Press Release: A Safer Tomorrow - Disaster Preparedness in Schools

A Safer Tomorrow - Disaster Preparedness in Schools

ECHO awards 472,500 Euro for supporting school safety in Pakistan

Pakistan has been at risk to various types of natural disasters of which cyclones, flooding, ladslides, earthquakes and drought are most common. It is one of the most flood prone countries in South Asia. During its history the floods of 1950, 1992, 1998 and 2010 resulted in a large number of deaths and severe loss of property. The flood of 2010 is estimated to have cost damages of more than $ 10 billion. Pakistan is also located in a seismically active zone on account of its proximity to the Indo-Australian and Eurasian plates. This vulnerability was proven in October 2005 when a major earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale hit the country, killing over 73.000 people and damaging/destroying about 450.000 houses.

Children are the most vulnerable age group during any disaster, especially those attending school, as school buildings are often destroyed and injure students. In the light of the specific vulnerability of the country in regard of natural disasters ECHO has funded HOPE'87 for supporting the school safety in the district Chitral of the province Khyber Pakhtunkha in Pakistan. Main focus will be laid on DRR extra-curricular teaching sessions, trainings, regualr socialization sessions, drills and simulations for schools, communities and local institutional bodies as well as technical assessment and recommendations to identify appropriate "safe places" in the project area or retrofitting activiteis and advocacy for sustainability and maintenance needs to enhance awareness raising and capacities in Disaster Preparedness in schools. 

Short facts

Project location: Tehsil & district Chitral, KPK Pakistan

Duration: 1st of May 2011 until 31st of October 2012

No. of beneficiaries: approximately 20.900 individuals


The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. Aid is channelled impartially, straight to people in need, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation.

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