Red Cross collaborates with Samsung to launch 'Disaster Risk Reduction Project

In order to foster disaster preparedness and community resiliency, Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) together with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Korean Red Cross joined hands to implement COMMUNITY BASED DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (CBDRR) KOSHI BASIN Project targeting communities in Eastern-Terai of Nepal.

Sunsari branch of NRCS today hosted official launch of 60 million Nepali Rupees (600M KRW) project funded by Korean Red Cross in partnership with Samsung through Community Chest of Korea (CCK) in selected four rural and urban municipalities of Udaypur, Sunsari and Saptari districts.

The launching ceremony of the CBDRR organized in Dharan was attended by NRCS chairman Sanjiv Thapa, Head of IFRC Country Office in Nepal Juja Kim, Country Representative of Korean Red Cross in Nepal Sunhee Kim, and Managing Director of Samsung NEPAL, Mr. Yubeom Won along with representatives of Nepal government, respective municipalities and local units of NRCS in the targeted area. The event commenced with display of information board about CBDRR project.

Speaking in the ceremony NRCS Chairman Thapa highlighted the new opportunity to create synergies in the disaster risk reduction initiatives with joint effort of communities, local government and the Red Cross. "Preparedness saves the cost of recovery."

The project has more than 36,500 beneficiaries of about 7,500 families and is one of the community-centric initiatives. The focused area consists of:

  • Belaka Municipilaty Ward # 1 and 2 of  Udaypur district 
  • Hanumannagar Kankalini Municipality Ward # 14, Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality Ward # 5 of Saptari district
  • Baraha Kshetra Municipality Ward # 9 and 10 of Sunsari district

Head of IFRC Country office, Juja Kim said, "The project contributes to the IFRC's international role in disaster management, one billion coalition initiative and also supports different key aspects of Sustainable Development Goal."

The project is designed to cover integrated components for DRR like Shelter, Livelihood, Health and WASH along with Gender and Social Inclusion, climate actions and peace promotion. The project aims to work together with local municipalities, schools, local disaster management committees and Red Cross units to strengthen the capacity of vulnerable communities to better manage risks posed by natural and man-made hazards, in particular the risk of flooding and enhance readiness to respond. The activities of the project are designed on the basis of vulnerability and capacities analysis of the targeted area. 

Yubeom Won from Samsung said, "Based on the philosophy of co-prosperity as a global corporate citizen, Samsung Electronics is engaged in various social contribution activities to create brighter and more hopeful society."It is our immense pleasure to broaden our supporting wings and reach out to the vulnerable communities in Nepal through our long term partner-Red Cross."

Sunhee Kim from Korean Red Cross said that Korean Red Cross has been working with Nepal Red Cross for more than a decade. It is our great pleasure to extend the partnership with NRCS to mitigate the risk of disaster in flood prone area with the support of Samsung.

This two-year project in disaster prone area will enhance the resilience capacity of the communities and support them to demonstrate learning in action for disaster management endeavors particularly flood response including early warning system and climate change adaptation. Nepal Red Cross volunteers in the communities will participate in the project actively. This project will be tailored for local needs and delivered in local languages.