Jammu and Kashmir Floods- 2014

The state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) received torrential rainfall in September 2014 that triggered flooding and landslides in several areas. Constant rains and landslides wreaked havoc and brought life to a standstill in the state, claiming more than 150 lives, inundating hundreds of villages and leaving millions stranded.

NGO: Sewa Bharti Jammu and Kashmir

IDRF partnered with NGO Sewa Bharti Jammu and Kashmir to implement a disaster response project for the affected communities, irrespective of caste or religion. The IDRF funded disaster response project for affected communities included both short and long‐term relief measures. Along with the distribution of food and pherans (traditional woolen gowns)—to keep people warm through the winters, Sewa Bharti also distributed mobile stalls and goods, such as kangris (fire pots). In addition to supplies, relief to flood victims for the repair and construction of their damaged houses was provided both in the form of relief checks and construction materials.   IDRF realized that self-reliance was the only way to somewhat stabilize the lives of the affected people. So in this regard, we sent financial grants to distribute mobile stalls including the goods for selling, so that the affected people could start earning their livelihood and bring their lives back on track.

Mobile stalls with goods and Pherans (traditional woolen gowns) given to flood victims
Check distribution to the flood victims
Distribution of traditional woolen gown (pherans) to the victims

Jammu and Kashmir Floods- 2014

The state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) received torrential rainfall in September 2014 that triggered flooding and landslides in several areas. Constant rains and landslides wreaked havoc and brought life to a standstill in the state, claiming more than 150 lives, inundating hundreds of villages and leaving millions stranded.

NGO: Sewa Bharti Jammu and Kashmir

IDRF partnered with NGO Sewa Bharti Jammu and Kashmir to implement a disaster response project for the affected communities, irrespective of caste or religion. The IDRF funded disaster response project for affected communities included both short and long‐term relief measures. Along with distribution of food and pherans (traditional woolen gowns)—to keep people warm through the winters, Sewa Bharti also distributed mobile stalls and goods, such as kangris (fire pots). In addition to supplies, relief to flood victims for the repair and construction of their damaged houses was provided both in the form of relief checks and construction materials.   IDRF realized that self-reliance was the only way to somewhat stabilize the lives of the affected people. So in this regard, we sent financial grants to distribute mobile stalls including the goods for selling, so that the affected people could start earning their livelihood and bring their lives back on track.

Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh Floods- 2015

Heavy rains caused by monsoon in November – December of 2015 resulted in floods along the Coromandel Coastal region of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. The city of Chennai was worst hit and the low-lying parts were soon inundated and several buildings collapsed as a result of heavy rains. In the Chennai region alone more than 500 people died and thousands displaced from their homes.

Hundreds of acres of agricultural land was ruined by flood waters in several districts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. IDRF launched the fundraising to provide relief and rehabilitation through two highly reputable partner-NGOs: Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society (SVRDS) and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS).

NGO: Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society (SVRDS)

Partner Since: 1996

SVRDS focused on distributing relief kits to those villages around Chennai that did not receive Government aid in time. The relief kits were distributed to about 2000 families and consisted of a steel container filled with kitchen utensils, towel, clothing (saris and dhotis) for the whole family, mats, and groceries  (like rice, oil, wheat, sooji, pulses), washing powder & medicine kits, etc. With IDRF’s support, reconstruction of severely damaged houses of very poor families was done, in order to bring about normalcy in flood victims’ lives. Seven houses with built-up areas of 270 square feet were constructed to resettle the families whose houses were damaged beyond repair.

Distribution of Relief Kits to Flood Victims
Houses repaired/reconstructed for the flood victims in Tamil Nadu

NGO: Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS)

Partner Since: 2002

IDRF funds to Yogoda Satsanga Society helped 8,075 families in five districts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Many of the families that were helped were very poor and socially deprived and had not received any form of help from other relief agencies. YSS devotees and members distributed relief kits to these people that comprised of solar re-chargeable LED lamps, bedsheets, and mats.

Relief Kits being distributed to Flood Victims

Please click on the link to learn more about Yogoda Satsanga Society’s various programs.

https://yssofindia.org/

Nepal Earthquake- 2015

A massive earthquake measuring 7.8 on Richter scale struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, killing thousands and rendering hundreds of thousands homeless with entire villages flattened across the country. A series of aftershock began immediately and triggered more destruction by avalanches and landslides. Within a few days, on May 12, another major aftershock of magnitude 7.3 Richter scale caused more destruction and the number of dead rose to 9,000 and injured to 22,000.

IDRF promptly launched its special fundraising campaign and funds started pouring in.  Due to the benevolence of several individual supporters and organizations, IDRF was able to send funds through longtime partner-NGO Manav Seva Sansthan to provide immediate relief to the victims. IDRF also extended help to Public Health Concern Trust, based in Nepal, to set up the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the Kirtipur Hospital to deal with the overwhelming demands of surgery for the victims who had suffered serious injuries as a result of the earthquakes.

Earthquake victims receiving the Relief Kits

NGO: Manav Seva Sansthan “SEVA”

Partner Since: 2013

IDRF funds enabled Manav Seva Sansthan, based in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, to procure and distribute two types of relief-kits to 160 families in Gorkha district of Nepal: the ‘Non-food-relief items kit’, consisted of woolen blankets, clothes for the whole family and kitchen utensils. The other kit was the ‘Shelter and Hygiene kit’, which consisted of tarpaulin cloth, nylon rope needed for setting up tent and hygiene supplies like: soaps, undergarments, towel, comb, toothpaste and tooth brushes, etc.

Please click on the link below to know more about Manav Seva Sansthan.  http://www.manavsevaindia.org/disaster-management.aspx

NGO: Public Health Concern Trust-NEPAL

Partner Since: 2012

Right after the disastrous earthquake in Nepal, IDRF supporters and donors, wholeheartedly helped Kathmandu Model and Kirtipur Hospitals to serve more than 1,000 patients and 220 through surgical interventions. IDRF sent grants to establish and upgrade ICU facility and post-operative room at Kirtipur Hospital.

With IDRF and other organizations’ help, Public Health Concern Trust-Nepal was able to provide free medical and surgical care and hospital stay to the earthquake victims. Since most of the patients have lost their homes and belongings in the disaster, meals and a place to stay were also provided to their caretakers.

ICU at Kirtipur Hospital

Please click on the link below to know more about Public Health Concern Trust, Nepal. http://phectnepal.org/

Kerala Floods- 2018

Due to heavy monsoon rains, the state of Kerala in India, experienced devastating floods during the summers of 2018. Scores of people were killed and thousands rendered homeless. A red alert was announced in the state and troops deployed to carry out search and rescue missions. Hundreds of relief camps were opened to accommodate the victims. IDRF promptly launched the disaster relief/rehabilitation programs through its reputable partner-NGO: Manav Seva Sansthan and decided to send 100% of the donations received for flood victims.

NGO: Manav Seva Sansthan

IDRF worked closely with the state government, who selected the beneficiaries to receive help from IDRF, so as to maximize the number of victims helped. IDRF send funds to Manav Seva Sansthan to distributed 100 kitchen kits and appliances to severely affected families in Pozhuthana, in Wayanad district, that helped set up their kitchens over again. Each Kitchen kits consisted of a gas stove, mixer grinder, pressure cooker, dinner set, frying pan set, emergency LED light and bucket/ mug/spoon/knife/thavi, etc.

IDRF also started a programs to rehabilitate the flood victims whose only means of livelihood are agriculture and animal husbandry. Several poor families in Pozhuthana Gram Panchayat lost all their livestock which were their only means of sustenance. In order to rebuild the lives of these victims, IDRF gifted 18 cows to some families to start up again. IDRF is also starting the program to repair and rebuild the homes for several families in the area.

Kitchen Kits and appliances were distributed to 100 severely affected families in Wayanad District

IDRF Fundraiser for Kerala Flood Victims:

IDRF held a fundraiser at Tatva Indian Cuisine in Herndon, Virginia, on August 25, 2018 to raise funds for relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims.

Several fundraisers were created on social media: Facebook by IDRF supporters and volunteers to raise funds for providing relief and rehabilitation for the severely affected flood victims.