Street Drama to sensitize Earthquake Safety Issue

Local Disaster and Climate Resilient Committee supported by the PRAGATI project organized a street drama on Earthquake safety at Chalakhu Tole of Shankharapur Municipality.

More than 200 community members watched the street drama that conveyed the message of the earthquake safety tips (before, during and after) the earthquake.

Safe building construction technique was also one of the components of the drama. Many people shared that the drama was useful for them as it explored the issues that they have been ignoring.27024252_561924427486706_6609355603497608647_o

२० औ भूकम्प सुरक्षा दिवसको अवसरमा साँखुमा सडक नाटक प्रदर्शन

गत हप्ता बिहिबार माघ ११ गते, साँखुबासी आफ्नो नियमित क्रियाकलापमा ब्यस्त हुदै गर्दा सांझ करिब ४ बजे चार जना महिला पुरुष भूकम्प आयो भुइचालो आयो कराउदै साँखुको चलाखुमा जम्मा भए | वरिपरी बसेका मानिसले सबैले साचिकै भुइचालो आए कि भनेर तर्सिए | कति आतिए कति आफु खुला स्थानमा भएकोले खासै वास्ता गरेनन | रोइ कराई गर्दै गरेका ती चार भने निरन्तर भुइचालो आयो भन्दै यता उति कुदी रहे | वरिपरी मानिस जम्मा हुन थालेपछि सडक नाटकका ती कलाकारले बल्ल आफुले भन्न खोजेको कुरा सबै सामु बेलिबिस्तार लगाउन थाले |

२०१५को भूकम्पको कहालीलाग्दो क्षन् सम्झिदै सुरु भएको नाटकले भूकम्प जीवनमा ल्याएको विभिन्न प्रभाव लाइ दर्साएको थियो | आफ्नो परिवारको सदस्यको मृत्युको बेदना र रगत पसिनाले आर्जेको घर भत्किदाको पिडा हेर्दै गर्दा उपस्थित करिब २००को मन भरि भएको प्रस्टै देखिन्थ्यो | नाटक बिस्तारै अघि बढ्दै जादा भूकम्पको बेला हतारिदा सामान्यता कसरि आफ्नै क्षति हुनसक्छ,आफ्नो घर जमिनको सिमांकनको समस्या देखि घर बनाउन हतार गर्दा हुन सक्ने लापरवाही समेत देखाइएको थियो | तर समस्या संगसगै समाधानको उपाय जस्तै भूकम्प आउदा आतिएर भाग्न नहुने, खुला स्थानमा जम्मा हुने र आफु संगै झटपट झोलाको व्यवस्था गर्नु पर्ने बताए | साथ साथै समुदाय स्तरमै खोज तथा उद्धार समूह, प्राथमिक उपचार समुह संगै आवस्यक सामग्रीको व्यवस्था गर्न झकझाकै रहे |

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यसका अलावा भूकम्पीय जोखिम न्यूनीकरण गर्न सुरक्षित घर बनाउन बिशेस जोड दिदै, घर बनाउदा नगरपालिकाको मापदण्ड मान्नु  पर्ने र गुणस्तरीय सामानको प्रयोग गर्नु पर्ने बताए | नाटकका एक पात्र अब बन्ने नया संरचना विपद प्रतिरोधी हुने पर्ने जोड दिदै, अब को लगानी सुरक्षित् भवन र आफ्ना सन्ततिको सुरक्षा को समेत गरि बनाउनु पर्ने भन्दै गर्दा दर्शक दिर्घमा बस्नु भएका को अनुहार मा एक किसिम को चिन्ता र उत्साह छाएको देखिन्थ्यो | अन्त्यमा हामीले २०७२ को भूकम्प बाट पाठ सिक्दै आफु बाच्न र अरुलाई बचाउन सबैले हातेमालो गर्दै  विपद जोखिम न्यूनीकरणका बिधि अपनाउन अपिल गरि समापन गरियो |

नाटक पछि दर्शकले नाटक ले दिन खोजेको सन्देस सकारात्मक र उपयोगी रहेको र आफुलाई सुरक्षित् पार्नु पर्ने बताए | तथापी सम्पदा बस्ति समेत रहेको साँखु का टोलबासीले भने जग्गाको समस्या र भवन माप दण्ड ले गर्दा भूकम्प पछि आफ्नो घर बनाउन नसकेको बताए | तर समुदायमा प्रह्तामिक उपचार र खोज तथा उद्धार को टोलि बनाउनु पर्ने र आवस्यक सामग्रीको व्यवस्था हुनु पर्नेमा भने सबैको एकमत देखियो | उक्त नाटक शंखरापुर नगरपालिका स्थानीय विपद तथा जलवायु उत्थानशील समितिले युरोपियन युनियन मानविय सहायता विभागको आर्थिक सहयोग र डिसिए नेपाल, आड्रा नेपाल र भिएसओ नेपालले राष्ट्रिय प्रकोप जोखिम न्यूनीकरण केन्द्र मार्फत संचालन भैरहेको प्रगति परियोजनाको समन्वयमा समुदायलाई भूकम्पीय सुरक्षा सम्बन्धि जनचेतना  अभिवृद्धि गर्न आयोजना गरिएको थियो |

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Strengthening preparedness for future disasters

Ishwar Rauniyar

The 2015 earthquake woke up Nepalis to imbibe many lessons, including for those government and non-governmental organizations that had long been talking about earthquake preparedness. The event rendered clear the country’s readiness and capacity to cope with a mega-disaster.

Training to LDMC Members

Photo By Shakti Gurung/FSCN

“We saw people dying in front of our eyes, and we still couldn’t save them because we lacked proper equipment and knowledge,” says Radha Krishna Shrestha, Chairman of Ward 6 in the Shankharapur Municipality, Kathmandu district. “We had been talking about disaster preparedness for so many years prior to that. But when the earthquake actually struck, neither the government agencies nor community members were sufficiently equipped to respond.”

Chairman Shrestha is hopeful, however, that things are changing for the better. “That disaster taught us a great deal about the need to be prepared, not just for earthquakes, but for all kinds of possible disasters including fires, floods, landslides, even traffic accidents and electrocution.”

Those lessons have borne some fruit: A number of initiatives are now in place to better prepare for similar disasters in the future.

MDMC Formation

MDMC Formation Programme

One significant example of this is the recent endorsement of the Disaster Management Act by the government of Nepal, representing a much-awaited leap forward in terms of strengthening disaster resilience in the country. Guided by the Act, local authorities are also stepping into gear.

A clear result of this new commitment has been the formation of ward and municipal-level Disaster Management Committees (W/MDMC). Amardip Sunuwar, an official at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, says that these committees are designed to bring together people from different walks of life to discuss disaster management and come up with concrete measures to improve upon their existing capacities to prepare for and respond to disasters, with a view to minimize loss of life and property.

Training to LDMC members

Photo By – Shakti Gurung/FSCN

“The committees will engage in mapping disaster risks and hazards in a given area and create detailed profiles of the same,” Sunuwar says. “This will enable preparedness and response mechanisms to be tailored according to an area’s particular vulnerabilities.”

After the 2015 earthquake, the need for better disaster mapping in order to manage and mitigate risks while putting in place an effective response measure has been made abundantly clear.

It was precisely in this vein that the Promoting Resilient and Sustainable Urban Growth by Augmenting DRR Capacity of Local Authorities Through Active Private Sector Involvement or PRAGATI project, with funding from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), has been coordinating with local government authorities to set up MDMCs in two municipalities of Kathmandu Valley—Changunarayan and Shankharapur. The project is being executed by a consortium of three organizations—Dan Church Aid (DCA), Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO)—with local implementing partners in the form of Friends Service Council Nepal (FSCN) in Changunarayan and the National Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (NDRC) Nepal in Shankharapur.

 

Telling Stories through Paintings

Ishwar Rauniyar

On a sunny morning in the outskirt of Kathmandu, hundreds of young children took out a rally to remember the ugliness of disaster and sensitize messages of disaster risk reduction and prepare for future disaster with a theme of ‘Our Home, Safe Home’.

The rally was organized also to celebrate the International Disaster Reduction Day. At least 240 students, teachers, political leaders, bureaucrats among other participated in the rally that basically sensitized the issues of disaster among the communities those are slowly recovering from the pain of the 2015 earthquake.

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A painting competition was held among the students, in the theme ‘My Dream; Safe Home”. Twenty-four students from eight schools participated in the competition. “My house collapsed in the 2015 earthquake,” said Suraj Kapali of Evergreen Secondary School. “Luckily we all were saved. I haven’t forgotten the trouble we experienced after the earthquake.” He added, “I now understand, the house collapsed because of the weak infrastructure.”

Many students share that participating in the painting competition was very useful for them to understand the issue of disaster. “Such education about safe building construction should be included in the text books,” Samikshya Shrestha of Serene Hill Secondary School said.

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“I learnt a lot of techniques about building construction while participating in the competition, the instructors orient us about safe building construction.” She added that she can now explain her parents about the need of earthquake resilient buildings.

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The exciting part of the event was the best four paintings were later painted in the municipality wall to raise awareness about the disaster issue. “It was an exciting event,” said Subarna Shrestha, Mayor of the Sankharapur Municipality. “We were able to bring people together to celebrate the day.”

He believes that the four paintings painted on the wall of municipality office will help aware and recall people about safe building construction.

Paintings on the Municipality Wall

Samikshya and Suraj smiled, looking at their paintings painted on the wall of the municipal office. “I am very happy that my painting is here,” said Suraj. In his painting, he tried to aware people the five useful things tSamikshya Shrestha standing by the side of her art - By Ishwar Rauniyaro do through the five fingers. “Every finger is important for us so do these five techniques,” he said. He added that it’s not the earthquake that killed people, but the infrastructure made by the people themselves.

He explained that in the first finger, it says, anything in the house, including TV should be tied properly, the second explains the need of open spaces to evacuate, the third says the houses should either be properly tied with iron rods or retrofitted, fourth says the proper use of the wall and the fifth to place flower vessel in the proper places.

Suraj Explaining about his painting - By Ishwar Rauniyar“I have seen many people injured because of improper placement of flower vessel,” he added. Samikshya basically focused on the ten steps of the earthquake resilient building, including the advice from the engineer, selection of proper location, use of different bands and proper wall among others. Showing her painting she said, “Now this house will not collapse in the earthquake.”

Samikshya explaining about her painting - By Ishwar Rauniyar

About the Event

The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) funded “Promoting Resilient and sustainable urban Growth by Augmenting DRR capacity of Local Authorities Through active private sector Involvement” – PRAGATI project organized this event in the Shankharapur Municipality in collaboration with the Lumanti Support Group for Shelter and in coordination with Shankharapur municipality office.

Pratap Maharjan of PRAGATI Project orienting students - By NDRC

About the Project

The ECHO funded PRAGATI project has been launched in two municipalities Changunaraya Municipality in Bhaktapur and Sankharapur Municipality in Kathmandu district. Three international agencies – DCA Nepal, ADRA Nepal and VSO – has formed a consortium to execute this project through their local partners Friends Service Council Nepal (FSCN) in Changunarayan and National Disaster Risk Reduction Center (NDRC) in Sankharapur Municipality. DCA is leading the consortium.

 

 

 

Painting to Sensitize DRR Issue

In a bid to sensitize issues of Disaster Risk Reduction and celebrate International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) 2017, the PRAGATI project organised a rally and painting competition (#HomeSafeHomeTheme) on 13th October in Shankharapur Municipality in collaboration with Lumanti Support Group for Shelter and in coordination with Shankharapur municipality. The project also held an interaction programme in Changunarayan Municipality to celebrate the day.

The project is funded by European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) and implemented by DCA Nepal, ADRA Nepal and VSO through their local partners NDRC in Shankharapur Municipality and FSCN in Changunarayan Municipality.

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