Corporate Community Development Program Restores 170 Houses in West Bengal Post Cyclone Amphan

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News Desk, News Nation 360 : SEEDS (Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society), a leading humanitarian organization, collaborated with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to support the marginalized communities that were affected by the cyclone Amphan that in 2020 hit 24 South Parganas, 24 North Parganas, and East Midnapore districts of West Bengal. Amphan was a super cyclonic storm that caused widespread damage estimated at USD $13 billion

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in Eastern India, with West Bengal being directly affected. SEEDS and IBM built a specially designed intervention program to install 50 community water filters and distribute 600 kits of dry ration and hygiene kits that collectively reached almost 5,000 people. The team organized a week-long mobile health care camp. A dedicated team of doctors and healthcare volunteers travelled by bus to remote locations providing much-needed treatment to more than 1,000 people. Manu Gupta, Co-Founder, SEEDS said that they are glad to see their efforts materialize towards building sustainable structures for the families who have struggled with the impact of multiple disasters post-cyclone Amphan last year. Through their intervention programs, they have focused on inculcating community ownership in all stages right from the beginning, thus making them future-ready in the face of a similar disaster. Under the theme of ‘Build Back Better', SEEDS and IBM worked together to build 40 new houses and restore 133 damaged houses for families who had lost their homes in the cyclone’s aftermath. The construction team has used local materials such as bamboo coupled with modern techniques to make the houses safe and reduce risk in case of future disasters.

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Report : Anustup Kundu