BEING PREPARED FOR LIFE
Suddenly, the walls of your house, the roof and the floor beneath your feet are all shaking. It’s terrifying. You feel like everything is about to fall in on you. What do you do? Where do you go?
In the Philippines, Save the Children is working to make sure children are prepared for disaster. The children themselves play an active role in planning for emergencies and spreading safety messages. This means they are not just safe, they feel safe because they know their needs are going to be taken care of.
At the same time, they’re developing skills that they can use in other parts of their lives – knowing their rights, speaking out, planning and working together.
Thirteen-year-old Dianne talks about ‘the old Dianne’ and ‘the new Dianne’. “The old Dianne was shy and unprepared,” she explains. There was a flood and, as the waters rose, Dianne was more and more frightened because she couldn’t swim and she didn’t know what to do. Afterwards, the family survived on emergency supplies, but there was no milk for the baby. The old Dianne also lived through an earthquake. “I was afraid and I just cried,” she remembers.
*Name changed to protect identity