Preparedness Makes a Difference””

” Preparedness Makes a Difference” a workshop was held by the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR), Khan Younis branch, to present “Partnership for Community led Actions for Resilience and Livelihood” project’s achievements. This project aimed to improve the weak and local community capacities through reinforcing risk confrontation’s procedures.

The first session addressed the detailed and most important achievements of the target groups of the project as (children, psychologists, and parents) and of the topics of the sessions such as (Psychological Resilience, and the Risk of Explosive Remnants of War and How to Deal with Them). Moreover, six local committees composed of some local organizations and activists were presented in the session. To illustrate, these committees represented six areas targeted in the project (Absan Al-Kabira, Rafah, Al-Shouka, Al-Shujayia, Jabalia, Beit Lahia) and they have been trained on several topics such as First Aid ,and Emergency Management. A series of meetings were held with the constituted committees to identify the needs of the target areas before danger which were created based on the focus groups implemented in the project.

The second session presented plans for the risk reduction for each area which were composed by the local committees that work in the target areas. In addition, the session discussed intervene and confrontation procedures.

At the beginning of the workshop, Mr. Saeed Al-Maqadma, PCDCR’s General Director, delivered a speech explaining the importance of partnership and he welcomed all partners: Save Children Organization , Palestinian Agriculture Relief Committee (PARC), and Palestinian Medical Relief Society. Al-Maqadma emphasized the importance of local committees as they are considered essential parts of the project.

Mr. Ibrahim Sbaih, the representative of the Save Children Organization, stressed the importance of committees’ role in achieving the project success and he thanked all partners for their efforts in achieving the project success. Ms. Shorouq Jendia gave a talk – on behalf of PARC- explaining the project achievements and its role in improving the marginalized families’ financial situation.

At the end, the participants represented their recommendations and proposals to upgrade the project in the coming phase of the project.