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ANHAD Kashmir Update
ANHAD & Youth for peace visits Tangdhar
Milli Gazette Online
The Anhad / Youth For Peace team comprising of students from St Stephen’s College, Lady Sriram and Kirori Mal colleges returned to Delhi on November 6th.
We had bought GI Zinc sheets from Srinagar which were carried in two trucks and distributed in Badwan, a small village in Tangdhar tehsil (75 households) and to another 100 BPL families from 5-6 nearby villages.
When we reached Sadhna peak on 1st November it was snowing heavily. It has not started snowing in Tangdhar but that will happen very soon.
Our observation was that the relief material has reached most of the people by and large but there is an urgent need for temporary shelters. People are in no position to rebuild their houses before the winter is over.
Anyone wanting to help with the relief/ rehab should either send the tin sheets or contribute funds so that organisations working there can buy the material for the construction of temporary shelters.
Youth For Peace and Anhad have taken a decision to start some work on a long term basis in the area.
We are not in a position to make a difference in the whole area, so we have decided to concentrate on one village and similarly many other organisations would be doing the same we suppose.
Badwan a village in Tangdhar district has 75 households. Most of the houses have collapsed. It has one primary school, the building has collapsed. Most of the primary school going children ( approx 100) have lost their books etc or the school bags are buried under the debris. It does not have any dispensary or medical facility.
We are proposing to mobilise immediately school bags, books for the children. We also propose to raise funds and appoint two teachers for a period of one year to begin with. The school has only one teacher for the classes from 1st to 5th. We also want to start a mobile dispensary which would cater to about 8-10 villages in the Tangdhar tehsil atleast once a week.
Youth for Peace volunteers from Delhi and two of our Youth For Peace volunteers from Kashmir would be coordinating this work.
If we are able to raise more funds we will try and extend the facilities to more villages.
You could mail a cheque to: ANHAD, 4, Windsor Place, New Delhi-110001. It should be in the name of: Youth For
Peace (Anhad) or ANHAD. Both the organisations have 80-G tax exemption.
For any enquiry, contact Mansi Sharma at the Anhad / Youth for Peace Office
(+91-11) 23327366 / 67.
Contacts of Youth 4 Peace trustees
Sahir Raza +91-9811443765/ Kandala Singh +91-9313205739 (please do not call these numbers before 4pm as both are college students)
Please forward this letter to as many people as possible.