Disaster READY 2.0 kicks off in Solomon Islands
The second phase of the Disaster READY program through the Australian Humanitarian Partnerships (AHP) was officially launched Monday this week in Honiara. Disaster READY 2.0 builds on the achievements and impacts of phase 1 to help communities in Pacific Island countries like Solomon Islands prevent, prepare for, and build resilience to disasters and climate change.
“The Disaster READY program strengthens the Government’s capacity to deal with disasters. It extends our reach to more communities to ensure our people are ready to deal with disasters and climate change issues we are now facing. We are working closely together to find new and innovative ways of dealing with disasters and climate change.” Jonathan Tafiariki, Director of the National Disaster and Management office (NDMO).
The 10-year program works closely with the Solomon Islands Government, NDMO, NGO’s, Local Civil Society organizations, and churches to improve technical capacity to lead effective, and inclusive disaster preparedness, climate change adaptation and response activities.
“Solomon Aelan hem ranked mek two lo World Risk Index 2021. That’s why gavman blo Australia hem hapi tumas fo supportim humanitarian waka lo here… Taem yumi waka tugeda, yumi save achievem so much more, winim time yumi waka seleva nomoa.” Tim Mitchell speaking on behalf of the Australian Commission said during the launch.
Disaster READY 2.0 is a multi-country program working to a common framework and approach contextualised to the five country contexts of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji, PNG, and Timor-Leste.
The Disaster READY 2.0 partners in Solomon Islands are Oxfam in the Pacific, Plan International, Save the Children, World Vision, Care and Live and Learn and Can Do, and is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Humanitarian Partnerships.