UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore participates in disaster risk reduction drill in Kazakhstan’s Almaty Region
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, 18 November 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore joined hundreds of children in an earthquake and fire emergency preparedness drill today at a school in Almaty Region’s Karasay District.
Sir Roger and Lady Kristina, who are visiting the earthquake prone country, attended the drill at a school in Ushkonyr village in Karasay District where children are taught how to better protect themselves in the event of disaster, including flooding. In cooperation with the European Union (EU), UNICEF is providing disaster risk reduction training at schools in Almaty Region, along with a special curriculum on enhancing skills and knowledge on survival in disaster situations.
“You have demonstrated the high level of your preparedness for disasters, but I hope you will never have to use your skill on disaster risk reduction in your real life,” Sir Roger Moore told the schoolchildren following the drills.
The project is financed by the European Union’s Disaster Preparedness Humanitarian Aid Department (DIPECHO), and is expected to teach these life saving skills to some 50,000 children before being expanded to all schools in the country.
According to the UN, the frequency, scale and impact of disasters around the world are increasing. The catastrophes caused by natural disasters destroy the social, economic and ecological activities of people. This global trend is also seen in Central Asian countries, including in Kazakhstan, which is why more focus must be put on disaster risk reduction training.
The project is being developed as part of the Hygo action programme which is aimed at reducing the number of victims and losses among people as well as alleviating social, economic and ecological damages on communities and countries as a result of disasters.
Sir Roger Moore, who is perhaps best known for his role as James Bond, is in Kazakhstan on a five day visit with his wife Lady Kristina to help raise awareness and support for vulnerable children, including boys and girls with disability.
At the end of their stay, the famous couple will attend a special Charity Ball on 20 November in support of UNICEF’s work on behalf of Kazakhstan’s more than 150,000 children with disabilities.
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