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The World Council of Churches Armenia Inter-Church Charitable Round Table Foundation continues training courses in Emergency Preparedness and Rapid Response for Disaster Relief within the framework of the Partners’ Capacity Building Program for Clergy and Social Workers. The trainings are conducted in close collaboration with the State Academy of Crisis Management of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

ART launched the training on 18 October, 2018 bringing together 24-26 representatives – clergy, social workers, ACT Armenia Forum and ART staff members. Trainings within Capacity Building programme is regularly conducted by ART for its partners from all regions of Armenia who are prepared to act in emergency situations and conflicts for rapid response and in development stages mainstreaming Community Based Psychosocial Support in relief activities and are guided by strong international standards and regulations in their response strategy; are being regularly trained and updated and also get prepared to transfer their knowledge on grass root level to their local partners and beneficiaries.

 

Considering the psychosocial concept, the lecturers touched upon the role of clergy in preventing and overcoming emergencies, particularly their interaction in traumatic events, organizing humanitarian and spiritual care to the affected populations, organizing communication and alarm to relevant bodies, support to the victims, organizing emergency response and emergency situations, including displacement and  creation of displacement working groups, elaborating of evacuation plans, assessment of risks and other questions. The trainers ensured the stakeholder participation process throughout the course, which was provided through questions and answers, practical tasks, work, and thematic analysis. Time was allocated also for discussion of particularly difficult cases in the practice of the priests. 

ART has already several experiences that clergy assisted ART in emergency situations in communication and first hand information; sending emergency needs assessments; organization and aid distribution; reporting, etc.:
1. 2011, Landfall in “Tavoush region”
2. 2012-2018, Work with Syrian refugees in Armenia
3. 2014, Humanitarian assistance to conflict affected IDPs in Syria, Kessab
4. 2016, Emergency Response to the Nagorno - Karabakh conflict.
The trainings are going to be continuous and the plans will be based on the needs and also, the requests of beneficiaries. 

 

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