In August 2008, a breach in Kusha, 12 kilometers inside Nepal resulted in Kosi River changing its course and flooding 993 villages in the districts of Supaul, Araria, Bhagalpur, Madhepura, Purnia and Saharsa in Bihar. More than three million people were affected and 2.4 lakh houses, either completely or partially damaged. Then prevailing underdevelopment also contributed towards the vulnerability of the affected communities and resulted in the death of 493 people.
- Care Today Fund supported immediate relief efforts, especially by providing food, to 10,800 people living in the villages of Nawagachhia sub-division of Bhagalpur district.
- Care Today Fund, in partnership with SOS-India, supported 51 poor flood-affected families in village Jorgama that enabled them to provide adequate care to their 150 children for three years under a ‘family strengthening programme’. The project provided adequate nutrition, proper healthcare, awareness and educational support to children and youth. The project also provided adult literacy and income generation activities. Six SHGs were also established under the project.
- Care Today Fund, in partnership with Kutch Nav Nirman Abhiyan undertook Owner Driven Reconstruction Collaborative (ODRC) and constructed 89 houses for the affected families in Puraini village in Supaul district and 27 community structures, which act as models promoting appropriate construction practices. The project sites were visited by many officials, including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who appreciated the initiative.