Building Resilient Communities: Disaster Preparedness, Response and RiskManagement through Youth and Community- Driven volunteer Operations Proposal Submitted for AEIF By Seema Zahid (PELI-2011 Alumni)
IntroductionCommunities can be considered as being‘resilient’ when they respond to crises in waysthat strengthen communal bonds, resourcesand the communitys capacity to cope.Pakistan is vulnerable to disaster risks from arange of natural and human induced hazards,rendering tremendous loss to lives andproperties.
Contd..2The aim is only be achievable with itsoptimum results by involving the significantsupport of the community and youth.The root cause of escalating damages indeveloping countries, like Pakistan, has beenthe lack of disaster preparedness andmanagement.It is necessary to establish institutional andtechnical mechanism for preparedness,mitigation, response and recovery activities.
Contd..3Pakistan currently has one of the largestcohorts of young people in its history, withnearly 54.2 million individuals – above half ofits population.This group, if provided proper opportunities ofeducation and leadership, will play a crucialrole in the socio-economical development ofthe country, moreover, they will serve as thegreatest workforce available to response adisaster in their community.
Contd..4Volunteering can also improve employabilityby developing skills that employers value.Volunteering will be helpful to enhance youthleadership in disaster preparedness projectswhile fostering civic responsibility.
GoalsThis project aims to build a trained, prepared,engaged and disaster resilient society forfuture. There are two primary aspects; thefirst includes the importance of mitigation andavoiding disaster in that manner. The secondis through preparation for and response to adisaster.
Objectives• To sensitize society and specially youth on the significance and benefits of volunteerism and disaster preparedness;• To help the government and private sector teachers, students, NGOs and community organizations in developing skills and work plans for disaster management• To train youth, communities, vulnerable groups, grassroots organizations and institutional authorities in high risk areas with resources and capacities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.• To enhance the capacities and skills of volunteers through research and training.• To develop curriculum on various facets of disaster management;• To undertake study, research and other related activities on disaster management;• To develop linkages and build partnerships with national and international academic institutions;• To develop network of disaster management professionals working in various disciplines in country and abroad;• Publish newsletters, manuals, research articles and audiovisuals to raise disaster risk awareness among general public;• Establish and maintain database about disasters in the country;
Outline• Project members will attend a meeting and a core group will be formed having at least one member from different parts of the country. The core group will plan and mange the activities of project. The core group will also be responsible for developing literature/curriculum for future training workshops.• Area Committees will be formed to plan and execute project activities in their high disaster risk areas.• Each area committee with the supervision of core committee will plan a training workshop in their high risk areas for at least 30 volunteer master trainers (total 5 workshops).• 30 Master trainers of each workshop will form 10 teams of 3 members each to conduct youth volunteers’ workshops in school, colleges and universities (total 50 workshops).• Each student volunteer will make 2 more friends from school or community involved in the process.• The successes and lesson learned will be scaled up and implemented in other cities and town of high disaster risk.
Timeline• Grant awarded May 2012• Project inception meeting of the participants June 2012• Consultation and Preparation of Curriculum June-August 2012• Conducting Master Trainer workshops October- December 2012• Holding Students workshops January2013- March2013• Formal Launching of Website First Week of April 2013• Linking the volunteer groups with DDMA Second Week of April 2013• Wrap up 16-30 April 2013
Anticipated Outcomes• 150 trained Master trainers to work as volunteer in Disaster Preparedness and Risk Management.• 2500 trained youth volunteers with another 2500 volunteers will be available to responds and manage a natural or manmade disaster in their locality/community.• Networking and building connections with other individuals/organization/vulnerable groups working in the same field.• Preparing youth especially to work for relief camps to save the public property and to manage the project properly• Development of a manuals/literature/curriculum for emergency situations• Five workshops in different high risk areas targeting 150 participants• Use of ICT and social media for disaster preparedness and respond.• An updated website and blog for disaster management will be created• Database will be prepared and maintained for disaster management.• Disaster preparedness will be highlighted as socially and economically beneficial process for the communities on high risk. An updated website and blog for disaster management will be created.• Community awareness material will be prepared and distributed in order to develop a prepared, engaged, and resilient society for future.• Project outcomes will be scaled up in a form of social movement as a continued process all over the country.
INNOVATION• The project is focusing on volunteerism which is the new concept for school and college students. The program consists of lecture on volunteerism, personal experience in volunteering, team building activities, field visit to an NGO on volunteering activity and debating skill required for disaster preparedness, response and risk management.• Sustainability, follow up and evaluation of the project• A website will be developed to register all the volunteers trained in this project and will be
Team Members:1. Seema Zahid (PeLI-2011 9. Muhammad Talha Qureshi-Alumni) (YES4 Alumni), Karachi2. Zahid Abbas Jatoi (PeLI- 10. Asna Hassan: (YES32011 Alumni) Karachi Alumni). Karachi3. Azra Bhatti(PeLI-2011 11. Babar Ali: (US StateAlumni) Hyderabad Department Space Program4. Azra Khaskheli(PeLI-2011 Alumni), karachiAlumni) Sindh 12. Asifa Naz(PeLI-20115. Asma shaheen(PeLI-2011 Alumni) LahoreAlumni) Karachi 13. Sana Ejaz (PeLI-20116. Samina Javaid(PeLI-2011 Alumni) KPKAlumni) Islamabad 14. Syed Ashraf ud din (PeLI-7. Naseem Pirzada(PeLI-2011 2011 Alumni), BalochistanAlumni) Shaheed 15. Sultan Alam (PELI-2010Benazirabad Alumni), Gilgit-Baltistan8. Uzma Hafeez(PELI-2005Alumni) Karachi
Experts and Consultants:• Victor H. Esch, Jr. Senior Advisor, Ministry of Defense Disaster Response Directorate at N.A.T.O. TRAINING MISSION , Afghanistan• Randy Roberson Chief Science Officer at AllHumanity Inc. Chair and Executive Director Humanitarian Aid Services Teamat Millennial Foundation, Inc. Consultant at R2 Emergency Technologies• Allyson Zoby Kuriger Senior Emergency Planner with a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. I have over 13 years of experience in the field, starting with managing FEMA’s Project Impact program and being the first State Hazard Mitigation Planner for Virginia. Arshad Khan Khalafzai (Disaster Risk Reduction/ Disaster Management Consultant at UNICEF, Pakistan) Maqsood Khan (Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster Preparedness and Risk Management-University of Peshawar)
Supporting Organizations1. Hisaar Foundation2. PTCL Employees Union (CBA) Having unionVolunteer (25,000) and infrastructure throughout Pakistan3. All Pakistan Government School TeachersAssociation (APGSTA) (Affiliated with EducationInternational).4. CMIS (Sub-committee (CSR) of FPCCI
Budget• Total Requested Amount: 30150$ Total Grant Offered: 25000$ Cost share: 3,600$ with following break ups: 1. Project Office: 6 Months. (6X200) 1,200$ 2. Vehicle rent: 6 Months (6X400) 2,400$ Grant total: 33,750$. The requested amount of fund is negotiable and may be adjusted.• Total Funding Requested:• 30,150