LAMB gives churches and communities training on how to prepare for disasters; that could include learning how to do first aid, or setting up an early warning system so they know when a storm will strike. These simple interventions can - and do - save lives by building resilience to natural disasters.
The project is building the leadership of local churches, using them as the key means of driving disaster preparation. Robin Marandy, a school teacher and a preacher who lives in Nawabganj, is a great example. Robin is disabled, and he is part of a minority ethnic group. Most of his community are poor day labourers, an uncertain way of living that does not provide a regular income.
BECOMING A SPOKESPERSON
Robin participated in a workshop on Disaster and Local Churches that LAMB had organised for church leaders. Afterwards, he asked if they would come and work in his village.
LAMB agreed and started their Disaster Risk Reduction project with Robin’s community. First, LAMB helped leaders to develop a Risk Reduction Action Plan for the area. Through this action plan community leaders came to know about their local risks. They identified lack of clean water and access to sanitary latrines, as well as an inability to grow their own crops as their biggest problems. They also came up with some activities to reduce these risks.
FARMING AND ENERGY
One activity was training. The villagers received agricultural training from LAMB in how to plant and look after a kitchen garden and how to keep livestock.
Now they can grow their own vegetables and keep animals - no more foraging in the jungle for food!
To help with the sanitation problems, as a community they installed 2 tube-wells and repaired or cemented 12 tube-well platforms. They put in 9 latrines for very poor families. As a way to produce energy, they have also installed a solar panel in their church.
Thanks to all of these interventions the community will be better prepared for any instability in the future.
I wanted to do something better for the community so that we would see a positive change but I could not do this alone. I always prayed to Jesus for the community. I do believe that Jesus accepted my prayer request and supported us through LAMB.