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PN Bureau

As part of its disaster response initiative, Habitat for Humanity (HFH) India and KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agent), a South Korean government organisation for official development assistance, distributed emergency shelter kits (ESK) and housing materials to residents of Chirang district in Assam who were affected by the 2016 flood. The ESKs were distributed to 500 households on December 31, 2016 at a camp held at the BBCA compound in Tukrajhar, Chirang.

More than 2000 beneficiaries, directly affected by floods in mid 2016 in the Aie river gained access to simple, affordable, and disaster resilient homes. In addition to building transitional homes, training and orientation on low cost housing and awareness sessions on importance of health and hygiene were also undertaken at the camp. CGI sheets, bamboo and other tools were also handed over to each family in six villages who are still living in relief camps and has no means to build homes of their own.

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Speaking on the occasion, Dasol Han, member of the Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Korea said, “Feeling good that HFH Korea could bring in KOICA to support the people affected by the flood. Transitional houses will help them to build their lives again with confidence.” Rajan Samuel, managing director, Habitat for Humanity India said, “Assam flood 2016 witnessed many families being impacted, with basic requirements like food, shelter, health and sanitation needed to be addressed urgently. We are grateful to KOICA for the support which helped us move swiftly from recovery to the rehabilitation phase, giving those displaced a chance to rebuild their homes and lives.”

Habitat for Humanity India is a non-government organisation and engages donors, supporters and volunteers in its mission to ensure that everyone has a decent place to live. The NGO works with low-income families to build new homes and incremental housing as well as repair and rehabilitate houses. Since 1999, HFH India has been responding to disasters ranging from cyclones to earthquakes and floods. HFH India is also part of a 12-member coalition that addresses the problem of lack of access to proper sanitation, especially for women and children. It involves the construction of toilets in households, schools and communities as well as improving access to water.

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