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Taipei: Earthquake Appeal No. 25/99 Operations Update No. 13

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In Brief

Appeal No. 25/99; Operations Update no. 13; Period covered: July to March, 2004; Appeal coverage: 101 .76%; (click here to go directly to the attached Contributions List).

Appeal history:

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

Budget increased to 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.

Outstanding needs: None

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: Taipei Earthquake 25/99

Operational Summary:

The post-emergency rehabilitation programmes have been completed; however, operations have been extended in orde r to fully complete the disaster preparedness and organisational development components will finish at the end of June 2005. Due to currency exchange rate fluctuations, the programme currently has more funds than originally budgeted. 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

Operational developments

The rehabilitation programme and the cash disbursement programme have been fully implemented, while the disaster preparedness and organizational development programme began in June 2002 and is scheduled to be fully implemented by the end of June 2005. The programme is progressing according to plan.

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

The Rehabilitation Programme

This programme has been fully implemented (please see previous operation updates). The Cash Disbursement Programme for Low Income Aboriginal People. This programme has been fully implemented (please see previous operation updates).

The Disaster Preparedness and Organizational 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 was planned at TWD 175,290,234; after the MOU revision however , the total commitment is now TWD 181,089,162, an increase due to positive currency exchange rate fluctuations. The budget for phase 4 of the programme in 2005 is TWD 27,559,892, with the Federation basing a programme manager to assist in programme implementation.

The goals of the programme are:

- to provide the Taiwan Red Cross Organization (TRCO) with staff and volunteers trained in disaster preparedness and management on all levels;

- to improve the overall capacity of TRCO in all departments, by infusing Federation standards into the work force and material in the project period;

- to repair and upgrade existing training facilities; and

- to equip the remaining 11 branches with relief supplies, equipment, transportation and communication material. Although the plans for 2004 that included 36 new activities were very ambitious, TRCO has carried out almost all activities according to plan and within budget.

Objective 1: To repair and upgrade existing training facilities and provide training equipment to headquarters, chapters and branches. The budget for 2004 increased funds for upgrading chapters and branch offices, training facilities and training equipment. The branches and chapters are now well equipped for administrative and training tasks.

Objective 2: To renovate and provide the remaining 11 disaster preparedness (DP) centres with adequate standardised relief supplies, relief equipment, transportation and communication equipment. The budget allowed the branch in Taiwan to set up a DP centre and procure necessary equipment.

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

- Advanced DP training for professional staff. Three week-long seminars were organised during September with 101participants, where, according to the schedule, training was focused on training-of-trainers, community awareness, risk reduction, disaster planning and shelter management.

- Senior first-aid training. A two-day water safety instructor training was carried out with 10 participants, while a water safety instructor follow -up training was carried out with 58 participants.

- Video production. The Chinese version of the "Introduction to TRCO" video was finished, while the text for the "What is Red Cross" video was completed.

- Primary search and rescue training. The six sessions in basic search and rescue was completed, with each seminar lasting a duration of eight weekends. Seminar trainers were professionals from the Taipei fire department, and 32 volunteers joined the training and went through an examination carried out by the fire department that covered both their knowledge and practical skills. The fire department has expressed their satisfaction with the level the volunteers achieved.

All lectures were recorded and are now available on a set of CDs, and all participants received the set to maintain their knowledge and practical skills. Close cooperation with the fire department continues to further training in search and rescue of volunteers. This enhanced the visibility of the TRCO and the enhanced understanding of its potential in disaster preparedness/response. As the only NGO in Taiwan, the TRCO has been admitted as a member of the government's disaster task force.

Development of the youth service teams. The TRCO youth provided this service for 49 days with 1,089 team members involved. A new Youth service team in Nanhwa university and a new service spot in Chien Kuo flower market have been established. The TRCO's Red Cross youth also conducted their summer and autumn seminar, and established eight Red Cross youth service teams in Taitung county.

Management workshop for youth leaders. During summer, TRCO promoted 24 sessions of the youth water-safety camps for 1200 participants, disseminating Red Cross information as well.

Youth leadership conference. There was an RCY team-leader workshop, with 55 participants representing 18 teams.

Summer camp for children. Twenty-four sessions of the youth water-safety camps have been facilitated and 1257 participants joined in the activities. Thirteen safety education sessions have been organized for 138 elementary school students, with 373 Red Cross youths assisting in the activities.

Objective 4: Training manuals/handbooks for DP, OD and other dissemination materials in Chinese language will be created and distributed.

Production of a disaster preparedness and response handbook specific for Taiwan. A total of 1000 copies have been printed and distributed.

Production of a guidebook in disaster preparedness, disaster response (DR) and organizational development as well as a trainer's toolbox in DP/DR/OD. This guidebook and the additional trainer's toolbox have been published at end of August in an edition of 500 copies. The material was reference for the three-week workshops held for all professional staff during September. The Guidebook in Disaster Preparedness and Organisational Development and the additional A Trainers Toolbox volume, with teaching material, PowerPoint presentation (PPT) and suggestions for workshops, have all been published in August. A CD-ROM of A Trainers Toolbox includes all PPT in both Chinese and English. Both volumes are approximately a total of 1,000 pages. The guidebook and trainer's toolbox, as the first material in Chinese of its kind, have been distributed to relevant government institutions and received very positive comments.

Both volumes were basic materials for the advanced disaster preparedness and disaster management workshops for all professional staff, which took place during the three week-long workshops in September 2004.

Upgrading of TRCO training manuals for first aid, water safety and home care. Training materials for water safety rescue have been printed in an edition of 1000 copies , and a video and CD-ROM about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for first aid training have been produced.

Publication of a bi-monthly Red Cross magazine. The 18th, 19th and 20th issue has been published and distributed. In an effort to advocate for community-awareness programmes and risk reduction, the delegate has written four articles about these topics for the Red Cross bi-monthly magazine. The first article was published in December 2004.

Placing of Red Cross posters at advertising spots. Posters have been placed at airports, train stations and post offices, with electronic posters in four airports, 13 railway stations, five mass rapid transit system (MRT) stations and 12 post offices. At radio stations and five magazines, 1800 free advertising sections have been obtained. Donation boxes have also been placed in international airports and four hotels.

Regular meetings with media. Press conference arranged for typhoon Mindulle for the water safety and search and rescue training.

Dissemination via television spots. A television interview was organized for TRCO's water safety volunteers and the TRCO president was broadcasted twice on 60 radio stations.

Objective 5: Up to 12 temporary staff at headquarters 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 who were originally employed, 10 have so far resigned. Temporary status of the staff and its high turn over have caused difficulty in finding new staff for the remaining project period because there is no lead time for training at this stage.

Objective 6: To provide training for governance and management for the staff at headquarters, chapters and branches. This is still pending and no training has been organised so far.

Objective 7: To set up Intra net system connecting all TRCO headquarters, chapters and branches. TRCO carried out computer training for 63 staff members and conducted he integration project for its management systems.

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