Support Our Youth-led DRR Action with Families in Indonesia and Japan: "DRR Homestay Program"

DRR HOMESTAY PROGRAM IN JAPAN AND INDONESIA
“A New Approach in Promoting Disaster Risk Reduction at Home”
Email: bdg.disaster.studygroup@gmail.com

Facebook: Bandung Disaster Study Group

Twitter: @ichiewitchie

BACKGROUND

1.       Japan and Indonesia, countries prone to various disasters.
2.       The urgency to implement disaster risk reduction at home, both in Japan and in Indonesia.
3.       Youth passion to contribute to society in reducing disaster risks.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Young people are potential pioneers in developing Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) efforts in society. An organization which consists of young researchers and university students named Bandung Disaster Study Group is currently developing a new DRR action approach at family level, which at the same time increases youth capacity in a fun and interesting way.
This approach is called DRR Homestay Program, initiated by BDSG volunteers in August 2011. Homestay program itself is a common approach in many countries for youth to gain new experiences and friendship, but in DRR Homestay Program, the activities are more than just staying and having fun with the host family. In this program, the youth will give additional positive value to the host family, by encouraging them to do DRR action in and around the house.

OBJECTIVES

1.   To implement disaster risk reduction measures at family/household level in Japan
2.   To promote friendship and mutual understanding between Indonesian and Japanese
3.   To improve the DRR Homestay Program approach and methods for future activities

ACTIVITIES DURING HOMESTAY

To be lead and facilitated by the participants:
1.       Discussion about disaster risk reduction in Japan and Indonesia
2.    Together with all family members, assess the vulnerability and capacity of the house to natural disasters, and conduct real action to reduce the risks
3.       Providing and cooking Indonesian dishes for lunch/ dinner
To be lead and facilitated by the host family:
4.    Involving the participants in house works and other daily routines to experience Japanese daily lives
5.       Providing and cooking Japanese dishes for dinner/ lunch
6.       Providing accommodation for the participants

This coming September 2012, BDSG will conduct a youth exchange program with university-based disaster education organization (WASEND) fromWaseda University, Japan. DRR Homestay Program will be conducted around Tokyo and West Java, combined with disaster education session road show in 6 schools in West Java, and Workshops to inspire youth from university and “creative” communities in Tokyo and Jakarta. After the program, we plan to publish a book on the role of youth and students in DRR, based on BDSG (and its partners) experiences with DRR Homestay Program and other DRR efforts for the society.

OVERVIEW OF PREVIOUS DRR HOMESTAY PROGRAM

This program has already been practiced in a very small scale in 2011, i.e. in Bandung and Garut, Indonesia (3 host families), and in Tokushima, Japan (1 host family), participated by youth from Indonesia and Japan. 




This approach will be further developed in order to be more effective and reach wider beneficiaries. There have been several other organizations willing to adopt this approach, which is a good thing, to support the borderless DRR efforts at family and community level, enforce better inter-cultural relationship and increase capacity of more youths.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Japan Activities (September 2012)
Indonesia Activities (September 2012)
2
Workshop preparation
17
Disaster education session preparation
3
Workshop for Youth in DRR
18-20
DRR Homestay and disaster education session at elementary schools
4-7
DRR Homestay and visit local fire brigade
8
Visit to Institution related to DRR
21
Workshop for Youth in DRR
9
Visit to Institution related to DRR and evaluation
22
Wrap up and Evaluation

                                                   

 

PARTICIPANTS

Youth Exchange Abroad: 7 from Indonesia and 13 from Japan
Local Youth: 20 in Indonesia

 

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