Engineering disaster relief charity RedR has launched an appeal to raise funds to pay for extra training support for aid workers on the ground in the Philippines.
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Initially RedR said that it would not be sending additional resources to the disaster area. It already carries out training activities in the region where it helps to coordinate experts in water, sanitation and other areas of aid support.
But aid agencies have requested more training for aid workers on the ground as the scale of the disaster has become apparent. Several RedR engineers have already travelled to the Philippines but more are needed.
“At the moment the aid effort is all about getting people to the places where training is most needed. More capacity is required because this disaster is on a huge scale. There is a massive logistics challenge,” said a RedR spokesman.
“There is a general misconception that we can provide volunteers. Our members are mostly aid workers experienced in humanitarian response. They are engineers or professionals trained in essential engineering skills, or trainers employed permanently or as associate consultants.
“We are appealing for funds to deploy a training team in the next two to three weeks.
“Some may think this is too late, but the recovery effort in the Philippines is likely to last for many months.”
Logistics is one area in which RedR members are likely to be providing essential training.
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