Indonesia is near the top of countries at risk for natural disasters. It’s important for families to be prepared at all times. To improve emergency preparedness, ChildFund held a Disaster Risk Reduction Youth Facilitator Workshop in Jakarta earlier this week. Our Indonesia office reports that more than 80 youth from across the country attended the workshop, which was also attended by the director of Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency.
As a result, one of the youth, Angelus, has been selected to join the Indonesian government delegation at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction conference, being held later this month in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Learning about disaster risk reduction (DRR) is really something new to me,” Angelus says. “I found it very interesting and a positive activity. We learn best practices from others that we also could apply in our programs back home. I obtained this knowledge from ChildFund at no cost. I want to pay it off by sharing it with others,” he said.
We can’t wait to hear about his learning experiences in Geneva!
Attending InterAction’s Forum in Washington, D.C., this week. António Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is speaking at the opening session. He notes that the international community’s capacity to prevent conflicts really doesn’t exist. As a result, we will “face more and more humanitarian consequences.”
Immunization Saves Lives Great news friends…global Leaders Support New Six-Year Plan to Deliver a Polio-Free World by 2018
■ Pledges announced will enable over a billion children to be vaccinated ■ Global eradication program will move simultaneously on multiple fronts expanding focus to improve childhood immunization and protect gains made to date ■ New commitments by governments and philanthropists boost effort to meet plan’s budget goal
I’ve worn many hats over the years – Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, mother raising children overseas, aid worker and now CEO of an international child development organization. Life has taken me all over the world and I look forward to sharing some of those experiences with you. More info: ChildFund.org