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World Vision engages pupils in disaster risk reduction

Written by  Chimwemwe Milulu

Using a Child to Child Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Approach, World Vision Malawi is involving primary school pupils as change agents in their respective areas to enhance community resilience through emergency preparedness and management.

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November


Recently, the organization organized a tour of the project sites in the district, to offer partners an opportunity to see what is happening on the ground.


In his remarks after the tour, the National Director for World Vision Malawi, Robert Kisyula, said, the DRR approach has proved to be more effective and sustainable.


‘The Child to Child Disaster Risk Reduction, DRR initiative, which is under the Malawi Food Security and Resilience Program, has been piloted in 26 schools in the areas of TA Mwilang’ombe and Kilipula in the district.

 

We aim to promote climate-smart agriculture and reduce risks of disasters in the country. And the Child to Child DRR Approach has proven to be an effective and sustainable way of addressing effects of climate change in the short and long terms,’ said Kisyula.


As it is in many parts of the country, many river catchments in Karonga have been disturbed and rivers that used to be perennial no longer hold water from August to the time the rainy season begins. Due to the destruction of the environment, water and firewood have also become scarce resources in many parts of the country.


Lying 600 metres above sea-level, Karonga, like a few other districts in Malawi, has suffered from recurring disasters in form of droughts, floods and strong winds as a result.


Last year alone, roofs of 25 schools were blown off and due to erratic rainfall, over 62,500 people in the district are food insecure, according to the July, 2015 report by World Vision Malawi.


Through the initiative, clubs in the targeted primary schools have been formed and given the necessary training in the past 18 months.


The clubs have raised nurseries and established woodlots and orchards in their schools and some community members have been given seedlings to plant around their homes.


District Commissioner for Karonga has pledged to support the project so it benefits as many schools as possible in the district.


As part of the Malawi Food Security and Resilience Program which using a 600 million kwacha annual working budget , the project has been funded mainly by the European Union.

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