Erica Dahl-Bredine, Mexico Country Representative for Catholic Relief Services during the Tabasco Flood
The only way Erica Dahl-Bredine could reach the trouble spots of flooded Tabasco last November was by army helicopter.
“As we flew into Villahermosa, the capital city of Tabasco, everything as far as the eye could see was under water. Whole villages, farmland, almost everything,” says Ms. Dahl-Bredine, Mexico country representative for Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
Apart from financial help, CRS sent experts to the disaster zone to assess needs and help coordinate relief efforts.
Once the floods abated, CRS’s efforts moved on to helping reactivate the rural community by organising an intensive training and leadership programme for representatives from 55 parishes in Tabasco.
“They spent two months in intensive training to assess needs in terms of vulnerability to disaster,” says Dahl-Bredine.
Course attendees were also taught methods to improve economic development either in terms of better farming techniques , finding employment or generating income.
Once the course had finished, people returned to their communities […]