Archive for the “Humanitarian Disaster Relief” Category

New Acropolis Mumbai organized a debate entitled “Empowering real change”, in collaboration with the Indian Express newspaper. Speakers included the educator and environmental specialist Sonam Wangchuk, the philanthropist Tsarina Screwvala (Swades Foundation) and the philosopher Yaron Barzilay (Director of New Acropolis in India).

With over 150 attendees, the presenters at this ’round table’ emphasized the need for a sustainable change in society, beyond quick and immediate fixes, which are of little relevance and lead to uncertainty and despair. A collective investigation showed that the “Post-truth” world  (Word of the Year 2016, Oxford Dictionary), leads to individuals’ inability to dream and to aspire to a better world. It turns out that our challenges could be more possible to carry out, redefining how society provides education. Ultimately, the responsibility rests with the individual at the time of choosing to participate in the change.

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New Acropolis volunteers organized the collection, storage and delivery of supplies and donations to families affected by the passage of Hurricane Otto. This project was carried out in 5 provinces of the country and were delivered directly to the people affected by this natural disaster.

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Flood protection training_1_Budapest Flood protection training_2_BudapestAs part of a decades-long collaboration with the Budapest Association for Civil Protection and Disaster Management, various volunteers received a flood protection training in the ‘Hunyadi’ Center of New Acropolis Hungary.

Based on the example of the 2001 flooding on the upper River Tisza, participants of the course were introduced to the main types of dams, their scope of application and the process of protection from emergency through relocation of the population to damage assessment and reconstruction.

The theoretical part of the course was followed by a practical training, during which participants learned how to effectively build a dam from sand bags.

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A severe emergency situation occurred in Budai hills, Hungary after days of heavy winds and rain. A number of trees fell due to the icy glaze that froze on the branches. Roads leading to the villages were obstructed and closed with trees lying across them for days. The authorities worked day and night to restore normal life conditions. Volunteers of New Acropolis participated in the action with an eight-person team including professionals, equipped with chainsaws, by removing the fallen tree-trunks from the roads and from the electricity lines.

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foto1.2Several cities including Prague, Brno, Olomouc, Pilsen, Ostrava, Liberec, Hradec Králové and Ústí nad Labem, where New Acropolis has active centers carrying out daily activities, came together in this urgent volunteerism initiative, in collaboration with the Group for Active Ecology GEA.

In the end material aid was collected for more than 50 000 CZK. A shipment of 400 kg was handed to association Lastavica, which together with the Red Cross organized transport to affected areas to help flood victims.
Thanks to all who joined in the collection!

 

 

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Volonteri Arena Beograd Nova Akropola Donacija za stradale u poplavama SrbijaDuring the floods that occurred in the Balkan countries in 2014, New Acropolis volunteers of the Republic of Serbia helped in various ways:

They collected humanitarian aid items such as food and personal care items. They worked at temporary camps for people evacuated from vulnerable areas.

Volunteers also helped in cleaning and restoring schools in the town of Obrenovac. They donated reconstruction tools and health and safety equipment.

 

 

 

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2014 Florianópolis Brasil-S Simulado_de_Riesgo3New Acropolis volunteers in Florianopolis, acting as agents of Civil Protection, attended the first disaster preparation drill. The New Acropolis “civil protection volunteer agents” began their training shortly before midnight, when all were activated to be in a state of alert. At 4 o’clock in the morning they received the emergency call and gathered at the Civil Defense headquarters to go from there to the place of action.

The exercise aims to empower those who might be involved in a real situation of disaster. According to Eduardo Silveira Peduzzi: “It was very important to work with the various institutions and the community in an operation like this. It is good that we have this synergy, since in a real situation that will be a determining factor to save lives”.

New Acropolis Florianopolis currently has 22 agents and a group in training by New Acropolis trainers, representatives of the City, the Association of Geologists and Civil Defense.

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