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Knowledge for life: Integrating scientific and local knowledge to prepare for future disasters

2018-03-06  |   Editor : houguangbing  
Category : Humanity

Charito stoops down as she enters a dusty white structure that looks like a triangular tent. "It's the time of the year when my husband and I would regularly check on it.”

A kurub is a structure that is lower in height than a typical house and is meant to withstand strong winds. Ideally, you should not be able to stand up straight inside, and unlike a typical house; it doesn’t have a foundation or walls.

Village people construct theirs in an open space and on higher-ground, where they can avoid falling debris and possible flooding.

"Kurub is a concept that has been passed on from generation to generation. It has served its purpose well after we've been hit by several typhoons," shares Charito. She explains that the practice was revived after typhoon Haiyan hit Visayas in November 2013.

World Vision recognizes indigenous practices on disaster preparedness. "We don't tell them to stop practicing the techniques they know, especially because it's something that they've proven to be effective," said Rosela Sabejon, Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist in Leyte. "What we do is complement what they already know."

In partnership with the local government, World Vision conducts activities such as child-focused disaster risk reduction (CFDRR) training to help communities prepare for disasters. The training sessions teach community members to create hazard and risk maps, identify early warning systems, and create their CFDRR plan.

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