Rebuilding Trust and Hope
Efforts towards rehabilitation of earthquake affected people of Kashmir
The border areas of Uri and Tangdar in Kashmir Valley situated close the Line of Control on the international border between India and Pakistan suffered heavily during the earthquake of 8 October 2005. Human lives, livestock and property were lost. Here are glimpses of the work done by CEE under its ‘Rebuilding Trust’ programme to help and rehabilitate the earthquake-affected people.
Psycho Social Care for Children
Psycho-social care especially for children was an urgent need addressed by CEE Himalaya. Programmes were conducted in schools reaching out to more than 5000 children within a month of the disaster. A number of teachers were also trained in psycho-social care so they could reach out to more children.
Winter is very harsh as temperature dips down to sub zero degrees. Providing shelter was the most urgent need. CEE Himalaya provided more than 1300 interim insulated shelters in the ten worst hit villages which helped people pass the winter comfortably.
All the schools were flatten and, fully damaged in the earthquake. The school constructed is of 7 rooms, a kitchen and two toilets, one for boys and one for girls. It is close to the border with Pakistan. The hillocks in the background are in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
A major challenge was the restoration of livelihoods. People were asked for their choices of livelihood support. CEE promoted non-farm based and low-cost options like mushroom cultivation, bee keeping, poly green houses and poultry. Twenty eight technology demonstration-cumtraining centres were set up in 10 villages. Many women have adopted
A total of 302 families were provided livelihood support in the form of cows, sheep, welding machine, catering units, retail shops of hosiery, cosmetics, and medicines.
Mohammad Sidiq has now more than 200 bee hives and harvests more than 200 kg honey every year. Bee keeping is not his primary occupation but even this part-time work supplements his income.
|A resource person from J&K Government Department of Apiculture conducted training programmes on bee-keeping as a livelihood option.|
|Few women self-help groups have picked up mushroom cultivation as a livelihood option.|
For more information contact:
Dr Abdhesh Gangwar, CEE Himalaya,
Near Hurriyat Offi ce, MP Lane, Khursoo, Rajbagh,
Srinagar, 190 008 J&K
Ph: 9419032252, 9419597983;