TAF, CWG spearhead training for volunteers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 May 2015 15:23

Some 80 youth volunteers underwent a one-day training yesterday afternoon as part of their orientation to the Communications Working Group (CWG), a multi-sectoral organization tasked to communicate and disseminate information to IDP communities.

Dubbed the Workshop on Humanitarian Work in Disaster Response for CWG Volunteers, the learning activity was spearheaded by the local government of Zamboanga in partnership with The Asia Foundation, the UN-OCHA, the UNHCR, and other member organizations of the CWG, with the intention of developing the capacities and skills of volunteers working with the government and humanitarian actors in the Zamboanga City response.

As part of their training and orientation, the youth volunteers underwent sessions discussing topics and principles critical in humanitarian response including the cluster approach, sphere standards, communication with affected communities, humanitarian principles, and community consultation techniques.

Muktar Farrah, head of UN-OCHA Sub-Office in the region, said the training underscores understanding how the humanitarian response works so that volunteers will be better prepared to help during disasters and crises.

He also lauded the volunteers for their time and willingness to help, emphasizing that volunteerism is a noble job.

“Volunteers have a very good heart because they help those people who are in need,” he said.

Participants of the training hailed from different youth volunteer groups from local schools and the IDP volunteers of the Community Peace Media (CPM) who will support and assist the CWG in the conduct of information dissemination initiatives.

As a communication group, the CWG functions on the premise that information is a form of aid and focuses primarily in disseminating correct and validated information to affected communities to combat misinformation and rumors.

In the coming months, the CWG will be gearing up for a series of community consultations in preparation for the 3rd wave of Information Caravan series.