HOPE'87 Emergency Relief Operations for cyclone victims in Bangladesh continue

After the disastrous cyclone SIDR in November, 2007 HOPE’87 immediately started relief operations, which are successfully ongoing. By the end of June, 2008 HOPE’87 handed over 318 semi-temporary shelters to vulnerable families in Barguna and Bagerhat Upazila (district). The shelter construction is made in co-operation with local implementing partners and developed according to local needs. To improve the bad local water and sanitation situation, HOPE’87 has built 258 sanitary latrines for families and 14 deep tube wells providing safe drinking water to 840 community members. Complementary to the construction work the population gets hygiene kits and awareness trainings to learn how to avoid bad hygiene and water borne diseases.

The bad conditions of the flooded fields and lack of agricultural input have caused a further food price hike in the region. 780 malnourished poor families have been selected to receive food rations to feed their family members. After consultation with the local authorities and population, HOPE’87 decided to start distributing 200 milk cows and calves as a more sustainable activity. The cow donation tackles the food insecurity in three ways: milk intake especially for children and pregnant women, selling milk (later cattle breeding) as income generating activity and support for ploughing the fields.

Furthermore HOPE’87 supports the reconstruction of community buildings like an orphanage and assists students with essential educational material that got lost in the flood.

All project activities will be completed by the end of December, 2008.

After visiting the field Mr Marco Bertotto, Director AGIRE Italy and Father Alencherry, Don Bosco representative, strongly recommended additional funding support for the vulnerable families of the cyclone.

The Cyclone Emergency Relief Operations in Bangladesh are a co-operation of HOPE'87 with "Jugend Eine Welt - Don Bosco (Austria)", "Jugend Dritte Welt - Don Bosco (Germany)" and “Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo” (VIS, Italy) with fundings from “AGIRE” (Italia) and the “Conferenza Episcopale Italiana” (CEI).

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