Young people step forward for flood relief

The recent floods have had catastrophic effects on the lives of many people across the country, causing a severe lack of resources, as well as an increase in waterborne diseases such as dengue fever. In response to this situation, several youth organizations have started working to provide relief and support to communities struggling with this crisis. We spoke with the teams of certain organizations to get an idea of ​​the current landscape.

Step by Step Bangladesh

The social organization began its flood relief campaign on June 17. The entire team has worked tirelessly to send emergency relief packages to at least 2,585 people in the most remote villages of Sunamganj and Sylhet as part of its Disaster Resilience Program (DRP).

Launched in 2020, the DRP aims to assist and rehabilitate vulnerable communities facing various forms of disasters. The DRP team designed two types of emergency packages; an emergency bucket containing dry food, medicine, soap, lighters, torches and water for 340 families and another emergency bucket containing rice, potatoes, lentils and other survival tools for 300 families in Sunamganj. In addition, Footsteps also distributed around 2,100 ready meals in the Upazila of Derai and Tahirpur.

The organization also plans to deploy its Dreamwater portable filter, which can convert floodwater into drinking water, in flooded areas of Sunamganj and Sylhet. At the same time, they will soon begin their home rehabilitation and mitigation efforts once water levels drop in the northeast.

Give Bangladesh Foundation

The organization began its flood relief program on May 23 by distributing parcels containing dry food, saline and medicine to 300 families without water in Sunamganj’s Chhatak Upazila. They were the first to respond to the situation in Jamalganj Upazila of Sunamganj and helped 400 families in 4 villages with dry food, candles and water purification tablets.

The same ration was also distributed to 100 families in Chiksha village in Tahirpur. In addition, 300 people, housed in barges, received cooked meals.

This weekend, their team traveled to Chhatak to help 400 families with heavier ration packages.

Poriborton Kori Foundation

The foundation organized its fundraising activities on June 16, with rapid aid distribution. Their first aid kit initially consisted of biscuits, puffed rice, rolled rice, drinking water, saline solution, medicine and reusable sanitary napkins.

They also distributed cooked meals to 1,200 people from three villages in Tahirpur near the Tanguar Haor watchtower. So far they have extended their support to 15,000 people.

Soon, the team will provide displaced families with financial and technical assistance to restore their homes. The organization also organized an event, “Stand Up for Sylhet”, in conjunction with the Naveed Comedy Club to raise funds for Sylhet and Sunamgang.

Jaago Foundation and Volunteer for Bangladesh

The Jaago Foundation and Volunteer for Bangladesh have been actively engaged in flood relief activities, supported by an energetic group of young volunteers. So far, the organizations have helped over 100,000 people.

Their current relief packages include rolled rice, jaggery, fresh drinking water, water purification tablets, candles and lighters.

The organization’s campaign, “Bangladesh ektai, sara dibo shobai”, calls on people to support their volunteers in their relief distribution efforts.

Obhizatrik Foundation

The Obhizatrik Foundation supports flood victims through various activities and social assistance programs. They prepared ready meals for 23,000 people in Sylhet and Sunamganj regions.

They also distributed emergency dry food to over 1,500 people in Kurigram and Sylhet.

In the future, they plan to implement the Shokkhom project to create micro-enterprise models that will provide livelihoods for 500 families.

The author is an IBA, DU student and freelance journalist who enjoys reading, doodling and blogging. Email: mislammonamee@gmail.com.

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