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  • Our Members | Re-Alliance

    Above: Re-Alliance member and Permaculture teacher, Caleb Omolo (right - from ) awarding a Permaculture Design Certification to a farmer. SVR Kenya Re-Alliance Members & Partners Contact us Tweet us Our diverse membership, spanning every continent around the globe, has organically formed with representatives from about 60 organisations, united by a shared commitment to integrated regenerative responses to development, disaster and displacement. Our membership includes experts from regenerative design fields working within INGOs, Universities, Businesses, small and medium NGOs and self-employed practitioners. Our members include founders, and CEOs of permaculture organisations and green foundations; directors of some of the larger aid or humanitarian NGOs; grassroots organisers; academics and researchers who have spent a lifetime building evidence of alternative, earth responsive solutions in areas of the world most affected by environmental disasters, and displacement. ​ ​ Connect with our members' expertise What would it look like to have regenerative principles embedded in your organisation's work? Our members are available to be hired as consultants, supporting you and your organisation to design and deliver regenerative responses in a wide variety of humanitarian and development contexts. Located on every continent around the globe, our members can support you in implementing locally-led and embedded practice, both minimising the carbon footprint of international travel while also honouring local, more culturally appropriate solutions. Each Re-Alliance member brings unique talents, years of experience, and a connection to a pool of shared expertise in different cultures, continents and contexts, through the Re-Alliance network. ​ to hear more about how our talented members can support your work. Contact us ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Become a member Re-Alliance members benefit from a shared learning and collaboration space, connecting to a global network of other regenerative practitioners from the humanitarian and development sectors. Re-Alliance host monthly members meetings or invite-only webinars. We showcase and promote members' excellence through and articles, and by brokering connections between our network of practitioners and organisations interested in regenerative design. case studies ​ Are you a practitioner, or from a regenerative project, working in humanitarian or development spaces? We'd love to be in touch. Membership to Re-Alliance is free of charge. regenerative design ​ Contact us Contact us Above: Re-Alliance member Bee Rowan, teaching about ecological strawbale building practices in Nepal. . Read more about Nepal's first strawbale house here Partner Organisations Would you like to join our membership, or would you like to find out more about how our members can support your organisation with regenerative design? Get in touch with us by clicking the link below. Get in touch Below is a selection of our members who have opted to share their details: ​ Director, Biologic Design (Integrated WET Systems; Wastewater Purification Systems) Jay Abrahams, Co-Founder, Ashleigh Brown, Ecosystem Restoration Camps Editor & Co-Founder of the , Trustee of Maddy Harland, Permaculture Magazine Common Earth Foundation , Founder & (Indonesia) Petra Schneider Alam Santi IDEP CEO (UK) Andy Goldring, Permaculture Association International trainer in natural building and founder of Bee Rowan, Strawbuild Co-founder (The Philippines) Sarah Queblatin, Green Releaf Advisor, & Director, Chris Evans, Himalayan Permaculture Centre Applewood Permaculture Centre (UK) Director, Hannah Apricot Eckberg, Abundant Earth Foundation Founder & CEO (Uganda) Noah Sempijja, YICE Deputy Director, Maurice Obuya, Sustainable Village Resources (Kenya) Joint Coordinator, Steve Charter, International Permaculture Education Network Director, Operations Leader, (South America) Piedad Viteri, Ecopoblaciones, Casa Latina Founder Eluwn Ecocentre and Eluwn Resplandece (Chile) Gustavo Lerner, Founder Emilie Parry, Rootbridge Ecosystems Educator, Consultant, Co-founder Rosemary Morrow, Permaculture for Refugees Educator, consultant, Co-founder Antonio Scotti, Permaculture for Refugees ​

  • Regenerative Design in Humanitarian Response and Development | Re-Alliance

    Case Studies View more Supporting the humanitarian and development sectors to implement regenerative change. Read our statement on COVID-19 A Coalition Bringing together field practitioners, policy makers, educators, community leaders and humanitarian and development workers. Sharing skills and experiences to grow the influence and impact of regenerative development in the humanitarian field. Re-Alliance | Why Regenerative Design? Play Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied

  • About | Re-Alliance

    ABOUT US Scroll Down A gathering at the Himalayan Permaculture Centre About Re-Alliance Re-Alliance is a coalition of field practitioners, policymakers, educators, community leaders and humanitarian and development workers, sharing skills and experience to grow the influence and impact of regenerative development in the humanitarian field. Its work focuses on regenerative development and its response to disaster and displacement. We ask the question, how can we create long-term resilience and abundance while responding to immediate humanitarian crises? Profiled work showcases the restoration and revitalisation of social and ecological systems which integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature. ​ Through the solidarity of valuing and elevating the existing regenerative practices of its membership, the alliance seeks to share and develop knowledge and extend awareness beyond the group to stimulate further practice. It aims to increase the expertise of the independent members by sharing learning between researchers and practitioners, and to build a collective voice for cross-sector influence and impact. ​ Re-alliance was registered with the UK Charity Commission as a charity in April 2020 and its charity number is 1188936. History During the 2018 , a group of judges and practitioners facilitating innovative projects identified a desire to unite practitioners across the field of regenerative development and integrated humanitarian response. Talking and researching further, gaps were identified for making this work more effective. The gaps concerned the collection of evidence for this pioneering work; the possibility to influence and give legitimacy to this approach with funders and policy makers and; the capacity for transformation at scale. Lush Spring Prize There are many good examples of effective methods being applied across the globe, which use regenerative approaches to humanitarian and development work but, to date, these have not entered the mainstream. We are committed to taking a coordinated and systematic approach to recording evidence and influencing funders and policy makers that impact large scale humanitarian and development interventions. Groundbreaking practitioners are successfully working in the application of regenerative development in the humanitarian and development fields. As pioneers, they often have limited time to record evidence; have limited resources to scale; and a limited platform to share their innovations. To address these limitations, there is a need for mutual support, learning and collaboration, as well as a need to build the evidence base, unlock funds, and communicate powerful stories of regenerative change. This pioneering work then becomes visible and legitimate both at the grassroots level and within the establishment, which enables the growth of its influence and impact. See Services

  • mission & principles | Re-Alliance

    How we deliver the mission MISSION & PRINCIPLES Scroll Down Our mission is to strengthen a coalition of field practitioners, policy makers, educators, community leaders, and development and humanitarian workers, sharing skills and experiences to grow the influence and impact of regenerative development in the humanitarian field. 1 Provide an environment for mutual learning and support amongst those active on the field. 2 Build a body of evidence and stories to communicate the effectiveness, authenticity and value of regenerative work. 3 Leverage support and funding from large relief organisations toward regenerative groups and practices. 4 Focus on the intersections between disaster and displacement, sustainable and innovative community-led regeneration. Our principles Ensuring that profiled work is of benefit to people experiencing disaster and displacement, the surrounding communities and the natural environment in which the work is being undertaken. We have a small team with lean administration costs, aiming to direct any funds we accumulate toward maximum effectiveness. Affected communities first Integrity Ensuring integrity through use of sociocratric principles which enable robust, defensible and inclusive decision making. Openness, transparency and sharing All of the work we do is promoted openly, in order to grow the legitimacy of regenerative practices. Support Embodying care and support for all those in contact with Re-Alliance. See Services

  • What is Regeneration? | Re-Alliance

    WHAT IS REGENERATION? Scroll Down Building a small nursery at a Marawi re-settlement, facilitated by . Green ReLeaf What does regenerative mean? The term ‘regenerative’ describes processes that restore, renew or revitalise their own sources of energy and materials, ensuring the capacity to sustain and nurture all life. Regenerative approaches use whole-systems thinking to build equitable resilience that responds to the needs of society while respecting the integrity of nature. The term is increasingly being adopted in the mainstream, by organisations such as the , , and . In language promoting themes of regeneration, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2021 – 2030 the The Commonwealth Cloudburst Foundation Common Earth Consortium Lush Cosmetics UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. ​ ​ ​ What is Regeneration? Re-Alliance Play Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied

  • Case Study | Gardens in Domiz Camp | Re-Alliance

    HOME GARDEN COMPETITIONS IN DOMIZ REFUGEE CAMP Scroll Down home gardens created 800 7000 people directly benefiting Home gardens in refugee camps have been shown to make a huge difference to the local environment and to individual lives. The work of (LTT) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has shown how running garden competitions for camp residents encourages people to take innovative approaches to using any available space and water to plant herbs, vegetables and flowers. the Lemon Tree Trust The first LTT garden competition took place in Domiz 1 camp in 2016. By employing local coordinators to promote the competition within camp neighbourhoods, LTT supported households to create gardens around their tents and shelters, building on initiatives that people were already taking. The competition focussed on encouraging people to grow ornamental plants, not simply growing for food. Households were given advice on safe ways to recycle grey water to irrigate their plants and were encouraged to share ideas on growing vertically or in recycled containers. In three seasons the camp was noticeably transformed from a largely dusty environment to a green and vibrant city. BACKGROUND In 2016, after supporting garden development for refugee communities in the USA, LTT looked at possibilities for greening refugee camps in Iraq. The Syrian crisis had led to the sudden creation of large camps in the north for Syrian Kurds, which to begin with were bleak areas covered in tents. Domiz 1 camp was established in 2011 and LTT first visited the camp in 2015. By offering trees and working with local coordinators, LTT was able to gain official permission for people to plant around their houses. Its activities supported a nursery which had been established in the camp to sell plants to the growing number of gardeners keen to create a home garden. Wastewater in camp conditions is often problematic and by encouraging water recycling and diverting water run off they were able to turn a potential problem into an advantage to the area as a whole. The LTT competition offered plants from a local nursery to support people to establish their gardens, stimulating the local economy. Seeds were distributed to entrants and cash prizes were offered as further incentive to take part, with categories including: best overall garden, best garden in small space, best community garden, best vegetable garden and best use of recycled materials. ... WHAT MAKES THIS REGENERATIVE? IMPACT ON PLANET Improvement of local environment with greener spaces and cleaner air Environmental advantage of additional tree planting Reduction in areas of water run-off and water borne diseases Potential to reduce food brought into camp and waste water taken out IMPACT ON PEOPLE Increased sense of individual well-being from green spaces Increased levels of physical activity through gardening Community cohesion through sharing of seeds and plants Home grown food and herbs allow people to cook traditional, local dishes Extends limited space in shelter to outside area in which to socialise REGENERATIVE IMPACT How can home gardens increase wellbeing in refugee settlements? Home gardens improve a camp environment as well as personal and social well-being. Obtaining permission from camp authorities to grow between houses legitimised these activities and opened the door for further gardening projects. The Domiz LTT garden competition has been held annually since 2016 and has led to the development of hundreds of home gardens. The initiative has now spread to seven IDP and refugee camps, with over 1,500 entries. In Domiz 1, a community of gardeners has been established who continue to tend their gardens year-round. This has led to a community garden being established, run and managed by residents. The community garden provides a safe space for women to grow food and flowers, to socialise with their families and to bake traditional bread in the community oven. This garden reminds me of my childhood, my land, it also benefits me for food, essentially it connects me to my homeland. After nine years, houses have been constructed where tents were sited, with small plots of outside space allocated to each household. What was a temporary settlement is becoming an accidental city, with its own economy as houses are bought and sold and businesses are established to sustain the community's demand for food and goods. I grow because I love nature, nature is more important than anything, and can solve so many problems. HEALTHY SPACE Planning green spaces at both individual shelter and neighbourhood level from the beginning of a camp's development, would lead to healthier refugee and IDP communities in the longer term. There is some way to go before this is a reality, but in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, LTT is making inroads and is now active in almost half the camps in the region. The recommend: Sphere standards 4.5 square metres for each person in camp-type settlements, including household plots 3 square metres for each person, including household plots, where communal services can be provided outside the planned settlement area Minimum ratio between covered living space and plot size is 1:2; move as soon as possible to 1:3 or more. Upholding these and pressing for the ideal ratio of 1:3 covered living space available per household leaves adequate space for gardens and allows the camp to develop into a liveable long-term environment. CONTACT US Re-Alliance can provide support and advice on setting up home gardens in refugee camps and using integrated approaches to improve the environment. ​ ​ ​ The Lemon Tree Trust is open to approaches from other organisations who want to adopt its gardening initiatives in communities of forcibly displaced people across the world. ​ www.lemontreetrust.org SCALABILITY & REPLICABILITY The 2018 garden competitions introduced in Yazidi, Kurdish and Arabic camps, including some where people were still living in benders, are evidence that this approach is scalable and replicable in other areas. Even in new camps people enjoyed setting up gardens in order to enter competitions. ​ I n transit camps, usually seen as bleak and uninhabitable, people are growing plants - see these pictures from Moria on Lesvos and The innovation shown by people to grow in the smallest spaces, is evidence that gardening is ‘wanted’ not just ‘needed’ in communities of refugees. This cross over, from necessity to pleasure, has the potential to galvanise communities of displaced people the world over. Gardening is well documented to improve mental and physical health and this is as true for people living in situations of forced migration as it is for people in permanent settlements. this report from the New Yorker.

  • Our Services | Re-Alliance

    SERVICES Scroll Down Re-Alliance provides CONSULTING A consultancy brokering service, linking organisations with individual expertise in the field of regenerative design and development KNOWLEDGE A knowledge bank of case studies, academic articles and research reports evidencing the impact of this work TOOLKITS Links to practical tool kits, training courses and how-to guides, both our own and those produced by our members PRESENTATIONS Speakers, facilitators or workshop hosts for specific events or trainings Underlying principles Our underlying principles inform our organisational policies and our practice to achieve the change we want to see in the world. While traditionally development and humanitarian response has moved from the global North to the global South, we particularly value the knowledge and resources located in the South and the learning they have to offer to different parts of the world. Already we can see a time when trajectories may be reversed as all areas of the world face the challenges associated with fragility and climate change. From Principles to Policies & Practices PRINCIPLES • To bridge the humanitarian and development divide ​ • Provide alternative discourses around progress • Evidence the impact and effectiveness of regenerative approaches ​ • Emphasise the significance of healthy ecosystems in human wellbeing ​ POLICY • Evidence the impact and effectiveness of regenerative approaches ​ • Influence institutions, and provide a platform for skills, knowledge and evidence sharing ​ • Advocate for a shift of investment flows from harmful to restorative practices ​ ​ PRACTICE • Provide a platform for skills, knowledge and evidence sharing ​ • Encourage participation & inclusive processes ​ • Collectively remember and value local and traditional ways of knowing ​ • Brokering relationships ​ ​ Linking research & practice We link research with practice and aim to provide support and learning in areas where it can have maximum impact. Offering our coalition's services We offer a brokering service to match specialists with projects and activities that can best benefit from their input. Please if you or your organisation are in need of specialist input or advice. We can vouch for the quality and integrity of our members’ work. contact us Areas of expertise Regenerative design in situations of disaster and displacement, to maximise community resilience and regenerative use of the environment Building with natural materials and in response to environmental conditions (straw bale, resilient and affordable housing, earthquake and flood resistant buildings, etc) Food growing and nutrition, space design for optimal yields, regenerative orchards, forest gardens, gardening in refugee camps. Irrigation and watershed management, water recycling, approaches at WASH and the use of greywater in food growing Resilient livelihoods, stabilisation agriculture and agroecology in fragile and conflict affected environments, food growing and marketing after displacement Climate change adaptation, research and practice, restoring and regenerating local ecosystems Monitoring and evaluation, business development and organisational support to small and large scale organisations involving the bringing together of multiple, interdisciplinary teams Resource development, training, facilitation and the management of learning for farmer groups, small communities, conflicted communities, government bodies and international organisations. Geographic experience Our members’ geographical locations of experience include: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and other locations in the Middle East India, Pakistan, Nepal, the Himalayas Northern, Southern and Sub-Saharan Africa Indonesia, the Philippines, and much of South-East Asia The Pacific Region Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Latin America and the Amazon Northern California and much of the USA in areas affected by wild-fires Contact us to find out more about our services, or to make a booking. Get in touch

  • Case Study | Alam Santi's Water Harvesting Design | Re-Alliance

    ALAM SANTI'S WATER HARVESTING DESIGN Scroll Down The planet's fresh water supplies are limited, climate change is adding to periods of intense rain and subsequent drought and the structure of the earth’s subsurface is easily damaged if the water table is not able to remain relatively consistent or to be replenished. The installation of deep wells contributes to the lowering of the water table, impacting on plants and animal life and contributing to the occurrence of landslides. ​ The Alam Santi design team have been working with the UN, governments, businesses and local communities to design rainwater harvesting systems that can be used by everyone to help replenish natural fresh-water resources. BACKGROUND The team have worked out a system for both calculating the size of tank needed to store water, to remove debris and to filter the water itself, ready to store and deliver with a pump by demand. They recommend the use of traditional, corrugated steel cladding and a maximum roof length for optimal drainage. Their calculator for working out the size of the system needed per household or per building is easily adapted for different environments. Their design further specifies materials needed to build and install the system. Alam Santi’s work makes recommendations for devices to reduce water use by adapting shower and tap heads and by installing specially designed toilets that extract urine with separate flushes for faeces or urine. The latter allows for water with diluted urine to be reused in irrigation and to add additional nutrients to plants. ​ Combined with simple technology (like perforated bamboo pipes inserted next to trees and plants to ensure water reaches their roots directly) and landscaping and storm drains designed to capture and use any water run-off, the planet’s limited freshwater supplies can be conserved and used most effectively. IMPACT ON PEOPLE Heightening public awareness of the water they use and the difference they are able to make Ensuring water is more equitably shared and available for all sections of the population Enabling people to reuse and recycle water in order to cultivate gardens and produce their own food IMPACT ON PLANET Prevents the desertification of land caused by lowering the water table through excessive drilling of wells Limits the landslides caused when the water table is unable to be replenished Provides irrigation (and urine fed irrigation) for plants and vegetables avoiding excessive use of pesticides or GM crops WHAT MAKES THIS REGENERATIVE? How can water harvesting deepen human relationships with natural systems? Water harvesting, at individual household, community, or state level brings together a range of techniques that contribute to the regeneration of the environment and prevents the degeneration caused by excessive human populations. ​ Effective use of water and careful harvesting of rainfall show the close interaction between humans and their environment and illustrates how, when working together, communities and environments can thrive. It illustrates an approach to meeting the human need and right for clean water without depleting or stealing from the natural world. SCALABILITY & REPLICABILITY As a series of techniques that can be used at different levels and in different contexts, water harvesting can be introduced at any scale of human settlement. The drilling and digging of deep wells have for several decades been a core part of international development’s response to water scarcity in an attempt to reduce water borne disease and the daily trek to carry water experienced by many village populations. While good intentioned, these can add to the degeneration of an area and future livelihoods, in the attempt to alleviate human suffering in the short term. ​ In contexts of disaster and displacement, shelter and water have to be provided in a hurry and is often trucked in with drinking water provided in bottles and wash facilities constructed rapidly. ​ The existence of an integrated design approach, the construction of emergency buildings and facilities that allow for harvesting and recycling of grey water or diluted urine and the promotion of water harvesting habits will mean that such a settlement is viable in the longer term without unnecessary damage to the environment or health risk to the community. Such settlements can then include green spaces and vegetable gardens and become thriving places for humans and the natural world. CONTACT US Get in touch for links to Alam Santi, and our wider network of water harvesting and filtration practitioners.

  • Webinars2 | Re-Alliance

    WEBINARS Scroll Down We hold bi-monthly webinars for our members to help build a community of practice and share new learning. Recordings and materials from webinars are posted here shortly after the event. Re-Alliance Cinema Play Video Play Video 02:22 Re-Alliance | Why Regenerative Design? What does Regenerative Design have to offer the Humanitarian and Development sectors? Five Re-Alliance members explore their thoughts. With thanks to: Sarah Queblatin from Green Releaf Petra Schneider from Alam Santi Sahad Sarr from Kamyaak Village Caleb Omolo from Sustainable Village Resources Maurice Obuya from Kisumu City Permaculture Academy Play Video Play Video 16:06 Re Alliance Webinar | Designing for resilience in times of crisis. Hosted by Sarah Queblatin Sarah Queblatin from Green Releaf asks the question, how might we design for resilience in times of disruption and crisis? Exploring the work of Green Releaf, Sarah describes a number of community led, regenerative design activities which were undertaken after multiple environmental disasters or conflict. Play Video Play Video 01:34 What is Regeneration? Re-Alliance What is Regeneration? Five voices from the Regenerative movement briefly explain their thoughts, and why Regenerative design holds the solution to replenishing the world's damaged ecosystems. With thanks to: Warren Brush, co-founder of Quail Springs Permaculture, and Resilience Design Consultant Dorothy Guerrero, head of policy at Global Justice Now Andy Goldring, CEO of the UK Permaculture Association Daniel Wahl, author of Designing Regenerative Cultures Gamelihle Sibanda, Biomimicry South Africa Play Video Play Video 14:00 YICE Uganda's Permaculture Response with a Refugee Community YICE Uganda (www.yiceug.org) supported refugees in the Bukompe settlement with Permaculture training and garden designing, effectively building livelihoods, food security and ecological health. Part of a Re-Alliance series of webinars. www.re-alliance.org Play Video Play Video 11:42 Rosemary Morrow | Permaculture For Refugees Internationally celebrated Permaculture teacher, and author of the book Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture, Rosemary Morrow (Australia) is interviewed by Green ReLeaf Executive Director and co-founder Sarah Queblatin (Philippines). Rosemary discusses her experience with hosting Permaculture Design Certificate courses (PDCs) in refugee settlements and the abundance of positive benefits it brings, as well as other topics. Rosemary Morrow and Sarah Queblatin are members of the Permaculture For Refugees collective, and Re-Alliance members. Permaculture For Refugees website: https://www.permacultureforrefugees.org Green ReLeaf’s website: https://www.greenreleaf.org/ Play Video Play Video 42:16 Environmental Risk Management - Gisele Henriques (CAFOD) and Noah Ssempijja (YICE Uganda) Gisele Henriques (Sustainability Technical lead, CAFOD) and Noah Ssempijja (Founder, YICE Uganda) discuss environmental risk management tools and experience for humanitarian and development settings.

  • Case Study | Building Preparedness with Puppetry | Re-Alliance

    BUILDING COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS WITH PUPPETRY Scroll Down Watch Videos 15,000+ 4 Over 15,000 children have viewed these educational Disaster Risk Reduction videos Translated into 4 languages, these films have reached communities in Aceh, North Sumatra, Java, Bali, Nusa Tenggara Timur and East Timor , an NGO in Indonesia, set up and led by Re-Alliance member Petra Schneider, developed comic books, puppetry and films to raise awareness of the early signs of disaster and ways of responding to these. Working with an international theatre company they made films of different disaster scenarios and used them in schools and community meetings. Local people were taught to use the puppets to play out community dialogues, discussing how people might prepare themselves for these. As a result of this work, a large number of casualties have been avoided. IDEP BACKGROUND Teaching children about disasters and disaster preparedness can be challenging – and involves capturing their attention without alarming them unnecessarily. After a series of natural disasters within a short period, IDEP developed comic books, games and short films to alert children to early warning signs and explain how they should best react. The children quickly spread these messages among their families and communities. A partnership between Trocaire, JRS, No Strings, Cordaid and IDEP, worked together to develop a series of short films on Flood, Volcanic Eruption, Earthquakes, Tsunami’s and Social Harmony. The films took care to develop characters and scenery that reflected local cultural and environmental contexts and generally included a heroine, often a child with a local name who helped warn or save the community. Facilitators were trained in how to use puppets to stimulate discussion and reinforce the messages shared in the films often using games, songs and puzzles and working with children and adult groups. The whole-system thinking of regenerative design includes pre-disaster as a space for intervention. Humanitarian response becomes pro-active and is a more effective use of resources than only intervening after disasters occur. Building up capacity within communities to respond to disaster before it hits reduces reliance on outside intervention, which can often be slow to reach remote areas when the need is greatest. Through a collaborative community driven process, the lasting tools for self-help and resilience are shared to mitigate the effects of repeated disasters. Communities can respond effectively to disasters using local resources and knowledge, reducing reliance on costly and sometimes inappropriate moving of equipment and expertise around the world. This project brought together the external skills of film-makers with community knowledge, local culture and facilitation. Working through children to spread awareness of early warning signs and effective response strategies can build community and save lives. WHAT MAKES THIS REGENERATIVE? IMPACT ON PLANET ​Climate change is leading to increased frequency of natural disasters and communities need to build their own plans for responding to these in ways that use local resources and minimise international travel and interference. These plays and films were used to encourage people to look after their environments and help to increase resilience and preparedness to such disasters. ​ ​ IMPACT ON PEOPLE This approach was designed to empower people to build resilience. In doing so it encouraged children to take an active part in their communities and brought local communities together to discuss what disasters they might be facing. One film specifically looked at community relationships and social harmony. SCALABILITY AND REPLICABILITY How can creative arts like puppetry be used as mass educational tools to quickly inform communities about effective disaster risk reduction and response? The films have been screened for over 10,000 school children, and a further 5,000 people during other public showings and are highly effective for school and community education. IDEP, its partner organizations and many others who have used the films have integrated them into broader DRR training and education programs. While puppet shows can be developed locally and facilitators trained, the filming of the short plays and stories makes them easily scalable. However, reflecting local contexts and norms is important and they may need to be remade for other areas. SCALABILITY REPLICABILITY There is a long history of using puppetry to spread messages in development and humanitarian work. Many cultures have a tradition of puppetry and skilled local story tellers and puppeteers. Even in areas where this doesn’t exist adults and children tend to respond well to the representation of familiar situations. Re-Alliance can provide training in how to build puppets from local materials and develop stories and workshops to share key information. Tales of Disaster Films All Categories Play Video Play Video 07:22 Tales of Disaster | Tsunami This film made in collaboration between IDEP, No Strings International, Jesuit Refugee Services, Cordaid and Trócaire, aims to educate children on proper responses to Tsunamis. Play Video Play Video 08:07 Tales of Disaster | Flood & Landslide This film made in collaboration between IDEP, No Strings International, Jesuit Refugee Services, Cordaid and Trócaire, aims to educate children on proper responses to Floods and Landslides. Play Video Play Video 06:44 Tales of Disaster | Earthquake This film made in collaboration between IDEP, No Strings International, Jesuit Refugee Services, Cordaid and Trócaire, aims to educate children on proper responses to Earthquakes. Play Video Play Video 06:03 Tales of Disaster | Volcano This film made in collaboration between IDEP, No Strings International, Jesuit Refugee Services, Cordaid and Trócaire, aims to educate children on proper responses to Tsunamis. Play Video Play Video 09:51 Tales of Disaster | Two Gardens This film made in collaboration between IDEP, No Strings International, Jesuit Refugee Services, Cordaid and Trócaire, aims to educate children on proper responses to Tsunamis.

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