Achieving Sustainable Community Empowerment Through a Nexus of Designs towards Resiliency

FREED operates in rural, marginalized areas, most of which have very limited access to goods, technologies, and services. Their geographic isolation and marginalization leads to increased vulnerability to hazards and risks, while decreasing their capabilities for development and resiliency.

The ASCEND Resiliency Program hopes to start the community’s journey towards resiliency through community assessment and development planning. The program facilitates the community’s understanding of the direct and indirect links of their values systems, their socio-cultural backgrounds, and economic practices with their susceptibility and response to disasters and emergencies. Specifically, ASCEND Resiliency aims to:

  • Facilitate the community’s reflection on their vulnerability and capability towards disaster and disaster resiliency

  • Facilitate the community’s design of a values-based, culturally-sensitive Resiliency & Development Plan (DREAM)

  • Equip the community to identify priorities and potential partners towards the realization of the DREAM

  • Strengthen community dynamics and relations through various activities, training and interventions

At the end of each project, the Developing Resiliency & Accountability Manual (DREAM) will have woven together existing and new disaster reduction, response and recovery plans, processes and practices in a form that’s known and understood by the community members. The DREAM will serve as a blueprint for any following FREED activities, programs and initiatives in the community.

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