Save the Children Joins Program to Build Resilience to Disasters in Central Vietnam
Save the Children on Nov. 24 joined its partners to launch the $25 million project “Building Resilience to Natural Hazards in Central Vietnam” that plans to help nearly half a million Vietnamese people reduce disaster risks.
The project, funded by the USAID/OFDA, aims to help vulnerable populations and local government authorities in the country’s four most vulnerable provinces to disasters - Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai - have better resilience to natural hazard risks, reducing potential losses of life and assets. The beneficiaries include 434,000 people in 68 communes and wards across these provinces.
A consortium between American Red Cross, Vietnam Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, Plan International, Save the Children and HelpAge International in Vietnam manages the project. Save the Children will work in two provinces, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai.
The project plans to help local authorities and their partners take community-based disaster risk management actions and encourages them to integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change measures into socio-economic development plans. With the support of the project, around 30 primary and secondary schools will increase their capacity to reduce disaster risks through applying the Safe Schools Framework.
The project runs from October 2015 to March 2017.