ADRA helps communities in the Solomons prepare for disasters

Foau Disaster Committee show their plans after completing the training.

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The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is doing vital work helping to prepare communities in the Solomon Islands for disasters.

ADRA recently led disaster preparedness training in Malaita Province, in partnership with the Church Agencies Network–Disaster Operations (CAN DO). The workshops aimed to train local Community Disaster Risks Committees on ways to effectively lead disaster response in their communities through risk reduction activities and managing their evacuation centres.  The theme of the training was building resilience for people with disabilities.

The first training was held in Foau on June 3-7, and was organised for both Surabuta and Foau committees, East Malaita. The second training was held on June 10-14 at Talakali village in Langalanga Lagoon for the Talakali committee. Surabuta and Foau each had 14 participants attend the training while the Talakali village workshop had 16 attendees.

During the training at Talakali village.

The training was facilitated by the coordinator of ADRA’s Disaster and Risk Reduction Project, Duran Taupongi, with the support of CAN DO volunteers. Mr Taupongi said the workshop was vital for participants to receive information about disasters. “This training is very important because its covers different aspects which are often experienced in a disaster situation,” he said.

The committees received training in child protection, gender, safe guiding, evacuation centre management, psychosocial first aid, rapid need assessment and relief distribution.

“By sharing and learning on these components, it can help a community to be resilient and have basic knowledge on what to do before, during and after a disaster situation,” Mr Taupongi added.

The training is part of an ongoing project supported by the French Government through Anglican Overseas Aid and facilitated by ADRA Solomon Islands through its involvement in CAN DO.

CAN DO is a consortium of faith-based agencies and is a subgroup of the Church Agency Network (CAN), of which ADRA is a member. CAN DO was formed in 2015 to better coordinate and strengthen global humanitarian, disaster risk reduction and management, and resilience building work.

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