As the Sundarbans coastal region of Bangladesh is in the front line of global climate change; it has to face several natural disasters all over the year. Sometimes, massive disasters occur in this region that devastates coastal life and livelihoods. In the past few gigantic disasters took place here like Cyclone Sidr, Aila, Bulbul, Fani etc. But on May 20, 2020 a tremendous cyclone Amphan hit the Sundarbans area. Countless households destroyed, trees uprooted, embankments damaged, cultivable farms flooded with saline water.
BEDS provided emergency relief support to 150 coastal families with the help of GlobalGiving. We also provided some rehabilitation support to the victim families like materials for conducting sewing business and seeds for agricultural activity. Our supported families are continuing their activities and have been trying to recover their loss and damage. We are in regular touch with the affected people and providing advice and motivation to them where necessary. But they still need support to recover from their loss soon as they have lack of capital to fight with the situation and do better in the quickest time. Due to lack of fund, we can’t help those needy people.
So, we are requesting all our donors to come forward for the aid of those underprivileged, marginalized and victim people. We are grateful to our donors for their great support for the Amphan affected people. We hope that all our donors will start monthly recurring donation for the helpless, Amphan affected and disaster vulnerable people.
On 8th Novemeber 2020, it was a very special day for us because that day we provided few foods (rice, dal, salt, oil, soap) among 150 Cyclone Amphan aftected forest dweller families who have been facing twice disaster Cyclone and COVID-19. We know that relief is not any sustainable solution it is only needed as an emergency basis. So, we are trying to ensure the food security for the Sundarbans coastal villagers through accelerating Agricultural production in the Sundarbans region of Bangladesh.
The Specific objectives of the program are as follows;
v To meet up the food demand of the coastal villagers
v To improve the capacity of the farmers on organic production
v To establish a model agro farm in the coastal region of Bangladesh.
Thank to all of our honorable donors who supported us to distribute this gift among the villagers. We hope near future we will keep your hands with us for providing more food among more vulnerable families.
People living near Sundarbans coastal areas of Bangladesh are being impacted because of the Cyclone Amphan and COVID-19. They have little or no access to basic food supplies and other fundamental necessity. They had been already affected by loss of jobs, bad economy and being unable to move around because of the Covid-19. On May 20, 2020, the cyclone "Amphan" hit the Sundarbans area, and 500+ people have lost their homes and have taken shelter in our center. They are not able to afford their food due to no way to work, and cyclone has made a pretty bad damage to the area. Their livelihood has come under question and they are worried.
Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS); a community based, non government, non political and development organization is trying to raise fund from GlobalGiving in order to support those vulnerable and poor communities of Sundarbans coastal region. Goal of the project is $65,000 and so far $ 5,747 has been raised.
On 8 October 2020, BEDS has distributed relief items (Rice, Lentils, Oil, Salt, Soap and Mask) among 150 Sundarbans resource harvesters’ families of Satkhira district. Before the relief distribution ceremony, a total of 1500 mangroves have been planted on the Kultoli riverbank. After that the relief distribution activity took place at the Cyclone Shelter and Training Center established by BEDS at Mathurapur Jelley Polly (fishing village) of Munshigonj union under Shyamnagar sub district of Satkhira district of Bangladesh.
We therefore want to give our heartiest thanks to the donors for their support and request all our well wishers to stay beside us for assisting the vulnerable communities to lead a better life.
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