After a year in which our country saw loss of lives and homes to flooding and earthquake – and an increase in people taking action to prevent disaster – Guatemala’s commemoration of international disaster risk reduction day drew big crowds.
Under the banner of “Disability is not inability”, the festival this year celebrated the resilience of people with different capacities.
More than 5000 people – including art groups of children and adults with disabilities – filled Central Park and the National Museum of Culture in Guatemala City. Staffs from ActionAid and our partner organisations were proud to take part:
Shaking hands with a giant duck in a mining hat was a special moment, but my highlight was hosting a huge game of “Riesgolandia” or “Riskland.
Girls and boys, women and men went home with shopping bags, pens, t-shirts and flyers carrying life-saving messages about reducing risk of disasters and a smile on their faces.
Other events included Guatemala’s second 10 kilometer “race for risk reduction” organized by the Step Up initiative.
The annual commemoration is organised by Guatemala’s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) and its importance is marked by a national holiday.
Among the festival-goers were Ministers, senior Government officials, diplomats, donors, and representatives from non-governmental organizations and the United Nations.