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Participatory action planning for community resilience

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Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago is contributing to building sustainable and disaster resilient cities and communities in Trinidad and Tobago. (See video link below)

Habitat for Humanity has been able to truly leverage the power of its flagship DisasterResilience and Risk Mitigation product, the Participatory Approach to Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA), as a living disaster mitigation tool to support participatory action planning by community members and residents of Ramkissoon Trace in Santa Cruz, Trinidad for building their resilience. After Tropical Storm Karen passed over Trinidad and Tobago, households in this hilly part of the Northern Range experienced severe land slippage in the neighbourhood. Families were forced to abandon their homes for fear of serious injury, others remained because they had no where else to go. 

Using the Community Analysis modules of the PASSA tool, the residents identified the most critical hazards in their neighbourhood and worked closely with the Habitat team to prioritise responses to those hazards. New pathways to enable disabled residents to leave their homes; retaining walls for at-risk houses; a collaboration with IAMovement on a vetiver grass soil stabilisation project - these were some of the ideas that grew out of Habitat’s partnership with the homeowners.  The project has been featured on the UNDRR (spell out) website as a successful example of how to foster community leadership and build buy-in to resilience initiatives.

Watch the video, Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago applying Participatory Approach to Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) in Port of Spain, here: https://bit.ly/38ryHaQ

To learn more about the Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HabitatTNT

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