[Announcements] Call for partners and volunteers for the Indentification and Management of Open Spaces for Disaster Preparedness (IMOS)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is currently searching for partners and volunteers from Kathmandu and Bhaktapur for organizing awareness event of IMOS project from August 2016 to April 2018. Below you can find short description of the project and the activities of the future volunteers.
IMOS is a project supported by the United States Agency for International Development's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). It aims to assist the Government of Nepal (GoN) to continue enhancing their preparedness efforts and establish coherent approaches in responding and managing the needs of the displaced populations after a large-scale earthquake in the remote areas and cities in the hilly districts west of Kathmandu.
|One of the components of the project is promoting and preserving open spaces and disaster preparedness through outreach campaigns to increase awareness and preparedness levels in the municipalities of Kathmandu Valley, targeting 30 communities around the open spaces in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Key messages will include location of the open spaces as well as the importance of preparedness in facing large scale disasters. Upon completion of these activities, information and tools such as standard operating procedures (SoPs) and information, education and communication (IEC) materials will be handed over to community clubs.
Learning from our previous project “Preparedness and Management of Open Spaces for Effective Humanitarian Response in the Kathmandu Valley”, communities play significant roles to support GoN’s efforts to protect and maintain these spaces in many ways. One of the roles they can play is to develop a coalition of community members which include women groups, youth clubs, local authorities, and local businesses which will reclaim and restore these open spaces. By doing this, communities can develop better planning for the use of these spaces when disaster occurs.
Taking into account this learning, we are calling for partners and volunteers to support the awareness activities as well as taking ownership to protect and maintain open spaces surrounding their area. The organizations/volunteers will be part of awareness campaigns in 30 communities around the open spaces in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.