Disaster, child and gender training in Weather Coast

Mr. Dickson Ruga (red shirt) -Chairman of Balo Village Disaster Risks Committee receiving a certificate of completion from Hon. Jerry Sabino MPA for Moli ward.
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A TEAM comprising of World Vision Solomon Islands staff and partners has conducted a training on disaster ready, climate change, child protection, People with Disability and gender issues at Weather Coast of Guadalcanal.

 The training was conducted last week at Balo village to 51 residents of Moli Ward, Tetekanji and Birao.

 Supported by USAID through the Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs (BHA), the training enabled participants to have knowledge on climate change adaptation, child protection, gender issues like abuses and people with disabilities. 

It involved presentation, group activities, and discussions that allow participants to share their experiences on disasters and other cross cutting issues within their communities like abuses.  

Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) for Moli Ward Jerry Sabino acknowledged World Vision for providing the training to his people.

“Knowledge about disaster is very important for my people because Weather Coast is prone to disasters. Indeed many people do not know climate change that resulting on unpredictable weather patterns.

“From traditional knowledge people know when they will going to experience dry season and wet season thus they will prepare ahead for, however, now a days the weather is unpredictable thus people are more vulnerable,” he said.

Mr Sabino further highlighted information is very much important for communities to aware of and be prepare for disasters and to help mitigate the impacts.

“Lack of knowledge on disasters and other cross cutting issues means being vulnerable to such issues,” he emphasised.

Sabino also called on his people to accept such training when government agencies and NGO’s conduct them at their Ward.

The participants also received certificates at the end of their training.

The team comprises of World Vision Staff, People with Disability Solomon Islands Rep, Provincial Disaster Officer of Guadalcanal, Guadalcanal Province Women’s Desk Rep and Guadalcanal Child Protection Focal Person and MPA for Moli Ward.