Community-Led Disaster Risk Reduction

Project Community-Led Disaster Risk Reduction
Objectives

• Increase Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programming knowledge and capacity of Save the Children (SC) staff • Increase community’s capacity to cope with future disasters and reduce their vulnerability to hazard sources • Establish community and child-led DRR activities in selected communities and schools

Project Partners Save the Children UK: China Programme (SC UK)
Activities

• Building DRR capacity of SC staff through training and sharing sessions • Volunteers from communities as well as schools and child-peer educators were selected / identified and trained to implement risk reduction projects and activities in selected schools, communities and SC Child Activity Centre

Locations Sichuan Province
Period May 2009 – April 2011
Accomplishments

• Save the Children in China now makes DRR a priority in their programming and activities • Child-peer educators, teachers and volunteers indicate a 100% increase in knowledge, understanding and interest in DRR • 5,777 children and 14,380 community members from 26 schools and 7 communities from selected areas within Sichuan benefitted from the programme • Key hazards in selected communities and schools were identified and addressed accordingly by the community and children

Background
The disastrous Sichuan earthquake in 2008 affected
millions of individuals and caused massive damage to
infrastructures. After the earthquake, funds were raised
to help the victims recover. These funds were channeled
into efforts that are aimed at increasing resilience and
preparedness of the affected communities so that they
may be better prepared in case of future hazards.

MERCY Malaysia efforts
MERCY Malaysia established a partnership with SC UK
China Programme in 2009 with the purpose of increasing
capacity of stakeholders, including SC staff and
volunteers, children and their care givers, communities,
schools and authorities. The programme also aims to
promote community resilience towards hazards and
vulnerabilities.

The children were trained in DRR as peer educators
together with community volunteers. They were educated
in action planning and implementation. Among the DRR
efforts taken at the community level include developing
promotional materials such as booklets and posters,
as well as physical improvement in the form of railings,
water catchment and other facilities that improves
disaster preparedness.