a fateful morning of June 3rd cyclone Nisarga struck the western coast
of Maharastra in the Konkan region. It has affected over 1,500 villages
mainly in the Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg districts. Thousands of
people have lost their homes to the ravaging 100 mph winds and rain.
The cyclone has left a harrowing trail of damaged houses, schools, and
shops. Electricity lines were damaged leaving thousands without power.
The restoration work in remote areas is taking a lot of time. Winds
uprooted thousands of trees including plantations of Mango, Coconut, and
Betel nut (Supari) which is the primary source of livelihood for many.
People are now left with no roof on their homes, and no source of income
to allow them to repair the damaged houses. With the onset of the
monsoon season in the region it is only expected to make matters worse.
cyclone will have a long lasting financial, economic, and emotional
impact on the region and will need support over several years. For now
our project is focused on providing initial relief and rebuilding
community infrastructure such as schools and houses for the poor. Our
relief plan includes helping the affected population by supplying them
with tin-shades and tarpaulins to cover the home roofs. This will help
the people to cover the rooftops of their houses which will prevent
water leakage from their roof during this monsoon. This intervention
will give these people sufficient time to recover (5 to 6 months) to
repair their damaged rooftops post-monsoon. Relief efforts in this
phase are estimated to cost approx. $35,000
land is our legacy, our roots - no matter where we live in the world
today we all have a connection back to this land which raised our
grandparents and great grandparents. We should all come together and
help rebuild this land in whatever way we can. No donation is too small
– even a small contribution will go a long way to helping those in