Programme 1: Building Safer and Resilient Communities in Urban Slum India
The project targeted children, mothers, youth, key community leaders, Aanganwadi workers, school management committees and teachers, parents, Department of Education, Department of Women and Child Development and Department of Urban Development. The project was on from 1st
August 2015 to 31st
December 2017. 77954 adults and 42480 children were directly reached and 54357 adults and 54466 children were reached indirectly.
Key highlights of the project:
- Save the Children India has successfully completed the pilot phase of a Child Centred Urban Resilience intervention in slums of 4 cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Patna.
- 30 children and youth participated in the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in November 2016 in New Delhi in which more than 60 countries participated. Children and Youth met with Robert Glasser, Chief of United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and advocated successfully for the inclusion of Comprehensive School Safety in the Asia Regional Plan / Outcome Document.
- Over 120 children, mothers, community level practitioners and government officials from Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Kolkata and Chennai came together for the “Urban Resilience Children Convention” and shaped their agenda for “My Resilient City.”
- Save the Children, India facilitated the development of a Family Resilience Plan tool. Currently, this is being piloted and tested in the four cities of India and will be mainstreamed after pilot stage, across Save the Children movement. Two technical studies, “Rapid Visual Survey” of schools in four cities and “Linkage Building Study – mapping how risks and mitigation is strengthened through linkage to development agenda”, have been carried out, which have been utilized for effective advocacy work.
- Children, youth, mothers and government representatives from Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Kolkata and Chennai participated in the National Conference on Urban Resilience, New Delhi – 12-13 December 2017, along with national level government representatives, including National Disaster Management Authority and external experts, who also contributed to the lessons learnt and provided recommendations for setting our Urban Agenda for the next five years (2018 – 2022).
We have now moved into Phase II of C&A Foundation project i.e. to “Increase preparedness and resilience in urban communities in India”. The project will be implemented in Patna and Kolkata while Delhi will act as the centre for engagement with government ministries. This project has been extended for another 5 years, from June 2018 to May 2023.
Programme 2: Building Resilience of Children and their Communities by Integrating DRR, Child Sensitive Social Protection with Technology
With the aim of building the resilience of vulnerable children, their families and their communities in 5 states across India including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, Save the Children and Nokia have forged a partnership. The project is being implemented in 350 locations and is estimated to reach around a million lives.
The project is not only building the capacities of the communities by training them on basic life-saving skills but the project is also addressing the vulnerabilities by strengthening the social protection net using technology, by linking information and communication technology to mapping. Network solutions will lay the framework for targeting, tracking, linking and disbursement of Social Protection entitlements and this will enable in responding to a disaster rapidly. The project focuses on leveraging technological advancement for improved delivery of basic services and enhanced capacity for action with village institutions.
Disaster Risk Reduction, Child Sensitive Social Protection and Technology has been integrated in 80 schools/80 villages covering Nellore and East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The project has invested around 10 crores in Andhra Pradesh alone.
The Comprehensive School Safety Curriculum has been integrated in the school syllabus and is reaching to 3 lacs teachers, 61705 govt. schools and 69 students in Andhra Pradesh. 80 School Disaster Management Resource Centres and 16 Panchayat Disaster Management Resource Centre across Andhra Pradesh with appropriate ICT technology and DDR equipment were established in the state. 80 Community Task Force Groups and 80 School Task Force Groups are capacitated to rescue and rehabilitate. Communication mechanisms were created for disseminating the early warnings. 80 villages of Andhra Pradesh have completed Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (PVCA). Open Defecation free drives were facilitated by Save the Children across 40 coastal villages of Nellore and 7,859 toilets and bathroom constructions were demonstrated.