WHAT WE DO
Reliance Foundation is committed in its aim to respond to all disaster situations wherein human lives and livelihoods are jeopardised. Reliance Foundation strives to assist speedily in the immediate aftermath of disasters, directly engaging with affected communities and leveraging its strengths – human resources and information technology – to efficiently and effectively provide relief and alleviate human suffering. In the event of severe and long-lasting impact, Reliance Foundation may work with the communities to revive livelihoods, improve health and education, and ensure sustainable development.
The Marathwada region of Maharashtra comprising the districts of Latur, Beed, Usmanabad, Parbhani, Nanded, Hingoli, Aurangabad and Jalna is parched. Repeated failures of monsoons over the years, depletion of water tables, and over exploitation of ground water have led to acute scarcity of water and crippled the region’s economy.
For the past five years, Reliance Foundation (RF), through its flagship Rural Transformation programme, has been working to provide long- term solution to Maharashtra’s water woes. But the parched region needs immediate relief on a priority basis.
The Foundation team has identified sources of water, and has developed a system to deliver drinking water close to 50,000 families across 100 villages. Each village is supplied 2-4 tankers of water per day.
Moved by the plight of farmers, RF has embarked on its Reliance Foundation Relief Operation – Marathwada. An RF team, in collaboration with government agencies, conducted a recce and identified 100 most distressed villages in the four districts of Latur, Hingoli, Jalna and Nanded. The Foundation team has identified sources of water, and has developed a system to deliver drinking water close to 50,000 families across 100 villages. Each village is supplied 2-4 tankers of water per day. An efficient system, put in place by RF, ensures equitable and safe distribution of water. RF deployed water tankers to provide immediate relief till the monsoons arrive.
As a major step, Reliance Foundation has revived Sona River in Soygaon block in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. This project benefits 14,000 people and irrigates 2,500 acres of farm land in five villages –Amkheda, Galwada, Wetalwadi, Soygaon and Sonadwad. It also recharges more than 100 wells in the region and provides water for drinking and irrigation Click here to know more.
Reliance Foundation Relief Operation - Tamil Nadu
Reliance Foundation swiftly acted upon the news of floods in Tamil Nadu and deputed a 28 member relief team which reached the affected area on 4th December 2015. The personal loses of many of the Reliance volunteers including the mission leader Senthil Kumaran couldn’t deter the team to work day in and out to help the people in Tamil Nadu to reel out of the flood fury.
Reliance Foundation Relief Operations team immediately got in touch with the district and state administration to identify areas where no aid had reached. However, the situation was grim as whopping 1,218 mm of incessant rains followed by thunderstorm drowned the city of Chennai and the neighbouring districts.
Reliance Foundation Relief Operation – Amreli, Gujarat
In 2015, the district of Amreli in Gujarat was inundated by heavy rains, disrupting the lives and livelihoods of locals. The Reliance Foundation team that was working in Jasdan at the time rushed to their assistance. Wasting no time, they quickly assessed the extent of damage in the affected areas and analysed the potential impact of the deluge.
Relief operations were launched speedily, and carried out in coordination with the district administration. Reaching the affected communities within four days of the disaster, the RF team also deployed a thorough programme of identifying the worst-affected villages — a contribution that was later acknowledged and appreciated by the district administration as well as Bavku Bhai Udad, the local MLA.
Reliance Foundation Relief Operation - Jammu and Kashmir
Incessant rain and flood had caused massive destruction and severe distress in the state of Jammu and Kashmir during September 2014. The disaster resulted in loss of life and property, leaving thousands of people stranded and homeless.
Again, Reliance Foundation was one of the first organisations to initiate relief services in some of the worst affected regions. Medical care was provided through more than 72 camps held across Srinagar where more than 35,000 patient consultations were undertaken. The team constructed 217 mid-term shelters for the affected to protect them from the cold that had begun to set in. Relief material including blankets and food were provided to more than 13,000 families in the flood affected districts of Jammu & Kashmir. The team partnered with local NGOs to effectively carry out the relief operations.
Reliance Foundation Relief Operation - Uttarakhand
When one of India’s biggest natural calamities struck Uttarakhand in June 2013, Reliance Foundation was one of the first organisations to respond and initiate relief work in areas devestatingly affected by the floods.
The Foundation supported reconstruction of two Government schools. More than 1,500 families were provided with solar power back-up. The team also operated a mobile medical unit to provide basic health services in the affected area. Two teams in Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi worked in 40-50 most affected villages with focus on disaster risk mitigation, developing sustainable livelihoods, food security and nutrition management.
Post relief phase, the Foundation also supported initiatives on disaster preparedness for the local police and community volunteers besides supporting livelihood initiatives such as masonry and electronic equipment manufacturing.
Dissemination of Disaster Management Advisories
Reliance Foundation Information Services (RF-IS) extensively disseminated cyclone and adverse weather conditions advisories for the cyclones Phailin, Lehar, Helen and Hudhud, as well as hailstorms, in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Apart from dynamic early warning information dissemination, RF-IS has also been involved in evacuation and search operations related information dissemination to concerned departments.
Additionally, more than 10,000 acres of paddy fields in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh were saved from pest and diseases by using the Korean technique of Flag Method, as part of post-Hudhud cyclone rehabilitation, with the technical support of District Agricultural Advisory and Transfer of Technology Centres (DAATTC) of Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University. With the technical support of KVK, Ranital in Odisha ‘Brown Plant Hopper control’ procedures were disseminated to 64,248 acres of land, as part of post-Hudhud cyclone advisories.