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"Crisis management handling"
05-08 September, 2001
In the period from September 05 to September
08, this year, A "Crisis Management" training was held in Skopje,
which was conducted in cooperation with Church World Service and the Macedonian
center for international cooperation. The training was for representatives
from local NGOs that work on conducting crises related activities.
The program comprised two parts - crisis management (risks and catastrophes,
preparations for catastrophes, response to catastrophes and amelioration
of the catastrophes' effects) and the second part of managing the project
cycle (making projects, reports, observation and evaluation).
Comments were given by the participants themselves during the training
about the new knowledge they acquired. The most frequent comments heard
were "your knowledge was enough for me to learn much; all lectures
and discussions were good; they helped me acquire new knowledge from this
area; you have made me think better and more regarding catastrophe and
risk management; excellent materials".
I joined the work of Megasi a year ago as a coordinator-volunteer. I had
the job of organizing matters in the refugee camp Radusha. It was a matter
of psychosocial help for the children. This was my first experience with,
a sort of, crisis management. I spend the crisis in Macedonia with similar
activities. I help the temporarily displaced persons, i.e. children, which
are situated in families. I help take them of from the stress of the war.
I will transfer the acquired knowledge from the training on my colleagues
from my organization. Megasi has the intention of engaging an additional
number of volunteers I this experience is sure to do good for them"
stated Alexander Peshev, from Megasi, during the training and regarding
the experience acquired.
The statement of Vegim Etemi from El Hilal was similar: "I have been
with El Hilal ever since the beginning of the Kosovo crises. I took care
of the Kosovo fugitives; I recorded them on the Blace border crossing,
where the situation was most critical. After a while I started working
on projects. This is something new for me. I we had this before the commencement
of the crisis in Macedonia we would have surely known how to work better
since the beginning itself. My new experience is also new experience for
all the people from El Hilal", Vegim told us in the course of the
Maja Dilberova from the Association of the organizations of women in Macedonia
participated in this training on an invitation by MCIC. She has not had
accident-related activities so far. "This is the first time I am
in such training. It is nice to know how to handle accidents. This is
a restless region and the Association of organizations of women in Macedonia
is now richer for an experience of the crisis management theory, which
was provided for me by MCIC and the excellent trainers", Maja points
Participants of the training were NGO representatives represented in the
local NGO humanitarian coordination: The first children's embassy in the
world Megasi; the Association of the organizations of women in Macedonia;
El Hilal; the Organizations of women Skopje; the Organization of the organizations
in Macedonia; The Romany organization of the women in Macedonia "Daja";
the Ecological association "Natira"; Macedonia Red Cross and
Two representatives from the American Church World Service were trainers.