“Didi taught us meditation and gave us a lot of strength and hope in this difficult time. Otherwise, none of us had the awareness to even eat. All of us had lost hope in life. A lot of organizations distributed food and relief material to all of us but the trauma relief workshops have brought us back our mental peace.”
– Poonam, from Devali Uttarakhand who lost her husband in the Uttarakhand floods in 2013
In June 2013, a cloud burst in the state affected Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Tehri districts in the state of Uttarakhand. This triggered massive flooding and landslides, wiping off entire towns, roads, buildings and population. The region has various pilgrimage places and they are visited by millions of pilgrims.
As a part of the immediate response to the disaster, our team of 300 volunteers including doctors provided trauma relief,medical aid, and food, assisting in rescue operations and clearing the debris. 110 truckloads of relief material was distributed in areas that had not seen food for several days.
Through trauma relief workshops, aid distribution and infrastructure reconstruction projects we have reached out to over 10,000 people from 28 villages.
Our volunteers helped set up relief-camps in Guptkashi,Dharasu, Harsil, Rudraprayag, Gauchar, Rishikesh and Jolly Grant Airport. Volunteers trekked and reached out to the remotest of villages including Chandrapuri, Sili, Agastyamuni, Ukhimath, Kund and Arkhund to provide relief material, food, medical-aid and trauma relief to the inhabitants in distress. Door to door relief material was distributed in homes that lost an earning member.
We have conducted 28 trauma relief programs and 55 Nav Chetna Shivir workshops so far. These workshops have brought solace and relief to the lives of more than 10,000 people. Our volunteers have also undertaken activities that include distribution of waterproof sheets for home roofs and reconstruction of bridges.
To ensure long-term rehabilitation, we are supporting local schools and conducting vocational training workshops. We have also helped with repair and reconstruction of homes, provided solar lights and geysers in areas that have lost connectivity and distributed tins to families for cowsheds.
of relief material distributed among the affected
conducted for more than 10,000 people
of homes, provided solar lights, geysers and tin roofs
As a part of the immediate intervention, the Art of Living volunteers distributed medicines and relief material to the needy. More than 15 medical camps were organized in these areas. To help the affected come out of the trauma, stress-elimination programs were conducted.
Our volunteers managed the loading, distribution of relief materials and supporting the trauma struck people. The rescue work by the Indian armed forces and NDRF, ITBP was supported by our teams via choppers and roads too.
While distributing relief material and ration to the needy, we realised that it was equally important to get people out of their traumatic state. Many of the women were steeped in pain and misery and were the worst hit as they had lost the male members of their family on whom they were financially dependent.
Though the disaster is long over, it will take many more years of relief work to help these people to get their lives back on track. We invite you to join hands with us to help the affected.