DISASTER RELIEF

DISASTER & TRAUMA RELIEF INITIATIVES

Disaster and Trauma Relief mobilises global volunteers to provide immediate aid and care, trauma relief, and long-term community development post disaster.

In response to natural and manmade disasters, IAHV collects funds and goods for immediate material aid and care, provides and supports trauma relief and stress-management programs, and supports long-term rehabilitation.

Immediate Material Aid and Service

IAHV UK collects funds to support emergency services and material aid in the aftermath of disasters provided by other IAHV country organisations and its partner organisation, the Art of Living Foundation. These emergency services provide food, clothes, medicine and shelter. Doctors, counsellors and other physical and mental health experts form an integral part of such immediate relief efforts.

Trauma Relief

For survivors of disasters, who have experienced severe physical and emotional trauma, material help alone is not sufficient. Alleviating the trauma and helping people to reclaim their lives is essential. IAHV’s Trauma Relief programmes teach participants how to process their emotions and stress to shift their attention away from reliving the past towards future possibilities. Participants leave the workshop with stress and trauma management techniques, healthy coping strategies, stronger community bonds and a sense of personal power.

Long-term Rehabilitation: Sustainable Community Development

True relief can only happen when disaster survivors are completely rehabilitated – physically and emotionally. To support communities in developing sustainable solutions, IAHV’s global organisations and volunteers work in villages and with local communities, building homes, sanitation systems, roads, schools, vocational training centers and other necessary infrastructure. IAHV UK raises funds to support these ventures.

 

Disaster Relief Projects supported with funding by IAHV Uk include:

Balkans Flood Relief: Support for local volunteer initiatives in Serbia & Bosnia

The flooding left huge numbers homeless with nothing, resulting in considerable stress & distress

Trauma relief programmes were run throughout the community for all ages.

In May 2014, the Balkans suffered the heaviest rainfall in over 120 years with Serbia and Bosnia suffering the worst damage. At least 62 people had died as a result of the flooding, and hundreds of thousands were forced from their homes. The town of Obrenovac in Serbia was the worst affected with an estimated 90% of the town flooded. The entire city of more than 30,000 was evacuated. Homes were destroyed and livelihoods lost.

In response to this crisis IAHV launched an appeal and supported local volunteers working on the ground from our partner organisation, the Art of Living, to conduct a humanitarian initiative providing trauma relief workshops, material support and aid. £3000 was provided by IAHV UK for this from an appeal and with matched funding.

The team in Serbia found a community in a serious state. Huge numbers had lost everything and were living in shelters with no medical or psychological support and everything was in short supply.

Each weekend volunteers travelled into the area from Belgrade and elsewhere to bring in supplies, run trauma relief initiatives, help with the clean up of homes, and give general care and support to a community in dire need.

The initiatives were provided across all strata of society, children, adults and the elderly. Programmes were taken to the sick and disabled in their temporary accommodation, as well as being given in hotels, refuges, public spaces and outdoors. Essential goods were supplied following appeals such as soap and cosmetics, children’s clothing, a wheelchair, bedding, furniture, food, toys and much more.

Practical help was also given as volunteers with practical skills were found to do work on some properties to make them habitable and enable families to return

Local radio, TV and media generally covered the work being done by the volunteers, resulting in a flood of donations of material goods, money, and accommodation. Belgrade city council provided a truck and driver to bring these to Obrenovac.

An essential part of the initiative was the involvement of the community itself in the work, to assist with support of the workshops. This greatly enhanced the range of cover and engagement. Also local people were taken on as volunteers to continue with the conduct of sessions providing the stress reducing, relaxation sessions, after the departure of the outside volunteers.

The team returned to give ongoing support to the continuation of local initiatives in January and February 2015 and received a very warm reception

A similar programme was carried out by the local Bosnian group for their communities devastated by the flooding. They collected funds and material donations from around the region and IAHV UK donated £3000 also from direct donations and matched funding.

After much careful consideration and research they opted to invest this into rehousing 2 families in time for winter, by supplying materials and labour to do essential repairs to their properties badly damaged by flooding and landslides.

Kashmir Earthquake relief and subsequent Orphanage and School Project

In 2005 Kashmir was struck by a very severe earthquake which devastated large parts of the country. IAHV rallied initially behind the call to raise funds for the immediate disaster relief initiative of its sister organization the Art of Living Foundation. It then received an appeal to support the orphanage that was set up by IAHV India to help care for orphaned and displaced children.

The following report appeared in the IAHV UK annual report for the year:

IAHV (UK) has made a major commitment to support the Kashmir Orphanage and School Project. £5,000 has been raised in 2006-07. This followed £3,000 that was donated to the Kashmir Pakistan earthquake relief efforts being coordinated by IAHV in Kashmir .

Children at the Orphanage in Kashmir

In June 2006 we had the pleasure of a visit to the UK by the Head of the IAHV Kashmir Project Dilraj Bedi, who spoke to the group.

What was initially a Trauma Relief project in response to immediate needs following the earthquake, has now evolved into a fully blown long term project, helping to support the ongoing needs of an Orphanage and School for 300 children. Funding has been driven by the new North London IAHV Branch under the dynamic leadership of the Project Coordinator Sanjib Mukherjee

Background

On the morning of 8 October, 2005, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck several South Asian countries, totally devastating parts of northern Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, according to UNICEF: http://www.unicef.org/pakistan/consolidated_report_to_march06.pdf.

The epicentre of the earthquake was located 95km northeast of Islamabad near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK).

UNICEF reported that the earthquake claimed the lives of 73,000 people and left over 120,000 injured. More than 3 million people, half of whom are children, were directly affected. 75% of health facilities were damaged. Some 8,000 schools collapsed, 17,000 students and 900 teachers were killed. An estimated 1.7 million people lacked access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation as water supply systems and sanitation facilities in both rural and urban areas were seriously damaged.

In PAK the destruction was high, and it was reported that 95% (or 3,685 out of 3,879) of the educational institutions in the three most affected districts of PAK were shattered to some degree. According to Government estimates, 18,000 students and 900 teachers were killed and almost 8,000 schools were fully or partially destroyed.

Dubbed the “children’s catastrophe,” as 50% of the victims were under 18, the earthquake interrupted the education of approximately 1 million children. Sadly, the number of orphans (children without fathers in the context of Pakistan) rose from a pre-quake figure of 51,500 children to around 81,000 in the affected areas.

Within 48 hours of the earthquake, IAHV volunteers began relief operations in a number of towns and villages. In Nagapattinam, IAHV trauma programmes brought relief to 25,000 persons. IAHV organised some special camps for children, and over 500 children participated in the villages of Pandu Bridge, Tarara and Chandrakot. In Srinagar another 300 children participated.

Rapid mobilisation of volunteers was possible because the volunteers came from The Art of Living Foundation, which has been active in PAK for over 5 years, when over 1,000 youths had participated in Youth Leadership Training Programmes (YLTP)

The North London IAHV group started the UK fund raising team for the Kashmir project towards the end of October 2006. Having built up a core team of 8 volunteers and an additional list of around 15 part time members, we have established a series of events to help raise funds for the Kashmir orphanage and school. To date, our major activities have been centred on the London underground tube collections, a sponsored yoga course and a marketing drive to appeal to the UK IAHV and AOL communities for donations. In the first 4 months of activities, over £7,000 has been raised.

The Need in Kashmir

The UK Kashmir Project is addressing the basic human needs of providing shelter, education, medical care, security, a sense of family and a sense of community belonging to children, societies’ most vulnerable members. Human Values such as compassion, respect, unity and selfless work for one another are continuously practiced and delivered in this project venture. The unique aspect of bringing together disadvantaged children from both Hindu and Muslim backgrounds is a major breakthrough in helping to restore long lasting peace to the troubled regions of Kashmir.

Students at the Kashmir Orphanage and School

Kashmir project achievements in 2006/07

  • Numerous underground tube collections, which gave over 30 UK volunteers a chance to involve themselves in charity work and have raised over £7,000.
  • A Yoga course which attracted 18 people to raise funds and awareness for the project within the North London community at large.
  • A successful internal UK marketing campaign where the AOL and IAHV community are now fully aware of the Kashmir project and continuously updated on our efforts and achievements
  • A sense of belonging and ownership of the Kashmir orphanage within the UK volunteer team.

Plans for 2007/08

The aim is to help to maintain the Kashmir orphanage and school on an ongoing basis. More manpower is needed during peak times of our volunteer work, such as at the Underground Tube collections

Kashmir Project Overview

The North London IAHV group started the UK fund raising team for the Kashmir project towards the end of October 2006. Having built up a core team of 8 volunteers and an additional list of around 15 part time members, we have established a series of events to help raise funds for the Kashmir orphanage and school. To date, our major activities have been centred on the London underground tube collections, a sponsored yoga course and a marketing drive to appeal to the UK IAHV and AOL communities for donations. In the first 4 months of activities, over £7,000 has been raised.

The Need in Kashmir

The UK Kashmir Project is addressing the basic human needs of providing shelter, education, medical care, security, a sense of family and a sense of community belonging to children, societies’ most vulnerable members. Human Values such as compassion, respect, unity and selfless work for one another are continuously practiced and delivered in this project venture. The unique aspect of bringing together disadvantaged children from both Hindu and Muslim backgrounds is a major breakthrough in helping to restore long lasting peace to the troubled regions of Kashmir.

Students at the Kashmir Orphanage and School

Kashmir project achievements in 2006/07

  • Numerous underground tube collections, which gave over 30 UK volunteers a chance to involve themselves in charity work and have raised over £7,000.
  • A Yoga course which attracted 18 people to raise funds and awareness for the project within the North London community at large.
  • A successful internal UK marketing campaign where the AOL and IAHV community are now fully aware of the Kashmir project and continuously updated on our efforts and achievements
  • A sense of belonging and ownership of the Kashmir orphanage within the UK volunteer team.

Plans for 2007/08

The aim is to help to maintain the Kashmir orphanage and school on an ongoing basis. More manpower is needed during peak times of our volunteer work, such as at the Underground Tube collections.

Nepal Earthquake Relief

On April 25, 2015, a devastating earthquake has occurred in Nepal. More than 8,000 people died, 16,000 people injured, 5,00,000 houses & buildings destroyed and 2,70,000 houses & buildings partially damaged. (Reference: http://drrportal.gov.np)

Volunteers have delivered Trauma Relief to over 40,000 people following the devastating Nepal Earthquake

Our sister NGO/charity The Art of Living Foundation (AOL) has a team in Nepal which is working closely with the Government, helping in hospitals and in rescue work.

Our Immediate Response (Within a month):

  • More than 8000 volunteers worked in ground zero in 12 out of 13 major impacted districts of Nepal worth ₹ 160 million.
  • Conducted more than 225 Trauma Relief Workshop benefited 30,000 victims worth ₹ 30 million.
  • Distributed Relief Materials (Food, Medicine, Tents, Blankets, etc) to 1,50,000 victims worth ₹ 40 million.

Mid/Short Term Rehabilitation Plan:

  • Conduct 5000 Trauma Relief Workshop covering 1.5 million impacted populations.
  • Build 300 temporary shelters for needy in selected village.
  • Build 13 Earthquake and Flood Proof Communities Living centers in 13 most impacted districts of Nepal and use them for shelters for needy and to impart vocational skills.
  • Train 1000 Youth of the region to select 300 Employed Youth Leaders who would support infrastructure building and conduct Trauma Relief workshops.

Your contributions will provide much needed survivors deal with the disaster’s aftermath through our Trauma Relief Workshop, Short/Mid Term Rehabilitation and Long Term Rehabilitation programs.

Please help and support victims and survivors by contributing generously via credit card or debit card.

Donate now: https://www.justgiving.com/ReliefNepal/

Alternatively you can make direct payments to the IAHV UK bank account with a note to specify that the donation is for NEPAL RELIEF –
http://www.iahv.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=77&Itemid=173#2

We make no deduction for administration or overheads, and if you make your donation eligible for Gift Aid (only for UK tax-payers), then by donating via IAHV UK, your donation is worth an additional 25%.

We urge you to make generous contributions.

Updates from Jun 9, 2015

  • Our volunteer distributed Relief Materials and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Balaju Army Base Camp, Kathmandu, Nepal benefiting 1700 people.

Updates from Jun 8, 2015

  • IAHV & Art of Living Nepal launched ‘Mid Term Rehabilitation Program’ in Nepal on 8th Jun 2015 at Pashupati Nath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal by Meditation & Lamp lighting around beautiful Nepal map rangoli done by our volunteers to rebuild Nepal.

Updates from Jun 1, 2015

  • Our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for Teachers, Students and Parents at Universal Secondary English School, Patan, Nepal benefiting 350 people.

Updates from May 30, 2015

  • Volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Penwood Academy, Kathmandu; Sigma School, Kathmandu and Naya Gaon, Kavre, Nepal.

Updates from May 28, 2105

  • Our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for staff of Image Channel, Nepal benefiting 35 people.

Updates from May 27, 2015

  • Our Volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for staff, volunteers and grantees of Tewa and Nagarik Awazz at Tewa Dhapakhel, Nepal benefiting 50 people.

Updates from May 25, 2015

  • IAHV & Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravishankar accepts Short/Mid Term Rehabilitation Plan for Nepal Earthquake Relief jointly presented by IAHV Director and Art of Living Nepal Chairman. We shall shortly start Mid Term Rehabilitation program in Nepal.
  • Volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Butwal, Nepal benefited 400 people.

Updates from May 24, 2015

  • Volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Global IME Bank, Nepal benefited 50 people.

Updates from May 23, 2015

  • Our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Chhauni, Nepal benefited 65 people.

Updates from May 22, 2015

  • Volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Clean Energy Development Bank, Royal Palace camp and Ghathapur Bhaktapur, Nepal benefited 300.

Updates from May 21, 2015

  • Volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for employees of NIBL and Forum For Women’s Law Development (FWLD), Nepal benefited 100 people.

Updates from May 20, 2015

  • Volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Dharmasthalli Camp, Habitat For Humanity space & KU, Nepal benefited 200 people.
  • Volunteers distributed Relief Materials at Moochchowk,Kusunde VDC, Nepal benefited 110 families.

Updates from May 19, 2015

  • Our volunteer distributed Relief Materials and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for soldiers, employees & General public at Investment Board, Leapfrog Software, Balaju Army Base and Tundikhel Army Camp, Nepal benefited 900 people.

Updates from May 18, 2015

  • Trauma Relief Workshop for Medical professionals at Kathmandu Medical College, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur districts of Nepal benefited 500 people.
  • Volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for soldiers at Army Base in Airport, Nepal benefited 70.

Updates from May 17, 2015

  • Our Volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Sindhupalchowk, Irkhu, Bhaktapur Army Base and Chautara Army Camp benefited 1300 people.

Updates from May 16, 2015

  • Our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for soldiers at Bhaktapur Army Base, Nepal benefited 120 people.
  • Our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at sindhupalchowk, Nepal benefited 900 people.

Updates from May 15, 2015

  • Our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Investment Board, Music Company, National Insurance Limited and general public at Army Camp Tundikhel, Nepal benefited 500.
  • On Demand, our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for 70 Lawyers in Chitwan, Nepal.

Updates from May 14, 2015

  • Our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for Employees of Durdar Square, Shangrila hotel, Himalayan TV & LSG Sky Chef an unit of Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Nepal benefited 300 people.

Updates from May 13, 2015

  • Siliguri team sent 6th Truck with Relief Materials to Nepal.
  • Our volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Himalayan Bank, National Life, and Army Camp, Balaju, Nepal benefited 750 people.
  • Our volunteers organised Blood donation camp at BP path Bhairahawa, Nepal, collected 70 unites of blood.

Updates from May 12, 2015

  • Our volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Soaltee Hotel lawns for staff guests and Reuters TV team benefited 150 people.
  • Volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at our centre & Music School Centre where people came for shelter post earthquake shock benefited 250 people.
  • A team of volunteers left to Sindhupalchowk District for relief operation. The epicentre of the earthquake was at this District. Volunteers with high morale continued their relief work and distributed Relief Materials and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop and came back safely.

Updates from May 11, 2015

  • Volunteers distributed Relief Materials, Tents & Blankets, provided Medical Relief and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at different parts of Kavre, Sindhupalchowk, Dhading, Gorkha and Kathmandu districts of Nepal.
  • IAHV Director conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Sangla, Kathmandu and another team at World Trade Center, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Updates from May 10, 2015

  • Volunteers distributed Relief Materials, Tents & Blankets, provided medical relief and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at different parts of Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk and Kathmandu districts of Nepal.
  • Volunteers provided Medical Relief, conducted Trauma Relief and rebuild Temporary homes at Bungamati, Kathmandu benefited 60 families.

Updates from May 9, 2105

  • Trauma Relief Workshop for 40 kids of John Dewey School, Nepal.
  • Trauma Relief Workshop at Nuwakot, Nepal benefited 300 People.
  • Volunteers distributed Relief Materials & Tents, Conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at different parts of Tuplung VDC, Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk districts of Nepal benefited 1000 families.

Updates from May 8, 2105

  • Volunteers distributed Relief materials, Tents & Blankets and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Dhading, Lamjung, Lalitpur, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre & Nuwakot districts of Nepal.
  • Trauma relief Workshop conducted for Medical team of Army Hospital, Residents of Army camp, Balajhu and Tokha Orphanage, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Today Siliguri team sent 5th Truck with Relief Materials to Nepal.

Updates from May 7, 2105

  • Volunteers distributed Relief materials, Tents and Blankets, provided Medical Relief and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at different part of Lalitpur, Ramechhap, Nuwakot, Dhading districts of Nepal.
  • IAHV Director conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Himal Power Limited to over 50 employees and families. They had not been able to sleep well ever since the earthquake. They all felt relaxed and at ease after the session.
  • A team of volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Kanjirowa College, Kathmandu and another team had been conducting 3 days Nava Chetana and Trauma Relief Workshop at Pepsi Cola, Kathmandu.

Updates from May 6, 2105

  • The Prince of Bahrain in Partnership with IAHV-AOL distributed Tents, Food, Water & Blankets at Maternity Hospital, Patan Hospital & Basantapur in Kathmandu.
  • IAHV Director conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Maternity Hospital, Patan Hospital & Basantapur in Kathmandu.
  • Volunteers distributed Relief Materials and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Nuwakot, Dolakha, Kavre & Dhading districts of Nepal.
  • Dispatched 300 Tents, 800 Blankets & Relief Materials to Dolakha district of Nepal.

Updates from May 5, 2105

  • Volunteers distributed Water, Food items, Sanitation Materials, Blankets & Tents, Provided Medical Relief and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at different parts of Sindhupalchow, Kavre, Dhading and Kathmandu districts of Nepal.
  • Prince of Bahrain visited our center in Nepal. He said IAHV-AOL is very high in morale and values. That is why they have partnered with us for Nepal Earthquake Relief.
  • Today we received call to conduct Trauma Relief Workshops from different areas of Bhaktapur, Katunje VDC and Basantpur. Volunteers rushed immediately & conducted Trauma Relief workshop.

Updates from May 4, 2105

  • IAHV Director Neeraj Kohli conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for Secretary of the Ministry and 120 staff of Ministry of Home Affairs, Nepal.
  • IAHV Director conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for AIG and 100 inspectors and sub-inspectors.
  • IAHV Director conducted Trauma Relief workshop for 60 Nurses, Doctors and team of Kirtipur Hospital, Nepal.
  • Volunteers distributed Water, Food & Tent, provided Medical Relief, conducted Trauma Relief workshop at different parts of Kathmandu, Sindhupalchowk and Kavre districts of Nepal

Updates from May 3, 2105

  • Volunteers distributed Relief Materials & Tents, Provided Medical Relief, Conducted Trauma Relief Workshops in more than 10 districts of Nepal.
  • Volunteers reached Lamosanghu & Sindhupalchowk districts of Nepal. These are most affected & highest rates of casualties happened in Earthquake. Volunteers distributed Tents, Foods and Medicines to 100 families and conducted Trauma Relief workshop.

Updates from May 2, 2105

  • IAHV Director Neeraj Kohli conducted Trauma Relief program for AIG, DIG and top 50 higher level of police officers of Nepal at Police Headquarter.
  • Volunteers distributed Tents, Medicines and Food supplies and conducted Trauma relief Workshop at Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu & Nuwakot districts of Nepal.
  • A truck load of tent arrived from Gorakhpur, India contained 41 big rolls of tent fabric. We quickly started stitching right away.

Updates from May 1, 2105

  • Volunteers distributed Relief Materials & Tents, conducted Cleaning Camp, Awareness Program & Trauma Relief workshop at Dolakha, Kavre, Nuwakot, Ramechap, Kathmandu, Dhanding Districts of Nepal.
  • Conducted Trauma Relief workshop for more than 1000 people.

Updates from April 30, 2015

  • IAHV-Art of Living Volunteers distributed Relief materials, provided Medical Relief & conducted Trauma Relief workshop at Bhaktapur, Goldhunga, Sankhu & Khokana in Nepal.
  • Surat Chapter from Gujarat has sent 615 kgs of Food packets. All together 2000 food packets with each packet containing 5-7 theplas, 3-4 pieces Gor Papdi & 200 gm Bhusa Farsan. Along with that 200 more packets of theplas contain around 5 to 10 in each packet. So approximately 20000 theplas, 30 kg Dry Nashta (Khakhra,Biscuits,Ganthiya, etc).
  • Trauma relief sessions have begun at multiple locations in Kathmandu, and also at Civil Hospital, New Baneshwor.

Updates from April 29, 2015

  • The Vadodara chapter from Gujarat contributed 500 blankets for the Nepal relief work.
  • A truckload of essential items including ORS, biscuits, water, medicines, blankets and face masks was dispatched from Siliguri, West Bengal.

Updates from April 28, 2015

  • The Director General of the Sashastra Seema Bal Army visited The Art of Living center in Raxaul, Bihar.
  • Food to affected persons is being provided 24 hours. Approximately 6000-7000 people have been given meals so far.
  • Truckloads of food and water were dispatched from Siliguri, West Bengal on April 27.
  • At the Bhaktapur district, the Art of Living volunteers provided food, medical support to affected persons.
  • A blood donation camp has been started at The Art of Living Center in Raxaul, Bihar with the help of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Indo Nepal Chamber of Commerce. Upto 2 pm, around 50 people had donated blood.

Updates from April 26-27, 2015

  • The Art of Living volunteers also distributed food to victims and relatives at Civil Hospital.
  • Volunteers of The Art of Living – Nepal distributed cooked food to residents of Tundikhel in Nepal.
  • Around 300 people were taking shelter in the New Baneshwor Center of The Art of Living – Nepal.
  • The Art of Living center has been converted into a shelter camp that is hosting people affected by the earthquake that struck Nepal.

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