Participants from seven NGOs working on disaster management in Cambodia found the 4-day training course on disaster risk reduction useful and responsive to their needs.
The training was part of the capacity building project of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, being implemented by ACT Cambodia Forum.
There were 23 people attending the training. They were from Cambodia Institute for Research and Development (CIRD), Banteay Srei, PKO-BB, LWD, SACRED and ICCO. All of them are partners of ACT Cambodia Forum.
LWD Community Empowerment Facilitator Ms. Keang Sreymom, one of the participants, said that the training was very important for NGO staff who worked on disaster sector in the field. “From this training, I learned about hazard, emergency response tool, recovery plan, preparing a pre-, during- and post-disaster strike planning, and how to evacuate flood victims to a safety hill and the following steps,” she said, adding that previously she overcame the disaster strike case by case without plans.
She added that she planned to transfer the knowledge she gained from the workshop to community so that they could at least get some basic understandings on disaster preparedness.
Another participant Sang Kheng, Field Officer for CIRD, also shared a similar feedback on the importance of the training. “When we understood clearly about the impacts of disaster and when we are capable to design a good disaster preparedness plan, we will be able to respond to the disaster strike timely and effectively,” he said, adding that he would also transfer his knowledge to the community where he worked.
Through the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, from 2016 to 2020, altogether 4,000 EU citizens will get the opportunity to do humanitarian work. The initiative will also provide capacity building for 4,400 people from non-EU, disaster-affected countries, and 10,000 online volunteering opportunities.
ACT Cambodia Forum members:
Christian Aid (UK), Christian World Service (), Dan Church Aid (Denmark), Diakonia (Sweden), Finn Church Aid (Finland), Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (Finland), HEKS (Switzerland), ICCO (the Netherlands), Life With Dignity (Cambodia), World Renew (Canada)