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UN Volunteers to assist in relief efforts in Ecuador
20 April 2016
Photo: UNICEF Ecuador.
Quito, Ecuador: On 16 April 2016, the Pacific coast of Ecuador was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the strongest in decades, killing over 500 women, men and children, injuring more than 4,600, and affecting the lives of half a million people. In collaboration with a number of UN partner agencies on the ground in Ecuador, UNV is ready to mobilize UN Volunteers with extensive experience in the field of emergency response and early recovery.  Read
Countries:  Ecuador
UNV supports global efforts to reduce the impact of disasters
12 October 2015
National UN Volunteer Field Monitor Catalino Benitez Jr. monitors the coconut lumber production in sawmill sites operated by a local cooperative. He serves with UNDP in the Philippines, assisting farmers affected by Typhoon Haiyan to regain their livelihoods and use the lumber as shelter materials for reconstruction. (UNDP, 2014)
Bonn, Germany: Volunteerism and volunteers are essential components of any disaster risk reduction strategy - strengthening the national and international response by leveraging people’s engagement and action, while enhancing community capacities to foster recovery and resilience. UNV recognizes the link between volunteerism and disaster risk reduction, identified as a priority area for the organization, and operationalized through a Global programme on Community Resilience for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction. Read
More about: Environment
UNV Deputy EC visits UNV Civil Engineers clearing quake debris in Nepal
13 July 2015
UNV DEC Rosemary Kalapurakal meets national UNV Civil Engineers managing debris clearance in Irkhu, Nepal. (Kamal Raj Sigdel, UNDP, 2015)
UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator, Rosemary Kalapurakal, accompanied by UNDP Country Director, Renaud Meyer, visited the quake-affected cities of Irkhu and Chautara in the district of Sindhupalchowk during a recent visit to Nepal. She met 24 of the 84 national UNV Civil Engineers deployed in Nepal since the quake and saw them in action managing debris removal and demolitions. Read
Countries:  Nepal
Despite the hardships, this is a very enriching experience
01 July 2015
Manash Gadtaula, national UN Volunteer Civil Engineer (UNV Nepal, 2015)
My name is Manash Gadtaula and I am a national UN Volunteer in Nepal. I serve as a civil engineer in a team of eight for the UNDP building demolitions project, as a support for the Village Development Committee. Demolition of houses can sound counter-intuitive but it is actually necessary in order to prevent further loss of lives during the aftershocks. Since the building’s structural integrity is compromised during the earthquake, even if it is still standing it is actually no longer safe to stay in it; and these buildings must be safely collapsed with the technical support of civil engineers. Read
Countries:  Nepal
Being there on time for the communities
04 June 2015
Hortika Joshi, national UN Volunteer Civil Engineer (UNV Nepal, 2015)
Nepal: My name is Hotrika Joshi and I am a national UN Volunteer Civil Engineer in Nepal. I am part of a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) demolition project which has handled the damage assessment of 250 households, benefitting approximately 1,500 people. In the Irkhu Village Development Committee area, a thousand more buildings need to be assessed and potentially torn down within the next weeks, before the monsoon arrives. Read
Countries:  Nepal

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