Humanitarian Assistance to DRR in Afghanistan
Placing educational assistance and disaster risk reduction (DRR) as pillars, JPF's assistance will transition to a new phase of enhancing community resilience.
Afghanistan and Pakistan Humanitarian Assistance Programme, a five-year plan which started in 2010, made great success in school construction / rehabilitation, sanitation and hygiene education, and mine risk education. Optimizing the knowledge gained and the good relationships with local partners over the past five years, Afghanistan Humanitarian Assistance 2016 Programme was newly launched in February 2016. Currently, 5 projects focusing on educational assistance and disaster risk reduction (DRR) have begun by JPF member NGOs in the four provinces of Kabul, Parwan, Bamyan, and Nangarhar.
As Afghanistan is a disaster-prone country, raising awareness of DRR among communities can effectively affect prevention and mitigation of potential damages. To protect women, children, persons with disabilities, and the other most vulnerable people in Afghanistan, and to enhance resilience of their communities, JPF and our five member NGOs will continue to deliver reliable assistance.
NGO's Project : SVA
Implementing assistance in education sector in Kabul and Nangarhar, we began education on disaster risk reduction this year in addition to school construction and library improvement.
Even though Afghanistan is a country facing frequent natural disasters, education on Disaster Risk Reduction (hereinafter referred as DRR) has not been penetrated in schools. Therefore, students might be most vulnerable once an earthquake, a flood, or a landslide happen. SVA has trained teachers on DRR education, so that the teachers could be capable of preparing for school disaster management plans, conducting the promotion of DRR at class and emergency evacuation drills. SVA is also developing 100 sets of a picture-story show concerning DRR education translated into their tribes language namely Dari and Pashto, aiming to raise awareness of DRR among children.
Voice from the Field
I would like my children to study hard and to be a responsible person who can support for family and contribute to the village in the future.
My children go to school which was built by AAR in Nowshera District of northern Pakistan. I, myself, am illiterate, but I want my four school children to become scholars in the future. Since I was a little child, I helped my father with farming, and now, I make a living by farming and livestock raising. We are poor but happy. In our childhood, We did not consider the education an important matter but it is difficult to survive without education nowadays. I support for my children in their studies, and I would like them to study hard to be a responsible person who can support for the family and contribute to the village in the future. - Beneficiary of an AAR project