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HKJCDPRI collaborates with different organisations and schools on “Community Campaign on Disaster Resilience” to deliver public awareness and education campaigns, tailored to the specific potential hazards the community is facing.
Through the campaigns, participants will be able to learn range of skills and knowledge, to become more resilient to the disruptive events most likely happened in their communities.
HKJCDPRI aims to involve participation ultimately from all sectors for disaster risk reduction, but priority will be given to the more vulnerable groups – including but not limited to the elderly, children, women, ethnic minorities and people with disability.
"More Knowledge, Less Risk"
Community Education Campaign by the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Lady MacLehose Centre (HKSKHLMC) Group and Community Work Unit
In 2017, HKJCDPRI collaborated with HKSKHLMC to launch a half-year “Community Education Campaign on Disaster Resilience and Housing Risks for Sub-divided Flat Residents”. Through community education mobile stations and home visits, the campaign hoped to better the tenants’ knowledge on mental health, home safety and hygiene. In addition, we provided related information and let residents learn about ways to cope with emergencies. A qualitative research on the “Mental Health of Sub-divided Flat Residents” has also been conducted by HKJCDPRI in order to effectively understand disaster risks faced by residents living in sub-divided flats in Kwai Tsing district, especially fire and infectious diseases outbreak. Research findings have also been compiled into booklets and distributed among the community.
In 2019, the two organizations co-launched another round of activities to further enhance residents’ awareness and response capacities with regard to risks arising from housing structures in old areas.
In addition to regularly exchanging views on disaster preparedness with residents through home visits and mobile education exhibitions, the programme is extended to key members of property management, including owner’s corporation and representative from the management office, so as to strengthen communication among stakeholders and discuss the needs on disaster preparedness. Actions are taken to inspect, replace or install fire prevention equipment; and display information about disaster preparedness at conspicuous locations such that the response capacities of residents in old areas can be reinforced. A community research will be conducted again by interviewing 300 sub-divided flat residents for an in-depth understanding on how the poor living environment impacts residents’ safety. Research findings will be announced at a press conference in October 2019 so as to arouse the society’s attention on the plight of sub-divided flat residents.
HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre (Group & Community Work Unit)
Community Campaign on Disaster Resilience for Sub-Divided Flat Residences in Kwai Tsing
Sub-divided flats are mostly in inappropriate settings, leading to avoidable risks of fire and diseases outbreak. HKJCDPRI and its collaborating partner, HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre, understand how crucial it is to mobilize, empower and encourage the residences in Kwai Tsing to fight for themselves a safer living environment. Therefore, various community engagement activities, including home visits and mobile educational booths were organized. A press conference, organized to announce the findings of “Community Survey on Physical and Mental risks resulted from Inappropriate Living Environment”, had called for more awareness and actions on the issue from both the government and general public.
Hong Kong Red Cross
Community Campaign on Disaster Resilience for Sub-Divided Flat Residences in Yau Tsim Mong District
Leveraging on the penetration of local welfare service centres, the campaign were able to reach those unseen but most needed ones living in the sub-divided flats in Yau Tsim Mong district. Apart from direct campaign intervention (including home visits, fire station visit and workshops featuring a virtual reality (VR) game on fire response), the campaign also brought about more sustainable impact by engaging and empowering grassroot welfare service centres in the implementation process. Participants would be more prepared to respond, with the knowledge learned and the disaster evacuation bag and first aid kit equipped.
HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre (Neighborhood Level Community Development Project)
Community Campaign on Disaster Resilience for Residences Living in Squatter Houses at Kwong Pan Tin Tsuen (光板田村)
Squatter houses are regarded as unauthorized structures, though they are allowed to remain in existence on a temporary basis. Limited permanent intervention and resources are allocated, to improve their living environment, safety and hygiene condition. Risks on disastrous fire and diseases outbreak are inherited from the historical context. HKJCDPRI and its collaborating partner, HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre, adopts a bottom-up community based approach to ensure participatory of the villages at Kwong Pan Tin Tsuen throughout the campaign cycle. Fire and hygiene ambassadors were elected from the village, who would lead and mobilize their community members to continuously learn and take preparedness measures towards the 2 more prominent hazards. Relevant workshops were organizaed, and educational materials (including the “Hazard and Resources Map” and “Disaster Game” were produced), to pave their way towards resilience enhancement.