ACF Int’l leads WASH training PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 August 2014 14:11

Action Against Hunger, an international and independent humanitarian organization spearheaded a 3-day training for facilitators and implementers of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in emergency from August 5-7.

The training forms part of the WASH Support to Populations Affected by conflict in Zamboanga City project funded by UNICEF Philippines and is one of the interventions for displaced families.

Participants to the activity included WASH cluster members and local civic social organizations.

Specifically the 3-day training aimed to  transfer necessary know-how and skills to target stakeholders where they will take the lead and manage WASH related intervention and activities during emergency situations; link WASH and disaster risk reduction as basic rights and service as part of the foundation of safety and resilience and review the vulnerability context of the Philippines to natural and human-induced disasters.

The same activity intended to make participants understand the national policies, guidelines and standards relating to WASH in emergencies and able to map out existing LGU sectors and other WASH actors that will manage WASH in emergencies  and demonstrate specific WASH techniques and processes and roles that are applied in an emergency.

The first two days of the training was held at the Astoria Hotel while the culminating day was held at the La Vista del Mar with various activities like demonstration of water bladder set up and many others.

ACF International (Accion Contra El Hambre) is an organization that fights hunger at all stages, from its most extreme manifestation of severe acute malnutrition to its causes. It intervenes directly in over 40 countries on five different continents and supports more than 6 million people.

ACF aims to improve access to basic services of less empowered and more vulnerable populations, including internally displaced persons and returnees through its main sectors of expertise. It directly supports the displaced and affected population and the host communities while mainstreaming cross-cutting issues, such as gender, children, environment, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and cultural sensitivity. — Sheila Covarrubias