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Audio stories about resilience in face of challenges shared at a meet on disaster risk reduction

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Senior Correspondent

BHOPAL: An online session, where audio stories of resilience of common people in the face of challenges from Shivpuri and Sheopur districts of Madhya Pradesh were shared, was held on Wednesday to mark the International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction.

This event was held jointly by UNICEF five of Madhya Pradesh with Inter Agency Group, School of Journalism and Mass Communication of the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), Indore and Youth4Children volunteer group. 

On this occasion, a new podcast channel was started to share audio stories of resilience from the field. The four initial stories from Shivpuri and Sheopur were about a youth volunteer, a school child, an ASHA worker and a self-help group (SHG member) and highlighted the courage shown in the face of challenges thus reducing risk of disasters.

The stories were documented in the form of audio stories and will be shared widely using the podcast channel. The stories were developed by Shefali Chaturvedi, broadcast professional, who said during the sharing session that broadcast has a power to bring in changes and can support in building capacity for disaster risk reduction. 

Abhay Jain from Shivpuri and Ram Naresh from Sheopur shared experiences of coping up during the floods, during the session. Umesh Medha from Jhabua and Divisha Parwar from Dhar shared their experiences during COVID19 disaster, issue of migration and how they supported the COVID1 vaccination drive. 

Anil Gulati, Communication Specialist of UNICEF coordinated the session and said that this is an opportunity to  acknowledge the progress being made towards reducing disaster risk, efforts of communities and youth groups to support the government. 

Dr Kamna Lad of School of Journalism and Mass Communication, DAVV Indore spoke on how session like this will help media students to learn about the use of broadcast medium and its use during disasters. 

Divya Gupta of Sphere India spoke on the work of her organization and added that it will strive to support CSOs in the state to help build capacity on disaster risk reduction.

Dr George Thomas of Disaster Management Institute was also present at the meeting. Representatives of around 90 NGOs who are part of Child Rights Observatory, Youth4Children group volunteers, and members of Inter Agency Group were present at the meet.