Pallishree

Project Theme

Disaster Risk Reduction

Target Group

Women

Project Period

01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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Introduction

Orissa has a history of recurring natural disasters. While the coastal districts of Orissa are exposed to floods and cyclones, western Orissa is prone to acute droughts. In addition, the State is also affected by disasters like heat waves, epidemics, forest fire etc. The history of disasters substantiates the fact that about 80% of the State is prone to one or more forms of natural disasters.With 80% of annual rainfall concentrated over 3 months, the State is highly vulnerable to floods.

Impact by partner
  • Community Based Organisations like VDPC (10 nos.), WASH Committee (10 nos.), Farmers Club (10 nos.), School Sanitation Club (10 nos.), have been formed/reformed and strengthened. 
  • The volunteer’s forum in the project area has been strengthened. Series of meetings, discussion have been held with these village level institutions to make them aware and build their capacity to make analysis of the situation independently, identify the issues/problems, develop contingency plan, WASH Plan and School Safety Plan etc.
  • As a result of the last year’s intervention, women participation has been increased at all level. Their membership and participation in planning as well as decision making have been increased in institutions like GKS, WASH committee VDPC and SHGs.

Case Study

Mr. Anadi Charan Behera, worked in a company in Kolkata. In 1999 he was on leave with his family in Baliapal when the Super Cyclone struck. The plight of the survivors prompted him to stay back and serve the affected people. He proactively assisted agencies with relief distribution and linked people with government to benefit from existing schemes and entitlements. In 2005 he took voluntary retirement and returned to his village. Post retirement he got actively engaged in social and development activities. In April 2011, Mr. Behera started supporting Pallishree in mobilizing community for risk reduction and capacity building initiatives. Through his efforts the community realized the importance of disaster preparedness and arrived at a community contingency plan in a most participatory method. The community has regularly tested these plans through mock drills. Mr. Behera also mobilized people from his village to maintain the drinking water sources. Capacities to disinfect water sources after floods were developed which has played an important role in post disaster disease control. Presently he is working as the President of village Development Committee and inspires and mobilizes the villagers to participate in project activities. He is also working as a member of Panchayat level vigilance monitoring committee and empowering people to get their entitlements specially PDS & other Govt. schemes. After retirement, Mr. Behera devotes 4 to 5 hours every day to deal with pertinent village issues. He works with passion and commitment and voluntarily participates in all socio-cultural and developmental activities of the community. Villagers trust him and regularly seek his advice on any village issues. He also teaches poor dalit boys and girls.