Project to Protect Children in Emergencies gets Allocation


A sum of $400 million has been allocated to a project to protect children in emergencies.
The implementing agency is the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), and the project is entitled: Protecting Children by Strengthening the Capacity of Schools and their Surrounding Communities to respond to Disasters (Phase 2).
The provision has been made in the Estimates of Expenditure for 2007/08, now before the House of Representatives.
Anticipated targets for 2007/08 include the development, preparation and community recognition of 150 Disaster Management Plans in 150 children’s homes and schools. Up to March 2007 the project has completed 26 disaster emergency plans for 26 schools islandwide. The project also seeks to: ensure that community recognition of these master plans are maintained; develop and use hazard maps; distribute 3,000 basic communication sheets to all children’s institutions.
It will train emergency personnel from 150 children’s institutions and surrounding communities to take care of children in emergencies, and establish 250 community based emergency response teams, which would respond to emergency or disaster situations to better protect 80,000 children in their communities.
The programme is being funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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