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Relief and Rehabilitation Efforts after Cyclone Amphan- Sunderbans

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A way of life, an ecological wonder has been destroyed by Cyclone Amphan. Sunderbans Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site but more importantly it is home to 4 million plus people and several rare animal species. The damage is estimated to be at least ₹1 trillion (US$13.2 billion) and the cyclone has directly affected almost 60 million people.

Resilient as the migrant workers are, they had started returning home due to the COVID lockdown so that they can work in fishing, agriculture and other rural activities for their economic sustenance. But the cyclone has wiped out embankments, cultivable land and cattle too. There are entire families which are struggling to survive without food or shelter, children who don't have access to infant food and the vulnerable are without medical supplies.

The magnitude of what has taken place is not possible to calculate even as we share this. Because the despair due to loss of life and livelihood is replaced by the desperation to survive each day.

Some of us whose lives have been entwined with West Bengal from our childhood want to do whatever we can to support these people - in surviving this trauma as well as rebuilding their lives. They have the resilience and courage already - we simply need to provide the support to start this journey again.

We are 4 school friends- Vinti, Rupanwita, Karuna and Simran, born and brought up in Calcutta. We all have friends and family there even now. West Bengal is home for us. And we cannot remain spectators when our home gets destroyed. We can feel the sadness, pain and loss - and move on. Or we can feel it and take any action that we can at this point to help.

Sunderbans is one of the worst hit. The only sounds that are coming from the people there is that everything is gone. Salt water from the sea has entered farmland and destroyed it for years to come. To understand the magnitude, in one single block, 16,000-acre farming land are damaged due to the saline water. And there are many such blocks.

It will take years to rebuild but we need to start now. We have identified and verified a credible NGO that does excellent work in the Sunderbans since 1987 with respect to cyclone relief and spoken to them to understand the work they are doing at the grassroot level now.

Sharing the details below for all of you to see and some news links to understand the extent of this tragedy. We urge to share this fundraiser link in all your  networks and contribute as much as possible. No contribution or effort is small. As you can see from the situation, every bit matters.

All funds raised will be directly shared with them to first support the immediate needs - dry rations, medicines, baby food and so on. We will continue to share and support this for as long as we can raise funds so that after the immediate needs are met, the funds can help take care of rebuilding. This NGO is working with close to 25,000 families in the Sunderbans Delta.

NGO Website -
https://www.ggbk.in/

Articles -
https://scroll.in/article/962916/sundarbans-is-finished-super-cyclone-amphan-leaves-a-trail-of-misery-in-bengal

https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/cyclone-amphan-rings-death-knell-for-sunderbans-amid-coronavirus-lockdown/cid/1774878

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11th June 2020
We have reached another milestone of raising Rs 2 lakhs. GGBK, the NGO we are supporting through the fundraiser has been carrying out the distribution of relief, emergency materials and clothes. Given the big health concerns, they have also organized a health camp at the Sundarbans in collaboration with doctors to conduct check ups and provide medicines. The cyclone has caused the community centre to get damaged and so the farmer's school at Sundarbans was used for the camp. As is visible there is no roof above the space only plastic sheet.

Please keep sharing in your networks and encourage others to do their bit too. The community in Sunderbans is very vulnerable and due to the return of migrant labour there is high degree of unemployment as well. Small contributions from our end can be a big source of sustenance for them.











We have reached another milestone of raising Rs 2 lakhs. GGBK, the NGO we are supporting through the fundraiser has been carrying out the distribution of relief, emergency materials and clothes. Given the big health concerns, they have also organized a health camp at the Sundarbans in collaboration with doctors to conduct check ups and provide medicines. The cyclone has caused the community centre to get damaged and so the farmer's school at Sundarbans was used for the camp. As is visible there is no roof above the space only plastic sheet.

Please keep sharing in your networks and encourage others to do their bit too. The community in Sunderbans is very vulnerable and due to the return of migrant labour there is high degree of unemployment as well. Small contributions from our end can be a big source of sustenance for them.











2nd June 2020
Thank you very much for the support that you have extended to GGBK the NGO that is working on the ground in Sunderbans, to support the many families whose lives have been badly affected by Cyclone AMPHAN. With the first set of funds that they have received from this fundraiser so far,they have started rebuilding  of the houses for some of them.The NGO volunteers have also reached out to many families with some dry foods like puffed rice, beaten rice, sattu, batasa. Here are some photos of the rebuilding work. The first set of bills are already uploaded now under the main page since they are PDF focuments.

There is a real need to continue supporting this work since this is just the beginning.
We need to help as many families as we can to make sure that they can start their lives and livelihoods. Please continue to share in your networks.














 
Thank you very much for the support that you have extended to GGBK the NGO that is working on the ground in Sunderbans, to support the many families whose lives have been badly affected by Cyclone AMPHAN. With the first set of funds that they have received from this fundraiser so far,they have started rebuilding  of the houses for some of them.The NGO volunteers have also reached out to many families with some dry foods like puffed rice, beaten rice, sattu, batasa. Here are some photos of the rebuilding work. The first set of bills are already uploaded now under the main page since they are PDF focuments.

There is a real need to continue supporting this work since this is just the beginning.
We need to help as many families as we can to make sure that they can start their lives and livelihoods. Please continue to share in your networks.














 
29th May 2020
Thank you to all those who have contributed so far. Please keep sharing this as we are looking at a long term window when it comes to being able to help these families. We wil start sharing pictures and receipts/documents of how the relief work is taking place.

A quick picture of some of the on-ground volunteers from GGBK who are working despite the rains having started again in the past couple of days.

Thank you to all those who have contributed so far. Please keep sharing this as we are looking at a long term window when it comes to being able to help these families. We wil start sharing pictures and receipts/documents of how the relief work is taking place.

A quick picture of some of the on-ground volunteers from GGBK who are working despite the rains having started again in the past couple of days.

Rs.231,624 raised

Goal: Rs.500,000

Beneficiary: Goranbose Gram ... info_outline
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Supporters (48)

AG
Anuradha donated Rs.10,000
AJ
Arka donated Rs.5,000

I love the Sundarbans...I love the people who live there

RG
Rupanwita donated C$100

Happy Birthday for your uncle and auntie

S
Shefali donated $60

Thank you for coordinating these efforts on the ground!

S
Shefali donated $50
Y
Yana donated A$50