BGR offers two levels of disaster relief training.
International Disaster Response Training:
This short-course in International Disaster Response Training for Churches is designed as an orientation to international disaster response work. It addresses a number of issues surrounding the deployment of a team to a foreign field to assist those affected by disasters. The 12-hour course begins with the Biblical foundation for humanitarian work and disaster response, a brief history of disasters since 1900, and the cultural implications of responding to a crisis. The second day digs deeper into international terminology in disasters, response team configurations, assessments, and internationally recognized problems in disaster response. It is designed to familiarize the participant with the field and provides a good framework for a church or group to consider participating in disaster response work overseas.
Sphere Project Training:
The Sphere Project website states, “The Sphere Project is a voluntary initiative that brings a wide range of humanitarian agencies together around a common aim - to improve the quality of humanitarian assistance and the accountability of humanitarian actors to their constituents, donors and affected populations. The Sphere Handbook, Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response, is one of the most widely known and internationally recognized sets of common principles and universal minimum standards in life-saving areas of humanitarian response.” This 4 ½ day training is designed for those individuals or organizations that wish to acquire a working knowledge of professional standards in international humanitarian crisis work. An internationally recognized certificate will be issued to those who complete the week’s course.
If your organization would like to host one of these trainings, please contact Pat Melancon at email@example.com.