The Humanitarian Response Training Program on Sphere Project in Taiwan, 2017

The Humanitarian Response Training Program on Sphere Project in Taiwan, 2017

 

Global warming, natural disasters following one after another in recent years. Taiwan, as a country under high risks of earthquakes and typhoon, is ought to face the issue of “disaster relief” and prevention. Moreover, more and more Taiwanese NGOs are involving in the international disaster relief and work of reconstruction. Therefore, how to practice emergency relief effectively and efficiently, connecting it with developmental work in order to meet international standard, method, as well as accountability, are the issues we have taken into consideration. 

The Sphere Project is a voluntary initiative that carries a wide-ranging of humanitarian organizations together around a common goal - to improve the quality of humanitarian assistance and the accountability of humanitarian actors to their constituents, donors and affected populations. It is, in other words, one of the most widely known and internationally recognized sets of common principles and universal minimum standards of humanitarian response.

“The Humanitarian Response Training Program on Sphere Project in Taiwan, 2017”, co-organized by Taiwan AID and Oxfam Hong Kong, offering staffs at NGOs across Taiwan a fundamental theory and seminars on the subject, in addition to practices and experience exchange, raising knowledge and sense of NGO staffs at the front line in humanitarian response.

  

Because of the reasons such as exclusion, the lake of awareness and social support networks, physical barriers, people with disabilities are one of the groups that are most frequently at risk in humanitarian crises. It is critical that people with disabilities and their representative organizations are not just included as beneficiaries, but are also included as partners in humanitarian action and response. This means involving them in the assessment, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of assistance programs.

We must ensure the emergency response is inclusive of people with disabilities, that is, fully aware and informed of the current situation in the community, establish partnerships with new humanitarian stakeholders (ie.IFRC), finally assist them to restore and/or enhance their quality of life during the recovery phase.

 

Eden Social Welfare Foundation will continue focusing on implanting the concept of crisis prevention and intervention in its services, applying disaster drill sections into each class on regular basis. More than that, we corporates with local fire-stations, inviting professionals to come to our centers offer service users courses on crisis prevention, providing people with disabilities information on coping with emergencies during disasters such as fire, typhoon, and earthquakes. As for the staff, we encourage our staff to obtain professional emergency relief skills, offering regular training courses. At Eden’s Yilan Education and Nursing Institute, there is a total number of 21 staffs passed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training course and acquire the EMT1 certificate. EMTs are clinicians trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries and accident scenes, which is crucial to front line workers in the developmental field.  

As the main stream NGO in Taiwan, the Foundation plays an important role in the field and carries important social responsibilities. Rooted for 35 years in Taiwan, Eden Social Welfare Foundation has reached our services and vision internationally, having strong ties and integrations with international organizations. For the future, Eden will continue to put our effort in humanitarian response and improve our work to go beyond the basic standards, for a better outcome.