CEDAR AIDED 8000 KERALA FLOOD SURVIVORS AND CONDUCTED SITE VISIT

CEDAR received grants from the Disaster Relief Fund to distribute aids to flood-affected families in Kerala through our local partner

 

The Kerala State of southern India experienced the worst floods in a century in August this year, killing nearly 500 people and affecting more than 5.4 million inhabitants.

 

The survivors’ needs are huge. Our partner EFICOR* continues to distribute flood relief, such as food, clothing and hygiene items to them. Several weeks ago, we sent an officer to Kerala to inspect the progress of emergency relief.

 

Following our allocation of around US$10,000 to EFICOR’s relief work, we were recently granted a total of HK$3.613 million from the Disaster Relief Fund by the Government of Hong Kong to further assist the survivors. Through our partner, we provided immediate assistance to survivors of the severely affected Alappuzha District. Until 5th November, approximately 8,000 families were benefited and we target a total of 13,060 flood-affected families to be supported. Based on the calculation of an average 5 family members per household, we estimate the number of beneficiaries would be about 65,000.

 

Relief materials received by each household include:

  • “Food Kit”: rice, green beans, salt, Indian tea
  • “Household Kit”: clothes, bed-sheets
  • “Hygiene Kit”: toothbrushes, toothpaste, bath soaps, sanitary napkins, shampoo, water purification tabs

 

EFICOR went through a rigorous process, such as surveying and registration of beneficiaries, before distributing the relief materials. Besides, EFICOR’s team set up a complaint box at the distribution point to enable flood survivors to express their views. Apart from on-site observation, our staff visited several flood-affected households to understand their needs and listen to their struggles.

 

 

The path to post-disaster recovery in Kerala is long. Please continue to pray and donate to support us.

 

Let us pray:

  • Thank Lord for the good weather condition for our partner to do the distribution
  • Praise Lord for the faithful work of EFICOR benefiting 8,000 families
  • Remember all survivors and hope they will not be further stricken by the spread of water-borne diseases
  • Keep the health of EFICOR’s team. May they be strong to deal with huge needs of flood-affected regions

 

*EFICOR in full is the Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief.

**The above relief work is funded by the Disaster Relief Fund, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. If you’d like to support CEDAR and our partner’s disaster relief work, you can select the “Relief” option on the donation page to fund our “Emergency Relief and Disaster Preparedness Fund”.

“Ministry will bear no meaning if you don’t address the poor’s needs,” said CEDAR’s Indian partner

CEDAR Fund’s partner EFICOR distributes emergency supplies to flood-affected families in Kerala (Photo credit: EFICOR)

 

“If we don’t address the needs of the poorest people in the community, then our projects will have no meaning,” said Ramesh Babu, programs director of EFICOR.

 

EFICOR, the Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief,  is our Indian partner accumulated 51 years of experience in poverty alleviation and disaster relief. In India, climate change is closely linked to increased poverty. More than half of India’s working population is farmer, and around 30% of total population lives below the poverty line. While it is most affected by climate change, it frequently suffers from severe floods and droughts. Farmers’ annual harvests are also greatly reduced because of the impacts of global warming. Last year, several hundred peasants committed suicide because they could not bear the huge economic pressure brought by the drought in Tamil Nadu, South India.

 

When facing disasters, poor farmers are usually the most vulnerable as they lack knowledge, economic capacity and reliable social infrastructure to deal with natural hazards.

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CEDAR Supports Post-flood Relief in Kerala State

CEDAR Fund’s Indian partner EFICOR provides food and non-food aid to flood-affected families in Kerala (Photo credit: EFICOR, 27th August, 2018)

 

“This is a wonderful moment as this act of love is a great and timely support for my family to survive for one month… It is a god-given comfort for my family.” Indu, resident of Kerala in southern India, says.

 

Last month, Kerala suffered the worst floods in a hundred years. Indu is still reeling from fear. The floods took away all her belongings and destroyed her house. Indu and her family temporarily stayed in a relief camp. Since her husband has been living with kidney disease, Indu could not imagine when their house could be rebuilt and when her sons could continue school.

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Disaster Prevention is Not Easy: Villagers building dam in northwestern Bangladesh

Floods cause sand to cover agricultural land, forming sandbar one by one like this

 

If you have read SHARE July 2018, you are not unfamiliar with the concepts of Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Through the ePrayer this week, we are going to have a look at Kurigram District in northwestern Bangladesh to understand the challenges of poor community doing disaster management work.

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Let Indians voice their right to information: Christian group bridges government and villagers

CEDAR’s partner EFICOR formed and supported the Disaster Management Committees(DMC) in 15 villages of Hasanpur block of India. DMC mmember Mr. Buchi Thakur (centre) is helping women, widows, old people, and people with disability in his village to access pension and other government entitlements

 

When confronting natural disasters, impoverished people are often the most vulnerable group. It is especially difficult for them to cope with disasters due to a lack of resources and knowledge, resulted from limited education. Although public resources are available, they may not be aware of it and do not know how to access. CEDAR’s partner organisation in India has witnessed the difficulties of poor people in obtaining information and government assistance.

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The Church playing a part in DRR work is most effective and sustainable

A PADR facilitator (first right) is explaining a ploughing method

Stanley Enock Hanya is the Coordinator of Church and Community Mobilisation projects at Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ), which is one of the biggest evangelical alliances in Zimbabwe. He hopes to equip faith leaders in churches to teach their congregation to facilitate community development based on biblical principles.

 

Written by: Stanley Enock Hanya (Church and Community Mobilisation Coordinator, EFZ)

 

The EFZ embarked on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) after calls for relief from previous project communities that had been affected by 2015/2016 El Niño induced drought. Realising that disaster response was not sustainable, the organisation began to intently look at the word of God for inspiration on issues of disaster prevention. It was after some soul-searching effort that we were able to adopt the Participatory Assessment of Disaster Risk (PADR) as a tool to guide the implementation of DRR initiatives in communities.

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