Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Assam Violence: Seva Bharati’s relief activity update; appeal for more help

Assam -August 2: The violence in Assam has subsided but the rehabilitation and other sewa activities has to start immediately. Following is the latest updates from Assam Sewa Bharathi pramukh Shri Surendra Ji.

Present condition and sewa activities:

1) Sewa activities is reaching more than 60,000 victims of riots
2) Victims have been provided with blankets, food, mosquito coils, note books
3) Medicines have been provided for fever, cough and other ailments and to avoid spread of contagious diseases
4) 3 Ambulances and 4 teams of doctors working round the clock to cater to the victims
5) Hindu families affected by the riots want to return home ASAP but are still in fear and are skeptical
6) Christian missionaries are gung-ho about this ‘opportunity’ and are in a over-drive (Sick but true)
7) Hindu and Bodo families are very thankful to the timely and quick aid provided by Sewa Bharathi
8) 2 truckloads of basic needs of kitchen utensils and cloths were arranged from local noble people and dispatched to the families of victims

Sewa and rehabilitation planned next Steps:
1) Start rehabilitation activities by August 5th. Until then the focus is on catering to the victims needs in refugee camps

2) Post August 5th rehabilitation of families has been planned as people are longing to return to their homes
3) Sewa Bharathi has a target to help 500 families to rebuild homes
4) Provide books and stationary to more than 5000 school going kids
5) Provide kitchen stoves and utensils to the familes once they return home
6) Try to keep unscrupulous elements (read missionaries) at bay from misusing the conditions of the victims

Material Requirements for rehabilitation:
1) 3 bundles of CI (Corrugated Iron) sheets for each of the 500 homes that Sewa Bharathi is targeting. Each CI sheet bundle costs anywhere between 12,000 to 15,000 or more
2) Atleast 500 Kitchen stoves
3) Atleast 500 sets of utensils with each set having 4 plates, 4 tumblers, 3-4 containers and ladles
4) 4 sets of clothes to each family i.e atleast 2000 sets of new clothes
5) Atleast 5000 sets of stationary with each having 2 notebooks, pencil and pen

Rehabilitation Costs Details:
Sewa Bharati is using its present resources now and is in need of money. All estimates are for the requirements mentioned above:
1) Rebuilding houses – 60 lakhs to 75 lakhs rupees
2) Kitchen stoves – 1 lakh 50 thousand rupees
3) Household utensils – 3 lakhs rupees
4) Clothes – 5 lakhs rupees
5) Stationary – 1 lakh 50 thousand rupees

Including the administration and running costs of the whole exercise the monetary requirement is above 1 crore of ruppes. But the immediate requirement of Sewa Bharati is about 50 lakh rupees.

Assam Violence: Seva Bharati’s relief activity Update

Following are some key details provided by Seva Bharati in Guwahati on their relief activities and conditions prevailing there.
Present Activities and condition:
  • Seva Bharathi has set up 3 base camps for medical relief exercise.
  • 2 in Kokrajhar and 1 in Gossaigaon.
  • They have pressed 2 ambulances and two teams of doctors and helpers at these camps
  • Medicines are being given at these camps for contagious and water borne diseases.
  • Relief materials which are of immediate importance are being provided in these camps now.
  • Mosquito coils, bread, biscuits, bed sheets were distributed.
  • They expect that people will stay in relief camps for at least 20 days to a month as many areas are still under grip of violence
  • Curfew has been lifted only in few parts of Kokrajhar and Gossaigaon where violence has abated.
  • There are other areas and districts where violence is still happening and curfew is still in vogue. (Seva activities cannot reach them now)
Next Activities:.
  • Victims at camps are in need of books, cloths and also food. Relief clothing provided now are used clothes. New cloths need to be provided soon.
  • Huge finance is required and any amount is small. Not yet calculated the exact amount required as Seva bharathi is using its relief fund now. So any amount of donation will help immensely.
  • Funds credited directly to Seva Bharati, Guwahati account will be of immense help.
  • You can make a difference now by donating any amount to Param Foundation or similar organizations.

    Details of Param Foundation is below:
    Savings Account name:        Param Foundation
    Account number:                  910010021117832
    Bank:                                     Axis bank, Chamarajpet branch, Bangalore
    IFSC Code:                           UTIB0000558
    Note: 80G receipts are available for the donors. Please send an email to info@paramfoundation.org with the address, email and telephone number of the donor. Receipts will be sent through the courier.
    Contact: Radhakrishna Holla 09731264009

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