All major Bihar are in spate, flowing above the danger mark, leaving villages after villages submerged. Millions of people have been affected. People are without food, shelter, and the very basic essentials of life.
With the current COVID 19 pandemic measures requiring social distancing, it will be extremely difficult for the people affected by these disasters in shelters.
These disasters have not only led to a loss of livelihoods, many of them are also struggling to support their families.
In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, displaced people need food, shelter, security, and healthcare. However, it must be also kept in mind that they will need support to rebuild their houses and restart their livelihoods.
Recurring disaster in these states has not only been an economic strain but also severely impacts those who have not yet recovered from the earlier losses. Their resources are limited, and the frequent disasters further derail their economic backwardness.
Bihar Young Thinkers Forum is envisioned as a platform for young leaders from Bihar living across the globe. BYTF intends to create a platform for informal and freewheeling discussion on various issues that our state faces today. BYTF will also create a loosely connected network of these young leaders who are working in different sectors and are spread across the world
Approach and Action Plan:
Every year Goonj works through its interventions in big and small disasters from cloud burst, floods, earthquakes, landslides, tsunami to human-made disasters like fire or highlighting disasters like winters. The approach and model have been successful in large scale disaster relief and rehabilitation for the last 2 decades of our work.
Goonj deploys its time-tested hub and spoke model, where field operations are always decentralized while in cities co-ordination and logistics are managed from a nodal hub. Goonj's existing robust urban network is responsible for the influx of material, the material is processed and need-based dispatched are being made to affected areas.
The initial months of relief will be spent on reaching individuals and institutions for filling the large-scale material gap like dry ration, cleaning material, clothing, and other essentials etc.
Goonj reaches out to the affected communities with comprehensive family kits to cater to the needs of 5-6 members. The average cost of these kits is INR 3000/- which includes essential purchases, logistics of reaching out these kits, etc.