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First issue of UNV Trinidad and Tobago newsletter: February 2013

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 A 
s
 
it
 
has
 
become
 
established
 
tradi
tion
 
over
 
the
 
past
 
years,
 
the
 
5
th
 
De
cember
 
marks
 
one
 
of 
 
the
 
most
 
im
portant
 
celebratory
 
events
 
for
 
volunteers
 
around
 
the
 
world
 
highlighting
 
achieve
ments,
 
dedication
 
and
 
solidarity
 
of 
 
the
 
countless
 
individuals
 
that
 
seek
 
to
 
improve
 
social
 
conditions
 
in
 
their
 
respective
 
host
 
and
 
home
 
countries.
 
For
 
IVD
 
2012,
 
the
 
UNV
 
Trinidad
 
and
 
Tobago
 
Field
 
Unit
 
 joined
 
forces
 
with
 
the
 
Office
 
of 
 
Disaster
 
Preparedness
 
and
 
Management
 
(ODPM)
 
to
 
show
 
appreciation
 
for
 
the
 
volun
teers
 
who
 
have
 
been
 
enrolled
 
in
 
a
 
National
 
Volunteer
 
Programme
 
over
 
the
 
past
 
year.
 
These
 
persons
 
have
 
assisted
 
the
 
ODPM
 
and
 
other
 
Ministries
 
in
 
times
 
of 
 
need,
 
most
 
nota
bly
 
in
 
Diego
 
Martin
 
Flood
 
during
 
August
 
2012.
 
Both
 
UNV
 
and
 
ODPM’s
 
initiative
 
forms
 
part
 
of 
 
the
 
wider
 
framework
 
of 
 
Comprehensive
 
Disaster
 
Management
 
currently
 
undertaken
 
by
 
the
 
Ministry
 
of 
 
National
 
Security
 
through
 
the
 
ODPM
 
intends
 
to
 
highlight
 
the
 
hugely
 
important
 
contribution
 
that
 
volunteers
 
are
 
making
 
towards
 
community
 
preparedness
 
and
 
disaster
 
risk
 
reduction.
 
By
 
holding
 
 joint
 
celebrations
 
on
 
the
 
occasion
 
of 
 
IVD
 
has
 
pro
vided
 
an
 
important
 
platform
 
for
 
showcasing
 
the
 
work
 
and
 
the
 
impact
 
of 
 
volunteer
 
action
 
on
 
a
 
topic
 
that
 
is
 
vital
 
to
 
the
 
sustainable
 
de
velopment
 
of 
 
Trinidad
 
and
 
Tobago.
 
Staging
 
IVD
 
celebrations
 
on
 
the
 
8th
 
has
 
given
 
therefore
 
an
 
opportunity
 
to
 
interpret
 
the
 
2012’s
 
motto
 
of 
 
“Celebrating
 
Volun
teering”
 
through
 
the
 
prism
 
of 
 
citizen
driven
 
disaster
 
risk
 
management
 
initia
tives.
 
The
 
event
 
was
 
covered
 
by
 
the
 
media
 
and
 
included
 
speeches
 
from
 
the
 
United
 
Nation’s
 
Development
 
Programme
 
(UNDP)
 
Deputy
 
representative
 
Mr.
 
Henri
Francois
 
Morand
 
and
 
the
 
representative
 
of 
 
the
 
ODPM
 
Mr.
 
Vijai
 
Mahabir.
 
ODPM
 
National
 
Volunteer
 
Appreciation
 
Ceremony
 
International
 
Volunteers
 
Day
 
(IVD)
 
2012
 
in
 
T&T
 
Inside
 
this
 
issue:
 
IVD
 
2013
 
1
4
 
Remarks
 
on
 
IVD
 
Marina
 
Kobzeva
 
3
 
Important
 
Dates
 
4
 
Carnival
 
2013
 
5
6
 
Volunteering
 
for
 
Kiddies
 
Carnival
 
6
 
2
 
Years
 
after
 
the
 
3/11
 
Earthquake
 
in
 
Japan
 
8
9
 
Voice
 
of 
 
UNV
 
Victor
 
Reyes
 
7
 
Our
 
New
 
Little
 
UNV
 
77
 
VOLUME
 
1,
 
ISSUE
 
1
 
March
 
2013
 
 
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March
 
2013
 
 
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Representatives
 
of 
 
the
 
Office
 
of 
 
Disaster
 
Preparedness
 
and
 
Management
 
(ODPM),
 
the
 
United
 
Nations
 
Development
 
Programme,
 
the
 
United
 
Nations
 
Volunteers
 
Programme
 
and
 
the
 
ODPM
 
National
 
Volunteers–
 
on
 
8th
 
December
 
2012
 
at
 
the
 
ODPM.
 
During
 
the
 
Volunteer
 
Appreciation
 
Ceremony,
 
volunteer
 
certificates,
 
ODPM
UNDP
 
volunteer
 
vests
 
and
 
the
 
UNV
 
mugs
 
were
 
awarded
 
to
 
80
 
National
 
ODPM
 
Volunteers.
 
Every
 
year,
 
hundreds
 
of 
 
millions
 
of 
 
people
 
around
 
the
 
world
 
volunteer
 
their
 
time
 
and
 
effort
 
to
 
help
 
others.
 
The
 
core
 
values
 
of 
 
volunteerism
 
 
striving
 
for
 
the
 
common
 
good
 
in
 
a
 
spirit
 
of 
 
solidarity
 
and
 
without
 
expecting
 
material
 
reward
are
 
shared
 
universally
 
across
 
cultures,
 
languages,
 
and
 
religions.
 
UNDP
 
Administrator
 
Helen
 
Clark
 
on
 
the
 
occasion
 
of 
 
International
 
Volunteer
 
Day
 
Mr.
 
Henri
François
 
Morand
 
:
 
UNDP
 
Resident
 
Representative
 
a.i.,
 
made
 
remarks
 
on
 
his
 
former
 
UNV
 
colleagues
 
who
 
were
 
killed
 
in
 
an
 
armed
 
attack
 
during
 
the
 
UNDP
 
mission
 
in
 
Kabul,
 
Afghanistan
 
on
 
October
 
2009.
 
He
 
said
 
the
 
victims
 
were
 
viciously
 
killed
 
as
 
they
 
sought
 
to
 
serve
 
the
 
peo
ple
 
of 
 
Afghanistan
 
but
 
their
 
sacrifice
 
will
 
not
 
be
 
forgotten.
 
All
 
participants
 
observed
 
a
 
minute
 
of 
 
silence
 
in
 
tribute
 
to
 
the
 
victims.
 
Left:
 
Dr.
 
Francisco
 
Roquette
 
:
 
UNV
 
Senior
 
Portfolio
 
Manager
 
Latin
 
American
 
/
 
Carib
bean
 
Development
 
Division
 
Center
 
:
 
UNV
 
T&T
 
Field
 
Unit
 
 
 
Remarks
 
on
 
IVD:
 
UNV
 
Programme
 
Manager
 
Marina
 
Kobzeva
 
National
 
Capacity
 
Development
 
for
 
Disaster
 
Risk
 
at
 
the
 
Office
 
of 
 
Disaster
 
Preparedness
 
and
 
Management
 
T
here
 
has
 
been
 
an
 
increased
 
attention
 
to
 
natural
 
disasters
 
around
 
the
 
globe
 
in
 
the
 
last
 
decade.
 
Climate
 
change
 
and
 
ongoing
 
urbanization
 
have
 
been
 
contributing
 
to
 
increased
 
vulnerability
 
of 
 
the
 
twin
 
island
 
republic
 
of 
 
Trinidad
 
and
 
Tobago
 
over
 
the
 
past
 
years.
 
The
 
na
tional
 
Office
 
for
 
Disaster
 
Preparedness
 
and
 
Management
 
(ODPM)
 
seeks
 
to
 
promote
 
a
 
resil
ient
 
nation
 
whose
 
continuous
 
protection
 
from
 
new
 
and
 
existing
 
threats,
 
posed
 
by
 
all
 
natural
 
and
 
man
made
 
hazards,
 
is
 
integrated
 
into
 
routine
 
practices
 
of 
 
individuals,
 
communities,
 
gov
ernment
 
and
 
public
 
and
 
private
 
sector
 
businesses.
 
The
 
ODPM’s
 
Comprehensive
 
Disaster
 
Management
 
Policy
 
Framework
 
has
 
integrated
 
the
 
United
 
Nation
 
International
 
Strategy
 
for
 
Disaster
 
Reduction’s
 
(UNISDR)
 
Hyogo
 
Framework
 
for
 
Action;
 
the
 
latter
 
encourages
 
nations
 
to
 
“develop
 
specific
 
mechanisms
 
to
 
engage
 
the
 
active
 
participation
 
and
 
ownership
 
of 
 
rele
vant
 
stakeholders,
 
including
 
communities,
 
in
 
disaster
 
risk
 
reduction,
 
in
 
particular
 
building
 
on
 
the
 
spirit
 
of 
 
volunteer
ism.”
 
In
 
the
 
light
 
of 
 
this
 
the
 
development
 
of 
 
a
 
National
 
Volunteer
 
Programme
 
was
 
seen
 
as
 
vital
 
to
 
achieving
 
comprehensive
 
disaster
 
management
 
goals.
 
Subsequently,
 
in
 
2010,
 
the
 
Volunteer
 
Programme
 
was
 
designed,
 
with
 
its
 
purpose
 
to
 
allow
 
members
 
of 
 
the
 
community;
 
public,
 
private
 
and
 
civil
 
sectors
 
to
 
take
 
ownership
 
of 
 
their
 
communities’
 
vulnerabilities
 
and
 
engage
 
in
 
risk
 
reduction
 
and
 
management
 
practices.
 
The
 
main
 
objective
 
of 
 
the
 
ODPM’s
 
National
 
Volunteer
 
Pro
gramme
 
is
 
to
 
establish
 
a
 
mechanism
 
through
 
which
 
volunteers
 
can
 
offer
 
their
 
time,
 
efforts
 
and
 
skills
 
at
 
various
 
phases
 
of 
 
disaster
 
management
 
cycle.
 
The
 
ODPM
 
has
 
pledged
 
to
 
provide
 
these
 
volunteers
 
with
 
disaster
 
management
 
related
 
training
 
and
 
emergency
 
skills
 
which
 
will
 
enable
 
them
 
to
 
support
 
stakeholders
 
and
 
their
 
communities’
 
times
 
of 
 
disas
ter.
 
Primary
 
emphasis
 
will
 
be
 
placed
 
on
 
the
 
response
 
and
 
recovery
 
phase
 
of 
 
disasters
 
and
 
the
 
majority
 
of 
 
volunteers
 
will
 
be
 
charged
 
with
 
assigned
 
tasks
 
and
 
responsibilities
 
that
 
are
 
intended
 
to
 
enhance
 
the
 
response
 
capabilities
 
and
 
recovery
 
mechanisms
 
of 
 
the
 
ODPM.
 
But
 
it
 
was
 
decided
 
that
 
within
 
each
 
phase
 
of 
 
the
 
Disaster
 
Risk
 
Management
 
Cycle,
 
volun
teers
 
will
 
be
 
able
 
to
 
play
 
an
 
active
 
role.
 
The
 
ODPM
 
launched
 
a
 
media
 
campaign
 
and
 
community
 
outreach
 
programme
 
and
 
by
 
the
 
end
 
of 
 
2011,
 
more
 
than
 
a
 
hundred
 
of 
 
interested
 
citizens,
 
ready
 
and
 
willing
 
to
 
donate
 
their
 
time
 
and
 
skills,
 
responded
 
to
 
the
 
call
 
and
 
comprehen
sive
 
volunteer
 
training,
 
proceeded
 
by
 
a
 
brief 
 
selection
 
and
 
recruitment
 
phase,
 
begun.
 
In
 
order
 
to
 
achieve
 
best
 
result
 
and
 
make
 
the
 
training
 
as
 
effective
 
and
 
interactive
 
as
 
possible
 
the
 
volunteers
 
were
 
divided
 
into
 
four
 
manageable
 
groups.
 
In
 
2012,
 
over
 
the
 
course
 
of 
 
10
 
months
 
they
 
received
 
training
 
from
 
the
 
ODPM’s
 
own
 
skilled
 
disaster
 
managers
 
in
 
the
 
basics
 
of 
 
General
 
Hazard
 
Awareness,
 
Disaster
 
Management
 
Cycle,
 
Vulnerability
 
and
 
Capacity
 
Assessment,
 
Ini
tial
 
Damage
 
Assessment
 
and
 
Needs
 
Analysis,
 
Damage
 
and
 
Loss
 
Assessment,
 
Logistics
 
Management,
 
Use
 
of 
 
Radio
 
and
 
emergency
 
communications,
 
Incident
 
Command
 
System,
 
Shelter
 
Management
 
and
 
First
 
Psychological
 
Aid
 
and
 
Community
based
 
Psychosocial
 
Support.
 
At
 
the
 
next
 
stage,
 
the
 
volunteers
 
who
 
successfully
 
completed
 
the
 
initial
 
training
 
will
 
be
 
offered
 
to
 
specialize
 
in
 
one
 
or
 
two
 
areas
 
of 
 
disaster
 
management
 
and
 
to
 
continue
 
their
 
in
depth
 
training
 
over
 
the
 
course
 
of 
 
2013.
 
First
 
aid
 
and
 
CPR
 
training
 
will
 
be
 
given
 
to
 
all
 
volunteers
 
and
 
after
 
the
 
necessary
 
training
 
is
 
received
 
by
 
each
 
volunteer
 
group,
 
they
 
will
 
be
 
issued
 
basic
 
equipment
 
to
 
ensure
 
efficiency
 
of 
 
their
 
assigned
 
duties.
 
Torrential
 
rain
 
and
 
flash
 
floods
 
that
 
hit
 
the
 
West
 
of 
 
Trinidad
 
in
 
August
 
2012
 
led
 
the
 
ODPM
 
test
 
their
 
volunteers
 
and
 
their
 
support
 
to
 
the
 
Local
 
Government
 
and
 
the
 
ODPM
 
in
 
initial
 
damage
 
assessment
 
and
 
shelter
 
management
 
was
 
greatly
 
appreciated.
 
In
 
December
 
2012,
 
together
 
with
 
United
 
Nations
 
Volunteers
 
in
 
Trinidad
 
and
 
Tobago,
 
the
 
ODPM
 
organized
 
a
 
simula
tion
 
exercise
 
to
 
commemorate
 
to
 
the
 
International
 
Volunteer
 
Day
 
and
 
test
 
volunteers’
 
knowledge
 
in
 
the
 
field.
 
Their
 
performance
 
and
 
commitment
 
were
 
exceptional.
 
The
 
day
 
ended
 
with
 
a
 
Ceremony
 
of 
 
Volunteer
 
Appreciation,
 
hosted
 
by
 
the
 
ODPM
 
and
 
UNV.
 
The
 
ODPM's
 
Volunteer
 
Policy
 
still
 
needs
 
to
 
be
 
updated
 
and
 
finalized,
 
many
 
organizational,
 
administrative
 
and
 
insurance
 
issues
 
need
 
to
 
be
 
discussed
 
and
 
improved,
 
the
 
volunteers
 
still
 
have
 
a
 
lot
 
to
 
learn.
 
But
 
one
 
can
 
be
 
sure
 
saying
 
that
 
as
 
of 
 
2012
 
national
 
volunteers
 
have
 
become
 
an
 
integral
 
part
 
of 
 
disaster
 
management
 
in
 
Trini
dad
 
and
 
Tobago.
 
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