In July 2018, heavy rains and debris brought from the hills breached the hydro-electric power dam of 2 rivers, Xe Pian- Xe Namnoy. This resulted in flash floods which swept away 13 villages leaving thousands homeless in Sanamxai district. The first team from CREST led by CK supplied essential commodities to affected communities in Sanamxai, Attapeu province. After some deliberation we felt that income generation or sustainable programs will be more impactful to these communities who had lost everything and were being housed temporarily in shelters erected by the Laos government.
During 19 to 22 January 2019, a second team from CREST had successfully distributed chicken livestock and chicken feed to 169 families in the village of Hinlat. Another livestock distribution trip was planned for 1 to 4 May.
Our local partner, Pastor Onchanh, has conducted follow up with beneficiaries in the village of Hinlat and found that 80% of the chickens distributed have begun to have offspring and are in healthy condition. He also received positive feedback from the beneficiaries that they value this form of aid. It is sustainable and promotes self-reliance. In this coming trip in May, the same form of livelihood assistance will be given in the village of Donbok located further inside the region.
Donbok has a population of 126 families and each family will be given 10 chickens with 15kg of feed to last them for 2 to 4 months. This form of aid will provide the beneficiaries with egg produce or meat in the future and this is self-sustaining.
In November 2017, a flood hit Penang. The local churches seek assistance from CREST and CREST responded in clean-up and distribution operations at Zoo Road Ayer Itam, distribution of wardrobe furniture to residents of Taman Senangin Prai as well as donation of school tables and chairs to SJKC Chung Hwa 3, Prai.
Based on assessments done in Taman Senangin and Kampung Mainroad, CREST has decided to distribute wardrobe furniture in the area as by requested majority of the residents.
CREST has nurtured good relationships with locals in Zoo Road due to previous activities in the area. However, we have also decided to extend our help to a neighboring Malay Kampung off Zoo Road 3, Ayer Itam. Prior assessments had already been conducted and we have identified an area of need amongst the community in the form of electrical appliances. Meanwhile, the Tamil speaking community of Taman Senangin located in Perai of mainland Penang had previously requested for help as they had received minimal help since initial flooding earlier in November.