IRM Programmes

Disaster Risk Reduction

1: Introduction
IRM is well experienced and renowned in designing and conducting of CBDRM/ DRR/ DRM training programme for UNDP, UNHCR, SRSO, NRSP, UN-HABITAT, UNICEF, World Bank and Diakonie in different district of Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan, KP, GB and AJK to strengthen capacities of vulnerable and hazard prone communities through emergency response capacity building and training thus saving lives and minimizing the disaster impacts and involving the community members in policy development concerning the subject matter in a participatory manner. IRM specifically work on the pillar related to “CBDRM interventions to regain a discursive space through which multi-sectoral dialogues on local DRR can be encouraged to collectively achieve the vision of risk-informed development”.
2: Relief& Rehabilitation Work in Earthquake 2005

Soon after catastrophe of earthquake 2005, IRM initiated its relief operation in AJ&K. It implemented various projects; however, some of the major projects are given below.

2.1 : Capacity Building of Community in Reconstruction Project

The project was funded by Asian Development Bank and IRM implemented with the technical support of UN-HABITAT in AJ&K.

Under the project targeted households were provided with Artisan Training for earthquake resilient house construction.
2.2 ILO- VTEC Muzaffarabad
Institute of Rural Management and International Labour Organization entered into an agreement in December 2005, to enhance the employable skills of the earthquake hit communities of Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The objective of setting up the tented vocational center was to build the capacities of the earthquake affected people with a view to empower them economically and socially through employable skills training like Mason, Carpenter, electrician etc, thereby creating employment opportunities and ensuring improved access to services. VTEC was also in contact with UNDP for their livelihood project, Save the Children U.S, Islamic Relief, Sungi Development Foundation, Action Aid and Mercy Corps. NRSP NOVAIB project is also taking VTEC’s services for livelihoods training for their target communities.
2.3 : VTEC Rawalakot
In the wake of huge national tragedy of October 8, 2005, Under the project agreement with DFID, IRM’s Vocational Technical and Education Center (VTEC) Rawalakot started training activities to impart employable skills through technical and managerial skill enhancement training to the people of Rawalakot district Poonch. Initially, trainings were offered in trades that facilitated rebuilding efforts such as Carpentry, Masonry, Building Electrician, Welding, and Plumbing. Women specific trades like Papier Machie and Tailoring were also introduced.
From May 2006 to November 2006, 166 trainees graduated from VTEC Rawalakot in the trades of tailoring, masonry, carpentry, building electrician and plumbing & pipefitting. Out of the 166 trainees only 60 were women while rest of the trainees were men.

2.4 : VTEC Bagh
Soon after the tragedy of October 8, 2005, Institute of Rural Management (IRM) launched a Vocational Training Programme to develop a local system to train masons, welders and carpenters for shelter-reconstruction and rehabilitation.
IRM began with 30-day courses for plumbers and pipe fitters, masons and Carpenters. A 60-day course for Building Electricians was also begun. More than 150 men, most of them under 25, were registered and trained.

2.5: Training of CHWs
After the tragedy of October 8, 2005, NRSP and UNICEF forged forces in December 2005 to bring hope for respectable and sustainable livelihoods for the affected communities of Rawalakot in AJK through setting up a VTEC in Rawalakot. IRM trained 556 community health workers(CHWs), including 390 women and 166 men to in this critical situation in earthquake affected areas.
2.6: Community Health Workers (CHWs) Project
In collaboration with UNICEF started an intensive project of training 1000 Community Health Workers (CHWs) to meet the challenges of preventing winter related mother-child diseases, Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) like pneumonia, bronchitis and other epidemic breakouts in the earthquake hit areas of AJK including Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot and Bagh districts. IRM trained 42 CHWs supervisors with a duty to give field monitoring and mentoring to newly trained CHWs. The participants of the training were selected from the affected areas in a participatory manner to ensure adequate representation of the communities. The training was divided into three segments of 5-days intensive classroom training, followed by field work spread over a period of three to four months.

2.7 :IRM Logistic arrangements
Institute of Rural Management was given the responsibility for logistic arrangements. The IRM staff guest house was converted into a warehouse to store tons of medicines, food, shelter and other relief goods arriving from around the country and the world. IRM also facilitated the boarding and lodging of 20 medical teams from Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP). Arranging helicopter transport for senior NRSP and RSPN officials as well as facilitating bookings for foreign delegates and donors to and from the affected areas, was also handled by the IRM administration. IRM was responsible for the training and capacity-building component in many earthquake-related projects.
2.8 :Reviving Education Project AJK Under the NRSP -USAID funded project,
with the objectives of reviving education in earthquake affected areas of AJK, a total of 144 temporary tent schools have been supported. Following were the three main components of the project;
1. Setting up of 114 temporary public sector tent schools in affected areas to enroll 18240 children of the affected areas, with an average of 160 children per school.
2. Cash-for-work, community based programme to clear debris of public education facilities and for future reconstruction of schools by either government or interested donors.
3. Transportation and distribution of 18240 student kits, 656 teacher’s kits and 6156 low wooden desks in all 114 schools. Following were the out put indicators of the project; , IRM implemented capacity building component of the project. Under the capacity building IRM conducted the following activities;
Training of trainers for project staff Designing of SMC training Designing of a module ‘Teacher training in joyful learning’ Planning and facilitation in the implementation of training events Material development and monitoring Under the Teachers Training programme 201 teachers were trained in Muzaffarabad, 210 in Bagh and 212 in Rawalakot. School Management Skills Training programme trained 222 participants in Muzaffarabad, 218 in Bagh and 205 members in Rawalakot.
2.9: Chikar- Diakonie
Diakonie, a social service organization connected with Protestant Church in Germany, entered into an agreement with NRSP-IRM to provide sanitation and water management training to the affected communities living around Chikar in Muzaffarabad. NRSP-IRM with its vast outreach and established expertise in social mobilization as well as extensive experience in the fields of health and hygiene training extended its hand of partnership with Diakonie to deliver health and hygiene training to the effected communities of this area. European Commission Humanitarian Organisation (ECHO) Humanitarian Aid Assistance funded the project of Diakonie and NRSP-IRM signed a memorandum of understanding on April 15, 2006 for a capacity building project till October 15, 2006, during which IRM was to impart hygiene and drinking water supply management training through community mobilization. Orientation training for 10 days was conducted at IRM-Staff Guest House with a purpose of introducing the field staff of DEA to the theme and techniques of Social Mobilization. Afterwards a training of trainers (TOT) for 10 days was organized, attended by six Lady Health Workers, (LHW) from the Government Health Department and 12 local activists.

3: Relief Work in Flood 2010 Scenario
IRM established 03 tent cities in flood affected district Jamshoro, Sindh. Project name is

“Establishment of tent city for Flood affected displaced people of district Jamshoro, Sindh” funded by UNHCR. Under the project 2,500 families provided with transitional shelters and different camp management committees formed to manage the camp in the disaster scenario.

IRM has conducted Rapid Need Assessment covering 800HHds in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh.

IRM in collaboration with SRSO carried out the registration of IDPs and distributed cooked food among 674,242 families in Sindh Province.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the outreach to beneficiaries included distribution of Tents, Hygiene Kits and Kitchen items to 1,700 flood victims.
About 12,000 affectees have been benefited from the Health, Hygiene and First Aid training conducted by IRM in Sukkur, Shikarpur, Nowshera, Charsadda, Mianwali, Bhakkar, Rajanpur and D.G. Khan.
3.1 : Response to Disaster: Floods:
Following are the operational highlights of the IRM Flood relief activities:

In partnership with UNHCR, IRM provided tents to 2500 households in Sindh.

Under UNICEF’s WASH Project, 73000 households have been trained in health and hygiene. The project covers six districts of Sindh including Sukkur, Khairpur, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Shahdatkot and Kashmore/KandhKot.

As of December 31, 3,567,165 health and hygiene items including hygiene kits, Buckets with lids, jerry Cans, aqua tabs and pure sachets have been distributed in flood affected districts of Sindh.

As of December 31, 2010 IRM has supplied cooked food to 599,242 families in Sukkur.

Till December, 34,385 affectees have benefited from the Health, Hygiene and First Aid (including snake bite care) trainings conducted by IRM in Sukkur, Shikarpur, Nowshera, Charsadda, Mianwali, Rajanpur and D.G. Khan.

Rapid Need Assessments were conducted by the IRM staff in Sukkur, Kandhkot, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Nowshera, Charsadda, Mianwali and D.G. Khan to determine the medical and economic recovery needs of the people in relief camps.

has taken up a project titled “House Reconstruction for Taluka Jati, District Thatta Sindh” with UNDP in Thatta. The project aims at rebuilding livelihoods, creating employment opportunities and empowering poor men and women.
3.2 :Disaster Risk Management Training:
IRM developed training manuals and designed and imparted Training of Trainers on Disaster Risk Reduction/Management for 1228 Govt Officials of Sindh South and North. This project was funded by UNDP. The main objective was to strengthen the capacities of Participants to mainstream the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management concepts, principles and practices in planning and implementation of community development efforts.
The training course enables the participants to respond efficiently and effectively with an appropriate Disaster Risk Reduction
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