Shelter and Reconstruction:
Shelter emerged as one of the immediate needs as the winters are extremely cold in Kashmir region. The floods left thousands of families homeless and with winter temperatures dipping to - 7 Celsius, flood victims were in desperate need of safe, warm shelter. CHINAR provided emergency housing to the homeless with a multipronged solution with options that range from:
- Self-built category : CI gave cash assistance to 117 affected families belonging to low income groups for the reconstruction of houses in Srinagar (Chattabal, Ikhrajpora, Bemina, Lasjan, Habbakadal, Rainawari, Bemina) Bud-gam (Tengpora) , Anantnag (Sheikhpora, Hassan pora, Qazi bagh etc.) and Pulwama (Lelhar, Goripora, Gulzarpora) district.
- Emergency housing Shelters : 40 emergency housing shelters were constructed in different areas of Srinagar including Ikhrajpora, Chattabal, Barbarshah and Bemina. These shelters are made of CGI sheets and ply boards with raised wooden flooring specially designed to withstand winter season.
- Building material : CI also provided building material including bricks, wood, cement, sand, ply boards and CGI sheets to 71 beneficiaries in Srinagar ( Ikhrajpora and Palpora), Budgam (Tangan) and Kul-gam (Ari Gutnoo and Rehpora). CHINAR International (CI) launched Shelter and Reconstruction program in the month of October 2014.
"When the water came, we all ran out of the colony towards the main road. It all happened so suddenly that we had no time to things out of the home. All our belongings washed away. Our house collapsed. We donít even have spare clothes to wear. We are left with nothing."
Hafeeza of Tengpora, a 40 year old widow, used to live in an eight room, two storey house with her four sons, a daughter-in-law and a grandson. Fifteen years ago, the untimely death of her husband left her to care for her five young children. Poverty took her children, one by one, out of school into labour work. Two of Hafeezaís children are mechanics, working door to door; another is a conductor, and another left school last year to work odd jobs. Despite all their hard work, their monthly income is no more than 4000 rupees ($67 USD).
CHINAR gave Hafeeza food, clothing and medicine, and has helped the family build emergency housing with two rooms, one kitchen and one washroom to survive through harsh winters of the valley. The structure has tin and ply walls with raised wooden flooring, offering a temporary shelter for the winter, after which they can reconstruct their home.
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