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.
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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: The Village that Works Together
Souden Gaon, India — Today, the Rana household might be the busiest place in the whole Darjeeling district. One of Ratankumar and Vedkumari Rama's daughters is getting married tomorrow.
India: Bright Shades of Green
Piryakootai, India - With every step, the people of Piryakootai are reminded of ocean waves that deluged their village over six months ago.
India: Healing a Village
Chewribotay, India - When she's with her friends, 20 year-old Pramila Subba is like many other young people her age. She makes breezy conversation, catches up on village gossip and laughs a lot.
India: Mending Nets
Oolakottai, India - The scene will remain with me forever.
India: Partnering for Families in Coastal India
Mercy Corps is restoring livelihoods and ensuring a better, more secure future for many of the estimated 890,000 tsunami-affected residents of the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu.
India: New Growth in India
If necessity is the mother of invention, then perhaps calamity is the father of community. I thought about this as I stood in the full Indian sun, witnessing a scene that I never imagined could take place.
India: Children Returning to Childhood in India
Pondicherry, India - In the tiny village of Kanapathichettikullum, just 15 kilometers north of Pondicherry, the sixty concrete and thatch huts that make up this community bore an unimaginable brunt.
India: Terror in an Indian Village
On December 28, 2004, a Mercy Corps partner organization, the Disaster Mitigation Institute (DMI), sent its tsunami relief team to the hard-hit village of Devanapatti in coastal India's Cuddalore district.
India: CHAI Program in India Launches New Initiatives
A partnership between Portland-based Tazo Tea, Mercy Corps and local implementing partner DEG is improving health care and agriculture in India's impoverished Darjeeling region.
India: Behavior Changes
Health awareness and hygiene behavior activities are a very important component of Mercy Corps' Community Health and Advancement Initiative (CHAI), funded by Oregon-based Tazo Tea Company and implemented through local partner DEG.