Cyclone Aila Relief in WB

Project Brief: This project is to support the rescue efforts led by Mukti and BTS for the people affected by Cyclone Aila in West Bengal
Project Type: Other (description)
Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Atlanta
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Padmanava Sen
Project Partner(s): Sankar Halder
Other Contacts: Somnath Mukherji
Project Address: , ,,Sundarban Areas,
Stewarding Chapter: Atlanta
Apr 2010BerkeleyUSD 6000
Dec 2009YaleUSD 2000
Jun 2009General FundsUSD 7150
Jun 2009General FundsUSD 2150
Jun 2009General FundsUSD 10700
Jun 2009CornellUSD 1000
Jun 2009DCUSD 3000
Jun 2009DallasUSD 1000
Jun 2009UFloridaUSD 1000
Jun 2009AtlantaUSD 3100
Jun 2009NYC/NJUSD 5000
Jun 2009PortlandUSD 3000
Jun 2009AthensUSD 300

Total = $45400

As of Friday, 29th May 2009, more than 100 people are reported dead and an estimated 3 million displaced from their homes by Cyclone Aila in southern West Bengal.
In the Sundarban area, thousands of homes have been broken and people have taken shelter in nearby schools and Panchayat offices. There is an acute shortage of food, drinking water and clothes. As the water is receding in some villages gastroenteritis is beginning to rear its ugly head.

Support NGO partners of Asha in Aila affected regions. That includes $7.3 K for CMS,$2K for KJSA and $36K to Mukti and BTS through chapter collaboration.
Mukti-BTS targeted to support 25000 -30000 people (in worst affected areas) with Rs 200 or $4 each to enable them to survive for 2-3 weeks. This phase-I relief includes food, clothes, medical helps and other basic necessities. Phase-II is planned as well for infrastructural support.

CMS USD 7K request consists of dry food, clothes and medical help towards affected people in Gosaba and Basanti.
Mukti ( and BTS ( have been supported by multiple chapters over 5 yrs and they are also featured in Work-an-hour campaigns in 2006-2008.Given the remote nature of cyclone affected areas, local NGOs have to become more active.

CMS ( runs 35 Pre Primary schools which are the stepping stones for the children of a vast area to get into formal education.

KJSA ( runs a pre-primary school system with 4 single-room schoolhouses.