Louise in Myanmar (week 3)
I am now 3 weeks into my 6 month placement here in Myanmar. Life in Yangon so far has been great, and I have met so many people from so many places. There are several other organizations working in the country, most of which were here before Cyclone Nargis hit last May.
With both the development programme and the emergency programme, the Save the Children office covers several floors, making it a lively working atmosphere. Most staff here are native of the country so I’ve been trying to improve my Burmese language skills…although I think it may take a while longer to be able to say more than the odd greeting.
It has been great to see how head office back in London fits into the work out here, supporting activities that are limited due to our location or resources. I am enjoying amount of communication required as a logistician between not only London, but most importantly with the programmes that we are running here. Making sure that all the right questions are asked and that plans for buying items and distribution are well thought out from the onset.
Now nearly a year on since the cyclone, we are scaling down the activities and looking at re-construction and less emergency aid. For logistics this means that the systems that have been built up in the last year are in full swing and acting as a vital component to delivering the goods that are still required. I am heading out to the field this week and really looking forward to getting out to where our work is impacting on the communities and seeing the field programmes in action!