Srujanavani Voluntary Association located in Visakhapatnam, India is a congregation of highly committed individuals from different walks of life with varied interests and disciplines, such as from students, entrepreneurs, professionals and housewives, working for a common cause with common conduct and values. It motivates volunteerism by creating a social platform to organize for the benefit and service of the communities, assuming roles as citizens and leaders, and commit to productive projects which help the communities confront the major social issues through a self reformation process called man making.
The Super storm Neelam, that changed lives forever
Who would have thought that the Super storm "Neelam" which crossed the cost near AP-TN border would claim several lives a 1000 KMs away?
Yes! it is true!!
Nature has its own way of doing things beyond human perception and imagination.
The torrential rains triggered by cyclone Neelam battered coastal Andhra Pradesh, claiming several lives, inundating hundreds of villages, paralyzing roads and rail traffic and damaging thousands of hectares of crops.
Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and West Godavari districts were the worst hit by the rains, which left a trail of destruction. Over the week the main traffic lines(both road and railways) resumed and the water logging receded.
The loss from damaged crops which was due for harvest in another three weeks and loss of cattle is considered a permanent loss for the poor farmer community.
However, the unseen part will be the post management of this water logging. Many diseases will spread due to unhygienic conditions.
With an sense of responsibility in sharing the pains and difficulties of our brethren affected by the floods, Srujanavani team headed by Mr. Umashankar has started to assess the situation in Chodavaram, Cheedikada and Madugula mandals, where Srujanavani is active with various Rural Development Projects.
We need to work on two areas:
1. Conduct immediate medical relief camps
Knee deep water persisted in several localities of several villages which come under the Chodavaram, Cheedikada and Madugula mandals. Across these mandals residential colonies were badly affected and sanitation is in pathetic condition. This lead to spread of epidemics and several viral infections in this area, which already started taking a toll on locals.
Enabling the affected to battle the post-floods epidemics will be the better solution one can offer to our fellow citizens. So We have decided to conduct a series of medical relief camps in the regions affected by the flood.
2. Seed distribution to Poorest of the Poor farmer families (Poorest of the Poor farmers means those who are small and marginal farmers, this is categorized by Society for Elimination Rural Poverty, A.P Govt.)
Based on base line survey data we have poorest of the poor farmers list whose crops were badly affected due to floods.
1. Small farmers crops are not under insurance coverage
2. Government will give compensation to Kowlu farmers (one who have Kowlu farmer cards). Unfortunately very few farmers have these cards.
3. Government is not planning to give compensation to those who are cultivating millet's and vegetables.
4. At present government is planning to compensation for cash crops.
Medical Relief Camps
Our first camp in series was conducted at Konam Panchayat, Cheedikada Mandal on Thursday (Nov 8,2012). Sanitation was very terrible due to improper drainage system in this area. Konam Panchayat is having 14 villages. Out 14 villages 8 villages does not have any roadway access and one has to travel in a boat to reach there. The nearest primary health center to these villages is at Cheedikada which is about 10km away from the Panchayat. The main occupations of these villages are cultivation and daily agricultural laborers.
Dr.Giri (BHMS) lead the medical camp, providing health checkup for about 200 sick people and administering preventive medicines (for dengue and viral fevers) to about 1500 locals.
Campaigning in villages Noting patient problems
Taking registrations Dr.Giri giving treatment
Pharmacists giving medicines Medical camp Team
What YOU CAN DO?
Medical Relief Camps
Srujanavani has planned for a series of medical relief camps for the coming few weeks and for these camps to reach its intended objectives we need your kind support. You can support this noble cause by patronizing our medical camps and by volunteering with us. We have planned for at least 8 medical camps across 3 Mandals (Cheedikada, Chodavaram and Madugula). The expense for each camp we conduct is about Rs.8000/camp (medicines + Honorary to the Doctor + conveyances).
Seeds distribution to the poorest of the poor farmers
As per the Department of Agriculture, Visakhapatnam survey report a total of 44,115 Hectares of crops were submerged under water during these floods. From empathetic point of view we want to provide seeds for Rabi session to these farmers. It will be a great service to the needy.
Each Seed kit (which servers one farmer/kit) cost is Rs.600
1. Number of Poorest of the Poor farmers in Chodavaram mandal - 1,124 farmers
2. Number of Poorest of the Poor farmers in Cheedikada mandal - 876 farmers
With your contributions we will be able to extend our support to more farmers. Your Support Counts!!