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Project Shaksham brings back hope in Uttarakhand

CAF India had set up a Disaster Relief Fund in June 2013 to support relief and rehabilitation of the affected population in Uttrakhand post the disastrous 2013 flash floods. Besides the loss of lives, a large number of people have lost their assets, livelihood and local infrastructure.

A Rapid Situation Assessment was conducted in Chamoli district to understand the current situation related to rehabilitation. CAF India is a member of Inter Agency Coordination Committee formed in the Uttrakhand for unified response strategy on disaster.

CAF India adopted a 2-pronged approach as part of its disaster management strategy. To tackle the immediate needs of the affected people, food, medicines, clean drinking water ( chlorine tablets), blankets, tents & tarpaulins, match boxes, torches, candles, and biscuits were provided. These packs was distributed in the community through our NGO partners.

Under the relief support program, the relief materials consisting of family kit and shelter kit were provided to the affected population of Govindghat and Pandukeshwar villages of Joshimath block of Chamoli district. Meanwhile, we were also working steadfastly to develop a need based rehabilitation plan.

Location of Project: Pandukeshwar Grampanchayat, District Chamoli, Uttarakhand

Project Period: 1st April 2014 to 28th February 2015

Target Beneficiaries: Resident Communities (General & Scheduled Caste) with emphasis on Women, poor & marginalised households

Challenges

The flash floods of 2013 devastated the downstream villages of Badrinath Valley. Pandukeshwar village was epicentre to witness unprecedented devastation to public, private property and precious Himalayan ecology of the valley.

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Project Objectives

There was immediate need to outreach the community under skill development as the disaster affected livelihoods of the resident community under misery was becoming more pronounced.

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Disaster Response Strategy

The project Skaksham is an outcome of the comprehensive rapid assessment conducted by CAF India to understand the challenges and develop a response strategy on the ground.

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Intervention of project Shaksham

Project Shaksham outreached the affected villages through inclusive participation. With informed consent of resident communities, the CBOs, District administration it proposed to

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Key Outcomes

Establishment of Protection wall by the Vishnu Ganga rivulet

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Media Coverage

CAF India and UYRDC designed programme strategies to undertake relief and rehabilitation projects, including livelihood and disaster management education, to improve the resilience of communities

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