FANI, the deadliest cyclone since 1999 has hit coastal Odisha in India on 03rd May 2019. The winds ripped the roofs off of homes and hospitals, uprooted trees and has brought down power lines. Coastal villages are submerged under water. Nearly 11.5 lakh people have been evacuated, and are in shelter homes. People with disabilities are most vulnerable in any disaster situation. BPA has established contact with a local partner in Odhisa to support people with disabilities.
When a disaster strikes and we see news of devastation, we are challenged to spring to action to rebuild the lives of those whose life nature has turned upside down. While we respond compassionately, we are also to think and make sure that our compassion is routed through agencies that can actually make a difference to the victims FANI, the deadliest cyclone since 1999 has hit coastal Odisha on 03rd May 2019. Nearly 11.5 lakh people have been evacuated, and are in shelter homes.
The project team will work directly with a local partner, Government department to provide relief and rehabilitation services to the people with disabilities. The people with disabilities affected by FANI will be rehabilitated, education support will be provided to children with disabilities, assistive devices will be provided to the people with disabilities. The project will also provide mental health services to people with disabilities for post-traumatic counselling.
The people with disabilities who are most vulnerable, poor people who are affected most in FANI. They will get very exclusive services, that would help them to come out from depression, increase the self-confidence among people with disabilities. People with disabilities will be rehabilitated, and start livelihood activities. The children with disabilities will receive education kits, which is accessible, disability appropriate materials. The assistive devices will improve their mobility.