Have you noticed how when a disaster happens anywhere in the world every TV News channel gives it wall to wall saturation coverage only for the demands of instant 24 hour coverage to replace it with something else and the disaster is hardly heard of again. But the people affected need long term consistent help, long after the cameras have left and attention shifted from thier plight.
Global Giving helps very much in keeping the needs of disaster affected people in peoples minds.
If Bihar was a country it would be the sixth poorest in the world. the North suffers from annual floods, as the rivers in the Himalyas to the north empty in the plains. South of the ganges, droughts are common and there is a chronic shortage of clean water.
Working closely with local communities we have helped villagers build raised concrete flood shelters, to keep thier familes and thier animals safe in times of high water. The monsoon is approaching again.
Medicines have been distributed and the installation of new deep water pumps in flood affected villages has given acces to clean water.The provision of animals to families to give them a source of income, and the replacement of mud walls with brick are all important measures.
Grants for very small but important micro enterprises even something as simple as a small shop can change lives for the better by providing a family with a source of income.
And also providing technical assistance at a village level to build natural barriers around low lying land, and to build plnths for houses raising them above flood levels are all effective preventative measures for the future.
Another update with photographs will follow within four weeks.
Thank you for your wonderfull support and these forgotten people really do need and appreciate your help.
We also intend to update our website with details of our flood relief work in the near future,