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South Asia Flood Relief Fund 2017

by GlobalGiving's Disaster Recovery Network
South Asia Flood Relief Fund 2017
South Asia Flood Relief Fund 2017
South Asia Flood Relief Fund 2017
South Asia Flood Relief Fund 2017
South Asia Flood Relief Fund 2017
South Asia Flood Relief Fund 2017
Photo from Janaki Women Awareness Society
Photo from Janaki Women Awareness Society

Since last summer's severe monsoon flooding across southern Nepal, eastern India, and Bangladesh claimed 1,288 lives and impacted an estimated 45 million people, we've witnessed steady progress toward recovery thanks to our nonprofit partners and the generous support from donors like you.

More than 600 GlobalGivers like you raised nearly $120,000 to support nine vetted nonprofit partners who delivered emergency relief in the weeks and months immediately following the flooding and have led the long-term recovery efforts in their communities in the months since.

In today's final fund update, I'd like to share updates from three of our partners, two in Nepal and one in India, which are continuing to assist families as they recover and are working with communities to prepare for future flooding.

  • Janaki Women Awareness Society is about to begin construction on five flood-resilient community shelters in Janakpur, Nepal, which will include drinking water supplies and toilets resistant to flood damage.
  • Apne Aap Women Worldwide Trust has worked with families in Forbesganj, in Bihar, India, to rebuild flood-damaged homes since last summer, and to date, they've completed repairs on 35 of the 200 homes they've targeted.
  • Nepal Village Foundation has been working with families in and around Bhagawatpur in southern Nepal to rebuild homes and livelihoods destroyed by the floods. They recently reported progress on repairing the plaster walls of flood-damaged homes and the installation of new toilets. The families they supplied potato seeds to have been seeing great results, growing eight tons of potatoes—more than a year's supply with more left over to sell at market.

Thank you again for your inspiring generosity in supporting community-led recovery efforts in South Asia, and for making the smart choice to donate cash to vetted nonprofits after the floods. While we are closing this fund at this time, I hope you’ll continue to follow the ongoing work of our partners by subscribing to their project updates.

Warmly,
Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from Apne Aap Women Worldwide Trust
Photo from Apne Aap Women Worldwide Trust
Photo from Apne Aap Women Worldwide Trust
Photo from Apne Aap Women Worldwide Trust

The floodwaters across Bangladesh, India, and Nepal from last summer's monsoon season may have receded, but their impact is still being felt by the millions of people whose lives have yet to return to normal. In the months since, thanks to your generous support, our vetted nonprofit partners have been hard at work helping affected families recover and rebuild.

In response to the widespread flooding in Kurigram and Gaibandha districts, Bangladeshi NGO Friendship opened emergency health camps to deliver urgent medical care and prevent the spread of waterborne diseases to more than 9,000 flood survivors and distributed food to more than 12,000 households. They have now shifted their focus to longer-term recovery work, such as repairing and replacing tube wells and latrines and repairing damaged school buildings and vocational training centers.

Our partners across northern India have responded to the devastation caused by this monsoon season in a variety of ways according to the needs of their communities.

  • In Bihar, Apne Aap Women Worldwide Trust, a GlobalGiving partner that supports survivors of human trafficking in Forbesganj, met with community members to prioritize which flood survivors' homes would be rebuilt first and selected 17 women in the greatest need as their project's starting point, with the aim of eventually rebuilding 200 homes. Staff from People First Educational Charitable Trust are helping families repair flood-damaged homes and purchasing farm animals to replace those lost in the floods. Sugram Jagriti has been distributing warm blankets ahead of the cold winter weather.
  • In Rajasthan, Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan has supported flood survivors by helping to rebuild damaged homes, distributing blankets, and providing goats and sheep to affected families to help their farms recover.
  • In Uttar Pradesh, Indian Dreams Foundation has raised awareness of the health threats posed by flooding through community workshops and counseling and has distributed 300 health and hygiene kits to 300 women and girls.

Across the border to the north in Nepal, two of our partners are reporting significant progress, with a special focus on building community resilience ahead of future flooding.

  • In Dhanusa District, Janaki Women Awareness Society has begun construction on five flood-resistant community centers strategically located to provide shelter to future flood victims. The centers will be equipped with flood-resilient toilet and drinking water facilities. Their staff is also installing 40 flood-resilient water hand pumps in underprivileged communities to ensure residents have safe drinking water during monsoon season.
  • In Saptari District, Nepal Village Foundation UK finished construction on five new homes for families who lost theirs in last year's floods, as well as repairs or replacements for five boreholes and toilets. They have also provided the families with seeds to start vegetable gardens to grow potatoes, cauliflower, garlic, eggplants, and local greens in order to feed themselves and sell for income.

Thank you again for your generous support of our partners helping families recover after last year's flooding, and for making the smart decision to give cash to support community-led relief efforts in response to a natural disaster. We'll be back in touch with more stories of progress in the coming months.

Warmly,
Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo by Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan
Photo by Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan

Severe flooding in late July and August inundated parts of northern India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. In Nepal, severe flooding affected nearly half of all districts. Though the water has receded, the aftermath continues to challenge these regions. You have helped raise $150,000 for GlobalGiving’s South Asia Flood Relief Fund. Our vetted nonprofit partners are hard at work rebuilding homes, distributing supplies, and preparing families for winter. One of these partners,Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan, was recently named one of GlobalGiving’s Top 10 Nonprofit Committed To Impact.

All of our partners are putting your donations to good work. Here are some of the ways they are helping affected communities:

Rebuilding homes and livelihoods.Janaki Women Awareness Society (JWAS)will construct five flood-resilient community shelters and install 40 flood-resilient drinking water hand pumps. Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan will build homes for 10 families whose agricultural livelihoods have been disrupted in northwestern India. Nepal Village Foundation, UK is rebuilding homes and providing families with livestock, seeds, clean water, sanitation facilities, and cash grants.

Providing vital emergency supplies.People First Educational Charitable Trust has provided flashlights, candles, food, water purifying kits, and medicines in northeastern India. Backward Society Education (BASE) will distribute hygiene kits, school uniforms, kitchen utensils, blankets, and galvanized iron and bamboo to support home maintenance. They will also provide one raised hand pump installation. Indian Dreams Foundation is providing hygiene kits containing sanitary pads, medicines, and food to women and adolescent girls in northern India. They are also renovating school facilities, and promoting hygiene and sanitation through workshops and capacity-building meetings.

Supporting community-led relief efforts. GOONJinvolves local communities and schools in volunteering and donating supplies. One of their programs involves preparing families for the colder weather ahead with “winter kits.”

Protecting the most vulnerable. Sugam Jagriti is supporting pregnant and lactating mothers, children, and senior citizens in northeastern India with nutritious food, clothing, and blankets. Apne Aap Women Worldwide Trust will build nine permanent mud houses for displaced women and children in northeastern India, with the goal of keeping children safe from sex trafficking.

Your donations are making an impact on communities affected by flooding in South Asia. Thank you for your support.

Photo by Nepal Village Foundation, UK
Photo by Nepal Village Foundation, UK
Photo by Janaki Women Awareness Society (JWAS)
Photo by Janaki Women Awareness Society (JWAS)
GOONJ team delivering relief kits
GOONJ team delivering relief kits

One of the worst monsoon seasons in decades killed more than 1,200 and displaced more than 40 million people across South Asia in August and September. Our vetted nonprofit partners in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh have been working to provide food, water, medicine, hygiene supplies, blankets, mosquito nets, psychosocial support, and other emergency services to communities affected by the severe flooding.

GOONJ, a GlobalGiving partner of more than 11 years based out of New Delhi, is working across India in the states of Bihar, Assam, Odisha, Manipur, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Gujarat, and Uttarakhand. With distribution centers throughout the country, GOONJ quickly mobilized 33 trucks of food, blankets, utensils, toiletries, and other supplies to flood-affected areas. Many of the items were donated by concerned Indian citizens.

“This time, floods are widespread in multiple states and the need is much more,” said Anshu Gupta, GOONJ’s founder and director, in their first project report. “In the next phase, with winter ahead and the larger work of rebuilding damaged local infrastructure, much more monetary and material resources are needed.” GOONJ plans to reach 75,000 families, or about 500,000 people, in its relief efforts.

“Even though it was not our homes and cities that were flooded, the widespread devastation does have a connect with our life,” the GOONJ team shared on Facebook. “We get on our table what they grow in the fields.”

Community resilience grows in times of disaster. On Facebook, GOONJ shared the story of villagers in Tapu Tola, Purnea district, Bihar, in northeast India. To cross an area in the village now covered by deep flooding, 66 villagers built a 150 feet long, 5 feet wide bamboo bridge in just two days. GOONJ provided emergency materials to support Tapu Tola—but the villagers built the bamboo bridge all by themselves.

Locally driven nonprofits in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh are working with resilient communities like Tapu Tola to overcome flood damage and foster long term recovery. In the next report, you’ll learn about other organizations receiving grants to provide flood relief in South Asia.

GOONJ team at work in Assam
GOONJ team at work in Assam
 

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