The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is urging residents of Kathmandu to take part in actively preserving the 83 open spaces designated for humanitarian purposes in the event of natural disasters in the Kathmandu Valley. IOM in partnership with the Government of Nepal (GoN) and local organizations with financial support from USAID/OFDA is conducting public events from August to October 2015 at several Open Spaces sites in the Kathmandu Valley.
These events aim to raise public awareness so that communities can contribute to Government’s efforts to protect and maintain these spaces. They can start by visiting their local Community Disaster Management Committee (CDMC) to get information about these spaces and the overall disaster preparedness and response plan. Further, along with the CDMC, they can develop a coalition of community members which include women groups, youth clubs, local authorities, and local businesses which will reclaim and restore these open spaces.
Brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, uncles and aunties rushed to the Open Space and actively engaged with the event. They all danced, played games and most importantly they learned how disaster preparedness saves lives.