Project Aila Updates
On May 25 2009, cyclone Aila wrecked havoc in West Bengal, thousands died. Nearly 2.3 million people were displaced as 450,000 homes were damaged. Some villages were inundated with 20 ft of salt water. Standing crops were destroyed and at least 50,000 hectares of agricultural land was lost. Everything seemed to have perished except the spirit to survive.
Anand Charity is working with Mukti, an NGO active in the Sunderban regions, to provide short term cyclone relief. We have sent them $2,000, which will be used for providing tripals, mosquito nets, and lamps to 50 families, providing books and other school supplies to kids, holding 2 medical camps, desalinating the water bodies, and towards food for work programs. One fifth of the money has been utilized so far to fund medical camps in three villages (Haripur, Madanganj, and Chandanipiri), which has helped around 300 patients.
With their agricultural fields flooded with salt water, these affected families will need help for some more time before they can get back on their feet. The contributions made by donors like you are going a long way in helping them through this difficult time. On behalf of these families, thank you. More information and photographs at: