DILI, 19 january 2020 (TATOLI)-Australian Humanitarians Partnership (AHP) through the Disaster READY projects handed over Food items (rice, cooking oil, canned fish, milk and biscuits) and Non Food Items (construction materials and kitchen items) to Civil Protection Officials of Timor-Leste, to enable rapid response and support to victims of natural disaster.
Country Director of CARE International in Timor-Leste and the head of the AHP Consortium, Peter Goodfellow, extended his appreciation to the Government of Timor-Leste for the close partnership, adding that the consortium’s wish to continue strengthening the partnership with the Government, in the hope that collaboratively early warning systems can be improved and better support is provided to communities to prepare and respond to natural disasters in Timor-Leste.
Mr Goodfellow said, Care is proud to support the government’s preparation efforts through the pre-positioning of these emergency household shelter materials, in collaboration with the Australian embassy.
“We know from experience that the most vulnerable members of society are often hardest hit from natural disasters and we welcome the government’s commitment to prioritizing the needs of women, girls, elderly and people with disabilities in disaster response activities.” , Peter Good fellow said.
Ms Annie Sloman, Acting Country Director of Oxfam in Timor-Leste, emphasized the importance of providing a rapid response and supporting affected communities, especially people with disability, women and children.
Thus she highlighted Oxfam vision, Leave No One Behind, which brings forwards the need to support inclusive development people with disabilities and women.
She also underlines Oxfam wishes in supporting the affected communities particularly the most vulnerable community members through the handed over ceremony.
“Oxfam is ready to work with partners and the Government to share ideas, work hard towards inclusive development, advocate, share information and provide trainings to the community on the risk of natural disasters and how to respond.” Ms Annie Sloman said.
In spite, the Disaster READY project is a component of the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) funded by the Australian Government and implemented by the AHP Consortium, including CARE International in Timor Leste, Caritas Australia, Oxfam, PLAN and World Vision, National Disabled People’s Organization Ra’es Hadomi Timor Oan (RHTO) and other local partners.
The overall objective of Disaster READY is to strengthen local humanitarian capability and preparedness in the Pacific and Timor-Leste so that communities are better prepared and able to respond to disaster and recover from rapid- and slow-onset disasters.
National Director of World Vision in Timor-Leste, Ms Migena Shulla, also appreciates the partnership with the Government of Timor-Leste, especially through the work with the Secretariat of State of Civil Protection.
“World Vision in Timor-Leste feels honored to collaborate with the Government of Timor-Leste. Through this opportunity and with the support of the Australian Government, World Vision is able to support 120 affected households with Food Items such as rice, cooking oil, canned fish, milk and biscuits.” National Director of World Vision, Migena Shulla said.
So far the Disaster READY is a four and half year project (2018 – 2022) working under an MOU with the Secretary of State for Civil Protection, Ministry of Interior. AHP Partner Organizations in close coordination with the National Disaster Risk Management Directorate (NDRMD) are building inclusive and sustainable approaches to disaster preparedness and disaster response, from community to national level.
The key programs are focusing on building disaster preparedness, strengthening knowledge and skills, enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction, strengthening Early Warning, and improving coordination and partnership with a special focus on Gender Equality and Disability Inclusion, and strengthening Child Protection, whilst engaging with local government, civil society and faith leaders.