Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation

IDRF has been very active in rebuilding communities in the aftermath of various natural and man-made disasters.  Once people’s immediate needs are met by providing them with relief kits, our programs focus on enabling enduring and sustainable development in that area.  Some of these calamities devastated communities that were already living in extreme poverty and deprivation.  Rather than focusing on transitional relief, IDRF gives priority to long-term rehabilitation, with the goal of turning disasters into opportunities for new sustainable development programs. IDRF continues to partner with trustworthy local NGOs for years after a particular disaster, recognizing that these events can permanently affect people’s livelihoods.

IDRF started its disaster relief/rehabilitation program in 1991 by sending grants to partner-NGO Uttaranchal Daivi Apda Peedit Sahayata Samiti to help the victims of Uttarkashi earthquake.  Since then IDRF has been in the forefront in sending prompt relief to victims of several  disasters such as: India Floods (2017), Siachen Glacier avalanche (2016), Nepal Earthquake (2015), Chennai Floods (2015), Jammu and Kashmir Floods (2014), Uttarakhand Floods (2013), Tsunami (2004), Gujarat Earthquake (2001), Odisha Super cyclone(1999), Kargil War (1999), Latur Earthquake (1993) and Uttarkashi Earthquake (1991), etc. By the end of 2017, IDRF has made grants worth $6 million for the various natural and man-made disaster relief and rehabilitation programs.

Click on the disasters to learn about the various relief/rehabilitation programs:

Disaster and Year Project NGO-Partner(s) Location
Freak Strom 2017 Construction of new houses and repairs of damaged houses & livelihood provisions Economic Rural Development Society West Bengal
India Floods 2017 Relief & Rehabilitation of affected families Economic Rural Development Society, Gram Vikas Parishad, Manav Seva Sansthan'Seva', Samerth Charitable Trust West Bengal, Bihar, Eastern U.P., Gujarat
Siachen Glacier Avalanche 2016 Financial help to bereaved families of dead soldiers Youth for Seva Karnataka
Nepal Earthquake 2015 ICU setup at Kirtipur Hospital,Distribution of relief kits to victims Phect-Nepal,Manav Seva Sangh “SEVA” Nepal
Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh Floods 2015 Distribution of relief kits to victims,Reconstruction of damaged houses Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society (SVRDS),Yogoda Satsanga Society Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu
Jammu and Kashmir Floods 2014 Distribution of relief material,relief checks and construction material to repair and reconstruct damaged houses Sewa Bharti J&K Jammu and Kashmir
Uttarakhand Floods 2013 Transitional shelters,Folding beds, mattresses and bedding to displaced families Manav Seva Sansthan “SEVA”,Society to Create Awareness towards Life and Environment (SCALE) Uttarakhand

1999 Odisha Supercyclone Rehabilitation (video)
When a supercyclone devastated highly-vulnerable communities in Odisha,  IDRF plunged into a special campaign and raised over $600,000 for relief and rehabilitation.  These projects included four primary health care centers and three medical vans.  The vans helped 6,000 people each month and prevented the onset of dangerous, post-flood diseases. To ensure long-term access to safe water, IDRF installed 375 hand-pumps in the affected areas.  IDRF also improved the livelihoods of hundreds of families: through distributing deep-water-tolerant rice seeds to farmers, and providing tailoring training for women, 30,000 coconut trees for coconut farmers, and 80,000 saplings for kitchen gardens.

2001 Gujarat Earthquake Rehabilitation (video)
IDRF succeeded in raising $3 million after this devastating earthquake shook Gujarat.  IDRF oversaw the rehabilitation of two entire villages – including water infrastructure, school facilities, and new homes- and a myriad of smaller projects.  Several IDRF volunteers visited the programs in the earthquake affected area.

2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Rehabilitation (report)
IDRF raised more than $1.1 million, supporting village rehabilitation, orphanages, water harvesting, and disease prevention in Tamil Nadu, Indonesia, and Thailand.