IDEP Foundation

Befriend With Disaster – Resilient Village Adjacent With Everlasting Local Culture

Local Balinese tend to fancy communal gatherings with families, friends, and neighbors, especially stomach churning entertainment involved like ‘bondres’ show and ‘Cenk Blonk’ shadow-puppet show. However, how to put this momentum [from the show] as the vessel to raise awareness for them enhancing their capacity to be resilient and prepared towards disaster?

Tangkas Village, Klungkung District, Klungkung Regency is in the preparation to conduct disaster drill/simulation and capacity building for Community Disaster Management Group (CDMG) that had been formed by the community ( within “Enhancing Community Resilience Through Disaster Risk Reduction Work in Bali” a program for the community that been carried by IDEP Foundation, fully supported by Give 2 Asia. For two years IDEP Foundation – that has experiences in community capacity building since 1999, specifically in environmental movement, food security, and disaster – go side by side with Klungkung community from Jumpai Village and Tangkas Village to have more preparedness against disaster.

Ade Andreawan, Director of IDEP Foundation, facilitating a discussion in tabletop simulation, which part of series of events within “Enhancing Community Resilience Through Disaster Risk Reduction Work in Bali” along with district officials

With high potentials to have earthquake, flood, and landslide striking over, the preliminaries process for preparedness and disaster management highly needed to be done by Tangkas community. Therefore, within this program, selected member of community groups of the entire village already involved fully in the formation of CDMG. From training sessions about disasters, emergency response, first aid, evacuation management, landscape mapping for evacuation routes, and the last is forming and managing Community Disaster Management Group – a community organization with its function to become the frontline for emergency response gathered from existing local associations (i.e women’s group, youth’s union, farmer’s group, domestic guardians, etc).

Klungkung District Officials doing training and planning simulations using the map of Jumpai and Tangkas Villages. This series of events will be enclosed with big simulation that will taking place in Tangkas Village

Through all of these series of events will be enclosed with big simulation (of disaster drill) that will be involving all elements of Tangkas Village and Village’s officials to join. This activity will be held in Tangkas Village on Friday, October 28th 2016 at 8.30 AM CIT, starts with briefing and coordination speech, and then followed by direct practice of evacuation simulation on landslide and flood. In order to create a ‘tangkas’ (tangkas in Bahasa Indonesia means agile) community from Tangkas Village, this activity shall involve all elements of the village communities.

The last meeting for big simulation with Tangkas’ Community Disaster Management Group (CDMG) that will be happening on October 28th 2016

At the end of simulation session, the event will be continued with the showcase of traditional comedy drama – bondres ‘Celekontong Mas’, the mix combination of drama, dance, and buffoonery, by inviting all community layers (and all age numbers) to sit altogether and laugh altogether while enjoying the show, that have some inserts of emergency response campaign (that will be easily digested). The show itself is one of the most effective campaign, because the use of local wisdoms and local language that people can relate (added jokes that will make them laughing out loud) is one of the way to deliver the message that people can be understood easily.

To close in the whole activity, the last event will be inviting every community of Klungkung to gather and sit altogether to watch famous Cenk Blonk shadow-puppet show. The show will be starting at 9.00 PM CIT in Monumen Puputan Klungkung, this show is open for public and free access. Hopefully the simulation and local traditional shows given will be able becoming a milestone for local community to be able enhancing their resilience towards disaster and developing their capacity in disaster risk reduction activities in Bali.