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A. MoU Signing between ActionAid Bangladesh and BGMEA:
Under DIPECHO V, ActionAid Bangladesh singed a MoU with Bangladesh Manufactures and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to create awareness on earthquake among garments factory workers. BGMEA vice president Md. Siddiquer Rahman and Shakeb Nabi, project manager of DIPECHO V, ActionAid Bangladesh singed the MoU on behalf of respective sides. Under this MoU training and workshop would be arranged on earthquake preparedness for compliance officers, welfare officers and labour officers of all garments factories. Afterward mock exercises will be held on earthquake preparedness in those garment factories.
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B. Mock Drill on Earthquake Preparedness::
Under DIPECHO V project of ActionAid Bangladesh a mock drill was organized in cooperation with YPSA and Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence to build up search and rescue capacities of the volunteers during earthquake.
The programme was presided over by Major MS Matiur Rhaman, Director of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence while Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury of Chittagong City Corporation attended the drill as a chief guest. Besides Ehsan Ehali, Additional District Commissioner and Farah Kabir, country director of ActionAid Bangladesh were present as special guests. It is expected that this mock drill will further boost up the skill of the volunteers, initially who will move ahead to rescue people in case of any disaster.
C. Project Inception meeting:
A project inception meeting was organized by CODEC and YPSA in collaboration with ActionAid Bangladesh with a view to give a brief idea to the stakeholders, and GoB about the activities that will be materialized during the project “Enhancing Disaster Preparedness among Communities and Institutions in Bangladesh-DIPECHO V”. The meeting projected a range of future plans of AAB for disaster preparedness of key sectors and how relevant institutions and policy makers could play a role in it. Plenary speakers during the meeting were A B M Nurul Haque, Assistant Director, Fire & Civil Defense, Chittagong, Anisur Rahman Miah, Additional, Deputy Commissioner, LA, Dr. Md Zalal, Assistant Director, USTC, Chittagong, Mr. Palash Chowdhury, Director Finance, YPSA, Dr. MD. Nurul Haque, Director, CMHMC, Kamol Sengupta, Deputy Director, CODEC.
D. Project Sharing meeting with Stakeholders:
ActionAid Bangladesh organized a Project Sharing Meeting to share lessons learned from the past few months of the project at Spectra Convention Centre on 27th of December 2009. AHM Abdullah, Director of Disaster Management Bureau graced the program as chief guest, while Abdul Awal, program officer, European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Dr. Wahidul Haq, Evaluator, CDC,DGHS attended as special guests of the program. This interactive program where direct beneficiaries of the projects were active participants, served to stimulate discussion and ideas among experts, activists, academics, government officials and donor representatives in disaster risk reduction. The meeting was presided over by Farah Kabir, country director of ActionAid Bangladesh. The representatives of other donor agencies like Concern Universal, IFRC, Handicap International, relevant government officials of Department of Fire Service and civil defense were presented in the program. Besides, representatives from BGMEA, Bangladesh Scouts, and medical institutions like NITOR and USTC attended the meeting.
E. Training Programme on Emergency Investigation and Recovery and First Aid:
An Emergency Investigation and Recovery and First Aid Trainingï¿½ was organized by ActionAid Bangladesh in collaboration with Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence, CODEC and YPSA. This successful training is expected to increase the capacity of the community volunteers to the growing challenges of disaster preparedness.
F. Workshop for Volunteers in Slum Area:
ActionAid Bangladesh in collaboration with Bangladesh Fire Service Civil Defence organized a training workshop for slum volunteers in Mirpur Jhoot Potti area. The purpose of the workshop is to train the slum volunteers to improve resistance against fire and extinguish it during any fire accident. Initially this training will be inducted in the ten most vulnerable slums of Dhaka City Corporation. It is expected that this training will increase awareness among slum people and make smooth progress of coordination with fire service to relinquish fire during any fire accident.
G. On the 7th of July, 2010 ActionAid Bangladesh organized a Mock Drill on Mass Casualty Management at Dhaka Medical College Hospital with the help of PSTC, Fire Services & Civil Defence Department, Directorate General of Health Services, WASA, PDB, Telephone department and Bangladesh Scouts. This mock drill was being carried out under the DIPECHO program which is supported by European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid ECHO.
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A. District level advocacy workshop on importance of linking DRR with development:
Oxfam GB with support of its local partner NGOs Amra Kaj Kory (AKK) in district Faridpur, Rural People Development Songastha (RPDS) in district Rajbari and Shariatpur Development Society (SDS) in district Shariatpur under V DIPECHO action plan organised three district level advocacy workshops on Linking DRR with development through increased awareness on 22nd, 29th and 30th March 2010 The workshop was organized with the objective of facilitating interface between project beneficiaries and district administration / line departments and help community to seek correct information and claiming their rights through various government schemes that has potential to reduce disaster risks.
Key senior government officials from various line departments, elected representatives (UP / UDMC), media representatives (both print and electronic), other local NGOs and selected project beneficiaries participated in these workshops, which was inaugurated and chaired by District Commissioner (DCs). A booklet (My information, My right; DRR though development) in Bangla language consisting of key provisions under various ongoing government development schemes that has potential to reduce disaster risks was also released by DC during the workshop and distributed widely. Towards the end of the workshops, commitment from the different government departments on the top ranked risk reduction plan through leveraging resources from ongoing development schemes. It is noteworthy that as a result of local level advocacy under DIPECHO project, 55,000 EURO (nearly half million BDT) have already been leveraged from ongoing government development schemes in three project districts in form of flood resilient roads, agriculture inputs, school raising, etc.
B. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Fair and Pre-monsoon mock drills as part of flood preparedness:
Oxfam GB with support of its local partner NGOs Amra Kaj Kory (AKK) in district Faridpur, Rural People Development Songastha (RPDS) in district Rajbari and Shariatpur Development Society (SDS) in district Shariatpur under V DIPECHO action plan organised three mock drills and three DRR fair in the month of May - June 2010, just before monsoon (potential flood season). The prime objective of these events was to (i) build the confidence level of CBOs in order to deal with any potential flood situation, (ii)test the capacity and preparedness of CBOs in project villages to deal with potential flood season (ii) identify gaps and take necessary actions for bridging these gaps and enhance the level of flood preparedness. All the CBOs and school students participated in these DRR fair and mock drills with full of motivation while elected representatives, local government officials and local community witnessed these events with lot of interest.
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C. Facilitation of Contingency Planning on Disaster Management at Uniopn Parishad and Upzilla level:
Oxfam GB with support of its local partner NGOs Amra Kaj Kory (AKK) in district Faridpur, Rural People Development Songastha (RPDS) in district Rajbari and Shariatpur Development Society (SDS) in district Shariatpur under V DIPECHO action plan provided technical and facilitation support to union Parishads of Char Nasirpur, Debogram and Kunderchar unions in Faripdur, Rajbari and Shariatpur districts respectively for preparing Contingency Plan (CP) on disaster management. In addition, project team also facilitated preparation of CP at Upzilla level in Sadarpur, Goalondo and Zazira upzilla in Faripdur, Rajbari and Shariatpur districts respectively. The process of preparing CP was to provide an orientation of UP / UDMC members and UZ adminsitartion / elected representatives around guidelines circulated by Disaster Management Bureau (DMB), Government of Bangladesh, hand holding support for preparing CPs and facilitaion while validation of final CPs through union and Upzilla level workshops. All the processes took place during the month of May July 2010 just before monsoon / potential flood season, It is noteworthy that there was no CP existing in above mentioned unions and Upzillas before this intiatives.
D. Observation of International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) and National Disaster Preparedness Day (NDPD):
Oxfam GB with support of its local partner NGOs Amra Kaj Kory (AKK) in district Faridpur, Rural People Development Songastha (RPDS) in district Rajbari and Shariatpur Development Society (SDS) in district Shariatpur under V DIPECHO action plan observed IDNDR on 15th October 2009 and NDPD on 31st March 2010. The theme for IDNDR was Hospital Safe from Disasters while theme for NDPD was Easy access to information; ensure safety during disasters. The prime objective of these observation was to sensitize multiple stakeholders on the issue of increased awareness around DRR and its close linkages with development. Various events in close collaboration with local government were organised such as seminar, rallies, meetings, school competitions etc.
E. District level project launching workshops:
Oxfam GB with support of its local partner NGOs Amra Kaj Kory (AKK) in district Faridpur, Rural People Development Songastha (RPDS) in district Rajbari and Shariatpur Development Society (SDS) in district Shariatpur under V DIPECHO action plan organised three district level project launching workshops in the beginning of the project. The main objective of these workshops was to make key stakeholders aware such as local government, elected representatives, media, local community about the project priorities, strategies and key interventions. In addition, through these workshops, an appeal for their regular cooperation of these key stakeholders was also sought. These workshops were attended by the local MPs (Member of parliament), Deputy Commissioners, Upzilla Chairmen, UNOs, local media personnel, UP and UDMC members, local NGOs, CBOs etc. Workshops were ended with securing strong commitments from the above mentioned stakeholders to extend their full cooperation towards effective project implementation.
F. Campaign with school children on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change (CC):
Oxfam GB with support of its local partner NGOs Amra Kaj Kory (AKK) in district Faridpur, Rural People Development Songastha (RPDS) in district Rajbari and Shariatpur Development Society (SDS) in district Shariatpur under V DIPECHO action plan organised campaign on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change (CC) involing school children from nine schools. The main objectives of these campaign were (i) aware school children about the climate change and its impacts on the chars (river island), (ii) aware school children about the natural calamities on the chars, (iii) Aware school children about the risk reduction and preparedness measures for the natural disasters to increase the resilience capacity of their families and surrounding community. Several flood preparedness related events were organised including oven making competitions, poem competitions, rellies, drawaing competitions etc.
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G. District level sensitisation workshops with media personnel and facilitate them to write feature / photo stories on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change (CC):
Oxfam GB with support of its local partner NGOs Amra Kaj Kory (AKK) in district Faridpur, Rural People Development Songastha (RPDS) in district Rajbari and Shariatpur Development Society (SDS) in district Shariatpur under V DIPECHO action plan organised district level workshops for sensitizing media personnel on DRR and climate change were organized in all three project districts on 9th, 10th and 11th March 2010 in collaboration with local press club and national level media house ï¿½Poriprekkhitï¿½. In three workshops, more than 50 media personnel from print and electronic media participated. These sensitization workshops were followed by facilitating field visits of selected media personnel to project geography to show them the need of mass mobilization and awareness for achieving successful CBDRR and good practices within the project. In this regard, first visit was organized in district Rajbari on 29th March 2010 in which eight media personnel from most popular print and electronic media (national and local) participated. As a result of these media interface, project efforts were widely covered by most popular print and electronic media (national and local) in form of news and feature story. It will help in the mass mobilisation and awareness on DRR and climate change. The other spin off effect has been improved relationship between partner NGOs and media.
H. Capacity building training for Community Based Organisations and elected representatives on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR):
Oxfam GB with support of its local partner NGOs Amra Kaj Kory (AKK) in district Faridpur, Rural People Development Songastha (RPDS) in district Rajbari and Shariatpur Development Society (SDS) in district Shariatpur under V DIPECHO action plan conducted several capacity building training for CBOs and elected representatives on regular interval since July 2009. The main objectives of these training were to make participannts aware about their vulnerability, risks and capacities and encourage them to initiate safe DRR practices in their respective villages, thus enabling them to perform their expected roled and responsbilities. In addition, it was also intended that these selected participants will utilise their enhanced capacities for making their fellow villagers aware and encourage to initiate safe DRR practrices. The main themes of the training are Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR), flood early warning and mitigation, Search & Rescue and first aid, safe WATSAN practices during and post flooding, women leadership etc. Besides, capacity building support, relevant equipments were also provided to these trained people to enable them to perform their responsbilities during and post disasters effectively.