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Save the Children’s multi-sectoral assessment report on Uttarakhand to be shared with government and civil society organizations on Monday
Save the Children, which began responding to the Uttarakhand floods within days of the disaster, has concluded its field visits for multi-sectoral assessment across four affected districts. This assessment -- accomplished in conjunction with Plan India and Aide-et-Action -- covers the Education, Child Protection and Life skills needs of the affected people who are desperately striving to rebuild their lives. The draft assessment report will be shared with the government and civil society organizations in Dehradun on 12 August.
“Initial thoughts from the field point to the unique reality of children and communities struggling with their protection (especially psycho-social areas), education and life skills,” observed Ray Kancharla, National Manager – Emergencies, Save the Children, and added “these issues have deeply fragmented the core of their very existence. The crucial challenge is to enable recovery at the pace that is most critical and needed.”
The organization’s relief work has been underway in more than 25 villages for over a month now and this presence will eventually extend to 73 villages. Relief kits which include food supplies for 30 days, 4 blankets, 2 tarpaulin sheets, solar lamps, and a hygiene kit s have been distributed to 2417 families till date covering 12085 people including 5076 children. Our Next steps are Cash Transfer calculated at 50 days’ NREGS entitlement, education kits, schools kits and livelihoods.
“The immediate needs of children in Uttarakhand are supplementary nutrition, educational support and cash support for expenses. Also, there is an immediate requirement of psycho-social support for the children who have suffered shock and trauma and are coping with this humanitarian crisis,” claimed Pradeep Kumar, Team Leader of Save the Children’s initial response Team for the Uttarakhand floods, who is now based in Rishikesh.
Save the Children plans to extend humanitarian assistance to 10,000 households for which the team has established a state level field office and 4 district level bases and two warehouses in Rishikesh, from where it is coordinating the flood response work which is expected to last for at least nine months. Save the Children has also set up 10 Child Friendly Spaces/Temporary Learning Centres in 10 villages -- Also, each vulnerable household will be entitled to INR. 7,100 under the Cash Transfer scheme. The overall target of CFS/TLC is 40 in 4 districts. In all, 18 Health Camps covering 1772 children and adults have been conducted in Uttarkashi district. The health team has identified 3 SAM cases and 9 MAM cases.
Save the Children works across 15 states in India and along with its work during Emergencies it also covers education, protection and health rights of children, especially those from the most vulnerable communities.
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