Gujarat Earthquake Relief

Project Brief: 50% of the WAH 2001 funds went towards rebuilding the infrastructure in the Bhuj area schools and orphanages as a result of the devastating earthquake in this area.
Project Type: Capex / Infrastructure (description)
Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Arizona
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Radhika Rao
Project Partner(s):
Other Contacts: B Ramakrishna
Project Address: , ,,Bhuj,
Stewarding Chapter: Arizona

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On January 26, 2001, an earthquake devastated the state of Gujarat, India. Most hard hit was the villages of Bhuj, Anjar and Bhachau. The death toll rose to at least 20,000 people, with damages have overwhelming the region. While the area received a lot of immediate aid from around the world, it has been obvious that rebuilding this area will take several years and it is imperative that this area receives support and attention in the long term.

In March 2001, two Phoenix volunteers who hail from the area visited the disaster struck areas met with the people from two local high schools and the Anathashram. Through this site visit, they assessed the needs of the disaster-struck area. Additionally, the volunteers spoke with members of local NGOs and other organizations to pinpoint where help is needed most.
Based on this input from the Phoenix community as well as other Asha Chapters, six specific projects have been identified for WAH 2001.
To utilize 50% of the WAH 2001 funds towards rebuilding the infrastructure in the Bhuj area schools and orphanages as a combined effort of Asha-Arizona, Asha-India, Asha-Yale and the Phoenix Indian Community.
Navsarjan is a local NGO whose main focus is to help in the education of needy and the less fortunate children- a vision that is shared by Asha for Education. NAVSARJAN is currently focusing their efforts towards earthquake relief in the Bhuj area.

Additionally, NAVSARJAN provides Asha with a local contact who can travel to the schools and interact with local businesses, the Gujarat Chambers of Commerce and other government agencies.