Tue, 08/03/2011 - 12:05

Caritas organisations in RomaniaAlbaniaSerbia, Kosovo and Bulgaria are implementing an inter-regional project called “Disaster Risk Reduction in 
South Eastern Europe”. This project aims at reducing the vulnerability of disaster prone communities in the region to future disasters, in particular, to their exposure to extreme weather related phenomena such as floods.

A flooded street in Shkodra, Albania in December 2010 

A flodded street in Shkodra, Albania in December 2010


Brussels, 08 March 2011 - Caritas Romania, in its role of coordinator and leader of the project, organised the first training on 21-24 February in 
BlajRomania. The event opened with a welcome address from Fr Nicolai Anusca, President of the Romanian Caritas Confederation and Mr. Harald Happel, Caritas Europa Humanitarian Officer. After the opening, the training was run by Mr. Thomas Hackl and Ms. Ioana Gavrilas in charge of the National Emergency Program of the Romanian Caritas Confederation.

During the 3 days in Blaj basic concepts about disaster risk reduction were introduced along with concrete methods for working on a community-level. The training comprised sections of relevant theory and of practical exercises. Through exercises and role playing, participants were made familiar with all necessary techniques and methods to engage with community and to lead a process of community development.

According to participants, this training was very good as it strengthened their confidence in their own ability and capacity to work with communities. “After this training we understand the project. We know what we have to do in the first period of the project, where, when, and with whom,” said Mr. Angel Gyorev, participant from Caritas Bulgaria.

Along with the important matters it dealt with, this training was also relevant because it sets a benchmark in the history of Caritas in 
South Eastern Europe. It is the first project of collaboration ever held between Caritas organisations of this region in the field of disaster preparedness.  

Caritas Europa congratulates all Caritas organisations involved in this project, which, according to Mr. Happel, sets a positive example for further replication in different regional contexts.

For more information, please contact:

Harald Happel
Humanitarian Officer
Tel: +32 (0)2 235 03 93
Mail: hhappel@caritas-europa.org