The American Red Cross and the Global Disaster Preparedness Center, with sponsorship from the Walt Disney Company, are preparing school-aged children around the world for disasters through The Pillowcase Project. The curriculum aims to empower children with the confidence and skill-set to take appropriate actions in reducing the potential impact of a disaster. A core component of the program is the emphasis placed on students sharing lessons learned with their families and communities after the presentation. The GDPC works with National Societies to adapt and scale the curriculum in their local context. Since 2014, the GDPC has piloted The Pillowcase Project internationally in six countries – Australia, Hong Kong, Mexico, Peru, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam – preparing over 100,000 students for disasters. National Societies interested in expanding upon their school-based disaster risk reduction programming may reach out to the GDPC completing the contact form below this page.
The Pillowcase Project
The Pillowcase Project curriculum consists of a 60-80 minute classroom presentation, given by Red Cross or Red Crescent staff and volunteers, designed to teach students (ages 8-11) about local hazards, basic psychosocial coping skills, and general preparedness actions. For an overview of the Project, access here.
National Societies and partner organizations interested in adopting and implementing the tools could find more information on the project adoption in The Pillowcase Project interactive documentary.
- The Pillowcase Project International Pilot: Peru Video Case Study. Read more
- Nepal Red Cross Case Study on School Disaster Preparedness. Read more
- In Southeast Louisiana, youth reinforced their preparedness education aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Read more