Bhutan Humanitarian Project update

Thursday 31 August 2017

Save the Children Bhutan’s Humanitarian team, sponsorship team in collaboration with District Education Office in Zhemgang trained 27 ECCD facilitators from all ECCD center in Zhemgang on Basic Disaster risk Reduction in July 2017.

Save the Children Bhutan’s DRR-Humanitarian team, in coordination with the Thimphu City and the Department of Disaster Management is facilitating the development of the Thimphu City Disaster Management and Contingency Plan under the ECHO-Save Norway funded “Comprehensive Disaster Management Project for Bhutan”. A Working Group formed by the Thimphu Thromde consisting of experts from all relevant agencies has completed the review of hazard studies and documents relevant for Thimphu city and is scheduled to present its’ findings and the disaster management planning process going forward to the Thimphu Thromde Disaster Management Committee on 25th September 2017.

Under the ECHO-Save Norway funded “Comprehensive Disaster Management Project for Bhutan”, Save the Children Bhutan’s DRR-Humanitarian team is working in coordination with the Department of School Education and the Department of Disaster Management to roll out the Ministry of Education’s Disaster Management and Contingency Plan in all the 20 Dzongkhags. The first regional roll out covering 5 Dzongkhags and 2 municipalities was completed in July 2017 and the second one is planned from 1st-5th of September in Wangduephodrang.

In coordination with the Department of Disaster Management, the Save the Children DRR-Humanitarian Team will be conducting a comprehensive DRR training for participants from Dzong Dratshang, Lhakhangs, Goendeys and monastic schools and institutions in two Dzongkhags – Thimphu and Trashigang.  The Thimphu Dzongkhag training is planned for the 18-22 of September in Thimphu. In preparation for this training and to study further needs within the monastic body, Ms. Lydia Baker, regional DRR technical advisor visited monastic schools and institutions in Bhutan in May 2017.