Day four of Synergising Resilience: Event concludes with commitment to build resilience in communities
As a way forward, Islamic Relief Pakistan’s commitment to and arrangements for future planning on resilience were discussed and the team shared their experiences and learning from this four-day learning event.
Sajjad Khan, Area Programme Manager for Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) said “Islamic Relief is implementing both humanitarian and development projects and we are already involving communities and concerned stakeholders in taking mitigation actions. We got a chance to listen to experts on DRR who presented different models. I realized we need to build an inclusive approach to build resilient communities.”
Nawaz Khan Monitoring Officer said “Know disasters, no disasters.”
While sharing his experience, Raza Narejo said that “This four-day activity was very stimulating, as all the sessions were very interactive. I am sure the IR team will benefit the vulnerable communities to build their understanding on hazards and their effects, so that they can safeguard themselves.”
Community Development Officer Koulsom said “IR investment in its staff to build their capacity is a remarkable thing. This is the first time I have worked with other NGOs, and I have learnt about the detailed tools of Vulnerability Capacity Assessment (VCA) and child-centered DRR. I shall be working for the betterment of our partner communities by adopting these new techniques.” Participants from outside Islamic Relief also appreciated the Synergizing Resilience initiative
In his closing remarks, Country Director Islamic Relief Pakistan Dr Fayaz Ahmed vowed that all the team members had definitely developed their skills and expertise regarding mitigation. They had given their full commitment to implementing the community-based DRR model.