Strengthening Community Trainers towards Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

Master trainers and Community Trainers - Profiles
Tamilnadu, India


Members of the GROOTS International network found that in spite of the critical role that poor women play in responding to natural disasters and in supporting their families and communities to get back on their feet, women are left out of all decision making processes The aim of the interface was to strengthen network’s cooperation with the grassroots NGO community and advance its efforts to reduce the impact of disasters at the community level. One of the initiatives in the process is Strengthening Community Trainers project. The key focus of the project is to support community leaders from disaster affected communities to translate their experiences into clear concepts, strategies, activities and training tools that will assist them in training other disaster prone communities to learn from their experiences.

This global initiative to develop a network of grassroots women’s trainers is a partnership between Groots International and American Jewish World Service.

This project intervention was based on the initiatives and interventions of the community volunteers during the disaster situation (tsunami) in India in December 2004. These dedicated volunteers specialized in certain skills, delivered their best in the relief and rehabilitation process. Some of their key strengths were health, livelihood, community organization, water and sanitation and awareness generation.

The project was later built on this strength, that these volunteers could train a few more and equip them to act during disaster situations in the future. One of the steps in the plan was to map the strengths of these volunteers who would be called the trainers and master trainers.

The process

This document talks about the skill set of the trainers and is aimed to be a resource book on trainers specialized in DRR, wherein NGOs can utilize the skills of these trainers in understanding, learning and training their community on DRR and disaster resilience.

Initially there were only a few volunteers who had participated actively in the rehab process. Later their experiences were compiled together into a process document which was then validated for replication or scale up. During this phase of the project an attempt was made to train a few more women on these special strategies. Many training tools and methods were developed for sharing the experience and strategies with the new comers. Subsequently evolved the two categories of trainers – master trainers and community trainers.

The NGOs went through a stringent assessment and preparation process before selecting and training the community trainers. With the participation of the community trainers, the strategies were scaled up in many villages and the communities have largely benefited with the efforts of these trainers. Since the approach and the process have been successful in many villages in Tamilnadu this book could help share the experience of the project to many other places.

About the Profile

This database of profiles of the trainers specialized in various skills in DRR. The trainers are from various locations in Southern India mainly from the tsunami affected and flood affected areas of Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh. These trainers are all women who voluntarily initiated relief and rehab work during disaster and also designed strategies to prevent or reduce the risk of disaster in the disaster prone areas.

This compilation gives information on the trainers who could help design and train community and staff of NGOs to build the community’s resilience power and reduce the risk against any disaster.

The profiles of the trainers documented in this profiles are from four NGOs namely Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), Rural Organisation for Social Eduction (ROSE), Covenant Centre for Development (CCD) and Sangamithra Service Society (SSS).

The profiles of the trainers have been categorised based on their special skills and not based on the organization they work with. There are five specialized areas namely, health, water and sanitation, livelihood, awareness and community organization. And, each category contains about 20-25 profiles.


Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP)
Trainers Profile on Community Health
> Cuddalore Dt
> Nagapattinam Dt

Covenant Centre for Development (CCD)
Trainers Profile on Institution Building and Livelihoods

Rural Organisation for Social Education (ROSE)
Community Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation




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