Maharashtra Drought Relief Project

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Maharashtra Drought Relief Project

The Name Says It All…

Yuva Foundation began its journey with the Maharashtra Drought Relief Project (MDRP). The ‘MDRP’ got kick started in March 2013, continued through the month of April and finally culminated in the month of May 2013.

The project was initiated by the founding members and current President of the Yuva Foundation today. ‘MDRP’ is more or less the project that laid the foundation for the our organisation and should not be confused as a product of the organisation. It deserves a special respect as a project on its own.

It all began with an inspiring thought in the minds of Soham Sawalkar and Aditya Sureka; when they heard the news of the most severe drought Maharashtra has ever seen till date. They initiated the project, inspiring youngsters around them to join in. Soham – who was studying for his CS examinations as well as working at one of Mumbai’s big names in the estate industry; along with his friend Aditya, who also happens to work for the same industry in business development, were both left with very little time otherwise. Yet they took charge and ensured more youngsters coming together to take responsibility, of what they called – “Our Own People”. Gradually, it was a team of young minds working on this project. They visited the drought affected areas, and the actual scenario there left a deep impression on their hearts. The poor condition of the people, the disastrous climate, and the consequences that led them to die of hunger and sun strokes built a stronger willingness for the team to go out of their way to help the villagers across the affected areas.

Our Objectives with MDRP

The objective of this initiative was a simple one. To build a team who could physically check the conditions, and the requirement of the affected areas, and then provide the necessary food, water, fodder and other relief materials to them by collecting donations in the materialistic form preferably. The team had planned to provide long term solutions wherever possible.

Assortment and Allocation of Work:

The work was divided among the team members based on their skill set.

People had led teams in their areas, passing on information to others who may be interested in donating water and food. The tech – savvy people in our project led the social media management. It had been the greatest tool in helping the team to spread the word. Whereas, another team played a major role in visiting the affected areas and conducted an intervention to analyze the needs in affected areas.

Strangers, who saw us on the social media, offered help by giving their residence as the collection center of their respective areas. Similarly we created different collection centers across the suburbs where all the collected packaged food and water was stored.

A special logistics team took care of coordinating and ensuring transport arrangements for all the materials to the respective villages.

Relief Material Provided to the Farmers

Food, water, fodder, and even PVC pipes to set up a water supplying unit, in order to avoid such situations in the future.

Donations were collected majorly in the form of food and water. The donations that were in the form of money, were used in transport and in buying fodder for the cattle in these areas. (Since people didn’t have food and water for themselves, even their cattle was dying without any fodder, which in turn led to more poverty as their source of income depended on their cattle.)

We received funds from people like us, who wanted to extend their help to the needy and affected ones. Our best resource for spreading the word was social media. We reached out to people we knew, and they in turn, reached out to people they knew. Help just flowed in.


Parts of MDRP

MDRP — Part I

Maan Taluka, Maharashtra

5000+ Liters of water & 5000+ kgs of grain were distributed to the farmers at Satara. Water in water tanks was given to the farmers as well as animals in the vicinity for more than 60 days. Also, 80 PVC pipes were supplied at Vagluz Village, Beed for permanent water solution.

MDRP — Part II

 Nagur Village, Maharashtra

More than 410 bags of Soybean seeds (30KGs each) were distributed to farmers in Nagur village at Lohare in Usmanabad, Maharashtra. A total of 50 school bags were also distributed to underprivileged children in the village.