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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

SI Red Cross dissemination volunteer trainers complete training in Honiara

Nine new dissemination trainers have successfully completed a five days training at the Solomon Islands Red Cross head quarters in Honiara on Friday last week (March 7, 2008).

According to Niniu Oligao (SIRC Dissemination officer) the training was aimed at equipping the dissemination volunteer trainers with dissemination tools which in return will train and give awareness to both external and internal audiences (volunteers, Branch Governing Board, and members) on the Humanitarian Values and Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Fundamental Principles.

The trainers learnt about the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement Fundamental Principles, International Humanitarian Law, and how safer the Red Cross could access to affected people during armed conflict, whether to apply First Aid, relief distributions, or giving medical attention to those who no longer or not fighting but suffering.

“The trainers were privilege to have various presentations from SIRC personnel who under went diverse experiences in disaster responses”, he said.

In regard to dissemination materials, the participants discussed with him on appropriate materials like posters and brochures which could still be used in their talks in the absence of electricity.

On the fourth day they had a fieldtrip to the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) studio to record a 15 minutes programme for SI Red Cross.

The challenge he left with the new trainers now is their turn to work closely with him through a network had been formulated during the training to effectively spread information of the red cross by speaking on behalf of those silently suffering that make sure their physical and psych-emotional integrity is respected during disasters.

All the participants assured their confidence to do their new task when they admitted their gratitude at the end of the workshop.

Niniu thanked the Australian Red Cross for financially supporting that Trainers training. He said such help was really a noble gift to humanity to discourage their suffering.

Source: SI Red Cross Blog

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