As part of its mission to help communities in distress, The PRASAD Project responds to natural and man-made disasters within our service area (Tansa Valley, India) by providing food, shelter, medical supplies and emergency services. Over time, we continue to support recovery efforts by helping survivors and those affected to rebuild their lives.
When disaster strikes beyond our service area, The PRASAD Project responds by partnering with international disaster relief organizations to provided aid to those people affected.
Famine Relief in Somalia
On July 20, 2011 The PRASAD Project joined with AmeriCares, a highly respected international relief organization, to respond the conditions of drought and famine in Somalia.
The conditions there combined to create an extremely dire and complex situation; however, as PRASAD supporters prove every day, there is no situation that we cannot improve when we unite and contribute to make a difference.
We appreciate your generous support; together, we raised approximately $10,000 to provide targeted medicines and medical supplies to the devastated population.
Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan
On March 11, 2011 an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of Japan, toppling buildings and igniting fires. The earthquake also generated a massive tsunami, which swept inland, carrying debris, cars and buildings.
As Japan is located outside of our usual service area, The PRASAD Project has collaborated with Save the Children, a highly respected international relief organization, to respond to this crisis.
Save the Children reported that as many as 100,000 children in the affected area may have been displaced because of the earthquake and tsunami. “Many of them will have lost their homes and been forced to take refuge in unfamiliar places like evacuation centers. It is important we provide support to parents and children who are struggling to cope in the aftermath of the disaster,” said Stephen McDonald, who is leading Save the Children’s relief efforts in Japan.
Working with Save the Children, The PRASAD Project contributed to establishing an operations base to help the most vulnerable children and their families in Sendai, one of the most affected areas. Initiatives included establishing a network of child-friendly spaces to provide children in shelters with a safe place to play while allowing parents time to register for emergency assistance.
Floods in Pakistan
During July 2010, the worst monsoon rains in a generation caused floods that resulted in as many as 2,500 causalities and affected nearly 3 million people in Pakistan. Tens of thousands of homes, livestock, and vast areas of farmland were swept away. Working with Direct Relief International, our partner organization, we contributed to seven relief initiatives, including mobilizing multiple hospital teams to care for pregnant women and children; supporting tent communities with food and water; delivering critically needed pediatric medicines; and organizing 22 health camps.
Earthquake in Haiti
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. The catastrophe left hundreds of thousands dead and many others injured and homeless. The PRASAD Project immediately supported the aid efforts through its relationship with Direct Relief International (DRI),.
Earthquake in Chile
When an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile on February 27, 2010, The PRASAD Project teamed up with Operation USA of Los Angeles, California, to send health care supplies and other materials to disaster relief volunteers in Chile.