Category Archives: Emergency Relief

Kerala Flood Appeal

Call For Support – Kerala Floods

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The unprecedented rains since 8th August 2018 have brought Kerala to a standstill. Over 200 feared killed and thousands are still stranded. The situation seems to be grim with over 9 lakhs people now in shelter camps and several properties damaged. It is a herculean task to provide relief considering the magnitude of devastation.

Institute (A Project of Sri Chaitanya Seva Trust) has already initiated the relief activities in Pathanamthitta district with our base camp at Thiruvalla.

  • Food relief activities – 2000 plates per day for the last 4 days
  • Medical relief – A team of doctors, nurses and para-medical staff are working round the clock to provide medical help to appx. 800 patients per day for the past 3 days. We have a medical team going house to house to attend to the older and immobile patients.
  • Based on our past experience in Gujarat Earthquake, Tsunami, Uttarakhand, etc., we will be providing counseling – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Water has started receding and we propose to continue the relief work in phases based on the ground realities and past experience in disaster management.
  • We are in the process of identifying few villages where the community health centers/ schools are damaged and we propose to restore or rebuild the same.

Phase 1- Immediate (1-2 months)

  • Medical relief
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is a major problem and if not addressed effectively, it will have grave repercussions. This includes Bereavement Care and Counseling.
  • Identify epidemics after the floods and plan control activities
  • Basic household & immediate requirements in terms of temporary shelters etc. will be provided

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Current Estimates

Support for 10,000 Victims Amt. (Rs.)
Medical relief including medicines, counseling, etc. @ Rs.150 per person Rs.15 Lakhs
Other relief materials like food packets and blankets @ Rs.200 per person Rs.20 Lakhs
Essential items like torch, candles, Dettol, small utensils, water purifier, etc. @ Rs.150 per person Rs.15 Lakhs

TOTAL

Rs.50 Lakhs

Phase 2 (After 2 months)

  • We also propose to provide rehabilitation to the flood victims including building/ repairing community centers & schools.
  • We propose to provide school bus/ van/ mobile clinic
  • We propose to adopt 2 villages and provide medical services, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and ration items.
  • Education and future prevention initiatives

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Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Bhaktivedanta Manor urges more support for Nepal’s earthquake victims (15th May 2015 update)

Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple is calling for more support to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake after another major earthquake struck the region, two weeks after more than 8,000 people died after the first quake.

The Manor launched an appeal to raise funds to support victims of the earthquake through the Temple’s welfare arm, The Lotus Trust, which has been supporting the Food for Life programme in Nepal since the first earthquake.

So far, the Food for Life programme in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur have served over 40,000 plates of hot prasadam in shelters and hospitals. In addition, devotees from local ISKCON centres have been transporting and providing water from the temple to these places where the government has not yet delivered relief.

In addition, ISKCON has provided fifteen doctors from Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai, who are setting up health camps with local doctors, and devotees are also supporting the development of accommodations for those that have lost their homes.

Already, the appeal has generated over £15,000 in donations, however more is needed to help Food for Life continue its vital work providing food and medical relief, and to help in rebuilding homes if funds allow.

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Philippines Typhoon Appeal

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The victims of the typhoon urgently need your help

With up to a staggering 10,000 people feared dead following the massive typhoon that struck eastern and central Philippines on Friday 8th November, several hundred corpses are scattered across the town of Tacloban, flattened from the severe battering of winds up to 170 miles an hour. Recorded as one of the most powerful storms ever to hit land, the typhoon named ‘Haiyan’ caused devastation across a central belt of islands on the eastern provinces of Leyte and Samar. Continue reading Philippines Typhoon Appeal

Haiti Earthquake Appeal

The victims of the earthquake in Haiti urgently need your help

With up to a staggering 200,000 people feared dead following the massive earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday 12th January, the authorities have been frantically trying to move the tens of thousands of corpses from the capital’s streets to mass burial graves outside the city. At the same time, they are fighting to keep the city’s survivors alive, with 300,000 people made homeless and desperate for food and water. There are concerns that the supply of drinking water will only last a few more days. Continue reading Haiti Earthquake Appeal