KINGSTON 11, Jamaica - Nov. 3, 2016 - PRLog -- As a child of Jamaica's inner-city, Dwayne Francis knows how susceptible 'area youth' are to peer pressure. But while attending St. George's College, he developed a sense of self-worth and determination to succeed.
Francis is project manager of St. Patrick's Rangers, a Non Government Organization that operates out of Seaview Gardens, a working-class community in Kingston, Jamaica's capital.
Founded in 2009, the 'rangers' comprise volunteers who assist residents in their respective communities during the Hurricane Season.
These are some of the Caribbean country's most economically-
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Involving youth in disaster risk reduction is creating a new generation of community-minded young people with the skills to engage in other development opportunities.
As youth from neighboring communities have begun to work with one another, the barriers created by a culture of violence have begun to break down. “Most people from Seivwright don’t want to go to Riverton,” participant Joy Stevens explained.
“But when we’re in our Ranger T-shirts, we can go anywhere in Jamaica.” And the next time disaster strikes, these young people will be prepared to answer the call, equipped not only with new skill sets and a sense of commitment but also with firsthand knowledge of local communities and the trust of their neighbors.
The HFA is a 10-year strategy to integrate disaster risk reduction into the development programmes of individual nations.