Vietnam is one of five countries in the world most seriously affected by climate change and is particularly susceptible to natural disasters, rising sea levels and other climatic changes. Its negative impacts are often more severely felt by marginalized groups and poor communities. ADRA in Vietnam has therefore implemented disaster preparedness projects targeted at reducing the vulnerability of visually impaired people. We also have a long history responding to natural disasters in Vietnam, delivering relief and nutritional packages to most affected areas and helping these communities recover. Given that a vast majority of the rural population in Vietnam base their livelihoods on agriculture and fishing, sectors which are extremely vulnerable to climate variability, ADRA in Vietnam has increased our focus on livelihoods adaptation and integrating the issue of climate change into all our projects.
How we've made a difference
Disaster Risk Reduction IEC Materials for People with Visual Impairment
Vietnam is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Every year, the country is struck by typhoons, floods and other natural disasters. It is often the poorest communities, especially the elderly and people with disabilities who are most seriously hit in time of emergencies.
Late 2011, ADRA in Vietnam worked with the Vietnam Blind Association to create disaster risk reduction IEC materials (CDs, cassette tapes and Braille books) to educate people with visual impairment about how prepare for and respond to natural disasters. These were the first materials developed for PVIs in Vietnam and over 5000 copies have been disseminated. We are advocating for the materials to be included in the national education curriculum so to reduce the vulnerability of people with visual impairment to natural disasters across the country.