The office in Panama of RET International is implementing the process of Institutionalisation of Sustainable Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) through the project “Adolescents and young people with disabilities have access to inclusive and safe education in Panama”, followed by its second phase with the project “Adolescents and young people with disabilities promote inclusive and safe education environments against climate change.”
In both projects, activities are focused on strengthening the capacities of the Panamanian Institute for Special Authorisation (IPHE, in Spanish) and its student population, staff specialised in education or health and rehabilitation services, as well as parents and communities. At the same time, the project aimed to integrate external actors into the process, in order to establish a sustainable joint work throughout the time by implementing actions at the educational, community and local levels.
In the first phase, the development took place in the national headquarters of IPHE, in Camino Real Bethania. In the second phase, the training methodology was promoted to the eleven (11) extensions of the institution, located in 10 provinces and in the (1) Region of Güna Yala (indigenous peoples).
The entire project has been funded by OFDA and has been implemented by our organisation.
At the national level, emergency and security institutions were involved, such as: SINAPROC, Exclusive Emergency Management System (SUME 911, in Spanish), the Fire Department of Panamá, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Environment, SENADIS, MINGOB, the Ministry of Public Works, the Ministry of Housing, the Ministry of Economic and Financial Affairs, SENAFRONT, the National Police, the Police for Children and Adolescents, MIDES, AMUPA, the Police for Juveniles and SENNIAF.
The project begins its first phase of intervention in the year 2015-2016 and its second phase in 2016-2017.