10th October, 2019 -- As the NEMA approaches the end of the Week of activities, related to the commemoration of International Day for Disaster Reduction, here are some of the milestones and accomplishments, made along the way. We also would want to express our gratitude to those persons, NEMA staff and Volunteers included, who have contributed to the ongoing success of the events.
On Sunday, October 6th, the Week of Activities commenced through prayer, celebrated within Districts and led by NEMA District Volunteers:
NDC Abdias Samuel led the delegation at Trinity Anglican Church, along with Volunteers Livingston Huggins and Nadia St. Catherine, Asst. Manager and Secretary respectively, from District #3. Public Relations Officer Vesta Southwell, also attended the service in District #3.
As NEMA staff were invited to worship within their residential communities, Districts Coordinator Bereece Williams, worshipped in District #6 and Oureika Lennon-Petty, NEMA’s Planning Officer, joined the NDC’s delegation at the Lighthouse Baptist Church, following the service in Trinity.
Some Volunteers elected to attend services in their respective districts on the actual day of observance, which is Sunday, 13th October.
This year, NEMA and NDMD decided to shed the overlapping aspect of the celebrations, allowing for two separate weeks of activities, to enable cross attendance from both agencies. Accordingly, DNDC Claricia Langley-Stevens will worship as part of the NEMA delegation at the NDMD service on October 13th, in Nevis, and not as part of her district, Number 4, whose members will attend Halfway Tree Methodist Church.
SKNCDM Youth Ambassadors took the lead during presentations in high schools. The group, comprising persons between ages 18 and 34, used the opportunity to share their experiences and interests in community service, with their peers.
On Tuesday 8th, NDC Samuel and DNDC Langley-Stevens led NEMA staff and Volunteers in a District exercise that honoured the elderly and persons living with disabilities within communities.
Two persons were identified in all 8 districts by the NEMA Volunteer Corps and gifted with care packages, donated by the agency.
Community Movie Night is now a permanent activity on the IDDR Calendar this year, having been introduced with much success in 2018. This year there were two movies shown, beginning at 6pm at NEMA HQ: Contagion and Into the Storm.
Also a first on the 2019 calendar is the IDDR Exhibition, which was hosted at the agency and comprising presentations by NEMA stakeholders including the SKNCDM Youth Ambassadors.
Everyone has been holding their combined breaths awaiting the Karaoke Competition, which will take place (too) at NEMA HQ, on Friday 11th October from 7pm. There will be GREAT, GREAT PRIZES! Surprise guest artiste(s) and loads of fun for ALL! Come out and support the agency, your community and NEMA’s efforts to build a resilient nation through community awareness and capacity building.
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