by: Josephine T. Firmase, Jorge S. Ebay, Darlene Joy D. Calsado, Lovella Mae M. Magluyan
The case study examines the experience in child-centered disaster risk reduction(CCDRR) of the UPVFI-TEACH DRR Project that seeks to address the vulnerabilities ofchildren in poor small island communities by involving them in DRR activities. Specifically,it discusses the project’s contributions to small island community resilience-building, thechallenges faced during implementation, and key recommendations. The study utilizesinterviews, workshops, review, and analysis of project documents and reports. Initialgains with children’s involvement that contribute to building resilience of small islandcommunities are child-sensitive community risk information and maps, organizedlocal structures for children’s protection, child-centered Early Warning System (EWS),localized learning and advocacy materials, and local plans that mainstream children’srights to promote sustained action. Various issues and challenges unique to poor andisolated small island settings were encountered during project implementation as smallisland communities are exposed to diverse natural and anthropogenic risks along withthe prevailing perception of children as dependents. The experience recommends to putpremium on inclusion, intersectoral collaboration, and participatory and community-basedstrategies in program implementation to achieve substantial positive results for at-riskcommunities.
Keywords: children, small islands, disaster risk reduction, vulnerability, resilience, inclusion