Capacity building with ABC staff workers

Venue: ETC, Jorhat

Date: December 6-8, 2013

Objective: To enhance the skills of ABC development workers in relief situation which will become integral part of ABC’s capacity building. This training was designed to be an interactive one. 
The landscape formation and location of North-east of India have made the region very vulnerable to natural disasters like earthquake, floods, landslides, cyclone and occasional draught. The region also witnessed in recent past a series of people-induced disasters like ethnic conflicts, insurgency, and political issues related disasters. The vulnerable communities and stakeholders are found to be not so equipped to mitigate and prepared to face the impending challenges.  
APBAid was able to facilitate the recovery project entitled Assam Flood Recovery 2012 in partnership with Assam Baptist Convention (ABC). The project also aimed to build up the capacity of ABC so that they would be able to face the challenge of recurring floods or other disasters effectively in future.  
It was proposed to review the project implementation and make recommendations to the stakeholders (APBAid, BWAid, BWAA and ABC) on the lesson learnt from the recovery efforts. This will become integrated part of ABC’s Capacity building process. Accordingly, a Capacity Building Training program was conducted in Jorhat, Assam from December 6-8, 2013. 
Altogether 12 persons attended the training. Among them -  two were ABC staff, two were executive secretaries of Baptist associations, General Secretary of Karbi Anglong Baptist Convention (KABC) and the rest were youth leaders and volunteers who were involved in the project relief efforts. 
Topics and resource persons
  • Rev.Kabi Gangmei (Director APBAid) led the devotion, and took an interactive session on Writing a Relief Proposal  
  • Mr. Sushil Narzary (Regional Manager of projects, Christian Medical Association of India), who was the external evaluator of the project took sessions on Need Assessment during disaster, Participatory Evaluation and Reporting.  
  • Mr. Anderson Tokbi (Project Officer APBAid), was the program facilitator, who also led the devotion and Case Study session 

Comments and Feedbacks by the participants of the training

All of the participants said the training was very good and informative. Some of them said the training period should have been longer. Some of them committed to help in future disaster situations with the skills and knowledge gained through this training. Few of them have indicated their interest to go for comprehensive and intensive training on relief and development.