Friends in Disaster Risk Reduction Africa organisation launched on 17 October 2020 linked with IDRR Day 2020
A new organisation, Friends In Disaster Risk Reduction Africa (FIDRR Africa) was officially launched on Saturday, 17 October 2020. The newly established organisation is a non-profit company (NPC) that aims to support, collaborate and work with various government departments and other stakeholders to reduce the amount of disaster risk in communities and develop disaster risk reduction plans and strategies together as multi-disciplinary professionals, which come from different fields in disaster risk reduction. “The launch was a success with the attendance of around 50 people as we observed the COVID-19 restrictions and regulations, the celebration was held in the City of Johannesburg in partnership with the Sounds of Azania Radio Station, Red Card Campaign, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) - a government programme, the United Domestic Workers of South Africa (UDWOSA), the Community Police Forum Ward 61, business people and sponsors who made this event a success with the message of support and words of encouragement,” said founder member, Thulani Gatsha Mrhetjha.
“As we celebrated the launch of the organisation, we also used this opportunity to commemorate the
International Day for Disaster Reduction 2020 (IDDR), which is celebrated on the 13 October annually with a different theme and the massage in line with the Sendai Framework. The theme for year 2020 is ‘ItsAllAboutGovernance’, which emphasises that all stakeholders and different organisations should have good disaster risk reduction governance and develop strategy International, national and local strategies around DRR. The Seven Goals Target for 2020 is Target E, which states that we need to substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by the end of this year.
The guest speaker of the day was Thulani Gatsha Mrhetjha, founder of the organisation, who shared a message of unity in the Africa continent, emphasising on unity towards building safe communities and preparing for future coming natural or man-made disasters. He shared the story of the battle of Adowa between Ethiopia and Italy during 1896, where he highlighted unity and victory and how victory was achieved through unity.
He reiterated the importance of promoting unity in the different communities and working together on building resilient communities and a safe environment for all citizens. He encouraged the community to use a community-based approach towards reducing the amount of risk and intensity of disasters during disaster events. He also encouraged communities to develop disaster risk reduction strategies and plans to mitigate future disaster and understand early warning and the impact of climate change.
“As we have experience a pandemic COVID-19 that affected the world, we take this pandemic as an opportunity and a learning curve towards community preparedness of natural or manmade disasters that might affect our communities, so, as we have seen, we were not prepared for this pandemic, so we have to be prepared for future disasters and understand the impact of climate change.”
The organisational aims are:
For more information, Thulani Gatsha Mrhetjha can be reached on email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website: www.fidrr.org
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