Educational Fair: International Day for Disaster Reduction 2012, Somoto, Nicaragua

The Nicaraguan Red Cross, CARE, AMMA and INPRHU, members of Partners for Resilience, together with the local government of Somoto, the Ministry of Interior, local/municipal/regional disaster management committees, the municipal food security committee, the Ministry of Education, Civil Defense, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Soy Nica, Movimiento Comunal Nicaragüense, Plan International, the Chamber of small and medium enterprises and the Lutheran Church, organized an educational fair in the city of Somoto, Nicaragua to celebrate the International Day for Disaster Reduction on 12 October 2012.

This large event kicked off with a parade of hundreds of school children, institutions, NGOs, music and more marching down the main streets of the city.

The parade ended at Parque Central where an educational fair was set-up by the municipal disaster management and food security committees to promote IDDR, embracing this year's theme of "Women and Girls: the [in]Visible Force of Resilience." Activities covered a broad range of topics, including: board games, drawing pictures about disaster reduction, group challenges by the Hygiene Promoters with their mascot "Jabonoso", and a hilarious on-stage skit drama group explaining the risks caused by deforestation. Attendees visited each informational stand and received a stamp, to then receive a reusable shopping bag when their card was complete.

The IDDR event concluded late into the evening with the showing of a documentary called "Desastres anunciados" ("Foreseen disasters") that was presented to event organizers and municipal officials and committees—with a teleconference at the conclusion that included the documentary producer and a panel of experts discussing the documentary and answering questions.

IDDR 2012 was a major success for the Partners for Resilience program in Nicaragua with the attendance of over 1000 children and adults being educated and empowered to reduce their disaster risks, adapt to a changing climate and live in better harmony with the environment.

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