Mr. Om Nuban is a member of the disaster-risk reduction (DRR) Forum in Timor Tengah Selatan (TTS) district in West Timor. The 41-year-old has 15-plus years work experience with Indonesian NGOs, is among the initiators of the DRR forum in TTS, and has been an active participant and supporter of the SOLIDARITAS project.
Most recently Om Nuban joined a CWS-organized workshop about Hazard Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (HVCA) as well as a DESTANA [disaster resilient village (DRV)] facilitator training. In the Indonesian government’s national plan to reduce disaster risks and damage, a DRV village is one that can identify its threats and organize resources to reduce vulnerability. Certified DESTANA facilitators like Om Nuban lead the process of reviewing, analyzing, and reducing disaster risk using mainly local resources. “The workshops were really useful, and I feel my knowledge and ability has really increased. What was great for me was the understanding I got about the systematic steps to be undertaken before disasters strike and when a disaster is happening as well as during recovery and reconstruction.”
After the workshops Om Nuban helped establish two DRR Fora in the villages where SOLIDARITAS is piloting DESTANA, bringing together key stakeholders and duty bearers. More than 50 people elected Fora leadership and developed action plans for their villages as next steps toward building stronger, disaster resilient villages for themselves and their neighbors.