs to victims in the region of Karachi and RahimYar Khan.

Team 2, 2nd – 8th November 2010, comprising of Estella Ng, Eileen Goh, Premchand Deepchand, Yeo Li Xin, Dr. Jason Lau and Dr. Derek Allen dispensed much needed medical aid to more than 400 patients in the districts of Nausharo Feroze, Kandiaro, Mithani and Moro.

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Haiti Earthquake Relief

An earthquake of Ricther scale 7.0 hit Haiti on 12th January 2010. Catastrophic damage was reported and death tolls stood at 150,000. Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, Leogane and Jacmel have seen severe damage and general infrastructure had collapsed in regions close to the earthquake’s epicenter.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and the severity of this disaster left the country unable to help itself. In response, Crisis Relief Singapore, in collaboration with City Care sent out 6 teams of medical personnel and workers operating back to back in the aftermath.

The teams operated a mobile clinic located in a church compound, seeing sometimes up to 300 patients a day with no respite. Amongst others, they worked alongside other international organizations like United Nations, United States Navy, US Firefighters for Christ, German Red Cross and many others.

CRS’s Involvement
  • Team 2 (20th Jan – 30th Jan 2010): Dr Jennifer Yeo
  • Team 4 (29th Jan – 8th Feb 2010) : Dr Ian Mathews
  • Team 5 (17th Feb – 27th Feb 2010): Dr Jennifer Yeo, Dr Derek Allen, Terence Lim, Sharon Tan, Lim Kwee Lee
  • Team 6 (27th Feb – 7th Mar 2010):
    Dr Lim Koon Jin, Derrick Ong, Lim Huishan
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Myanmar Cyclone Relief

On 2nd May 2008, Cyclone Nargis hit the nation of Myanmar. It is the worst natural disaster in the history of Myanmar, with at least 146,000 fatalities and 1.5 million people severely affected by the cyclone.

As a response, CRS sent a recee team during 7th to 11th June 2008 to examine the disaster situation after some delay in applying for visas. After much evaluation and prayer, CRS decided to work with the local orphanages in Yangon first and recruited volunteers to provide medical aid and conduct children programs there.

After the access into the Irrawaddy Delta was approved, relief teams ventured into Bogale, one of the worst hit area in the Irrawaddy Delta division. Into total, CRS sent 5 relief teams to Myanmar in 2008 & 2009.

As part of its follow-up work, CRS has
sent a team in 2009 and 2010
respectively to continue its ongoing
project with the local orphanages.
We will prayerfully consider the
possibility of future trips.

2009
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Padang Earthquake Relief

 

In September 2009, an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra Island at 1716hrs. Several aftershocks continued intermittently through the day and up to 75% of buildings in West Sumatra’s regional centre, Padang were destroyed. Total deaths and injuries stood in the thousands and an estimated 250,000 families were affected by the earthquake due to partial or total loss of their homes and livelihoods.

In response, CRS in collaboration with City Care Limited and Missions Teams International formed up 3 teams consisting of medical personnel and volunteers to minister in the region of Pariaman by running mobile clinics and performing food distribution.

The need for medical attention was great as Team 1 attended to 1,149 patients in the span of 4 days. In the aftermath of the earthquake, Team 2 experienced significant tremors but nonetheless returned safely back to Singapore. In addition to performing medical procedures and with the kind sponsorship of Bethesda Frankel Estate Church, Team 3 was able to distribute over 240kg of Halal food ration packets to the villagers.

 

Team 1: 13-17 Oct

Lim Meng Jin City Care
Loo Wai Yang, Desmond City Care
Lu Jirong City Care
Janet Anastasia Yap Lay Yoke MTI
Yip Yan Yee CRS
Tan Ming Nguan Aloysius CRS
Ling Xi Wern CRS
Long Shiwei Kenneth CRS
Ian Mathews CRS

 

Team 2: 17-22 Oct

Yeo Siew Lin Jennifer CRS
Lim Kwee Lee CRS
Tan Meng Guek CRS
Goh Yen Tien Eileen CRS
Tan Keok Ee CRS
Lim Poo Huat CRS

 

Team 3: 22-27 Oct

Lim Hui Shan CRS
Tan Yee Cher CRS
Lim Ann Soo Florence CRS
Krystal Khoo Oon Hui CRS
Keziah Khoo Oon-Ching CRS
Derrick Ong CRS

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Sri Lanka Civil War Relief

The nation of Sri Lanka is an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. In 2004, it was hit by the Tsunami which resulted in over 35,000 deaths and CRS sent many relief teams to help in the relief effort.

However, Sri Lanka has also been facing civil war since 1983 between the Sri Lankan government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In early 2009, the Sri Lankan government launched large scale attacks to take control of the whole nation that resulted in more than 6,500 deaths and many more thousands injured.
As a response, CRS sent relief teams in June to September 2009 to help to conduct mobile medical clinic and food distribution at the Internally Displaced People camps and the surrounding areas in Batticaloa and Vanni.

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Bangladesh Flood Relief

Bangladesh is a country in the Indian subcontinent that is criss-crossed by a network of 230 rivers, most of them tributaries of the Ganges and Brahmaputra. As a result of snow-melting of the Himalayan glaciers and monsoon rain, the country suffers annual floods with at least a fifth of the country submerged each year.

In 2008, different parts of low-lying Bangladesh have been flooded and up to 600,000 has been stranded by the flood. To help in the disaster relief, CRS sent 2 relief teams in November and December 2008 to Koligram to provide medical aid and conduct children program in the disaster areas.

2008
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Bangladesh Flood Relief

Bangladesh is a country in the Indian subcontinent that is criss-crossed by a network of 230 rivers, most of them tributaries of the Ganges and Brahmaputra. As a result of snow-melting of the Himalayan glaciers and monsoon rain, the country suffers annual floods with at least a fifth of the country submerged each year.

In 2008, different parts of low-lying Bangladesh have been flooded and up to 600,000 has been stranded by the flood. To help in the disaster relief, CRS sent 2 relief teams in November and December 2008 to Koligram to provide medical aid and conduct children program in the disaster areas.

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Myanmar Cyclone Relief

On 2nd May 2008, Cyclone Nargis hit the nation of Myanmar. It is the worst natural disaster in the history of Myanmar, with at least 146,000 fatalities and 1.5 million people severely affected by the cyclone.

As a response, CRS sent a recee team during 7th to 11th June 2008 to examine the disaster situation after some delay in applying for visas. After much evaluation and prayer, CRS decided to work with the local orphanages in Yangon first and recruited volunteers to provide medical aid and conduct children programs there.

After the access into the Irrawaddy Delta was approved, relief teams ventured into Bogale, one of the worst hit area in the Irrawaddy Delta division. Into total, CRS sent 5 relief teams to Myanmar in 2008 & 2009.

As part of its follow-up work, CRS has
sent a team in 2009 and 2010
respectively to continue its ongoing
project with the local orphanages.
We will prayerfully consider the
possibility of future trips.

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Aceh Tsunami Rebuilding Projects

The Aceh Tsunami Rebuilding Projects are a series of different projects to provide for the needs of Aceh residents after Tsunami in December 2004.

The first project involved the replacement of 300 fishing boats for the fishermen from the Pulau Banyak Islands and Singkil after the tsunami so they might continue their livelihood.

The second project included the provision an ice making machine and 2 logistic boats for the fisherman to consolidate their catch for transport elsewhere for sale.

In the third project, our volunteers to set up mobile clinic and provided teachers’ training in Nias.

The last project involved reconstruction of the only secondary school
in the Pulau Banyak Islands badly damaged by the tsunami.

Most of these projects were co-funded by the
Tidal Wave Asia Fund from the Singapore
Red Cross Society.

2007
2006
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LoveJAVA Project

 

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Central Java in the early morning on
27 May 2006. It is estimated that about 5700 people were killed and
50 000 people injured. Many homes were destroyed and people made homeless.

A survey team was sent to the devastation from 1 to 4 June 2006. They felt that the situation was under control due to the good organization of the Indonesian Government and large number of NGO’s that had responded to this crisis.

After visiting Yogyakarta and the surrounding towns, it was perceived that CRS would best assist our local partners by sending small mobile medical teams into the remoter villages and participates in food distribution.

Five teams of doctors, nurses and volunteers participated in medical clinics and food distribution from 1-30 June 2006.

Recce Team (1st to 4th June 2006) Members: Dr Lim Koon Jin, Jason Heng, Estella Ng, Kua Young Ghee The Recce Team sought out local partners to work with. They went into a village at Klaten and ran mobile clinic there with the approval of the local mosque.

Team 1 (4th to 11th June 2006)
Members: Jason Heng, Ling Sing Nang, Tan Ek Khoon
The team partnered with another organization and ran medical clinic at various villages. The number of patients vary from about 60 to 150 on different days. The team was well received by the villagers, and new opportunities are opening up for networking.

Team 2 (11th to 18th June 2006)
Members: Soh Choi Ling, Dr. Yeoh Peng Cheng, George Annadorai, Joanna Tan & Winston Chin
Together with local partners, the team set up medical clinic in several remote villages in the Bantul region. They saw about 240 patients over 4 days. Most of the patients were experiencing post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Team 3 (21st to 25th June 2006)
Members: Lim Koon Jin, Victor Ong, June Lim, Dino Tan, Fawn Lim, Henry Lee, Agnes Lee, Alan Tan, Jenny

Team 4 (25th to 30th June 2006)
Members: Mok Choon Hoe, Anthony Chao, Mona Khoo, Susana Ling, Alex Chew, Derick Choo, Ng Tze Chong, Terence Lim

Continuing from the foundation of trust achieved by the earlier CRS teams, these two teams were able to provide much needed medical, social and spiritual support for the relief and rehabilitation of the people of across affected regions of Bantul, Sleman and Klaten.

We would like to thank all our volunteers and numerous generous donations. CRS was able to offer free medical services and follow-up care to a daily average of 70 patients for the whole month of June. The complemented the good work, by our partners, already in progress amongst 11 communities in the affected areas.

Describing the strong bonds forged between CRS and our new friends in Indonesia, Ibu Sigit, a worker of GIDI, wrote in a letter of appreciation: “We express much gratitude for the support, morally and materially. With full patience and friendliness, you have helped us. Do not forget us, for we too will always remember all of you.”

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Pakistan Earthquake Relief Project 2005-2006

 

“Heaven on earth” as Bagh was once called, was the second hardest hit region in Pakistan (after Muzaffarabad) of the 2005 Kashmir Earthquake. Receiving lesser attention from international NGOs, many of the villages living in the hilly countries beyond Bagh town received organized relief aid much later. It was thus a concern for the victims of the earthquake on 8th October may not survive as winter approached during the third week of November.

CRS has teamed up with a local partner to provide relief to Bagh. With its base located in a Pakistani army camp 20km away from Bagh town, it sent mobile medical teams and relief supplies into the villages in the mountains. Report from CRS first medical team led by Dr. Derek Allen showed that as of 22 October, more than 50% of the villagers still required medical help–about half of these were children. They suffered from respiratory illnesses, exposure, infected wounds and fractures. In each village, the team saw 100-150 patients a day. Some of the patients would not have survived if they were not picked up by the medical team, given appropriate treatments and evacuated.

CRS has also raised funds to purchase and deliver blankets/tents and medical supplies into the villages. It has helped them to survive the winter, as access roads may be closed and the villages inaccessible during winter.

2005
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Pakistan Earthquake Relief Project 2005-2006

“Heaven on earth” as Bagh was once called, was the second hardest hit region in Pakistan (after Muzaffarabad) of the 2005 Kashmir Earthquake. Receiving lesser attention from international NGOs, many of the villages living in the hilly countries beyond Bagh town received organized relief aid much later. It was thus a concern for the victims of the earthquake on 8th October may not survive as winter approached during the third week of November.

CRS has teamed up with a local partner to provide relief to Bagh. With its base located in a Pakistani army camp 20km away from Bagh town, it sent mobile medical teams and relief supplies into the villages in the mountains. Report from CRS first medical team led by Dr. Derek Allen showed that as of 22 October, more than 50% of the villagers still required medical help–about half of these were children. They suffered from respiratory illnesses, exposure, infected wounds and fractures. In each village, the team saw 100-150 patients a day. Some of the patients would not have survived if they were not picked up by the medical team, given appropriate treatments and evacuated.

CRS has also raised funds to purchase and deliver blankets/tents and medical supplies into the villages. It has helped them to survive the winter, as access roads may be closed and the villages inaccessible during winter.

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Maldives Tsunami Relief Project

The December 2004 Asian Tsunami that struck coastal areas on both sides of the Indian Ocean was probably one of the largest global disasters the world has ever witnessed. An estimate of 230,000 persons were killed in this disaster, and state of emergency were declared in Maldives, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
In the aftermath of the disaster, CRS provided relief to the tsunami victims in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. For Maldives, CRS purchase and packed about 1000 kitchenware packages in Singapore and shipped them to over 30 Maldivian islands. The package included gas cooking stoves, utensils and cooking ware.

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Sri Lanka Tsunami Relief

The December 2004 Asian Tsunami that struck coastal areas on both sides of the Indian Ocean was probably one of the largest global disasters the world has ever witnessed. An estimated 230,000 persons were killed in this disaster, and state of emergencies were declared in Maldives, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

In the aftermath of the disaster, CRS provided relief to the tsunami victims in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. CRS provided food for over 1,750 families in the district of Batticaloa over a 12 week period. Nine teams went to Sri Lanka on a weekly basis to assist local volunteers with packing and distribution of the food packages. Some of the teams ran medical clinics, visited the affected households and ran children programs too.

In Galle, CRS partnered a local NGO to launch a program called “Our Children”. Five teams were sent there to help facilitate after-school care and children’s programs.

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Iran Earthquake Relief

On 26 December 2003, an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale hit the ancient city of Bam in the southwest of Iran. About 40 000 inhabitants lost their lives and 85%of the buildings were destroyed. In its wake, families were destroyed and many children orphaned.

CRS was privileged to be given the opportunity by the Iranian government to participate in food distribution to BAFIA camp which is home to 2000 surviving inhabitants.

We participated in 4 months of food distribution, sending 7 teams to Bam. Through our interaction with the community and sharing in their grief, our volunteers were touched and inspired to see such resourcefulness and courage in the midst of such devastation.

2004
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Aceh Tsunami Rebuilding Projects

The Aceh Tsunami Rebuilding Projects are a series of different projects to provide for the needs of Aceh residents after Tsunami in December 2004.

The first project involved the replacement of 300 fishing boats for the fishermen from the Pulau Banyak Islands and Singkil after the tsunami so they might continue their livelihood.

The second project included the provision an ice making machine and 2 logistic boats for the fisherman to consolidate their catch for transport elsewhere for sale.

In the third project, our volunteers to set up mobile clinic and provided teachers’ training in Nias.

The last project involved reconstruction of the only secondary school
in the Pulau Banyak Islands badly damaged by the tsunami.

Most of these projects were co-funded by the
Tidal Wave Asia Fund from the Singapore
Red Cross Society.

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Iran Earthquake Relief

On 26 December 2003, an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale hit the ancient city of Bam in the southwest of Iran. About 40 000 inhabitants lost their lives and 85%of the buildings were destroyed. In its wake, families were destroyed and many children orphaned.

CRS was privileged to be given the opportunity by the Iranian government to participate in food distribution to BAFIA camp which is home to 2000 surviving inhabitants.

We participated in 4 months of food distribution, sending 7 teams to Bam. Through our interaction with the community and sharing in their grief, our volunteers were touched and inspired to see such resourcefulness and courage in the midst of such devastation.

2003
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Mongolia Winter Relief

Mongolia is a harsh land situated in the high regions of Central Asia. Severe climatic conditions like summer draughts and dzuds (harsh winters) wreak havoc regularly, making it difficult for normadic herdsmen to maintain their livestock of yaks. These poor animals perish as a result of the harsh conditions, depriving the herdsmen of food, transportation, heat and money. Approximately six hundred thousand herdsmen in seventeen of Mongolia’s 21 provinces were affected, many of them making long futile journeys in search of grazing pasture, leaving them physically and mentally exhausted.

Mrs Lim Bee Yong and Mrs Pauline Tan, both volunteers of CRS, helped to coordinate this project with ACROSS (Anglican Crisis Relief Operations and Strategic Services). They distributed about fifteen tones of rice and flour to approximately 600 families (2000 people) near Ulaanbator from 21-25 February 2003.

2002
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Timor-Leste Civil Disturbance Relief in Dili

In April 2006, riots broke out in Dili, capital of East Timor following rivalry and discrimination within the military and expanded to general violence throughout the country.

40 people were killed during fighting between pro-government troops and disaffected Falintil troops. As the situation esculated into a crisis, several countries intervened by sending military peace-keeping troops.

The situation resulted in 27 refugee camps in Dili, 67,000 internally displaced persons, of which 30,000 were aged 15 and under. There was a great need of medical attention and
nutrition to be delivered.

In collaboration with LOVE SINGAPORE, CRS sent a team of doctors and nurses to conduct medical mobile clinics and milk powder distribution to the refugee camps and internally
displaced people.

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