Disaster Risk Management
RET-URN 2 - Sri Lankan Refugees
ChildFund India implemented the project “RET-URN 2 - Sri Lankan Refugees” supported by the Australian Government in selected Sri Lankan Refugee camps since July 2016 in Trichy, Thiruvannamalai, Cheyyar, Puzhal, and Gumudipundi districts, focusing on youth and their family.
The RET-URN 2 project in the five districts of Tamil Nadu helped repatriate 195 Sri Lankan refugee families with sufficient skills and knowledge and ensured that more than 370 youth received training on entrepreneurship, career development, life, and leadership skills.
The project directly contributed to SDG 1 - No Poverty, SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities, and SDG 16 - Peace and Justice.
Rehabilitating Lives - Humanitarian Assistance to Vulnerable Children and Families affected by Floods - 2019
In 2019, the states of Assam, Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Gujarat were severely affected by floods; as rivers and tributaries swelled due to continuous rainfalls. These floods wreaked havoc in the lives of many, washed away thousands of hectares of summer-sown crops, and completely damaged: roads, railway tracks, houses, schools, and Early Childhood Development Centers. Additionally, the floods also led to a break-out of deadly water-borne diseases.
ChildFund, with the support of the HANS Foundation, worked to bring humanitarian assistance in many areas in Assam, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Kerala, in a few of the worst affected districts.
In a three-month time, ChildFund extended emergency relief support to help around 4,700 flood-affected families with family relief kits which contained different relief materials that will help the affected families to restore normalcy with dignity. These kits contained a hygiene kit to address the basic water, sanitation, and hygiene needs of a family, especially girls and women, mosquito nets for protection from vector-borne diseases; tarpaulin to create a transition shelter for families; and floor mats.
The project directly contributed to SDG 2 - Zero Hunger, SDG 3 - Good health and well-being, and SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities.
Fighting COVID in 6 states together with Project HOPE
The marginalized communities suffered more than the others due to lack of medical facilities and essentials in the devastating 2nd wave of COVID-19. Therefore, since May, ChildFund and Project HOPE, a global health and humanitarian aid group, have collaborated to help vulnerable communities in urban areas of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Through the initial response, we provided Primary & Secondary health care centers, which serve as COVID Care centers, with essential medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators and masks, monitors, etc. so that critical patients receive timely medical care. We also provided essential kits to frontline workers and marginalized families, and worked to improve access to COVID -19 vaccination for all vulnerable groups. Read more about the initial response here.
Several reports have warned us that children could be the next vulnerable group during the 3rd wave. Therefore, we are providing medical equipment and setting up child-friendly facilities at selected Urban Pediatrics COVID treatment centers. Further, we are developing management protocols to train their health care staff and frontline workers on managing children with COVID. We are also training existing community groups, such as slums health committees and mothers’ committees, to manage and mitigate the disease as part of the pediatric COVID care action plan so that our children are protected from this pandemic in a holistic manner.
The project directly contributed to SDG 3 - Good health and well-being, SDG 6 - Clean water and sanitation, SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities and SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals.