China - Taiwan Province

Taipei: Earthquake Appeal No. 25/99 Operations Update No. 12

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Situation Report
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In Brief

Appeal No. 25/99; Operations Update no. 12; Period covered: January to June 2004; Appeal coverage: 101.76%;

Appeal history:

Launched on 24 September 1999 for CHF 3,300,000 for four months to assist 100,000 beneficiaries.

Budget revised to CHF 55,400,000 (USD 43,455,889 or EUR 36,020,433) and rehabilitation programme extended to July 2005; Final Report is therefore due on October 2005.

Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: N/A.

Last update: Operations Update no. 11 issued 16 January 2004.

Next update expected on January 2005.

Outstanding needs: None

Related Emergency Appeal: Taipei Earthquake 25/99

Operational Summary:

The focus is now on the disaster preparedness and organisational development programme after the completion of previous rehabilitation and cash disbursement programmes , and it is expected to operate until July 2005. Though the programme is running at maximum capacity, there is still an underspend in the budget as prior fluctuations of currency exchange rates have led to the ballooning of original funds.

Operational developments

The rehabilitation programme and the cash disbursement programme for low income aboriginal people have been fully implemented. The disaster preparedness and organisational development programme that started in June 2002 is scheduled for full implementation by July 2005. Despite having all activities within the programme running according to schedule, they are in many ways operating below the current budget. Almost no activities have been cancelled or postponed, and were tremendously increased to a total of 38 new activities in 2004 to make up for this deficit, making the workload for staff and delegate very high.

Red Cross and Red Crescent action - objectives, progress, impact

The Rehabilitation Programme

The programme has been fully implemented (please see the previous operation updates for details).

The Cash Disbursement Programme for Low Income Aboriginal People

This programme has been fully implemented (please see the previous operation updates for details).

The Disaster Preparedness and Organisational Development Programme

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the first phase of this programme was signed in June 2002. The Federation's total commitment for the programme running from June 2002 until June 2005 is NT$ 175,290,234 (approximately CHF 6. 49 million), while the budget for phase three of the programme in year 2004 is NT$ 71,676,000. The Federation has delegated a programme manager to assist with the implementation of the disaster preparedness and organisational development (OD) programme through the provision of necessary basic manuals, guidebooks and training.

The goals of the programme are:

- To provide the Taiwan Red Cross Organisation (TRCO) with staff and volunteers trained in disaster preparedness (DP) and DP management skills on all levels.

- To improve the overall capacity of TRCO in all departments by infusing manpower and materials with Federation standards throughout project period.

- To repair and upgrade existing training facilities.

- To equip the remaining 11 branches with relief supplies, equipment, transportation and communication material. The TRCO manual for disaster preparedness and response covering authority and legal basis, policies, standard operating procedures, general guidelines and role delineations has now been printed and distributed to all branches and chapters as well as to Government authorities for their information and reference. The material collection, writing and editing of a guidebook in disaster preparedness, management and organisational development, as well as the preparation of a trainer 's toolbox equipped with teaching material, power points and workshop suggestions was completed. A CD-ROM with Chinese and English power points will also accompany the trainer's toolbox. Both volumes will be delivered from printing at the end of August and will be the basic advanced disaster preparedness and disaster management workshop material for all professional staff during the three week long workshops in September 2004.

All necessary forms for logistics based on Federation standards ha ve been translated into Chinese and new ones have been created to fit into the Taiwan context. All forms were collected on a CD-ROM and distributed to the branches and all staff members received instructions in the use of forms and different reporting requirements during the workshops , and templates were also produced.

During three week long workshops in the autumn of 2002, all professional staff went through such elements as disaster management, strengths weaknesses opportunities threats (SWOT ) analysis, general management, disaster incident critic al debriefing etc. All materials are now available in Chinese on a CD-ROM distributed to participants and the training of professional staff was further combined with primary disaster preparedness training of volunteers.

More than 900 volunteers were trained at weekend workshops in 18 branches during the autumn of 2003 and spring of 2004. The curriculum in the training covered general information dissemination about the Red Cross, volunteer roles in disasters, vulnerability and capacity analysis, psychological first aid, the local authorities and the local TRCO branch disaster plan, as well as training in needs assessment. A communication system for disaster response with mobile s atellite phones was also set up and is checked every second Tuesday. The senior management at the head office has articulated that the training has increased knowledge about the Red Cross in general and in particular disaster preparedness and response.

As a major benchmark, TRCO membership to the government's disaster task force was admitted in January 2003 upon the agreement of the Minister of the Interior. This came into practice for the first time during the typhoon Mindulle that hit Taiwan on July 2004.

The close cooperation with the fire department in search and rescue training and during the training of branch volunteers has increased visibility of the TRCO and understanding of its potential in disaster preparedness/response. A result of this is also increased cooperation with the fire department which is the main body responsible in disaster response (DR) in Taiwan, for example when the fire department on the central level included Red Cross volunteers in their rehearsals. On request from the fire department in Kaoshiung, the delegate gave four training sessions for their firemen in psychological support and helping-the-helpers. A similar request for more intensive training for their top management in these subjects was presented by the Taipei fire department.

The TRCO is working towards a clearer understanding of governance and management with help from the delegate, which includes mandate of the board, reporting, project planning, recording and evaluation. Unfortunately the agreement with the secretary general (SG) regarding sessions/meetings with the board members in chapters/branches to inform them about Strategy 2010 and provide basic knowledge on methods of assessing capacities based on SWOT analysis has only been partially carried out due to access issues that require further attention.

The extensive dissemination programme has been fully handed over to TRCO staff. An introduction to the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement in general and the TRCO in particular was printed and a workshop for training-of-trainers in dissemination was carried out in autumn with more than 80 participants with a follow-up training in June 2004.

Workshops in volunteerism and youth leadership were produced and the layout of the TRCO web site and posters for the TRCO 100 year anniversary was prepared with delegate assistance. The TRCO celebrated its 100 year anniversary on 10 March 2004 and the planning of the event and production of a terms of reference draft for the organising committee was carried out with further delegate support. Different activities were allocated to different departments and chapters at the end of the day. TRCO did get some visibility out of the event but it is hoped that such events in future can be further utilised to generate more publicity, fund-raising and volunteer recruitment in a move towards an organisation based on strategic planning.

Objective 1: To repair and upgrade existing training facilities and provide training equipment to headquarters, chapters and branches.

Activities implemented:

The budget for 2004 increased the funding for training equipment. During the spring of 2004, the water safety service was strengthened with acquirement of 350 torpedo buoys (large size). The equipment was distr ibuted to chapters and branches, where 88 set were distributed to 44 volunteer teams and 262 sets to 131 service spots. This objective is therefore fully implemented.

Objective 2: To renovate and provide the remaining 11 disaster preparedness centres with adequate standardised relief supplies, relief equipment, transportation and communication equipment.

This objective has been implemented.

Objective 3: To assist TRCO in providing disaster preparedness training, thereby integrating DP as a key development component in all activities of TRCO.

Activities implemented:

Primary DP training for volunteers. Volunteers from nine branches and a total of 511 participants received primary DP training during a weekend seminar in each of the branches. The curriculum in the training covered general information dissemination about the Red Cross, volunteer roles in disasters, vulnerability and capacity analysis, psychological first aid, the local authorities and the local TRCO branch disaster plan as well as training in needs assessment. A total of 968 volunteers have been trained in this programme to date.

Senior first aid training. The Penhu branch had water safety lifeguard training for 34 participants and a s enior first aid instructor refresher seminar was carried out for 76 participants. A mass demonstration in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for 1478 participants was carried out in connection with the 100 years anniversary of TRCO.

Video production. The production of the Chinese/English briefing VCD about the TRCO was delayed due to internal problems faced by the contracted company.

Advanced search and rescue training. The three week advanced training for 34 participants took place at a training facility in the US. A number of ten volunteers from the search and rescue team of TRCO joined a flooding exercise arranged by the Taipei fire department to further develop TRCO cooper ation with professionals when in action.

Primary S&R training. The four seminars in basic search and rescue were completed, with each seminar lasting a duration of eight weekends. Trainers in the seminars were professionals from the Taipei fire department, and a total of 138 volunteers are now trained in this speciality. All participants went through an examination carried out by the fire department that covered both their knowledge and practical skills , and the fire department has expressed their satisfaction with the level achieved by the volunteers.

All lectures were recorded and are available on a set of CDs. All participants received a set for maintenance of their knowledge and practical skills. The fifth session of this training for a group of 32 volunteers commenced in May for a duration of eight weekends.

Development of youth service teams. The TRCO youth provided their service for a period of 39 days where a total of 578 team members were involved. Recruitment by the headquarters (HQ) brought in 45 new volunteers and three new youth service teams were established at different universities/colleges. Two refresher courses were completed and a youth service team evaluation was carried out, whereby 12 teams were described as well performing teams.

Management workshop for youth leaders. A management workshop was carried out for 69 instructors/leaders.

Youth leadership conference. A leadership conference was carried out for 69 university and college students.

Printing of general handbook for youth . A total of 4000 copies of the 2003 TRCO Youth Service Result Summary was printed and distributed to different organisations.

Summer camp for children. There was an arrangement of three first aid education camps with an attendance of 261 elementary school students.

Follow up educational seminar for senior water safety instructors. Altogether two refresher seminars with a total of 60 participants were carried out.

Objective 4: Training manuals/handbooks for disaster preparedness or organisational development and other dissemination materials in Chinese language will be created and distributed.

Activities implemented:

A disaster preparedness and response handbook specifically for Taiwan as well as DP/DR training manuals were produced.

Production of disaster preparedness and response handbooks specifically for Taiwan. This has now been finished. A total of 1000 copies has been printed and distributed.

Production of a guidebook and trainer's toolbox in DP/DR/OD. This book and the trainer's toolbox are now in the printing workshop and will be finished in mid August. These items will be the background material for the three week long workshops for all professional staff in September.

Upgrading of TRCO training manuals for first aid, water safety and home care. A total of 20,000 copies of First Aid Theory and Skills, 10,000 copies of Driver Rescue Training material and 2000 copies of a poster for water safety training were printed.

Publication of a bi-monthly Red Cross magazine. The 16th and 17th issue of the magazine has been published and distributed. The TRCO HQ/chapters/ branches Introduction Profile was printed in 4,000 editions and distributed to staff, board members, volunteer teams, member representatives, related government units and libraries. The 2003 Annual Report was also printed in 1,800 editions and distributed to board members, group members, major donors, chapters and branches. In cooperation with the post office, a TRCO anniversary stamp was published in 1,400,000 editions, and was consequently sold out within days. In further cooperation with the Taipei Metro Company, 50,000 TRCO anniversary one way tickets were issued.

Placing of Red Cross posters at advertising spots. These posters were placed at airports, train stat ions and post offices, whereby electronic posters were also positioned in four airports, 13 railway stations, five Metropolitan Rapid Transport (MRT) stations and 12 post offices . Free advertising sections were obtained in 62 radio stations and five magazines, while the youth department designed a Red Cross Youth (RCY) column on the Taiwan Red Cross Organisation web site that included a simple online game for youth to acquire Red Cross knowledge.

Regular meetings with the media. Press conference arranged for the delivery of relief supplies to Iran. A total of 18 different media covering television, radio and newspapers participated. A press conference was also arranged for the TRCO anniversary, the presentation of the stamp and MRT tickets, as well as the occasion of the advanced search and rescue training of TRCO in the United States. There were altogether 15 press releases resulting in 145 articles/comments in the period of January to June.

Dissemination in schools, universities, government, major companies. TRCO assisted the Nantou branch's “What is the Red Cross” campaign that took place from 11 April to 2 May. The activities targeted communities and schools.

Dissemination via TV spots. Special reports on two television and two radio shows with interviews of the president, the secretary general and senior volunteers were arranged. Three television stations, three radio stations and three newspapers also had in-depth interviews with the new secretary general.

Objective 5: Up to 12 temporary staff at headquarter level will be employed to assist in the implementation of this major DP programme and work for the overall organisational development of TRCO.

Of the 11 temporary staff members originally employed eight have resigned while three new colleagues were employed in the spring. There are three colleagues n the international relations and communications department and only one of them speaks English. The high turn over caused by the fact that it is temporary employment is a problem as it takes time to train new colleagues.

Objective 6: To provide training in governance and management for the staff at headquarters, chapters and branches.

Activities implemented:

Team building training for HQ/chapters and branches. All staff from headquarters numbering a total of 33 participated in the evaluation conference. The conference covered lectures about evaluation and the participants from each department also made an evaluation of phase two of the disaster preparedness and organisational development programme.

Monthly consultations to chapters and branches to assist in implementation of this programme. In coordination with the Miaoli county branch a lecture on shelter management was given to the Miaoli social welfare department. One-day seminars on psychological support and helping-the-helpers were further held for the Kaoshiung fire department in cooperation with the Kaoshiung city chapter with the participation of 720 fire fighters. An inauguration of primary clinics in Ch-ai and Jin-in in cooperation with the Nantau branch was also conducted. The Penhu branch was provided assistance in negotiating the lease of a new place for the DP centre.

Objective 7: To set up an intranet system connecting all TRCO headquarters/chapters and branches.

Activities implemented:

Installation of intranet system. The TRCO web site has been maintained an updated and information regarding hard drive device supplements for chapters and branches has been processed.

New desktops and digital cameras used for web site. There was a purchase of 19 desk tops and 26 dig ital cameras.

Computer training courses. A survey has been carried out to decide the need for improving the computer skills of the branch staff. Training classes will be organised accordingly.

Federation Coordination

The Federation programme manager has liaised closely with the Taiwan Red Cross Organisation (TRCO), Regional Finance Unit in Kuala Lumpur, PricewaterhouseCoopers in Taiwan and the Secretariat in Geneva on programme issues.

Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement -- Principles and Initiatives

Dissemination of the movement's history and principles is now a standard topic in all training/workshops for both professional staff and volunteers, and the general knowledge plus un derstanding of these issues have increased considerably. Many lectures have been conducted, with special attention to the topic of volunteerism. All dissemination has been carried over to TRCO staff members at either HQ or branch level after the dissemination training workshop in November 2003. The visibility of the TRCO and the understanding of the Red Cross, its principles and specific mandate have increased considerably in the eyes of the government and the public.

The Federation Delegation

The Federation based a programme manager in Taiwan to assist the TRCO in implementing their new disaster preparedness and organisational development programme and PriceWaterhouseCoopers was contracted by the Federation to report on its the finances on a quarterly basis. PriceWaterhouseCoopers works in close cooperation with the program me manager and the Federation's regional finance unit in Kuala Lumpur.

Outstanding needs

The operation is fully funded and there are no outstanding needs.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Mr. Satoshi Sugai, Desk Officer , Asia and Pacific Department, Geneva; email: satoshi.sugai@ifrc.org, phone: +41 22 730 4273, fax: + 41 22 733 03 95.

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org

ANNEX 1

TAIPEI EARTHQUAKE
REQUEST No. 25/99
PLEDGES RECEIVED
10/08/2004
DONOR
CATEGORY
QUANTITY
UNIT
VALUE CHF
DATE
COMMENT
CASH
REQUESTED IN APPEAL
57,473,100
01/01/1999
101.76%
AUSTRALIAN - RC
20,000
AUD
19,408
28/09/1999
AUSTRALIAN - PRIVATE
100,000
AUD
105,020
16/12/1999
AUSTRALIAN - PRIVATE/RC
101,015
AUD
100,853
22.09.00
BELGIUM - RC
35,000
BEF
1,398
22/03/2000
BRITISH - RC
2,460
GBP
6,150
12/11/1999
BRITISH - RC
24,737
GBP
65,243
14/03/2000
CANADA - RC
100,000
CAD
100,924
28/09/1999
CANADA - GOVT
300,000
CAD
294,000
12/10/1999
CANADA - PRIVATE
50
10/11/1999
CYPRUS - RC
832
16/02/00
DENMARK - RC
21,394
08/10/1999
GERMANY - RC/GOVT
100,000
USD
155,550
19/11/1999
GERMANY - PRIVATE
100,000
USD
156,750
10/12/1999
ITALIAN - GOVT
200,000
USD
314,000
27/09/1999
ICELAND - RC
200,000
ISK
4,155
05/10/1999
JAPANESE - RC
30,000,000
JPY
420,900
26/09/1999
JAPANESE - RC
10,000,000
USD
15,534,999
26/10/1999
REHABILITATION PHASE
JAPANESE - RC
5,400,000
USD
8,583,300
16/11/1999
JAPANESE - RC
1,166,000,000
JPY
18,008,870
03/02/2000
Renovation of health facilities, assistance to temporary housing villages, renovation, reconstruction of schools TRCO DP activities.
JAPANESE - RC
114,400,000
JPY
1,821,805
03/07/2000
JAPANESE - RC
50,740,474
789,573
22/05/2000
JAPANESE - RC
34,584,466
JPY
503,896
06/07/2001
MENTAL HEALTH REHABILITATION
KOREAN REP - RC
30,000
24/09/1999
DIRECT TO TRCO
KOREA, REPUBLIC - RC
54,776,488
KRW
83,534
13.06.00
DIRECT TO TRCO
MACAO - RC
83,430
USD
129,359
27/10/1999
MACAO - RC
16,995
USD
27,906
17/03/2000
MACAO - GOVT
1,000,000
USD
1,550,500
27/10/1999
MONACO - RC
40,000
FRF
9,780
13/10/1999
NETHERLANDS - RC/GOVT
250,000
NLG
182,646
30/09/1999
NETHERLANDS PRIVATE
11,949
NLG
8,639
23/11/1999
NEW ZEALAND - GOVT
116,430
15/11/1999
NEW ZEALAND - RC
6,630
NZD
5,132
22.06.00
OCHA - UN
33,980
USD
52,816
22/10/1999
POLAND - RC
2,475
USD
4,064
20/03/2000
PRIVATE
335
23/10/2001
SINGAPORE - RC
50,000
SGD
47,040
28/09/1999
TENTS
SINGAPORE - RC
364,758
06/07/2001
SPANISH - RC
12,020
EUR
19,219
30/09/1999
SWITZERLAND - PRIVATE
15,000
08/11/1999
THAILAND
73,828
14/10/1999
AMERICAN - RC
100,000
USD
148,700
23/09/1999
AMERICAN - RC
250,000
USD
371,750
28/09/1999
AMERICAN - RC
500,000
USD
772,750
29/10/1999
AMERICAN - RC
350,000
USD
551,250
04/11/1999
AMERICAN - RC
1,500,000
USD
2,463,750
28/02/2000
AMERICAN - RC
2,000,000
USD
3,285,000
28/02/2000
AMERICAN - PRIVATE
6,398
07/03/2000
AMERICAN - RC
260,000
USD
428,350
01/04/2000
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - RC
5,000
USD
7,594
19/10/1999
WHO
50,000
USD
72,925
23/09/1999
SUB/TOTAL RECEIVED IN CASH
57,838,523
CHF
100.64%
KIND AND SERVICES (INCL. PERSONNEL)
DONOR
CATEGORY
QUANTITY
UNIT
VALUE CHF
DATE
COMMENT
JAPANESE - RC
644,600
02/10/1999
Sleeping bags, generators, flashlights
SUB/TOTAL RECEIVED IN KIND/SERVICES
644,600
CHF
1.12%
ADDITIONAL TO APPEAL BUDGET
DONOR
CATEGORY
QUANTITY
UNIT
VALUE CHF
DATE
COMMENT
SUB/TOTAL RECEIVED
CHF