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18 February 2020

5-day training workshop on Integrated Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (ICBRR) in Chitral

5-day training workshop on Integrated Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (ICBRR) in Chitral

Chitral—A five-day training workshop on integrated community Based disaster risk reduction (ICBRR) started here at a local hotel in Chitral. The training workshop is being organized by Hashoo Foundation, in collaboration with Hope 87 and European Commission is funding the program. This training initially was launched for three union councils of Chitral— Chitral town, Ayun and Shoghoor— whereby the organizers distributed census forms among volunteer participants with a purpose to collect data.


Here the program started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Program Coordinator ACO retired Miftahuddin welcomed the distinguished guests and participants of the workshop. Regional Program Manager Hashoo Foundation Sultan Mahmood briefed the stake holders about the aim and objectives of the training workshop. 
“Since Pakistan is one of the countries that likely to have a greater and frequent magnitude of natural disasters, we need to be prepared ahead of time to reduce the risk that any natural calamity in this region may pose.” He said.

“Chitral has been declared a ‘red zone’ area for its vulnerability to earthquakes. The region could be hit by quacks any time.” He added. 

Sultan Mehmood told the participants that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Secretary Education and Hashoo Foundation that outlines the way forward for the implementation of the disaster risk reduction project. The principles, tactics and strategy have been defined and, the program will be launched in 20 schools. About 80 school teachers who will be trained initially will pass on the training to a 2nd line of trainers. In each of the union council, a safe and spacious school will be located for emergency shelter purposes. A series of awareness training will follow to motivate people to be involved and trained in disaster emergency preparedness. 

Several community members of a variety of backgrounds showed up in the first session of the training. A large number of Men and women of Kalash community showed special interest in the workshop.
G.H.Farooqui, has contributed to this story from Chitral, Pakistan