New Delhi, 13 October: A Delhi-based NGO has launched a Rs 50 million project to restore the livelihood of 2,000 flood affected families across three districts of Uttarakhand. The project has been launched by Caritas India, an NGO of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI).
The two-year project is designed to be implemented in 49 villages; 22 in Rudraprayag, 13 in Chamoli, 14 in Uttarkashi district of Uttrakhand. Caritas India Executive Director Fr Frederick D’Souza said that the project will also ensure health facilities to nearly 1000 children and community members.
“Among the other goals, the project will primarily provide support for agricultural activities, small businesses, livestock & management, and enhancement of hospitality & management skills leading to overall sustainability of life among the selected beneficiary families by end project period at August 2015,” Fr D’Souza said.
Rudraprayag Additional District Magistrate, Mr Raghav Lavangar assured all support for the success of this project. “We have not been able to reach out to each and every family affected in the recent disaster. Your (Caritas India) support indeed is a helpful step in reaching out to the communities,” Mr Lavangar said.
The targeted beneficiaries belong mostly to marginalized communities such as displaced families, labourers, people below the poverty line, widows, physically challenged, those with no shelter, and female headed households. The project is supported by Karuna Social Service Society (KSSS) with its 22-member team which will support the implementation of the project. SNS