Enhancing Community Resilience Project (ECRP)

 

Location: Dacope, Khulna, Bangladesh

Donor: ADRA Sweden, Sweden & ADRA Asia, Thailand

Direct Beneficiaries: 9,000 Household

Total Beneficiaries: 39,000 Individuals

Project Duration: 01/08/2017 - 31/07/2018

Project Budget: 7,574,502.00

NGO Bureau Approval Date: 26/10/2017

NGO Bureau  Approval Reference No. : 03.09.0000.657.68.612.2017-331

 

 

Project Goal:

 

To increase the resilience and capacity of community people against natural disaster in the coastal area (Sundarban) of Bangladesh.

 

 

Key Activities:

 

  • Develop DRR curriculum and training resources: Project developed DRR curriculum based on the government rules and local context.

  • Train DRR Field Project Officers (FPOs).

  • Consult and liaise with Union and Ward leaders and Ward members about the DRR program. The key success of this project relies on community engagement.

  • Consult with Ward leaders for composition and establishment of Ward Disaster Management Committee (DMC).

  • Ward DMCs conduct a VCA and record their findings.

  • Ward DMCs develop a DRR Action Plan.

  • Develop a SimEx training curriculum and materials.

  • Consult with Headmasters and identify members of the SMC.

  • Train DMCs and SMCs on gender issues.

  • Assess and analyze current EW systems, including traditional and local EW systems.

  • Plan, develop, advertise and implement meals (sensitization programs) and training for embankment work.

 

 

Project Description:

 

ADRA Bangladesh proposed this intervention with the strong motive to build the resilience of the local community against natural disaster. Intervention includes 05 Ward Disaster Management Community in every working community. The union council Ward Member (representative of the government for the community) is the chair and every level of the community group will represent the committee. To sustain this group a strong relationship with the government has to be building. The project will train the WDMC members on DRR and search and rescue to help them in times of need. Under this project, the School Management Committee will be used to develop DRR capacity in the school. For this reason, in 10 schools SMC needs to be organized. SMC Chair is also the member of the WDMC. Both the committee need to develop their own Disaster Response and preparedness plan. They also need to conduct a survey for the vulnerability of the community to be used in the action plan. Every school will develop the School Emergency Plan. There will be a number of simulation exercise for both committees. Through this, the simulation action plan and emergency plan will be tested and reviewed. For all committee, gender is an important issue and committee must be gender balanced. 

 

The second part of this project includes community-based and contextual early warning system in the working area. In every school and in every WDMC there will be EW system, which is recognized by the community. For this SMC and WDMC has to be trained in EW.  Both SMC and WDMC need to be linked to the sub-district information flow system. Information regarding EW should flow from the government to the WDMC and SMC. All committees need to be equipped to disseminate EW information in the committee. 

 

The third part of this project includes repair and management of the embankment. As the embankment protect the community from the river and tidal surge. During flood and cyclone, people take shelter on the embankment therefore to protect this embankment is crucial. Community capacity has to be building through different training and awareness. Schools children should be mobilized to protect the embankment and plant mangrove by the side of the embankment. Planting saline resistance trees by the side of the river is an important activity of this project. Community will be mobilized in annual simulation and community meals (Fun Gathering) to aware them on embankment management. A community awareness to repair the embankment of their own when there is a small repair is necessary.

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