Over 12,000 grade-schoolers have been given training and life-saving equipment as part of the Disaster Risk Reduction project carried out in the two flood-prone provinces of Dong Thap and Tien Giang in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam in 2013-14.
The US$197,000 project was funded by the pan-Asian Prudence Foundation, a fund of Prudential, and implemented by the non-governmental organization Save the Children from February 2013 to April 2014.
The children were given free swimming courses and trained on evacuation drills to better protect and prepare themselves from disasters such as floods and storms.
In addition, the project also helped raise awareness for local communities about disaster risk reduction and possible negative impacts of climate change.
Other activities organized in the two provinces were expected to benefit around 24,000 other people of the local communities.
A conference to summarize the project was held on Friday in Dong Thap and a similar event is scheduled to take place in Tien Giang on April 28.
7,000 children in 15 primary schools in Dong Thap will get direct benefits of the project, while Tien Giang has 5,000 children from nine elementary schools.
Jack Howell, CEO of Prudential Vietnam said, “By sponsoring this project, Prudential is very happy to continue providing realistic support to the Vietnamese communities.
“The project had provided school children with practical skills to survive and overcome disasters such as tropical floods and storms.”
Besides Vietnam, the Prudence Foundation is supporting risk reduction programs in the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia.
Save the Children, with 20 year experience in emergency responses and disaster risk reduction in Vietnam, has piloted and expanded a multi-phase child-focused, community-based Disaster Risk Reduction program in about 120 communities in all three regions of Vietnam.