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Protect Communities From Flooding in North-eastern India India , RUN BY: Oxfam Australia | STATUS: COMPLETED

This project is 100% Funded

 

 

AUD 30,003

Raised from 9,555 people



Project Background

Residents of the Brahmaputra River Basin, in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, face some of the greatest challenges of any community living in India. Many live in absolute poverty without basic human necessities such as food, safe drinking water, health, education and shelter. Compounding these problems is the frequent flooding which occurs in the region and sets communities back even further. 

Floods and other flood-related hazards have reduced the overall socio-economic development and exacerbated existing vulnerabilities within the region. Recurrent flooding has led to higher levels of poverty and hunger, and negatively impacted the social cohesion of the community. This causes a vicious cycle of increasing vulnerabilities of communities on account of their declining socio-economic conditions. 

Project Approach

This Oxfam Project works to improve the lives of affected communities in Assam with a focus on water, sanitation and hygiene and sustainable food. The project is improving the community’s access to clean water and food and preparedness for disasters including flooding.

Working with four local partners in five districts of Assam, Oxfam aims:

  1. To improve food security and support the livelihood of residents.
  2. To substantially improve access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene knowledge.
  3. To increase the capability of communities to anticipate and prepare for natural disasters through knowledge, awareness and training.
  4. To strengthen government engagement and ensure that government response to disasters is inclusive of local communities.

Since its launch, the programme has seen an increased emphasis on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) by raising awareness of its importance; developing community-based capacity in DRR initiatives; and promoting disaster preparedness.

Project Outcomes

Funding from The Footprints Network has contributed towards the following project outcomes:

1. To improve food security and support the livelihood of residents

  • Trained 42 farmers on mushroom cultivation
  • Provided 50 marginalized farmers with food and stress tolerant seeds.
  • A livestock vaccination camp in four areas enabled almost 1600 livestock to be protected from disease
  • 15 landless single women were supported to start trade activities
  • 20 poor households were provided with livestock
  • 10 women were supported to establish silk farms
  • 32 people were provided piglets
  • 108 people in Darrang district were trained in flood/climate resilient cropping practices

2. To substantially improve access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene knowledge

  • 800 people are benefiting from four new raised hand pumps built above the historical flood line
  • 250 people are taking advantage of two new raised toilets that ensure access during floods
  • 101,000 people are benefiting from five water source rehabilitations that been carried out.
  • 106 men and 85 women have been trained on how to repair hand pumps.
  • 107 villagers have been trained to install biosand filters in their communities.
  • 1,424 people have been trained in water health and sanitation (WASH) practices.
  • 590 people have been trained on WASH in emergency settings.
  • Worked with 14 schools to promote healthy sanitation, hygiene and waste management practices

3. To increase the capability of communities to anticipate and prepare for natural  disasters through knowledge, awareness and training

  • Training provided to 713 village disaster management committees
  • Disaster training provided to 292 people
  • Participatory vulnerability capacity assessments carried out in all 45 villages covered by the project. After analysis of all the gathered data, every village prepared a Community Action Plan for risk mitigation. 
  • Disaster risk reduction (DRR) committees established in 12 schools.
  • 500 people from 12 villages involved in mock disaster drills.

4. To strengthen government engagement and ensure that government response to disasters is inclusive of local communities

  • Beneficiary Review Meetings and Gram Panchayet (village council) meetings conducted to create linkages between government bodies and local communities. These linkages have resulted in government support for the construction of flood resilient toilets in disaster prone areas and community input into draft legislation. 

Case Study: Mrs. Anumai Bordoloi

Mrs. Anumai Bordoloi (pictured above), is a 47 year old women. She lives in Katahjari village and is illiterate. Her husband is 59 and they have an 18 year old daughter and a 20 year old son. Their village is in a very risky area during the flood season and she is from a poor family. Her husband is a wage labourer, meaning their income is not reliable and it is hard to find labour work in nearby areas. So, sometimes, Mrs. Anumai works in neighbour's houses. 

Earlier, Mrs. Anumai knew of eri worms but due to lack of resources she stopped trying to grow them.  Our partner connected with her and provided eri worms, ongoing support from the sericulture department and taught her how to grow food for the eri worms during the flood time. 

Now she is so happy that she was able to get started with sericulture again with support from her children. She now has a successful small business and knows how to make the most of it. 

Thank you so much for your support. You have made this life-saving work possible.

What Next?

This project will continue until 2020 and will produce ongoing benefits for the affected communities both in terms of their ability to provide for themselves and weather the effects of flooding.

 
How was it this funded?

Thanks to hundreds of tiny donations from these online businesses and their customers.

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