Building up the Resilience of Children and their environments against hazards

Project Building up the Resilience of Children and their environments against hazards
Objectives

• To strengthen a partnership with Save the Children China (SC) • To increase the capacity of schools to cope with future disasters and reduce their vulnerability to hazard sources • To build the foundation for advocating child-focused Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the national level

Project Partners Save the Children China
Activities

• Orientation meeting, induction activities, implementation of action plan and risk and resource mapping in order to establish the school DRR committee • Development of Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials • Establishing national level policy advocacy through networking and consultation with leading researchers, policy makers and practitioners working on DRR nationally

Locations Yunnan and Sichuan Province
Period September 2011 to August 2012
Accomplishments

• A total of 6013 children, 325 teachers, 8 government authorities and 7 local NGO staff benefited from the programme • The understanding amongst Save the Children China (SC) staff regarding child-centered DRR was increased and the Emergency Preparedness Plan based on existing experience was updated • SC has been recognised by domestic NGOs as the leading organisation to address children’s issues in emergencies • Domestic NGO staff and SC staff gained knowledge and skills to address child protection issues in emergencies • Facilitated risk and resource mapping and DRR planning of the schools and supported child-led DRR actions in school • DRR Committees were established in both schools

Background

There are enormous numbers of children affected by natural disasters in China: in recent history more people have died from natural disasters in China than in any other country. Sichuan province is geographically disaster-prone given the topography of the land, and the 2008 Sichuan earthquake created more hazards in the province. Increasingly, disasters continue to exert negative impacts on children and damage their lives. Because of its location and geography, Yunnan is also one of the most seismically active provinces in China. It is equally prone to various forms of natural and environmental risks which affect the province: including climatological disasters (heavy winds, hailstones, snow-related disasters, floods and droughts); and geological disasters (earthquakes, mud and rock slides).

MERCY Malaysia efforts

MERCY Malaysia continues its partnership with Save the Children China (SC), to build up the resilience of children and their living environment against these hazards. The child-led DRR project is a child-focused and community-based process, which helps the community to fill the gap of DRR policies and practices in China, until they are led by others. Through the project, MERCY Malaysia worked together with SC in increasing the capacity of all stakeholders, including SC staff, volunteers, children and their care providers, local communities, schools and authorities. The schools involved are able to identify risks and the capacity needed through the risk and resource mapping exercises to help implement the child-led DRR actions. Committees consisting of adults and children were established for this project, which provides local experts for others to learn from in the future.