CSI supports communities to survive in the face of acute humanitarian needs, and build long-term resilience in the face of protracted and recurrent emergencies.
We deliver life-saving food and hygiene items to conflict-affected communities in Northern Rakhine State. Understanding the grave risk posed by malnutrition to mothers and children alike, CSI includes supplementary nutritional support in its food distributions, which targets specifically pregnant and lactating women. This is complemented by dedicated nutrition programming.
Many communities we support only have limited or no access to land. Hence, we started a home-gardening program to increase food security and improve livelihoods. As part of this, we also provide business trainings and inputs to select beneficiaries. Interventions focused on protection, child protection, and gender-based violence increase awareness on these issues.
Given the prevalence of unexploded remnants of war in and around the locations where targeted communities reside, CSI also delivers explosive ordnance risk education. In the case of accidents, we provide additional support to survivors and their families. As a young, local organization with a low level of hierarchy, we also flexibly adapt to and address sudden challenges, e.g. the COVID-19 pandemic, through extra programming.