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Cyclone Amphan Relief

Cyclone Amphan has been a disaster

Cyclone Amphan has been a disaster.
We at Maya Foundation are working on the front lines to help the communities we work with get back up on their feet.
We run three Urban Shelters in the Kalighat, Rajabazar, Ultadanga areas in Kolkata, and have projects in the Sundarbans areas of Patharpratima, Nihalganj, and Sagar Island.
As the cyclone approached, we had opened up our shelters and offices to anyone who needed it, and are currently sheltering hundreds who have completely lost their livelihoods and homes due to the storm.
Help us take care of them and get them back on their feet, through financial donations or sending us relief material.
Please do reach out to us if you wish to help us in any other way.
Maya Foundation has been feeding and sheltering many of those who had no other way to amid the pandemic lockdown for two months now with our network of kitchens, shelters and staff. This Cyclone has been a double disaster for our state.
Come join us in this fight against adversity. We are Born to Care!

With the help of your generous contributions, we have been able to start rebuilding these battered, worst hit communities! The first set of Tarpaulin sheets have been bought to help roof these houses that were damaged, leaving their occupants exposed to the elements. A Herculean task still lies ahead; over 3000 such sheets would be needed in this community alone to repair all damaged roofs. Apart from that, providing the people with basic, but urgent necessities like clothing, sanitary napkins, non-perishable food and helping drain the salty water from their agricultural lands and freshwater ponds remains a challenge we are working towards. The roads are still blocked by trees or waterlogging, and our teams from Kolkata aim to reach their in the next couple of days.

Thousands of livelihoods are destroyed. Forever perhaps.
It's hard to digest the magnitude of that statement. But with kilometre after kilometre, acre after acre looking like the images above, it's a hard truth. Our teams at Maya Foundation are working through the days and nights to help provide relief for these communities. The number of households in Patharpratima we have promised to arrange tarpaulin sheets for after their roofs were blown away has now crossed over 5000! With the money you have generously helped raise, some of these have already been arranged and some houses have already been repaired, allowing families to return home.
With the Covid-19 pandemic induced lockdown also still in place, it was hard already for these families to arrange a living and we had helped them out with supplies before. We shall do so again!
With many roads that will be fit for navigation again soon, our teams from Kolkata shall reach them soon with much needed relief supplies and medical attention.
Please continue to support us in this struggle to live! We are all Born to Care!

Images of our staff providing food and milk to the residents and needy around the Ultadanga Urban Shelter at Telengabagan. Kolkata Police has been generously helping us in providing the food for all (Covid lockdown afectees as well as Cyclone affected) staying at our three Urban Shelters in Kolkata.

This is a video one of our workers have taken from a Cyclone Shelter in the Patharpratima block.
Cooped up now, their primary demand is the simple one of being able to return home, which is exactly what we are trying to arrange for them. "Tripol", or tarpaulin, will allow them to carry out the basic repairs needed to their roof structures, allowing households to return.
There are thousands of such households who need your help! Their livelihoods destroyed, with ponds and land they grew crops on and reared fish in now spoilt under salt water, the people simply want to go back under their own roofs.
Please help us in giving these people this simple need. Donate now!

Maya Foundation with a team of doctors from the Indian Medical Association visited Kumirmari

Maya Foundation with a team of doctors from the Indian Medical Association visited Kumirmari, an extremely remote village of the Goshaba Block.
This was the first time a doctor set foot on the small island community in 3 months!
We carried with us medicines covered under the essential medicines list, with some more deworming medicines and skin medicines considering how this community was affected. We also carried plenty of fresh water and rations.
The health camp was done on the island with the generous help of the Regional Block Medical Chief Officer, who supplied us with an additional supply of essential medicines. We treated patients on the small island community until our stocks lasted!
Also to share the extent of damage, we saw the mud embankments broken in multiple places on this fragile island nested ust next to the core Sundarbans area. The air was full of an arid smell, from freshwater fish and crops wasting away at the salt water from the storm surge.
Thanks to the donations recieved from so many of you, we were able to serve this community with much needed help.
And with your help, even as we speak, we plan on serving many more! There are other relief missions already lined up for this week in other areas, and your help in our endeavour is unquantifiable. We believe, we are all Born to Care! Please continue supporting us!

Maya Foundation conducted a health camp and relief delivery mission to Patharpratima Island

Maya Foundation conducted a health camp and relief delivery mission to Patharpratima Island, in the Gobindapur village on Friday, 30th May 2020. The community was in tatters due to Cyclone Amphan.
With the help of your valuable contributions, as well as a very large generous donation from Jana Kalyan Maitri Sangha, we distributed 223 sheets of tarpaulin (that would help that same number of families do repairs and get back in their homes!), and distributed rations such as bisuits, baby food and fruit juice, and clothes (donated by many of you, both old and new).
Many in the community were planning their next meals. We ourselves saw field after field, and most large trees as well as fruit trees destroyed by the influx of salt water into the community. Ponds once filled with fish now had a froth of saltiness on their surfaces. These people would be without livelihoods, aggravated by the pandemic, for at least the next decade without continued concerted effort.
Another issue we have faced as well in our health camps is the outbreak of fungal and skin diseases, with the loss of places where these people usually used to bathe. Raising awareness on as well as your donations for this rise in fungal diseases, skin diseases as well as female reproductive diseases is something we would need greatly in the days ahead.
Even as we say this, we are planning yet another relief mission to Patharpratima, as well as a health camp and relief mission to Sagar Island. Please continue supporting us in this fight, we are Born to Care after all!

In the two health camps and relief missions we have conducted to villages in the Sundarbans area, a huge problem we have noticed is that of female hygiene as well as overall standards of health.
Most of these people rely on the network of ponds to bathe in, most of which have now turn saline.
Huge supplies are needed in each community for sanitary pads for these young women and mothers to maintain their reproductive health, as well as anti-fungal and antibiotic medicines.
Our medical teams were surprised, at least 3 out of 4 women who came had severe UTIs, nearly every other person had a severe fungal infection, and other villagers didn't even take that as a concern, saying, "these things happen after a storm, it's very normal." No, it is not normal.
Please continue assisting us in our mission to give these people a standard of health that they do deserve amid these trying times.

Modern High school stands beside the people who are in distress at their time of need

Modern High school stands beside the people who are in distress at their time of need. At the Kalighat Urban Shelter for homeless maintained by Maya Foundation and supported by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
They distributed various items of daily use, and organised a small interactive session with the young girls residing there.

Maya Foundation conducted a health camp and relief delivery mission to Patharpratima Island

Maya Foundation conducted a health camp and relief delivery mission to Patharpratima Island, in the Gobindapur village on Friday, 30th May 2020. The community was in tatters due to Cyclone Amphan.
With the help of your valuable contributions, as well as a very large generous donation from Jana Kalyan Maitri Sangha, we distributed 223 sheets of tarpaulin (that would help that same number of families do repairs and get back in their homes!), and distributed rations such as bisuits, baby food and fruit juice, and clothes (donated by many of you, both old and new).
Many in the community were planning their next meals. We ourselves saw field after field, and most large trees as well as fruit trees destroyed by the influx of salt water into the community. Ponds once filled with fish now had a froth of saltiness on their surfaces. These people would be without livelihoods, aggravated by the pandemic, for at least the next decade without continued concerted effort.
Another issue we have faced as well in our health camps is the outbreak of fungal and skin diseases, with the loss of places where these people usually used to bathe. Raising awareness on as well as your donations for this rise in fungal diseases, skin diseases as well as female reproductive diseases is something we would need greatly in the days ahead.
Even as we say this, we are planning yet another relief mission to Patharpratima, as well as a health camp and relief mission to Sagar Island. Please continue supporting us in this fight, we are Born to Care after all! @ Pātharpratima Island

Maya Foundation in association with Shibnagar Community Welfare Society coordinated Health awareness Camp and Relief for affected person of "Amphan" cyclone disastar at Shibnagar Village, Banashyamngar Gram Panchayat,Patharpratima Block in South 24 Pargana Disctrict.We distributed Relief material to families of this locality's like Dabur Red berries juice,Honey ,Chawanprash and Sanitary napkins for women. We also thanks to Dabur India Limited and Shibnagar Community Welfare Society.