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Aloma, and her father, work tirelessly in the Barangays mangrove nursery, allowing them to rehabilitate their communities coastal Mangrove areas. Aloma says “It's a big change on my part because I really didn't care about it before. I didn’t understand. I didn't care, about going to the muddy area just to plant a mangrove. Now, I realise its importance”. She is proud that their Barangay is the only town with a mangrove nursery. “We are the only one with this kind of project”, she says.
As a member of the Disaster Risk Reduction Council and the People’s Organisation in her Barangay, Aloma feels confident that her community are doing all they can to prepare for future, climate related, disasters.
The coastal tide comes in, as Aloma inspects the young mangrove plants that the community has nurtured to protect their houses and families from the effects of natural disasters and storm surges.
Aloma and the members of the Disaster Risk Reduction Council and People’s Organisation, through the ICDP (Integrated Community Development Program) supported by Caritas Australia, are able to provide first aid training to their community so they can help their families and neighbours in the event of a disaster.
Aloma, her husband, two children and her extended family live in a coastal region of the Philippines, prone to the effects of climate change and natural disasters. Aloma says “I would like to say thank you to countries such as Australia for bringing the The ICDP (Integrated Community Development Program) to our community. This has had a great impact on our lives, on the whole community, especially on us, on my family”.
As a member of the Disaster Risk Reduction Council, Aloma’s role is to manage relief efforts and logistics in her community. She manages the budgets for medicines, food, communication and other logistical needs, in coordination with the barangay captain. In the event of a disaster, Aloma and her team are now in a position to be ready to help.
First aid and rescue training is very important in Aloma’s community, which is very vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change. The ICDP (Integrated Community Development Program) supported by Caritas Australia, has provided Aloma’s community with skills in vital disaster first aid and rescue responses.
Aloma, and her family live in a coastal region of the Philippines, prone to the effects of climate change and natural disasters. Aloma says “I have a simple dream for my family: I hope that my children will be able to finish their schooling, unlike us, and eventually they will have a better future. My dream for my community is to continue what we are doing right now to prepare for disasters, so that the next generation will benefit from what we have started”.
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