Project Hope has joined hands with other organization, NGOs, government administration, volunteers and doctors to provide not only emergency, immediate relief, but also permanent eco-friendly rehabilitation and reconstruction for surviving villagers.
Project Hope is carrying out much of its long-term rehabilitation projects in the Uttarakhand through it’s sister organization, the Divine Shakti Foundation(DSF), which is dedicated to the upliftment and empowerment of women and children, as well as to the care for and protection of animals. DSF is working closely with its sister organizations Ganga Action Parivar and Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, in the flood affected regions of Uttarakhand, to implement green programmes and curriculum with a focus on water conservation and sanitation/hygiene awareness and education.
We are excited to share with you that DSF has completed the construction of its Brightland International School campus in Rudrapryayag as well as our women’s vocational training centre in Triyuginarayan. We are also currently in the process of reconstruction of a large inter-college in Uttarak
Project Hope’s partners are rebuilding two schools – Brightland International School in Chandrapuri and Goswami Ganesh Dutt Saraswati Vidya Mandir in Laksheshwar, Uttarakhand – which were washed away during the floods.
These school will be empowered with green technologies such as bio-sand water filters, bio-toilets and green education, and basic sanitation and hygiene will be covered thoroughly in the classes and after school village empowerment programs.
Triyuginarayan Livelihoods Centre
Just 25 kilometres from Kedarnath, the sacred spiritual pilgrimage site which was the centre of the Uttarakhand floods last year, Project Hope’s partner Divine Shakti Foundation has constructed a new vocational training/ livelihoods centre. The centre will train 100 families from the region to spin and weave shawls, knit sweaters as well as other skills which will be marketable in the textile industry.
Additionally, Project Hope and Divine Shakti Foundation is partnering with institutions and companies to create buy-back programmes so that the women’s products are ensured a market in which to be sold, which in turn will guarantee them a steady income to sustain their families.
Temple Reconstruction: Restoring Hope
Reconstruction of Village Temple & Chowk in Parodi
The villagers of Parodi unanimously decided the first reconstruction activity of their destroyed village would be the reconstruction of the village temple and chowk. Together, the village worked on the design, taking into account not only the design but also their religious beliefs and traditions, and events to be held in the chowk.
By this reconstruction, they not only rebuilt their temple and chowk, but rebuilt the sense of community and hope.
Restoring Resources: Reconstruction of Flourmill in Parodi
Following the flooding and landslides, the traditional water-run flourmill in Parodi and its connecting water channel collapsed, forcing villagers to have to walk to neighboring villages to get flour. 75 meters of water channel, the flourmill and its connecting mechanism all needed to be rebuilt. In its rebuild, its connecting mechanism’s efficiency was improved and upgraded, making it capable of multi-purpose use in power generation and running farming equipment.
Project Hope Initiatives
My Tree Mid-Day Fruit Program in Schools
The My Tree/ Mid-Day Fruit Program is enabling schools to present each child with his or her own fruit-bearing tree. As the tree is nurtured by the students on school grounds, they learn valuable lessons about the wonders of nature. Later, they will experience the joys of harvesting their own fruits, which they can enjoy fresh from the tree.
The Gift of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Project Hope and its partners are working to bring clean water filtration systems and proper, eco-friendly toilets for schools and villages affected by the floods.
As an added component of our work, relocation services are also being provided for ailing street cows who have no homes and desperately require veterinary care. For too long, these animals have been forced to graze on solid waste, ingesting plastic bags and toxic materials in their search for food. Under this program, they can be relocated from alleys, roadways and trash heaps to rich, green pastures.