It’s been over a month since the flood waters in Bihar State rose to unprecedented levels causing damage, destruction and the death of over 200 people. Children on the Edge have been able to support our local partner, Navjeevan Education and Social Welfare Society in aiding some of the families hardest hit by the floods and from the start of September launched an appeal for donations.
Since this time, flood water has receded and people in Bihar are beginning to return to their villages. Most are repairing damage or rebuilding houses that have been completely washed away. A spokesman for the Bihar governments said "The real assessment of damages and losses will only take place after floodwaters recede fully by the second week of October.”
Sister Veena Jacob who leads Navjeevan Education and Social Welfare Society says “The problem people are facing is building their huts again and getting clean drinking water. The ground water here has become mixed with flood water. There is no clean water”.
With the support of your donations Navjeevan have provided food for 1000 families, including rice, dhal, beaten rice sugar, milk powder for children and biscuits.
We are keeping the appeal open and ask for continuing donations to help people in the aftermath of the flood. Sister Veena says “We are grateful to you for the help given to the flood victims. What people really need now is clean water, hand pumps and help to rebuild or repair their houses”.
You can donate to the appeal by visiting our Bihar Flood Justgiving page and find out more about our work with Dalit children in Bihar state by visiting our project page.