Theingi Soe, Rapid Response Team member
I am Theingi, a Humphrey Program Fellow studying at Tulane University. I joined the Rapid Response Team as a volunteer on October 6, 2012. The reason that I volunteer at the Bucket Brigade is that I want to help the US people because I am sponsored by the Fulbright Scholarship of Department of State. I received mail from the Bucket Brigade on December 5th for deployment to the Norco area to conduct community outreach on Friday, December 7th. Despite having an exam on the coming Monday, I decided to take part in the community outreach.
This is the first time I have responded to a chemical emergency. I was excited to meet the residents and interact with them to learn about their daily lives and the problem they are facing. I met 7 residents on Friday and interviewed them to get the information about the flare incident. Some residents knew about the work of the Bucket Brigade and were willing to share about the incident. I explained to them that by reporting this information, their collective voices can be heard by the government and oil companies. I believe that volunteering at the Bucket Brigade can make a difference. I will help people as much as I can while I am studying in the US. Wish you a Merry Christmas.