Disaster-preparedness

Disaster Preparedness & Management: Relief & Rehabilitation

Between 1984 to 1988

Between 1984 to 1988, when the prolonged drought scorched the soil of the The Tharparkar Region, when cattle, sheep and camels began to perish or were moved out of the arid zone, when thousands of Tharparkar residents had to seek relief in other parts of Sindh Province. When thousands more stayed behind in small hamlets and villages in remote areas of Tharparkar, when the abiding absence of health care in Tharparkar was most evident, when there were acute shortages of food, water, medicines, clothes that was the period in which a group of people, principally from Karachi and including a few from Hyderabad, Naukot and Tando Kolachi conducted regular mobile workshops and relief mission in different parts of the Tharparkar region.

From these journeys of discovery and a new kind of on-the-spot development inter-action between villages and city dwellers, there emerged an awareness within the group of the need to shape an entirely new strategy and technology for development of arid regions and remote areas. There also emerged a new awareness at the national and international levels of the actual suffering and hard ship being faced by the resident of Tharparkar region.

The report of these path finding exploration also brought Tharparkar to the attention of international organization such as Save the Children. Oxfam etc.

By inviting a consultant of the International Fund for Agricultural Development Rome, Italy, to participate in the landmark workshop of August 1987, at which the Nagarparkar Declaration was adopted the founders of Baanhn Beli helped set in motion a hole Process of investigation and project aid formulation leading to a multi-million dollar agricultural project office for the Tharparkar region by IFAD to the Government of Sindh

26 January 2001-An earthquake in Nagarparkar District Tharparkar

An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale jolted Tharparkar district and parts of the Indian state of Rajasthan across the border at about 5:30 pm on Thursday. The epicenter of the quake was in the Runn of Kutch several traditional chounra homes, water resources dug wells and other Governments buildings like Schools, Dispensaries, Guest house & other Govt buildings severely damaged Baanhn Beli immediacy conducted survey identified estimated losses damaged identified immediate and medium-term needs provided support to repair maintenance and construction Damaged houses and water resources
In monsoon season of 2010 heavy rain and flooding the river Indus Baanhn Beli worked in Collaboration SPO ,SOS & District disaster mismanagement Tharparkar Baanhn Beli provided temporary shelter Tents essential food and non food items cooked food drinking water milk,hygiene kits to the displaced women children and men and organized Medical camps where Female paramedic staff provided services to mother and children
Creating Assets for Rural women with the support WFP-2001-2006

Baanhn Beli developed water resources and Created Assets for Rural Women in District Tharparkar

Development work has provided local employment /earning opportunities in the villages during a period of sever drought and lack of agriculture income this programme provided better access to both water and nutrition to the families when adequate food and other items were beyond the reach of the poor

With the valued support of WFP 2001-2005 Baanhn Beli implemented various community need based projects and previous work has been sustained innovative dimensions have been introduced in to the project area and visible, measurable, vital improvements have been resulted.

Easy access to water and decreased work load on women

The infrastructure developed with the support of PPAF-WFP saved thousands of women hours which were otherwise invested by local women in walking long distance to fetch and carry water from distant locations on daily basis the project promoted hygiene practices and disseminated specific messages about how to avert to deal with diarrhea in relation to drinking water and the environment.

Improvement of socio economic conditions through creation of community infrastructure

development work has provided local employment /earning opportunities in the villages during a period of sever drought and lack of agriculture income this programme provided better access to both water and nutrition to the families when adequate food and other items were beyond the reach of the poor The community contributed a significant percentage of the total cost of each project Improvement of socio economic conditions through creation of local employment /earning
Decrease water insecurity and provided access to safe drinking water, development of water resources and conservation. Baanhn Beli PPAF CPI unit provided support community in designing and constructing small infrastructure schemes at the household as well as community or village level.

Baanhn Beli developed capacity of community in identification of needs project planning designing implementation operation and maintenance and sustain The community’s close involvement and contribution to the schemes created a strong sense of ownership among the people

Availability of food & better nutrition (for women & children in particular):

This programme provided better access to both water and nutrition to the families when adequate food and other items were beyond the reach of the poor, particularly poor women. More than 2000 village households obtained reasonable food/nutrition for their families and children and the project reduced food insecurity in a critical period of severe drought. Improvement of socio-economic conditions through creation of local employment/earning opportunities; the infrastructure work has provided employment and earning opportunities in the target villages during a period of severe drought and lack of agricultural income. More than 3500 persons, including skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled persons were employed as manual workers on a daily wage basi

Activities Achieved Recipients
of FS
Value of
Food Stamps
Benefitted Population l
Villagers
Employed
No. of
Villages Benefitted
Male Female Male Female
House Hold Level Assets
Water Tanks 1,585 1,585 1,014,400 9,510 1,585 228
In house toilets 1,506 1,506 1,445,760 9,036 1,506
Eco. Stoves 1,058 1,058 84,640 6,638 1,058
Kitchens 273 273 655,200 1,638 546
Sub-Total 4,422 3,200,000 26,532 4,695
Community Level Assets
New Wells 42 336 1,755,400 2,106 336 33
Rep. Wells 101 707 8,088,000 4,242 707 85
(Ponds) 37 444 710,400 2,664 444 37
Handpumps 13 13 28,600 78 26 74
Sub-Total 1,500 3,302,400 9,000 1,513 229
Grand-Total Male / Female 5,922   35,532 6,208  

 

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