Habitat India Updates: Jan – June, 2014


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Uttarakhand Disaster Response: One Year On …
Last June, sudden floods and landslides devastated 9 districts in Uttarakhand and caused immense loss to human lives, extensive damage to shelter, infrastructure and livelihoods. Immediately after the floods, Habitat for Humanity India conducted a rapid assessment to identify the shelter needs of those affected by the disaster and developed a three-pronged shelter intervention plan known as “Pathways to Permanency” to rebuild their lives. Habitat’s Uttarakhand Disaster Response plan included the provision of emergency shelter kits, repair of partially damaged houses, construction of transitional shelters, reconstruction of homes and schools as well as the construction of community centers. Response highlights:

  • 388 flood affected families reached through emergency shelter materials, household support items, transitional shelters and new houses.
  • 3000 school going children to benefit from the repair and reconstruction of classrooms and school infrastructure
  • 300 families to benefit from the community center

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Cyclone Phailin – Habitat India’s Disaster Response Results
Cyclone Phailin
611 families from 13 villages in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh affected by Cyclone Phailin were provided with Emergency Shelter Kits.The cyclone disrupted our lives and something as simple as a roof over our heads, became a luxury. We took refuge in the community school. I had no idea how we were going to afford to repair our home, especially the roof, and then most unexpectedly, we received emergency shelter assistance from Habitat for Humanity. Habitat provided us with material to repair our roof and store clean drinking water. Several other families in similar situations across our village received assistance through Habitat as well and were able to bring some normalcy to their lives, post the disaster. – Habitat Beneficiary, Goraka Madhavarao, Bandara Village, Ganjam District, Odisha
Habitat India provided 2,115 households with Shelter Assistance from Jan – June, 2014.
“In 2004, we were displaced on account of a development project and my family and I moved to Savda Ghevra JJ colony. The government gave us a piece of land to build on, but we didn’t have the finances available to construct a home. I have three dependent children and with my husband’s meagre income as a rickshaw puller, we were barely able to make ends meet. At first we erected a structure made of wood, waste plastic sheets and bamboo. During the monsoon, our living conditions were unimaginable. Everything would get soaked and my children would continuously fall sick. It was the same in the extreme summer heat and frigid winters. We were struggling to survive when Habitat provided us with an interest free loan to build a one-room house with an attached bathroom. Now, my family lives in a strong, sturdy concrete structure that keeps the rain and cold out. I even run a small shop from our home, to supplement the family income and this brings in an additional INR 3,000 per month. This new home has brought us better health, an additional means of livelihood and more income.” – Geeta Thakur, Habitat Beneficiary, Savda Ghevra Project, New Delhi.
Habitat India provided 2,254 households with water and sanitation facilities from Jan – June, 2014.
In light of the recent Badaun rape case, it is evident that access to sanitation enhances the health and safety of women and children. Nasreen Begum, a Habitat beneficiary from Gadgi Village, Bidar Taluka, Karnataka, shared how she was always worried about the safety and privacy of her two daughters who used the forest to relieve themselves. She emphasized that this lack of privacy was most acutely felt when one of her daughters was sick and had to use the forest during the day or in the middle of the night. Thus, having access to a toilet attached to their home has not only enhanced the health of family members but also given women in these families a sense of safety, security and dignity. Habitat India aims to leverage the current government’s agenda of ‘toilets before temples’ in order to scale-up it’s sanitation interventions across the country.In June, Habitat India launched a new sanitation program in Tonk Rajasthan, in partnership with World Vision and the Finish Society, that will benefit close to 1500 households over the next four months. Photo (above): Community beneficiaries at the launch of the programme along with government officials and NGO partners.
2,903 Volunteers built with Habitat India from Jan – June, 2014
daimler volunteers
Habitat is grateful to the following organizations and teams for volunteering to build homes for families in need: ASK, US Consulate, ABG Corporate Team, IDEA Cellular, New Zealand Consulate, HSBC, Kotak Mahindra Bank, CITI, CISCO, Japan Student Team, Delhi Network, Main Tendue, Gurgaon Connections, Australian High Commission, British High Commission, DFID, Northern Ireland Global Village team, KPMG, Cathedral School, Vibha Venkatraman & friends, Rajhanse Vidhyalaya, Credit Suisse, Rotary 3140, Nissan, E-Bay, Goldman Sachs, Northern Trust, Exxon Mobil and Educational Institutes in Chennai.
Habitat Youth BUILD 2014
Habitat for Humanity India launched the Habitat Youth BUILD campaign on February 12, 2014 and over the course of the next three months, conducted several volunteer builds, disaster awareness workshops, housing-related advocacy activities and online fundraising campaigns that involved over 2,700 volunteers across India. Volunteer builds and fund raising activities raised INR 835,594 that will go towards supporting low-income families through Habitat India projects. A total of 1186 youth participated in other volunteer builds during the campaign (February 12 – May 3, 2014) across seven build sites including areas in Maharashtra, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore to serve 86 families in need.Habitat India’s Affordable Housing Technical Assistance Center (AFHTAC) conducted a Youth BUILD activity with 64 college youth on affordable housing for economically weaker sections in Chennai on May 3, 2014. In addition, 547 youth participated in 12 training programs on disaster preparedness and risk reduction conducted by Habitat India’s Disaster Response Unit. Participants included urban youth living in ‘disaster prone’, coastal and low-lying Otteri hutment settlements in Chennai that are vulnerable to floods. Using theatre art as a learning medium, Habitat trained these youth to map the risk and hazard profiles of their respective areas and respond during emergencies
Women’s BUILD 2014
Timken women's build
Habitat for Humanity India highlighted its commitment to provide women with decent housing opportunities this International Women’s Day through organizing a Women’s BUILD during the first week of March. International women volunteers and their local counterparts gave a leg-up to women from 5 low-income families by building homes in Savda Ghevra, Delhi (Read More).Working together as a team to support a family in need was the perfect way to commemorate women’s day. As a woman, it was wonderful to have the opportunity to support other women in need and provide them with such an important asset: a home.” – Women’s BUILD TIMKEN volunteer team
Goa Ran for Homes and Hope on Feb 9, 2014
goa marathon
Over 2,000 adults and children participated in the Goa Marathon 2014 on February 9 at the Campal Ground, Goa. In its third year, the marathon featured four races – the 21 km half marathon, 10 km run, 5 km dream run and the school run for children under 14 and under 16. The half marathon this year attracted runners from all over India and overseas and saw stiff competition both in the men and women’s open category. The 10 km run had many local Goans participating as well as runners from across the country. Organised by El Shaddai Charitable Trust and Habitat for Humanity India Trust and supported by the Goa Athletic Association this event aimed to raise funds for a local housing project in Goa.We thank our partners:
Central Bank of India, Deltin Group, Sea Island, Real Drinks Pvt Ltd, Walyte, Palacio, Primeslots Events Pvt Ltd,
Manipal Hospitals, Carasid, Tara, Novotel, Indigo 91.9 FM, RP Sports, Mera Events, Goa Tourism, Corporation of the City of Panjaji, Indian Army and Indian Navy
Habitat is grateful for the generous contributions of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, IGATE, Standard Chartered Bank,
Temasek Holdings Pte.Ltd, Conde Nast India Private Limited, Mr. Duncan Mosely, Citi, United Way, Clifford Fernandes,
JK Cement, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Deltin Group, Pravin Zantye, Monsanto, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Shubham, Give India, WSP, Seasons, HDFC, Ashiana housing Mahindra Comviva, Doosan Power, HDFC Life, RVF, Li & Fung, KPMG, Thomson Reuters Holdings, Brain Caliber and HSBC. We are also grateful to all corporates and individuals who contributed to Habitat India’s Uttarakhand relief efforts.

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