Update: Our response to the flooding in Kerala
According to news reports, in India's worst-affected Kerala state 800,000 people have been displaced and more than 350 have died since flooding that began on August 8. Officials are calling it the worst flooding in Kerala in a century.
Mercy Corps India is preparing an emergency response to help people survive and begin to recover and rebuild. We know from our past experience that essentials such as clean water, food and shelter are needed most after disaster strikes, and expect to connect some of the 800,000 people who fled their homes with the essential clean water, food and household items they need.
The likelihood of disease outbreak is high as tens of thousands of people are seeking refuge in crowded relief camps. Access to clean water, hygiene supplies and sanitation services are particularly critical to prevent the spread of waterborne illness such as cholera.
Currently, Mercy Corps is responding to humanitarian crises around the globe, including crises in Yemen, Jordan, Iraq and Syria. You can support Mercy Corps’ humanitarian responses by making a gift here.
Life in India
Large swaths of the Indian population remain desperately poor despite the country’s rapid economic growth, led by the flourishing private sector. These communities are often unable to access basic amenities and services, and have limited access to opportunities offered by the growing economy. Millions of people are especially vulnerable to the impact of disasters and may lose their fragile livelihoods and homes all at once if a natural disaster strikes.
- Emergency response: Responding to human suffering in the aftermath of disasters with emergency supplies, cash distributions, and water and sanitation services.
- Agriculture & Food: Linking farmers to markets and supporting them with tools and resources to improve productivity and increase incomes.
- Children & Youth: Teaching proper hygiene in schools to reduce disease, and empowering young people through leadership training.
- Health: Working with rural communities to provide water and sanitation facilities and encourage proper hygiene practices that positively impact community health.
- Economic opportunity: Training unemployed youth from tea-growing families and connecting them with jobs. Helping small businesses run by women improve and grow through management and technical resources.
India: Staging a sit-in to demand a future
Last May, about 40 teens showed up at Mercy Corps' office in Assam to stage a sit-in. They had hired a truck to take them from their homes surrounding the Maud Tea Estate to Mercy Corps' Assam office...not an easy drive.
India: Gearing up for the climate change concert
Hi everybody! While the upcoming Mercy Corps "Say It's Possible" Climate Change Concert with Terra Naomi is no ordinary concert, no concert would be complete without its posters and radio ads.
India: Video: India's tea country hosts Peace Day football festival
India: Helping Assamese Women Go Back to School
Anami Bawri's greatest regret is leaving school at age nine because her parents wanted her to look after her younger siblings. Today, she is a daily-wage worker at Moran Tea Estate in Assam, India. And she is illiterate.
India: Promoting Fuel-Efficiency in Darjeeling
India: The past three weeks
This post to Mercy Corps’ blog is three weeks overdue but, in my defense, it’s been a pretty incredible three weeks.
India: Teen honored With Global Action Award
India: Creative jobs keep teens close to home
India: The Spirit of Social Responsibility
India: Styling a better future
The eight kilometers that Sonia and Rima bike each day from their homes on the Maud Tea Estate might seem like a short ride, especially to seasoned cyclists.