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“Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.”

The main objective of CMDRRP is to strengthen the TF members as resource team to train the community members to effectively manage the possible disasters, practice good governance, ensure active participation in Grama Sabha and other development projects of government. As Buddha said “a life of service and compassion helps to renew the humanity” we encouraged the TF members to serve the community with passion.
The village contingency plans and funds are the basement of ERT’s intervention in social actions. It helped them to react when disaster invaded to their life. The continuous trainings and capacity building programmes strengthened the TF members. This reporting month also TF members were capacitated through capacity building programmes based on the objective. Even though the WATSAN models were damaged in the heavy rain the user group members were ready to renovate the structures and expand the waste management programmes like anti-plastic Panchayath programme with the support of DMT and GP.
TOT programmes for task force team members.
The CMDRRP project is envisaged to build up the capacitated team members in coastal region through qualitative trainings. These initiatives help them to strive to achieve developments in disaster risk reduction by participatory approach. This phase is conceived to establish new pattern of training groups in Disaster management rather than other Govt or Non-Govt organisations. ToT training helps the existing TF members to be the recourse team to train coastal community.
In the reporting period 3 ToT programmes were conducted in each project area for TF members to ensure their participation in three tire administration systems in Alappad GP, Arattupuzha GP and in Thanni even after the withdrawal of the project. It helped the team to generate more awareness in Good governance, participation in Grama Sabha and the process and procedure of election in ward level. Mr: Babu Rajan, Junior superintendent of Panchayat Deputy Office, was the resource person
Module of the training
• Handing over of TF to panchayath.
• Involving the activities of CMDRRP in MNEGP.
• Recording of GS minutes.


Details of the programme

Sl No

Programme

Date

Venue

Participants.

1

ToT – handing over task force and DDMA linkage

5/4/12

Allapad

30

2

ToT – handing over task force and DDMA linkage

18/4/12

Aratupuzha

30

3

ToT – handing over task force and DDMA linkage

29/4/12

Thanni

30

Outcome of the Activities
TF team themselves restructured the activities and started working in HVRA model
Interface with the SDMA and DDMA
The interface with SDMA was done on March 2013. The International conference on disaster management was took place on 5, 6 and 7th respectively at Kanakakunnu palace and the DSSS was able to ensure active participation in the conference. Interface with DDMA was done on 10.5.12 and 25.3.13 at collector’s chamber and on the handing over ceremony programme at April the Task force was adopted by the District authorities.
Outcome of the activities
The DSSS was able to inaugurate the weather information dissemination centre by INCOIS and conducted a seminar on coastal security with the support of district disaster management authority.

Inauguration of Information Dissemination on Sea Weather Forecast centers
As a result of interface with SDMA and DDMA and two years long advocacy and communication with Indian National Ocean Information Service (INCOIS) and Center for Earth Science Studies (CESS) we were able to establish information Dissemination on Sea Weather fore cast centers at six locations in kollam cost. Through these centers we are able to provide weather forecast and early warning related to sea to the fishermen. Information dissemination service and hub centre was inaugurated by Shri Shibu Baby John, honorable minister for labour and Rehabilitation. Shri. P.K Gurudasan, honorable MLA presided over the public meeting. Shri. N. Peethampara Kurup, honorable Member of Parliament flagged off the deployment of wave rider buoy managed by CESS. Rev.Fr. Rajesh martin, Director welcomed the dignitaries. Dr. T.K Balakrishnan Nair, Scientist and head ISG,INCOIS, Dr. N. P Kurian, Director CESS, Dr. K. V. Thomas, Scientists & Head, MSD, CESS, Rev. Fr. Romance Antony, Director, Kerala Social Service Forum, Ward Councillors, Dr. Harikumar, Scientist,INCOIS, Dr. Reji Srinivas, Scientist CESS, Rev.Fr. Stephen G Kulakkayathil, Associate Director, QSSS, participated in the programme. Presently the information is passed through SMS service and FM Radio. Hub centre at Vady is working now. Preliminary work for other centers is going on. Remaining five centers will be active in the next financial year
Interface with PRI
Panchayath raj institutions have vital role in disaster management activities. Lobbying and net working with PRI have improved the community development initiatives in a wider sense. During the TOT meeting on both Alappad and Aratupuzha the ward members and the Panchayat president Sri. Raja Priyan of Allappad and Sri. karunakaran Of Arattupuzha actively participated and briefed about policies and involvement of Panchayath in disaster management.

Sl No

Place

date

1

Aratupuzha

29.04.12

2

Allappad

15.04.12

3

Thanni

1.04.12

 

Outcome of the activities
The Panchayath has agreed to consider the Task force minutes and reports and the activities in the development master plan of the Panchayath in future
Training on information and communication Technology (ICT)
Disaster management is not an easy task. In this context the structures are well built and working properly. As time goes it need to be updated with new techniques. So the ICT (information and communication technology) was implemented in the areas. Mr. Simpson of DEN (disaster emergency network) and Mr. Sunilal Saksharatha Mission coordinator of Harippadu and Dr. Harikumar, scientist, ocean state forecast , INCOIS were the resource persons
The session was opened with the new centers of the INCOIS at different areas of QSSS and the working method of the centers and its main advantage is helpful to the people as well as for the task force. Then other sections were taught about how to make local people especially fishermen how to use the buoy and catch fish in safe fishing zone
Outcome of the activities
The centers are now Disseminating information through P.A system, SMS and through Notice Board and in Radio Benziger

SL NO

Place

Date

Participants

1

Allapad

18.05.12

55

2

Aratupuzha

23.05.12

50

3

Thanni

31.05.12

60

WATSAN user group meeting
To promote and replicate locally purified water and sanitation structures and to create community consciousness on eco restoration and environment was one of the strategic objectives of CMDRRP project. Many replicable models in waste management, water purification, kitchen gardening and rain water harvesting were done through this objective.
User groups were formed in each area and trainings provided based on the environmental factors. Now the community has much more awareness to rejuvenate the water sources. In this reporting month user group members meeting was conducted on 18th August on Thanni to evaluate the system that has been implemented under CMDRR programme. They made a complaint in toilets constructed in water logging area. The pits are filled with water and the structure has not working properly.
World HIV/AIDS Day Observation
With a vision to generate awareness on HIV/AIDS, Quilon Social Service Society observed the world HIV/AIDS day with CBDP forum for youth. On Dec 1st, the teams wore red ribbon and lighted the lamp with QSSS family members.
Verification of TF materials
Quilon Social Service Society has provided first aid kit and megaphone to task force members to mitigate disasters in coastal area under CBDP programme. For ensuring the effective utilization of the task force material, the animators visited every ERT and checked the condition of the megaphone and found that three were not working. They repaired it and gave back to the community. Empty and expired medicines in the first aid kit were refilled with the help of PHC and list of expensive medicines collected for purchase with the help of sponsors.

OBSERVATION of International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction- ESSAY COMPETITION
As a part of disaster risk reduction initiatives Quilon Social Service Society observed the International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction on October 10th 2012 at Kollam. Essay competition conducted for school children on ‘Disaster Management in Coastal area’. 46 students participated in this competition.
Youth Club Formation
Success of cancer detection camp at Arattupuzha GP under CBDP project motivated so many youngsters to be a part of disaster management activities through CBDP forum for youth. The common platform for youth organization provided them with opportunities to ensure their active participation in the developmental initiatives. To encourage the youngsters and ensure their active participation in disaster management activities the DMT and project team supported the youth to form new clubs. Through these clubs they were able to educate the community on DM concepts and build a resilient community in coastal area.
UCBDRM PROJECT- GoK UNDP and Kollam Corporation
After the completion of Community Based Disaster Risk Management programme by UNDP through revenue dept, Government of Kerala selected Kollam Corporation to implement Urban Community Based Disaster Risk Management programme (UCBDRM) . Kollam Municipal Corporation has selected Quilon Social Service Society to implement the School safety programmes and Urban Disaster Risk reduction programmes in Kollam district. These programmes were successfully completed and handed over to the contingency plan and school safety plan in May2012 by the QSSS Director. The project team also conducted a Mock Drill at Thanni.
Releasing of Panchayath level contingency plan and Task force Directory
During project implementation process activities were carried out on the basis of a planned document which was made by the Task force with the help of project staff. This document was later modified and formed as contingency plan. This plan was submitted to the PRI and updated every year by the Panchayath. In CMDRRP project the three Panchayath again updated the Contingency Plan and published and released in the last quarter with the support of project the team. The Contingency Plan was released by Shri. Rajapriyan, President Alappadu Panchayath in the presence of District Collector. CMDRRP also prepared a comprehensive Task Force Directory and was released by the District Collector on 31.03.13 at QSSS auditorium.
Ward level PLA updation
For preparing an updated and comprehensive contingency plan the project team had conducted PLA on different dates in the whole Panchayath and the corporation wards and the details were consolidated as contingency plan.
Review meeting

Sl no

Date

Venue

1

5/4/12

QSSS hall

2

5/5/12

QSSS hall

3

5/6/12

QSSS hall

4

5/7/12

QSSS hall

5

6/8/12

QSSS hall

6

5/9/12

QSSS hall

7

5/10/12

QSSS hall

8

5/11/12

QSSS hall

9

5/12/12

QSSS hall

10

5/1/13

QSSS hall

11

5/2/13

QSSS hall

12

5/3/13

QSSS hall

Planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation make a programme become more vibrant and produce more results in the field .The animators of the CMDRRP will be gathering twice in a month and discuss the challenges faced by the animators in the field and make preparations for the monthly review by CARITAS INDIA and also fix the dates for the different programmes for the field. They also evaluated the programme implementation once in a month in Diocesan level also. The monthly review schedule for the reporting period is as follows.