|Project||CHILD-LED DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, SICHUAN|
The project aims to reduce the disaster risks facing children, their families and to help their communities prepare for and reduce the impact of disasters.
|Project Partners||Save the Children UK|
The project involves training children who then trained their peers at school to conduct Risk & Resource mapping of schools and to conduct other awareness raising activities for children. The volunteers are in the process of conducting disaster preparedness sessions with the rest of the community members in their villages. They have shared information on earthquake and landslide safety.
56 peer educators have been trained, and a Risk and Resource map has been developed for the Tashui High school. 25 community volunteers have been trained to conduct similar activities with community members. Together with the child peer educators and the community volunteers produced a Risk and Resource map for Gaoguan village. An action plan to reduce risk has been developed, where the main problems identified are the poor condition of main roads resulting in the risk of road traffic accidents, and a shortage of water during the summer affecting crops and therefore livelihoods and food security
The Sichuan (Wenchuan) earthquake of May 2008 was the worst natural disaster to strike China in over 30 years. It claimed the lives of over 86,000 people, and destroyed the homes of more than 11 million people. Some 45 million people were affected. Eighty percent of the buildings in many towns collapsed.
With Save the Children UK as an implementing partner, MERCY Malaysia is conducting a Child-Led Disaster Risk Reduction project in Sichuan. Save the Children identified the need to implement DRR in Sichuan given the lack disaster preparedness at the community level, but recognize their limited experience in designing and implementing DRR projects.
MERCY Malaysia is funding the project as well as sharing experience and providing technical input and support. Through child participation, the project aims to reduce the disaster risks facing children, their families and to help their communities prepare for and reduce the impact of disasters.