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Urban Disaster And Risk Reduction:-
INCREASE PREPAREDNESS AND RESILIENCE IN URBAN COMMUNITIES
 
The Urban-DRR intervention designed around HELP-DRR model aims to strengthen communities so that they learn to perform as a collective unit and use their collective bargain skill to raise their voice for their rights and entitlements that contribute to system strengthening at service delivery level.
 
From September’18 this project started being implemented at Ward-59 & 65 on pilot basis and on the verge of completing 1st phase in June’19. Different groups such as 5 children group, 5 mothers group, 10 Child Resilience Protection Committee (CRPC), 5 Task Force Group and 1 Citizen Forum have been formed in this 1st phase in each intervention ward. CRPCs are community level representation of Ward Level Child Protection Committee (WLCPC) and works in tandem with them. Citizen Forum consists of representation from across the ward, these representation are strong enough to confront with ward level governance on any issue. Different capacity building activities have been conducted with them from time to time so they--
 
  • Can identify local risks and vulnerabilities through Participatory Vulnerability Capacity Assessment (PVCA).
  • Have information about different stakeholders who they should go to if service delivery is curtailed/snapped.
  • Know how behavior change around 9 helplines i.e. health, nutrition, WASH, education, livelihood, social protection and child protection will make them resilient as a community.
  • Trained in different life saving drill which can save them in disaster.
  • Children and Youth are the cornerstone of this project hence the core children groups participation are gender sensitive, inclusive and intergenerational in nature. Potential children leaders participated in Child Champion training that aims to fine-tune their leadership qualities and empower to take lead in different advocacy programme. Core groups are encouraged to reach out to other children through formation of friends groups and conduct peer to peer sensitization meeting regularly.
  • Doused fire caught with help from use of sand something they have learnt to keep as a part of emergency kit and preparedness to combat disaster.
  • Poster campaign in respective community to minimize the use of plastic (Tiljala Rd)
  • Mobilized community people to access to Adolescent Friendly Health Care services.

During Participatory Vulnerability Capacity Assessment (PVCA) it has been found that the community people either do not know well about the available govt. schemes and services and the necessary functional citizenship documents and other arrangements to be completed for accessing them or the service providers do not know who to be catered and get influenced by political pressure. As a consequence the most marginalized cannot make it to the beneficiary list. Deprived of their rights and entitlements the vulnerabilities of these people become more complex in nature and risk the live with increases. To minimize the gap between service provider and beneficiaries interface has been organized between service providers and community people. Some mention-worthy interfaces are mentioned below:
 
  • Interface between Adolescent Friendly Health Clinic representatives, ICDS representatives and Children, Youth, Mothers.
  • Interface between health officials and children & Youth leaders.