With five main areas of work and all three charities closely involved in various ways, the team has been kept busy. Thanks to Gordy Wills and Maddie Weir for the updates below.
Team Rubicon Greyshirts have gutted a classroom and replaced the roof, adding a new ceiling and repainting the room. This will transform a dark, damp classroom to a dry and airy room suitable for teaching kindergarten children.
Dentaid dentail surgeons have seen hundreds of children, assisted by the project team who have run patient admin and sterilisation of kit. The Dentaid team have been able to perform numerous extractions and other treatments as well as engaging children in oral health education.
Emergency Services Training
Assisted by TR medics, Serve On has been working with teams from the local Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (ERUF) to deliver courses in Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) techniques and practices. The students that are coming through are really excited and are learning loads – they are also sharing new ideas with the instructor team.
Earthquake preparedness lessons
Lessons in earthquake preparedness have been delivered at schools throughout the district, led by Serve On and supported by all three charities. The lessons have reinforced a lot of knowledge these children, living in an area prone to earthquakes, already have – with the advantage of helping them practice speaking and writing English. Classes have split into groups to work on presentations and over the weekend, children have attended reading workshops while their parents have visited the dental clinic.
Building future links
Team Rubicon and Serve On have been working to build and strengthen links with local agencies to facilitate future work together and improve any future disaster response in the area.