Building Disaster-Resilient Villages, One Volunteer At a Time

CWS Indonesia | April 5, 2017

Deki Baker facilitating a session on the Noemuke village Early Warning System. Photo: CWS

Deki Baker facilitating a session on the Noemuke village Early Warning System. Photo: CWS

“Before I joined a gathering in my village, I didn’t know anything about disaster risk reduction,” said Deki Baker from Noemuke village in West Timor. “I only knew that my village floods every year, and that floods affect our community badly”. Today, Deki is a disaster resilient village (DESTANA) facilitator in the CWS-supported SOLIDARITAS project and, in this role, he engages in many preparedness activities. One activity he facilitated was to establish an early warning system and evacuation routes because, in his own words, “I now know that we can reduce disaster risks and impacts by preparing beforehand, and one easy way to do that is to map out evacuation routes to safe places. So, with others, I have made and posted 33 evacuation route signs to two evacuation sites in the village”, Deki said proudly. And now Noemuke can avoid some of the worst effects when the next flood, or other disaster, comes.

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