Community Engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction and Social Entrepreneurship– Supporting GTRRID
Site Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
UIC Lead Faculty Contact: Janet Lin
Other UIC involved faculty: International Emergency Medicine and Global Health Fellows
Partner Organization(s): GTRRID (Gwoup kap Travay pou Rediksyon Risk ak Dezas)
Project goal: Build capacity to enhance community resilience and deliver disaster risk reduction interventions sustainably through social entrepreneurship.
Since the 2010 earthquake 2010, Dr. Janet Lin has continued to work in Haiti to improve the capacity of the citizens of Haiti to respond to disasters by understanding risks and hazards and reducing vulnerabilities, primarily at the community level.
Disaster Risk Reduction is “the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyze and manage the causal factors of disasters, including through reduced exposure to hazards, lessened vulnerability of people and property, wise management of land and the environment, and improved preparedness for adverse events.” (UNISDR)
A Community Engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction training program was created through an iterative, community-informed process over 2 years and has since been delivered multiple times through GTRRID, a local organization. Ongoing work supports GTRRID to continue to deliver the community-informed disaster risk reduction training program to their citizens.
Disease or specialty area: Community engagement, resilience, disaster risk reduction