One of Soarway’s newest partners is the Sarokar Foundation which is working hard to spread the word across Nepal about fire safety and disaster preparednes. In a country where there are not enough fire trucks,or firefighters, where smoke detectors are an exception not the norm, and where hospitals and schools often lack basic fire suppression equipment, fire safety becomes critically important to saving lives. And in one of the world's most seismically vulnerable nations, disaster preparedness is critical.
Sarokar is committed to education and training to spread the word on fire safety and disaster prepared and has begun a campaign that they hope to take countrywide. And, just as important, they are committed to an inclusive approach that will ensure that the most vulnerable, including the elderly and people with disabilities, are part of the discussion and that they too are given the training that could help save their lives in times of danger.
On April 25 we will mark the third anniversary of the Gorkha quake in Nepal that killed thousands and affected so many more. Some folks may tire of marking the anniversaries. Some may want to “move on”. But we know that the threat of the next disaster is always with us. We cannot ignore, we cannot pretend it won’t happen and we CANNOT neglect the most vulnerable who need our engagement the most.
The Soarway Foundation will join with the Sarokar Foundation to do an special day-long training on earthquake safety, fire safety, and inclusion in disaster preparedness on the Gorkha quake anniversary. The 100 trainees will include not only enthusiastic youth but elderly Nepali men and women and people with disabilities — people who so often are left behind and never told how best to protect themselves when danger threatens.
The Deputy Superintendent of the Armed Police in charge of disaster training will lead sessions as will former Fire Chief for the Kathmandu Valley, Kishore Bhattarai. We are inviting our partners at the Nepal Ambulance Service to send one of their highly skilled paramedics to speak on emergency first aid. And we will enlist 20 participants for advanced training as we build a cadre of effective community disaster response volunteers ready to act when called upon.
We are proud to partner with Sarokar and hope you will join in our efforts. Help us to save live, stop fires before they start and protect the firefighters who must step in if prevention fails! Help us to keep Nepal safe. Help us to protect the vulnerable, empower people with disabilities and make Nepal safer for all its citizens. Join with Soarway and the Sarokar Foundation.
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