Communities in the Sundarban region are very exposed to the effects of climate change, and are fragile due to a growing population. Adopting an integrated and holistic approach, we deliver appropriate, affordable and demand-driven disaster preparedness and response initiatives at the individual, school and community levels.

Our initiatives seek to build and strengthen the disaster resilience of these high risk vulnerable communities against cyclones and other natural disasters. We realise our goals by:

  • Delivering infrastructure in the region such as 'Early Warning Message Systems' and cyclone shelters;
  • Generating awareness of the importance of disaster risk reduction
  • Empowering communities to reduce their risk by helping them carry out 'hazard, vulnerabilities & capacity' assessments and develop 'Village Disaster Management Plans'; and
  • Establishing taskforces across the region and providing them with emergency response training in the areas of Early Warning, Search and Rescue, First Aid, Coordination and Temporary Shelter Construction.
Core Focus Areas
Emergency Relief
In emergency situations such as in the aftermath of natural disasters, immediate and effective responses are vital. Given our extensive knowledge of the Sundarbans, we are best placed to provide emergency relief to those communities who need it most. Our emergency relief efforts focus on meeting basic needs such as food, water, shelter and clothing. After immediate needs have been met, our focus shifts to facilitating early recovering of communities affected by disasters. Our Uday, Cyclone Ail Relief Response and Early Recovery for Aila Affected People programmes are examples of our efforts to protect vulnerable communities in the wake of natural disasters.
Disaster Risk Riduction
While it is not possible to prevent natural disasters, it is possible to ensure communities are adequately prepared for such disasters. Our Building Disaster Resilience of Vulnerable Communities focuses on reducing the damage caused by natural hazards at household, school and community level. We work to prevent and limit the devastation caused by natural disasters by establishing early-warning systems, developing disaster management plans and building the capacity of local stakeholders to prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters.