Uttarakhand, frequently visited by many pilgrims, was devastated due to flash floods in June 2013 resulting in extensive damage to Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Tawaghat, Rudraprayag, Rishikesh, Haridwar and many other places located in the scared Himalayan region. The drama enacted in real life was a mosaic consisting of unattended dead bodies, people looking for help with fear and hope, tales of survivors, looting by opportunists who did not even spare the dead, and heroism demonstrated by brave military and paramilitary personnel. The flas floods resulted in loss of more than 5000 lives and caused extensive damages to roads, bridges, properties and several other infrastructures.
- In partnership with Save the Children, Care Today Fund provided immediate relief to 300 flood affected families in the villages of Kharadi, Gould, Phuldar in Uttarkashi district (171 families); Pandukeshwar, Pinola, Ghat and Govindghat in Chamoli district (82 families); and Silli in Rudraprayag district. Under its relief and rehabilitation programmes in several villages of Rudraprayag district (47 families). The relief package consisted of a food basket comprising 30 kg rice, 5 kg lentils, 10 kg wheat flour, 2 kg sugar, 3 litres cooking oil, 1 kg salt and mixed masalas. Hygiene kits included a bucket with lid, a mug, tooth-paste, six tooth brushes, washing soap, bathing soap, a jug, two tarpaulin sheets and two blankets per family.
- In partnership with Save the Children, Care Today Fund setup 10 Child Friendly Spaces in Chamoli district soon after the flash floods providing psycho-social well-being and safety to 771 children, of whom 404 were girls for six months, from village Padgasi in Joshimath block; villages Dharkot, Sirrow and Roligwar in Dasholi block; villages Kandari Khod, Pajyanda Malla and Langtai in Gairsain block; villages Rawtala Khadi and Nagkhanda in Pokhari block and village Kafoli in Narayan Bagad block. The spaces were equipped with tents, learning and recreational material and a facilitator to ensure that children do not miss out on education and games, both important in the post-disaster normalization process.
- In partnership with CARE India Solutions for Sustainable Development (Care India) and Society for Himalayan Agriculture and Rural Development (SHARD), Care Today Fund constructed 23 houses for economically weak flood-affected families in village Chandpuri (18) in Okimath block and in village Chaka (5) in Jakholi block of Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand. The single room house measuring 180 square feet provided the required emergency shelter to the flood affected households. The shelters were constructed using ‘Ferro Cement Technology’, which has been adapted to suit the local climatic conditions in Uttarakhand.
- In partnership with Society for Himalayan Agriculture and Rural Development (SHARD), Care Today Fund constructed three Anganwadi centres in the villages of Huddu, Guar and Lamgondi-II, Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand. Each Centre measured 490 sq.ft. and the centres were inaugurated on 02nd February, 2016 by Dr. Raghave Langar, then the District Magistrate of Rudraprayag district, in the midst of community members. The construction of the anganwadi centre has ensured uninterrupted education and recreational activities of pre-schooling children.
- In partnership with Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS), Care Today Fund constructed a two-storey Community centre, with drinking water and sanitation facilities at Sumari Bhadar village, Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand. The community center has one multipurpose hall, each on the ground floor and first floor, a kitchen, verandah and a terrace. It is used for regular community meetings, for marriages and other social functions in the village.