Climate change is now universally recognized as a significant global environmental challenge. We stand at a crossroad and critical moment, a time when humankind must choose its future. While environmental degradation hurts us all, and increasing of natural disasters strike poor people especially hard. Alarmingly, environmental disasters are on a rising trend. Odisha, the most disaster prone region in the world experienced the world’s major disasters in the last century. Natural disasters like flood, cyclone, Tornado, drought have become serious problems to Odisha. A deadly cocktail of floods, cyclones and droughts has made Orissa the disaster capital of India. As a result, the measure to tackle climate change has moved up to the top of the agenda of APOWA.
APOWA provides rapid and effective relief, rescue and rehabilitation support to the victims of any disasters in the coastal parts of Orissa. APOWA focus on saving lives and livelihoods, providing relief and thus assisting the most vulnerable groups in this poor region of the country.
The rescue and response teams have been formed and trained with first aid and search & rescue skills. The volunteers identified from each area have been lead to complete the assignment during the natural disasters.
Community Disaster Resilience Project:
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR):
Over the years, APOWA has been providing support to enable communities to address natural disaster and climate change impacts in Odisha, taking into account their ecological, economic and social priorities. APOWA has demonstrate community led initiatives in DRR; initiatives that are designed by communities and which enable them to increase their awareness of their vulnerabilities and to address these vulnerabilities through collective risk mapping, identification of priorities, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The programme is focus specifically on providing resources to community in addressing disaster risk reduction challenges.
Our initiative, demonstrates that increasing the resilience of poor communities’ livelihoods reduces their vulnerability to disaster risks while contributing to sustainable approach. Liaison with local authorities indicates their willingness to try to incorporate a livelihoods approach into local development and DRR planning. Other outcomes include strengthen community cohesion, an increased capacity to make informed decisions regarding their well-being and increased self-confidence amongst the poorest and most vulnerable families. Many micro projects – such as formation of village level committees, promotion of sustainable economic activity, grain banks, vegetable growing etc. conducted. Village women moved from the sidelines to become active participants in implementing disaster risk mitigation programme in their respective villages. The increased level of women’s participation was a real mark of success in our DRR initiative, in a culture and society where women are often not allowed to participate in household and community decision making. The going seems to be very encouraging.
Relief, Rescue and Rehabilitation Efforts:
APOWA has been at the forefront of providing emergency relief as a result of natural disasters since last 12 years. We proud ourselves to save, rescue around thousand of animals and people in natural disasters. Combining our highly experienced Rescue Team from the field, we are able to work in difficult areas where others may struggle. The team of APOWA has been known to help not just animals but also people who are suffering and struggling to survive as a result of natural disaster as happened almost every year in coastal parts of Orissa.
2. Community Disaster Resilience Project