Since 2004, Metta has been increasingly involved with humanitarian response activities, responding to natural disasters throughout the country, most notably in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in 2008. Metta has covered the entire humanitarian cycle – rehabilitation, reconstruction, and development. Specific sectors Metta has covered include food security, education, health, disaster preparedness and mitigation, lifeline systems, and transportation. Throughout, Metta has focused on relief and recovery, as well as capacity building of its staff and community members. Metta has been able to respond to meet the needs of communities by responding and working in partnership with local partners.
Metta’s humanitarian mandate is to respond effectively and efficiently in a timely manner to humanitarian emergencies through promoting and enhancing local capacity, community resilience and adhering to international humanitarian principles and standards. Metta is prepared and willing to respond to any type of humanitarian emergency in any part of Myanmar as far as it is capable. However, Metta prioritizes humanitarian emergency response in areas where Metta can offer added value.
Some Metta programmes:
Metta is committed to using cash grants as a specific tool to reinforce sectoral interventions in fields such as livelihoods, education and health.
Under the DPP:
Under DPP, Metta is implementing activities around durable solutions and resilience, land rights, and victim’s assistance; this support can be financial, medical, logistic or covering the costs for transport or other emergency needs that arise.