CADRE Brings the “right skills” for Narinda Community
Narinda community in Dhaka today started training in CADRE – becoming the first Urban Community for CADRE in Bangladesh
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CADRE is running at a Community Center in Narinda, Dhaka from 21-23 November 2011, with 24 participants from Narinda, comprised of volunteers for disaster response. There are 18 men and six women.
Narinda was selected as an urban community area to receive CADRE training because this disrict is considered high risk, in this earthquake prone area. CADRE just completed community training in Paikpara, a rural area in Sirajgong district, which is also at high disaster-risk, because it is prone to flooding. Narinda district is located in the old city – known as Old Dhaka. Old Dhaka has a very high population density. Added to this, the oldest districts of Dhaka are characterized by the older, more vulnerable buildings and narrow roads. It can be very difficult for any responding agency after a disaster to reach here in time to save lives.
This makes CADRE community preparedness a “must-have” for this community!
Al-Haj ABul Hashem, Board Member, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society opened the CADRE Community Course in the early morning of 21 November, as Chief Guest. Khondoker Jakaria Khaled, Acting Secretary General of BDRCS was also present as Special Guest. Other Guests of the program were Glenn Edwin Castro, Course Monitor from the Philippines, Iqbal Bahar Bulbul, Course Coordinator from Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence, Muhammad Murad Billah, PEER Bangladesh Coordinator from ADPC and Md. Afsar Uddin Ahmed, Deputy Director, BDRCS.
Al-Haj ABul Hashem said; “We are grateful to ADPC and all our Instructors from BDRC and FSCD. This course is a good opportunity to make Narinda community more resilient to disasters. The participants will be attentive and active in this important community event.”
Mr. Jakaria Khaled said; “I encourage everyone to make the most of this course and learn from all the practical sessions to make CADRE successful here. The course content is very valuable and will equip everyone with the right skills to be proactive in any disaster situation.”
Report and photos: Muhammad Murad Billah, PEER Bangladesh Coordinator, ADPC
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