Humanitarian charity prepares for first disaster management, mitigation training in WCR

Friday, January 04, 2019

A new humanitarian charity foundation in Brikama call Humanity Concern Foundation-HCF-The Gambia will commence its first training on disaster management mitigation and international standards of response in Brikama on Monday.

The foundation is so far the first and only non-governmental group that focuses on disaster management issues. Slated to the 7 and 8 January, at the Global Hands Manduar Development hub, the training course will focus on understanding manmade and natural disaster.

Annually, West Coast Region is always the hardest hit with disaster and climate change related problems in the country due to indiscriminate construction mainly on waterways.  Largest percentage of estate development agencies is concentrated in the region with the excessive cutting down of forest parks.

In October 2017, the Department of Water Resources introduced the early warning system project funded by UNEP. West coast received funding of D393, 000 from the project that was piloted in Kalagi and Tanji.

“The aim of the training is basically to expose members and volunteers to understand disaster management and mitigation strategies and the international standards of response,” executive director Nuha Bojang said on Thursday.

He added the foundation was established following the January 2017 conference organized by Global Hand International on the theme: questioning the logic of the system. “The eloquent deliberations by Dr. Perry Stanislas, a senior lecturer at Community and Criminal Justice Department of Demonfort University in Leicester UK,on the security lapses and poor emergency response systems in Africa indicates urgent need for strong emergency response systems to discourage dependency on government agencies.”

Mr. Bojang said HCM Gambia was form to improve disaster awareness through education  and research on manmade and natural disasters, and improve our preparedness, especially given the history of flooding in the country.