Washington, DC – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) last week (13-14 / 09) held training sessions for Bangladesh, Haitian and Filipino diaspora organizations in which participants focused on disaster preparedness and recovery.
The frequency and intensity of natural disasters force their homes every day. Recent events like Hurricane Dorian Stack of the need to rebuild more disaster-resilient shelters to help prevent or reduce displacement
In the wake of a crisis, only 15 to 20 per cent of shelter needs are typically met by the international community. These people are often left to rebuild their homes, often relying on help, money, and volunteers from the diaspora.
“The diaspora said Joseph Ashmore, IOM Shelters and Settlements Specialist. “Contributions through diaspora groups may be larger than the entire inter-agency response in some places.”
The training is part of a larger project funded by the US Agency for International Development's Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). Recognizing the critical role of the diaspora, the project aims to inform the diaspora about existing coordination mechanisms in the field of disaster response and shelters linkages with these systems.
The Haitian Diaspora Emergency Response Unit (HDREU) is already an example of a more coordinated and effective disaster response, within the diaspora and between diaspora and other stakeholders. The coalition of more than 30 diaspora organizations is currently mobilizing resources to better support the needs of communities Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.
“[With] each disaster we should be getting better, not worse,” said Magalie Emile- Backer, co-founder of the Haiti Renewal Alliance, one of the leading organizations of the HDREU. “
Presenters for this workshop included representatives from IOM,” These trainings will empower us with more knowledge on how to build our business. OFDA, InterAction, World Bank, University of the Philippines Alumni Association of San Francisco, Haiti Renewal Alliance and UDION Foundation.
Last year, trainings were held in Washington, San Francisco and Miami. Additional workshops will be held in New York, Boston, and Houston in the coming months.
For more information, please contact Liz Lizama at IOM Washington, Tel: +1 202 716 8820, Email: email@example.com