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Communities ready to respond to disasters in vulnerable rural areas of Guatemala

Promoting resilient communities

The combination of high vulnerability of the population and the multiple threats faced by the geographic areas covered by the project, puts these communities at high risk when a natural disaster occurs.

This is aggravated by the lack of efficient communication and coordination systems between the communities and authorities, the municipalities and responsible institutions, CONRED’s limited programs and plans to prepare and respond to disasters, and the lack of knowledge of the people in the communities on how to react in case of a disaster. 

For this reason, the project seeks to strengthen people’s disaster-response skills in a comprehensive manner, working with all the institutions involved: The national and local authorities of CONRED and COLRED, municipal authorities and their main agencies (DMP, WMO, ONAJ, and UGAM), public institutions including MINEDUC, MARN, SESAN, MSPAS, MAGA, INSIVUMEH, CONRED, MIDES, among others; and local partners such as TECHO, schools and communities.

The project will strengthen the coordination and skills of all those involved to contribute to the preservation of life, safeguard livelihoods, and contribute to the strategic factors that allow the community to recover in a more efficient and timely manner after being impacted by a disaster. The project will have the support of municipal multisectoral bodies such as the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) or the Municipal Commissions for Food and Nutritional Security (COMUSAN), in addition to the Municipal Instance of Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management (IMGIRD).

Direct participants:

15,120

People

Indirect participants:

100,000

People

Donors:

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation

Objective

To improve the knowledge, coordination, skill and practice of rural communities and local authorities in their disaster preparedness and risk reduction with a gender perspective in rural areas susceptible to multiple natural disasters (earthquakes, droughts, tropical storms, pandemics, and forest fires).

Partners

  • The TECHO Association.

Expected results

  • The communities can have a properly qualified, inclusive, and self-organized expert group with the responsibility of leading in disaster preparedness.
  • The project contributes to improving the capacity of local communities and governmental units to prepare for disasters with inclusive plans and systems implemented and maintained/updated, while incorporating constant learning.
  • The communities are connected to local governments to access technical assistance and financing.

Implementation period

From November 2020 to December 2023.

Areas covered