CUIDÁ volunteers are trained in implementing sustainable emergency prevention strategies in communities that are vulnerable to natural disasters.
- reducing social, environmental and economic vulnerability
- empowering theoretical capacities and self-management techniques
- improving the security, well-being and quality of life of the communities
- contributing to sustainable development
- identification and monitoring of risk scenarios, through tours of the territory
- protection of natural resources
- adoption of ravine river sections
- implementation of community strategies to respond to emergencies and disasters
- Knowledge: Training, scenarios identification, prioritization and characterization of risk scenarios and monitoring, knowing the territory, the history of its settlement, the way it has changed, the emergency situations that the community has experienced and identifying threats and vulnerabilities from this information.
- Risk Reduction: awareness campaigns, environmental activities, food and nutrition security.
- Risk Management: emergency community response strategy, to strengthen the disaster management process articulated to the characterization of risk scenarios and their monitoring.
The lead agency for the project is the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley with a total budget to date of 9,000,000,000 pesos (3.1 million USD). The project receives support from association agreements and inter-administrative contracts with academic institutions.
- 81 groups have participated in the project (51 adult and 30 youth), reaching a population of 1,600 people directly and 2,760 people indirectly
- 25 CUIDÁ groups have implemented Food Security programs
- 66% of the adult groups and 97% of the youth groups are led by women
- These projects depend on the support of the city administration, which due to lack of resources or non-prioritization of the project can sometimes delay contracting processes.
- The CUIDÁ committees are comprised on volunteers and people can leave at any time which makes planning programs complex.
- There may be conflicts between committee members which can lead to people leaving the committee.
- The weather can also effect participation, as some people will not attend on very hot or cold days.
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