Disaster Relief

At the time of natural calamities or other emergency situation, Prajnana Mission assists the victims of disaster in India to its utmost capacity. During the time of 1999 cyclone in the state of Odisha, Prajnana Mission provided medical care and medicine to almost 10,000 people as well as emergency supplies, food and shelter to many homeless people. To alleviate people’s suffering and to provide shelter to those who lost their homes during the super cyclone in 1999. Prajnana Mission constructed twenty permanent houses in the targeted area of Kendrapada district of Odisha.

Responding to devastating floods in 2001 and 2003, Prajnana Mission extended its hand by supplying immediate flood relief materials to the most affected areas of Puri and Kendrapada district of odisha. With the cooperation from representative of local government and experienced local heads, Prajnana Mission was able to serve the hungry and helpless people.

In 2004, the massive earthquake in India and other Asian countries, followed by tsunami in Indian Ocean, devastated many of the costal res in India. In response the catastrophic natural disaster, Prjnana Mission donated US$5,000 (2.25 lakhs) to Odisha’s Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on December 30, 2004. It also gave US$1, (Rs 4,000) to the Servant’s of the People Society, Odisha Branch, Cuttack on March 27, 2005.

September 2008, incessant rains caused the selling water of the mighty Mahanadi River and its tributaries to overflow its banks. Vast areas of Odisha were engulfed claiming many lives and affecting about four million people in 18 of the 30 districts. Prajnana Mission organised relief efforts and raised fund to help the victims.

Relief operations were carried out at Andhuli near Mahakalapada in Kendrapada district in April 2014 and Kaduadia in Keunjhar district in Feb 2015 where several houses were burnt due to fire tragedy. The families were living in thatched houses and were belonged to poor and downtrodden society. Prajnana Mission provides relief materials like utensils, blanket, sari, lungi, torch, plastic mat and foodstuffs.

During August 2018, the Southern Indian State of Kerala in India was devastated by the worst rains and flood of a century displacing 12 million people away from their homes to Relief Camps and severe damage was caused to the property and other assets by way of flooding, land slips, landslides etc. Approximately 500 people lost their lives. At the height of the floods, the worst to hit the state in a century, a total of 14.50 lakh people were sheltered in more than 3,000 relief camps.

Prajnana Mission distributed 10kg sacks of rice in October 2018 to twenty seven of the families most affected by the floods. The structures worst hit by the deluge and the land slides were the cow shelters. Prajnana Mission with the help of Farmers’ Milk Co-operative Society APCO at Murikkassery selected eleven needy families. Each of these eleven families were donated with construction materials to help them rebuild the broken cowsheds. Each family was given ten sacks of cement, 100 cement bricks, two truck loads of sand (stone powder) and metal for construction of cow sheds in the months of October and November 2018.

Cyclone hit the coastal region of Odisha at Puri on 3rd May 2019 and caused huge devastation. Lakhs of trees broke down, millions of thatched housed houses fell down, thousands of electrical poles bent down, hundreds of mobile towers damaged jeopardising the day to day life of the people for more than one month. The initial days were full of plights because of scarcity of food, water, medicine and lack of electricity. People were waiting for helping hands to take them out from this disastrous condition.

The cyclone had caused massive destruction at our premises in Hariharananda Gurukulam at Puri beyond imagination. Property of lakhs of rupees was destroyed. In spite of huge loss of property and busy in ashram restoration and reconstruction process, Prajnana Mission came out with medical and material relief operation to the peripheral villages spreading across nine gram panchayats covering around 50,000 population. The relief materials included mat, bedsheet, torch light, bucket, mug, umbrella and mosquito net. The cost of one set of relief materials was Rs 1,000 and we have distributed the relief materials to 500 poor families. The relief material reached at the hands of needy and deserving people who were fighting for survival under the scorching sun and darkness of the dark days.

Prajnana Mission donated Rs 10 lakh to PM CARES FUND for relief measures during COVID-19. Mission also provided food to 100 health workers in Puri and groceries to 70 migrant workers at Kendrapada for one month.

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