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Bangladesh - Disability-inclusive DRR


(voice on a loudspeaker)
Dear Villagers! Dear Villagers!! Next Tuesday at 11 in the morning, at Char Charitabari flood shelter, Haripur Ward Disaster Management Committee (WDMC) have arranged a Mock Drill to raise awareness on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction. You are all cordially invited!    
Anjum Nahed Chowdhury – How are you?
Badsha Miah – Fine. Thank you. I am going to WDMC meeting, are you coming?
Anjum Nahed Chowdhury – Yes, I am also going to the WDMC Meeting. But first let’s go to your house to check out how everything is going on.
Badsha Miah – Okay, let’s go.
Badsha Miah – We live in a flood-prone area. This house was raised above flood-water level. During recent flooding this year, six families took shelter in my house.
Badsha Miah – Since the tube-well was raised, it has been a great help, not only for persons with disability, but for everyone in the community during flood-time.
This longer handle is used because less effort is needed to pump the water. It particularly helps persons with disability, but also pregnant women, elderly people & children.
This toilet with the pan system is really convenient for us.
The drum that you have given helped a lot. And the tap and pipe from the drum is also good – since we have no electricity here, we cannot install a motorised system for storing water for the toilet. Now, anyone can fill up the drum and I can use it whenever I need. 
Asalamualay Kum
Walaykum Asalam
Thank you for taking trouble to come here today.
Badsha Miah – Through GUK, we got different trainings from CDD. I learned about my rights, and where I am entitled to get formal and legal assistance. After coming back, we formed a Ward Disaster Management Committee (WDMC) and Self-help Group (SHG). Through these, we assist persons with disability on different issues, including disaster preparation.
In every WDMC meeting, all of us deposit 20 Taka on a regular basis. During this year’s flood we took out 1,000 Taka and bought some dry food for some families at risk. That was not much, but we contributed with whatever we had.
The Song -- ♫ Come up villagers, let me tell you about disaster risk and persons with disabilities ... ♫
Anjum Nahed Chowdhury – Through our Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction programme, we work specifically to build awareness among rural societies. Group meetings, yard discussions, mock drills and street theatre are some of the events that we arrange. You can see that in today's street theatre, persons with disabilities are acting, singing, playing instruments. On one hand, we are showing the general public that – with suitable environment and opportunity – persons with disabilities can contribute to society like anyone else. On the other hand, we are showing the ways persons with disabilities can be assisted and their risk level during disaster can be reduced.
Badsha Miah – This is the river ... Every year there is flood. We all are at risk, but the persons with disabilities are disproportionately affected. After flooding, this riverbank starts collapsing. Like me, there are many people with disabilities here. Through training, we have become more aware ... In the recent flood, I helped many people to reach the flood shelter with accessible boat and rafts. If we get assistance like this, we could make even more contributions.
Anjum Nahed Chowdhury – In today's mock drill event, many persons with disabilities are directly participating in, as well as managing events. They are working just like others, which is aligned to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). Previously we assumed that it needs large funds and technical support to involve persons with disabilities into Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programs, which has definitely been proven wrong. When we started working with CBM and CDD on our Disaster Risk Reduction programmes, we have learned that by only changing attitudes, a huge difference could be made. We know that persons with disabilities constitute a large part of our society, so excluding them makes comprehensive development impossible.  
Badsha Miah – I am now self-dependent. I hope other persons with disabilities will also get opportunities to learn like me and claim their rights. I long for the day when they are capacitated to attain the rights. Nothing will make me happier. 

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Article 11 - Situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies
States Parties shall take, in accordance with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law, all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of risk, including situations of armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies and the occurrence of natural disasters.

Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) is a Bangladeshi NGO working towards a disability-inclusive society by disability mainstreaming and promoting rehabilitation and empowerment of persons with disabilities.

Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK) works to ensure sustainable development for the poorest people in Bangladesh, especially for women, children and persons with disabilities.

CBM is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.
Logos of CDD, GUK & CBM

Badsha Miah, a young man in Bangladesh (who is a wheelchair user), helps build community disaster resilience as part of a Disaster Management Committee.

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