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Haiti : Race against time
The International Save the Children Alliance has deployed an emergency response team in Haiti to help staff already on the ground in getting earthquake relief to children and families in extreme need.
Recent Updates from the field:
Shelter and Non-Food Relief Items
Emergency Health Care
Save the Children staff also continues to assess conditions in damaged communities west of Port-au-Prince and initiate relief operations and local partnerships. Our staff in the Dominican Republic is also alert to the possibility of relief that may be needed for Haitian earthquake victims who have moved to the border area.
Save the Children, India on behalf of its global counterparts urges you to support the emergency appeal for funds by CLICKING HERE
Updates and Press Releases
More on the Save the Children International Alliance response
Save the Children strongly believes that in any emergency Children are the most vulnerable to the events. Following are some of the responses carried out by Save the Children in India to safeguard the rights of these children.
South India Floods 2009
Large parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka saw the worst ever floods in the past 100 years. Heavy rainfall beginning on September 29th in the two states caused the Krishna and Tungabhadra Rivers to breach their banks, flooding the many villages along the banks of the two rivers, and in all affecting five districts in Andhra Pradesh and twelve districts in Karnataka.
Save the Children and 4 partner organizations across two states – Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have initiated a six month Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation intervention in 52 villages with the support of Save the Children Alliance and other corporate donors. We have now completed first quarter of this intervention with the following outcomes;
Cyclone Aila, 2009
Striking the coast of West Bengal on 25 May, state authorities estimate that Cyclone Aila affected some 6.8 million people across the state, damaging or destroying over 1 million houses and killing at least 138 people.
As of September 2009, Save the Children had provided hygiene kits to more than 6,000 families and water to over 3,500 families, set up 21 Child-Friendly Spaces, provided over 47,000 hot meals to children, lactating mothers and pregnant women and dry rations for a further 2,500 households, rehabilitated 45 tube wells and a communal pond, distributed clothes to 4,200 children, education materials to more than 2,500 children, and shelter materials to 2,000 households and provided restocking assistance for 514 Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) centres.
2008 saw floods on a massive scale throughout northern and eastern India. Widespread flooding in West Bengal in June was followed by the bursting of the Kosi River embankment in Bihar on 18 August, the consequences of which were declared a ‘national calamity’ by the Prime Minister. In total, over 3 million people had to leave 993 villages to seek shelter, and over 5 million people are thought to have been seriously affected. 262 deaths were officially reported, although actual numbers are believed to be higher. This was followed in September 2007 by massive monsoon flooding in Orissa, where around 4.2 million people in some 6,000 villages were badly affected.
Save the Children reached 117,000 direct beneficiaries in Bihar and Orissa, with food, nutrition, shelter, health, child protection and education support.
Kandhamal Violence, 2008
After the killing of a Hindu religious leader in Kandhamal district, Orissa, large-scale mob violence directed against Christian communities forced more than 50,000 people out of their homes and into state-run relief camps. Some 50 people are thought to have been killed in the fighting.
Save the Children responded by providing supplementary feeding for 794 children aged 6-24 months and setting up nineteen health camps and thirty child-friendly spaces.
A major rat infestation in the north-east state of Mizoram destroyed crops on a massive scale, driving thousands of people to the edge of a humanitarian crisis. The rat infestation was the result of Mautam, a cyclic ecological event that occurs every 48 years when the flowering of bamboo trees triggers an explosion in the rat population, who go on to devour food stocks and crops. In the worst-affected areas, 95% of rice crops and 75% of the cash crops were destroyed and 30,000 families were left living with acute shortages.
Save the Children provided life-saving support in the remote Saiha district, offering food and cash to the most needy and work opportunities for destitute families. We also supported the restocking of livestock and the distribution of seeds, provided support and training for ICDS centres and worked with local people to strengthen their ability to meet their own needs.
2007 saw some of the worst flash floods in recent times in Assam, Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal.
Save the Children targeted 18,000 children and their families in all four states, ensuring food security, restoring livelihoods of the poorest, renovating schools and medical centres, providing basic healthcare, restoring rural water sources and providing training on community-led disaster risk reduction.
Four areas of Jammu & Kashmir were severely damaged, many people died, scores of people were displaced and livelihoods were destroyed.
Save the Children distributed food, NFIs and shelter to over 11,000 families, supported schools and ICDS centres, established safe play areas for children, and provided training on health, hygiene, child rights and protection.
The Asian Tsunami in 2004 devastated coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Save the Children’s emergency recovery programme continued for more than four years after the tsunami struck, focusing on shelter, education, disaster preparedness, child protection, HIV/AIDS, and early childhood care and development.
Following severe drought across India in 2003, Save the Children set up an emergency drought-relief programme in four districts in Rajasthan, reaching more than 50,000 people.
The approach included installation of water tanks, cultivation of kitchen gardens, plantation of moisture-retaining trees, establishment of community grain banks, building and training of village-level drought response committees, engagement of children through children’s groups and mobilisation of awareness-raising activities.
Shelling from Pakistan displaced 153,000 people in six districts of Jammu & Kashmir.
Save the Children responded through community-based support for the wellbeing of children, supplementary education, hygiene and health promotion and nutritional programmes.
Following the Gujarat earthquake Save the Children provided relief materials to around 72,500 families and equipment, water storage tanks, stationery and furniture to health centres, dispensaries and ICDS centres.
Save the Children also worked in partnership with a network of 22 grassroots NGOs to build 24,000 semi-permanent shelters.
The 1999 Super Cyclone in Orissa was India’s deadliest storm since 1971, killing over 10,000 people as wind speeds reached as high as 260 km/h. It had a defining influence on the disaster reparedness movement in India and its anniversary, 29th October, is now marked as a national DRR day.