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Help Vulnerable Sundarbans' Amphan Cyclone Victims with Emergency Kits

On the 20th of May, the super cyclone Amphan with sustained wind speeds of 220km/h, and tidal surges of over 16 ft assailed the Indian Sundarbans. It is difficult to envision the catastrophe that has accompanied this mega-storm, where already-defenseless islanders must now endure vast swathes of inundation extending distances inland, breached embankments and immeasurable damage to life and property.

Plagued by repetitive cyclonic events (such as the Aila, Fani and Bulbul) over the last many years, even the seasonal monsoons have wrought devastation and incessant vulnerability, worsened by the relentless transmutability of water. These ecological refugees who etch the smallest carbon footprints into the global biosphere, battle challenges to basic standards of life reinforced by the rise in sea-level, heightened salinity index and coastal erosion, on the loneliest side of the global war against climate change. These circumstances have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis and a faceless bureaucracy, as the lives of the migrant islanders continue to be beleaguered more than ever.

Over the last four years, I have been working across the sprawling Gangetic Delta: focusing primarily on five islands in the Sundarbans of India (Mousuni, G-Plot, Sagar, Ghoramara and Gosaba-area), along the confluence of the Hooghly and Bidyadhari rivers as they plunge into the Bay of Bengal.

I believe it is my responsibility to aid and assist them in any way I can. Unfortunately, I do not possess the adequate financial ability to do so. With your kind donations, I plan to provide 500 people each with an emergency kit worth Rs. 600/-, which would contain:

  • Sanitary and hygiene supplies, especially for the most vulnerable groups of women and children including sanitary napkins, soaps and washable-cloth masks. (I will forever be indebted to their kindness especially, as they have welcomed me into their lives, allowed me food and shelter  and have permitted  me into their everyday)
  • Basic medicines (paracetamol, tinidazole/norfloxacin, domperidone/omeprazole)
  • Standard liquid water purifier (Zeoline-200)
  • Waterproof plastic sheets that may be used for any number of purposes including temporary roofing, floor protection in mud huts, safeguarding of essentials, etc.
  • Dry foodstuffs (onions, potatoes, tomatoes, semolina, lentils, soybean, powdered milk, biscuits, sugar, salt) matchboxes and cooking oil.
 
With the remaining funds, estimated at approximately Rs. 40,000/-, I aim to help them rent diesel-run generators that will suffice the loss of solar panels and broken power transmission towers, pump out saline water to arrest the aridity of land resulting from inundation, and provide for basic minimum daily electricity consumption. Additionally, since deep tube wells are partially-submerged and contaminated (and hence, unusable), the generator would also help run the local water-purification facilities, bettering the distribution of drinking water. 


I understand that this minuscule effort will not carve an enduring transformation of the lives in these perennially quicksilver landscapes, but we will be able to rest in certainty that for at least three days, these 500 individuals would want for less than they are now.

Thank You,
Ritaban Ghosh



Received images and videos from friends who have witnessed the devastation on these unmoored islands (updates from the last five days):


I will be posting updates regularly about the campaign and the allocation of the funds, as they continue to benefit the inhabitants. If you have any queries, or need further information, please contact me on:

+91 8697555031
ritabanghosh@outlook.com
https://www.facebook.com/RitabanGhosh96

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29th June 2020
Dear Donors,

Thank you for standing beside us in these unreasonably unfortunate hours, as the critical interference of various adverse circumstances have continued to plague us. As the campaign draws to a close, I would like to inform you about some changes that have become necessary given the paucity of funds we have been able to generate.

Over the course of the last three weeks, I have  joined forces with other organisations such as Prameya Foundation and Bengal Relief Collective (see images below), to collectively distribute emergency relief kits amongst the affected inhabitants in the Sundarbans. In that time, I realised that a more effective and viable utilisation of your kind contributions would be to transfer the funds (Rs. 600 per person) to the accounts of the affected individuals. While the original plan was to reach 500 people, the available funds would allow me to reach a 100 people instead; divided between the two major and severely devastated islands of Kultali (Maipit) and Brajaballavpur (G-Plot).

This change is due to two reasons:
1) Due to the fact that I failed to acquire the goal amount; with the available funds, it would be impossible to provide 500 people with Emergency Kits. In this scenario, taking only a few Emergency Kits would be nonviable given that the organizational, transport and logistical costs would severely outweigh the actual amount I am able to spend. It would be a more cost-effective option to directly transfer the funds to their accounts.
2) Given the fact that it has been a month since the cyclone, and the time for a first-response has passed, I have found that the affected islanders would rather receive cash-in-hand so they may use it to acquire their specific needs. Given that their requirements widely vary (from building materials like nails, bamboos to clothes, to adhesives or sealants for their boats, to other technical requirements, to spending on pumps/tanks/solar power, to buying non-staple foodstuffs), I felt that it is more fair to, in whatever minuscule way I can, help their purchasing power rather than assuming homogeneous need.

I will post regular updates on this page and on my social media, with my SBI Yono transfer details and the bank details of the beneficiaries every time I make these find transfers.

I completely understand that this was not the  original plan, and of course, if you object, I will most immediately, return your contribution to your account if desired. I truly believe however, that this is a much better course of action, and I will be able to more effectively help those in dire need.  







You are most welcome to contact me  on +91 8697555031 or ritabanghosh@outlook.com if you have any further queries or suggestions.

Thank you again for your faith and support,

Best,
Ritaban


Dear Donors,

Thank you for standing beside us in these unreasonably unfortunate hours, as the critical interference of various adverse circumstances have continued to plague us. As the campaign draws to a close, I would like to inform you about some changes that have become necessary given the paucity of funds we have been able to generate.

Over the course of the last three weeks, I have  joined forces with other organisations such as Prameya Foundation and Bengal Relief Collective (see images below), to collectively distribute emergency relief kits amongst the affected inhabitants in the Sundarbans. In that time, I realised that a more effective and viable utilisation of your kind contributions would be to transfer the funds (Rs. 600 per person) to the accounts of the affected individuals. While the original plan was to reach 500 people, the available funds would allow me to reach a 100 people instead; divided between the two major and severely devastated islands of Kultali (Maipit) and Brajaballavpur (G-Plot).

This change is due to two reasons:
1) Due to the fact that I failed to acquire the goal amount; with the available funds, it would be impossible to provide 500 people with Emergency Kits. In this scenario, taking only a few Emergency Kits would be nonviable given that the organizational, transport and logistical costs would severely outweigh the actual amount I am able to spend. It would be a more cost-effective option to directly transfer the funds to their accounts.
2) Given the fact that it has been a month since the cyclone, and the time for a first-response has passed, I have found that the affected islanders would rather receive cash-in-hand so they may use it to acquire their specific needs. Given that their requirements widely vary (from building materials like nails, bamboos to clothes, to adhesives or sealants for their boats, to other technical requirements, to spending on pumps/tanks/solar power, to buying non-staple foodstuffs), I felt that it is more fair to, in whatever minuscule way I can, help their purchasing power rather than assuming homogeneous need.

I will post regular updates on this page and on my social media, with my SBI Yono transfer details and the bank details of the beneficiaries every time I make these find transfers.

I completely understand that this was not the  original plan, and of course, if you object, I will most immediately, return your contribution to your account if desired. I truly believe however, that this is a much better course of action, and I will be able to more effectively help those in dire need.  







You are most welcome to contact me  on +91 8697555031 or ritabanghosh@outlook.com if you have any further queries or suggestions.

Thank you again for your faith and support,

Best,
Ritaban


Rs.59,377 raised

Goal: Rs.350,000

Beneficiary: The victims of ... info_outline

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RN
Rakesh donated Rs.2,500
Dp
Dangchanok donated Rs.2,266
IG
Indrani donated Rs.3,000
A
Anonymous donated $101
MG
Madhu donated Rs.1,000

At this point of time I could do only this much..I pray an early recovery

SH
Sohrab donated Rs.20,000