ViFoH Humanitarian initiatives in Refugee settlements in West Nile, Uganda.
Focused on Disaster Risk Reduction (DDR), education, GBV, Child rights governance.
DRR is a systematic approach to identifying, assessing and reducing the risks of disaster. The main aim is to reduce socio-economic vulnerabilities to disaster as well as dealing with the environmental and other hazards that trigger them.
Disaster Risk Reduction is a responsibility of all development & relief agencies alike. It should be an integral part of the work of all development & relief organizations not an add-on or one-off action.
It involves prevention, mitigation & preparedness (early warning signs, evacuation plans and trainings for community volunteers.
- We educate communities to avoid risk of disaster. This focuses on manmade disasters like conflicts & violence related to land, Gender, Power & other resources.
- Training of community volunteers in first aid, and other response mechanisms.
- Raising community awareness on disaster, disaster prevention and mitigation.
- Sensitizing communities on impacts of climate change and tracking the impact of climate change on communities.
- Assessing vulnerability of communities to Disaster and building their capacity to act on their own behalf and secure their basic rights through Participatory Vulnerability Assessment (PVA)
- We educate farmers on proper land use & management, and at risk communities on impending disasters and how to safeguard and mitigate risk of disaster.
- Persuading Government bodies to integrate DRR in their planning, work in liaison with key government departments to forecast risk of disaster, mitigate risk of disaster, coordinate efforts of response to disaster & impact of disaster.
- We strive to work with and support key civil society networks to foresee disasters (floods, disease outbreaks, landslides, conflict related disasters) and mobilize resources synergize efforts in response disaster locally & internationally.
- We amplify and disseminate information on early warning signs to at risk communities, key stakeholders for prompt action and intervention.
- We build community resilience and adaptation mechanisms to future disasters
Protection services: Victims of disaster loose privileges and their rights are often abused. We provide and coordinate efforts of Child, Gender, Social, Legal protection services to victims of disaster. Important kits for protection include PEP kits, Emergency pills, Dignity kits, Recreational kits.
- Establish and train community led GBV champions to monitor and advocate for GBV services, sensitize the population and advise GBV victims on legal recourse, referrals and follow up.
- Establish child protection units in schools by which children can report abuse to GBV Advocates for follow up.
- Promote skill-building and life-skills programs for youth, men, and women
- Undertake radioprograms on GBV messages through radio talk shows, radio spots and theater forums to sensitize individuals and communities on the risks and consequences of GBV, including trafficking and sex work, with a focus on prevention by men and boys.
- Conduct Awareness raising activities in the communities to increase their knowledge and information about GBV related services, information on GBV and health, gender equality, healthy relationships.
- Support advocacy interventions with key duty bearers/stakeholders and policy makers to foster favorable environment for GBV prevention and response.