Caritas' 50 million project to help flood-affected Uttarakhand
Oct. 7, 2013
Caritas India, the social arm of the top body of the Indian bishops, is planning to launch a 50 million rupee rehabilitation project for the victims of the flash floods in Uttarakhand. “While the 50 million-project will objectively restore livelihood and income for over 2,000 selected families, it will also ensure education and health facilities to nearly 1,000 children and community members,” said Fr. Frederick D’Souza, executive director of Caritas India.
The social organization will officially launch the two-year rehabilitation project on tomorrow at Collectorate’s Hall in Rudraprayag district of the state. In what is considered to be the second phase of Caritas India relief intervention in the state, a total of 49 villages-- 22 in Rudraprayag, 13 in Chamoli and 14 in Uttarkashi districts-- will directly benefit from the project.
Under the project, among other things, the selected families/households will receive agriculture support, training and capacity building in agriculture/horticulture. They will be helped to restore their livelihood through petty shops and livestock. Youth will be helped to enhance skills on hospitality management. Systems will be put in place to strengthen education of children between 3- 6 years of age through transit set up and educational support. The project will be managed by a 22-member team in partnership with local partners-- Karuna Social Service Society (KSSS) and Appropriate Technology India (ATI).
The first phase of relief and rehabilitation work of Caritas India provided immediate relief to nearly 15,000 affected households in terms of ration, cooked food, clothes, sanitation items, tarpaulins and medical facilities.
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