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: Change Brewing in the Tea Lands
India: Pay Dirt
Moni Das's village has no name. It's simply referred to as Line 10, Deohall Division, Deohall Tea Estate, Assam. It is a microcosm of life inside Assam's estate fences: anonymous, hidden among acre upon acre of tea bushes and existing solely to serve the needs of the estate.
India: A Different Kind of Teatime
Dibrugarh is called India's tea city. But for some people, teatime is about hardship and inequality rather than a pause for relaxation.
India: Buzzing with Cosmic Energy
I sensed, right away, that Rajah Banerjee had something to tell us. It was in the measured way he carried himself, the arch of his eyebrows and the calculating glance he cast across the room. What's more, I immediately got the feeling that he would test me to see what I knew.
India: A Skilled Trade to Last a Lifetime
The word "manokamana" holds a special place in the hearts of the Nepali people who populate the Himalayan foothills around Darjeeling, India. It signifies one of the culture's most sacred places — a holy site in Nepal — and literally translates as "good wish of the mind."
India: Unity takes root in Darjeeling
Life isn't easy for tea pickers in northeast India's Darjeeling District. Workers scale the unbelievably steep slopes of famed tea estates for eight hours a day, hauling massive baskets brimming with plucked tea leaves.
India: A New Harvest
Darjeeling tea is one of the world's most enjoyable beverages — but it doesn't come easily to your cup. Tea-growing families in the villages that dot Darjeeling's hillsides work hard just to make ends meet.
India: A Wellspring of Opportunity
Sava Gaon, India — The wells under the village's green hillsides are losing water by the day. A massive hydroelectric project is draining the water from under Sava Gaon and its surrounding villages to supply a nearby dam, much to the outrage of local citizens.
India: Changing Lives in Kalej Valley
In a remote area of West Bengal on the road to Darjeeling bazaar, down a steep, rocky two-track road, the Kalej Valley tea plantation operates as it has since colonial times.
India: Life in the Himalayan Foothills
Darjeeling's soaring natural splendor often hides the depths of poverty.