More than 250 students from 30 schools of Karachi and 150 Red Crescent volunteers and staff were trained to deal with any emergency like situation during a three days annual field training camp organized by the Sindh chapter of Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) for Urban Disaster Response Team (UDRT) and School Safety Program (SSP) Volunteers.
During the camp, participants were trained by experts to prepare themselves for effective response in case of any emergency. They received training about First Aid, Emergency Response, fire fighting, camp management, youth awareness and information about Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, its fundamental principles.
Closing ceremony of this camp was held here on Sunday. Camp objective was to boost community volunteerism on successful infusion of spirit of selfless service to needy people without discrimination of class, colour or creed through trained youth and volunteers affiliated to PRC programs.
Vice President Pakistan Red Crescent Sindh Dr. Sardar Yaseen Malik and Director General, Provincial Disaster Management Authority Sindh Commander Retd. Syed Salman Shah were guests on this occasion. Member Managing Committee Tariq Moeen was also present.
Speaking at closing ceremony PRC Sindh Vice President Dr. Sardar Yaseen Malik said that youth are doing commendably well in every segment of life in Pakistan. Despite of different issues, Pakistani youth are considered to be most resourceful in facing challenges with courage and dignity.
He further said that PRC has provided relief of billions of rupees to millions of affected people in Pakistan since its inception 68 years ago. Communities should be strengthened through recruitment of volunteers, providing training and retaining them. Presently, the PRC has a volunteer registration of 1.7 million and aims to increase this number to 500,000, he told.
He informed that School Safety Program is providing students and teachers the requisite skills to respond effectively and appropriately when a crisis does occur. Our aim is to create a culture of safety in the educational community.
“More than 80 schools in Karachi have benefited from School Safety Program”, Dr. Malik informred.
DG PDMA Sindh Commander (R) Syed Salman Shah said that PRC-Sindh is organizing various trainings especially for youth and creating awareness to deal with any emergency like floods, earthquake, fire or terrorist attacks. Through these training our youth are not only saving their lives but also others. I appreciate the efforts of Pakistan Red Crescent and its volunteers who are always ready to serve the needy people, he applauded.
PRC Sindh branch Secretary Kanwar Waseem said youth camp aims at mobilizing a large number of youth volunteers to promote good volunteer management practices and advocate the value of volunteerism in Pakistan.
David Kenealy, Program Coordinator, German Red Cross in Pakistan lauded the efforts of both GRC and PRC teams in mitigating the sufferings of vulnerable segment of society.
He said that GRC has been working in Pakistan with PRC for a long time to strengthen communities and local authorities on disaster response and recovery, disaster risk reduction, and livelihood etc. “We will continue our support to PRC and will leave no stone unturned in expanding our humanitarian services to the vulnerable population living in far flung areas of Sindh province,” he added.
Source: Daily Times
Byline: Staff Report
December 26, 2016