2018 Kerala floods killed 500 people, destroyed 16,000 houses and pushed a million people to the camps. Having provided relief and 300temporary shelters Project Vision will provide 25 permanent house. Government is unable to provide houses to everyone immediately. Ours houses are given to special cases like the disabled, widows and the elderly. We build 500 sq ft houses with RCC roof having two bed rooms, kitchen and hall, costing five lakhs each. 4 already handed over & rest under construction.
Aug 2018 saw the heaviest rainfall ever in Kerala, 12 out of 14 districts were flooded. 500 people died. 16000 houses were destroyed. One million people were moved overnight to relief camps. Life came to a standstill. People were airlifted to save their lives. Kerala literally begged for basic needs likes food and clothing. As water moved out & the camps were closed in a month's time, the most important issue was to find a shelter. Many are still waiting for a safe house of their own.
We moved in immediately to Wayanad, the nearest District from Bangalore with relief materials. Having provided food, clothes and drinking water we focussed on temporary shelters. We built 300 of them with GI Sheet and iron rods costing Rs. 20,000 mostly for the tribal community.We now build permanent houses for those not covered by the Government. We focus on those with disability, widows and elderly. Two bed room hall kitchen houses built with RCC roof will provide them a safe shelter for ever.
Disaster can break a families economic & social life completely. Without a safe house it is impossible to recover & get back to normal life. Crop, cultivation, livestock and income can be regained if there is a house to come back & live in their own land. Otherwise the family will have to migrate to another place. A permanent house helps them to settle down in their own place and start rebuilding their lives. Thus it helps the family to regain confidence in themselves and the future.