For Álvarez Morera, men and women need to know about disaster risks, especially in an area that has a devastating history with hurricanes.
“To the extent that they (and we) are prepared, the impact of storms, rains, and floods can be avoided or reduced… without endangering their lives and social and economic well-being,” he pointed out.
“We also teach them in this sense through classes and extracurricular activities that have actions or knowledge in them. For example, we talk about the importance of protecting the school and personal media; prune trees that affect power lines; securing doors, windows and roofs; taking care of people’s lives in evacuation centers; informing the population about the evolution of atmospheric phenomena; doing work to raise awareness among families resist evacuation; among other measures,” said the director.
It has been a habit for children and families to clean the school every Sunday to ensure that there is no garbage and that the doors and windows are safe from any storm.
“The relationship that the school has with UNICEF Cuba affects the students and all the staff of the center because, through educational and recreational materials, we facilitate the development of children’s rights and more importantly, the values that are developed in each activity,” said Xiomara Álvarez.
“Both the recreation kit and the “My Community” risk reduction game expand their capabilities and potential. They are elements that allow them to develop in life as social beings, encouraging verbal and gestural communication through play and other activities, strengthening emotional relationships with their peers, and achieving their independence,” said Xiomara.
Regarding the recovery after Hurricane Ian at the Simón Bolívar school, Garry Conille, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, met during his visit to the school in October 2023.