Immediate Relief and Support Materials to earthquake survivors
Shankharapur Municipality, Ward -6
After the devastating earthquake of 7.8 magnitude on 25th April, 2015, the country faced a massive destruction in several districts. Among many different places, ‘We’ team identified one of the most affected areas in Shankharapur municipality -6, Sankhu i.e. Lambu Danda. Lambu Danda located few kilometers from Sankhu Market is an extreme affected areas where out of 68 families, almost every family was affected in one way or the other. In no time ‘We’ did a need assessment in the village in our collaboration among board member, general members and volunteers and started the relief work.
The workshop took place on May 29th 2015 which was facilitated by Art Psychotherapist, Ms. Saoni Banerjee. Intended to create a platform where the students could cope up with the stress from the earthquake. The workshop saw 70 active participation of the students of Sankhu Palubari School.
After the workshop, materials such as creative reading and playing materials were distributed to the Child Friendly Space of Lambu Danda.
Workshop on Child Counseling and Art therapy, Uddami Hall
The workshop took place on 28th June 2015 which was facilitated by Art Psychotherapist, Ms. Saoni Banerjee. The one day workshop aimed to provide training to the participates where they could apply these learning in their respective Child Friendly Spaces. Along with this, it created a platform where the participates were also given the opportunity to express themselves through the use of Art.
The two days football tournament took place on June 5th and June 6th 2015. The tournament was conducted with altogether 4 teams from two of the youth clubs, 'Bisambhara Youth Club' and 'Future Star Youth Club'.
The tournament aimed to help the youths of Lambu Danda to cope up with the stress from the disaster.
Materials for Women with special needs Distributed
On 28th May 2015, 'We' distributed materials for women with special needs. Materials were distributed to pregnant and lactating women of the village.
The materials distributed included:
-Mixed Beans (Kwati)
Clothes and Blanket Distributed
On 24th May, 2015, ‘We’ headed to Lambu Danda also along with the blankets and clothes. Blankets were distributed to all the 68 families and clothes were distributed according to the need basis i.e. who have their clothes buried under the rubbles and are not in the condition to be used. The clothes like shirt, pant, blouse piece and Lungi.
Hygiene Kit Distributed
On 24th May, 2015, ‘We’ also distributed the hygiene kit to 68 families who have struggled to afford to be healthy because of recent massive earthquake. The hygiene kit included items like:
1) Essential Medicines 8) Torch Light
2) Masks 9) Bandage
3) ORS 10) Towel
4) Dettol 11) Underwear
5) Toothpaste 12) Sanitary Napkin
6) Toothbrush 13) Handiplast
Child Friendly Space Established
On 20th May, 2015, Child Friendly Space was formally established by the Sahayojak of Woda Nagarik Munch. Children will now play, learn and share every day for about 3-4 hours in the Children friendly Space which will be looked after by the local animator on a daily basis.
Local Animator Appointed
On 18th May, 2015, ‘We’ also interviewed few possible candidates to be a local animator where the candidates demonstrated classes for the children. Out of 3 possible candidates, Ms. Rashmi Ghising was appointed to be a local animator for next few months.
Community meeting conducted
On 18th May, 2015, ‘We’ had a community meeting on how further things are to be conducted in coming days. To carry out further activities, local animator and volunteers were assigned from Lambu Danda itself to increase work efficiency in Lambu Danda.
Meeting also included the discussion on establishing a formal Child Friendly Space where children could come learn, share and play. Further needs of the community were also identified from the FGD with the local people.
Mini Olympics Organized
To relieve trauma of the devastating earthquake among the children, ‘We’ organized a feast and Mini Olympics for the children of Lambu Danda. ‘Child Friendly Space’ was introduced by raising artificial ‘Olympic torch’ giving priority to girl children of Lambu Danda. Series of games were conducted for 151 children of age under 16 in the Mini Olympics which included:
1. Marble in the spoon
2. Tug of War
3. Leg race
4. Catch the Chocolate
Prizes were also distributed to the winners of each game conducted in the mini Olympics.
After the mini Olympics, a feast was conducted where all the children of the Lambu Danda had a Non-veg meal which brought a priceless smile to their faces.
Immediate Relief Provided
To provide the relief materials to the families, ‘We’ headed Lambu Danda on 6th May, 2015. The relief materials in the 1st phase included following items:
6. Cooking oil
9. Tea leaves
11. Sanitary Napkins
13. Nutritious foods for infant (Sarvottam Pitho)