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Amid forecasts of more and stronger hurricanes affecting the region, an agreement was signed on Thursday between the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the White Helmets organisation of Argentina to strengthen the response of Caribbean governments.

The agreement provides for training, institutional strengthening and collaboration on programmes, including a project developed in Argentina for children who learn about disaster preparedness through play and games.

Ambassador Alejandro Daneiri, president of the White Helmets Commission in Argentina, who signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with CDEMA’s executive director Ronald Jackson, said his group recognised that children were one of the most vulnerable groups in the event of a disaster.

“We have talked with director Jackson about the project Play And Learn With White Helmets whose objective is to strengthen children’s capacities in terms of disaster risk reduction through play activities,” Daneiri said.

White Helmets are volunteers who, in the case of Syria, provide support to aid the rescue of citizens injured during bombing and fighting.  

Jackson said the White Helmets would provide training and contribute to programmes and capacity building to strengthen regional resilience in disaster preparedness.

The MOU coincided with the annual technical advisory committee meeting of CDEMA at which representatives of Caribbean governments review programmes and policies on disaster preparedness. (HH)

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