Santa Pascuala is a good example of a community where small-scale disasters are recurrent, blocking development and resulting in a vicious circle of poverty. There is a narrow stream of water crossing the settlement, which is completely dry during summer. However, during wet season, the rain...

Photo Credit: V. Garau   By Erika Bozzato For once, I will be talking about something that happened outside Lebanon, but that could greatly influence the refugee situation here and in neighbouring countries. On 28th October, in response to the request of Syria’s neighbouring countries and the UN,...

After carrying out several activities with five rural communities of Somotillo (Nicaragua) for the risk assessment of the municipality, I would say it is important to consider the following issues when planning activities in the field: Venue First and foremost, the meeting has to be scheduled preferably...

In the last few weeks apart from my tasks of supporting the GVC administration office I took part in weekly meetings with local and international organizations to prepare an event in Managua for the celebration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). On the...

by Erika Bozzato   Community Mobilizers are volunteers affiliated to Lebanese NGOs that are supporting GVC during hygiene promotion campaigns with refugees coming from Syria. They carry out very valuable tasks, visiting Informal tended settlements and informing people about good hygiene practices, safe ways to handle water,...

[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="title"]   Since two days ago information started to circulate about the Lebanese Army warning Syrian Refugees in some municipalities in North Bekaa to dismantle their ITSs and leave by the next morning. Officially because some ITSs would be located too close to army...

During the last month I have partecipated in some meetings  between GVC and other organisations involved in the  project “Community Based Disaster Preparedness and Institutional Strengthening to Increase Resilience in the Homogenous Cross Border Region of La Moskitia Honduras and Nicaragua” funded by ECHO and...

Nicaragua, as many countries around the world, is prone to earthquakes. It’s important to be prepared for such an event. But don’t worry! The following article is going to tell how to prepare yourself in case of earthquake. Here is advice to be followed to prepare...

by Ainara Casajús   Home seems to be not so far when you eat like a queen just next door. Maria del Rosario Peralta (known as Chayito) owns the “Cafetín Universitario”, the little bar of the Regional University UNAN León in Somotillo. She can be named after...