Dissemination Workshop

Emergency Response to Cyclone Hudhud funded by BMGF

The Cyclone Hudhudwhich hit the coastal districts Andhra Pradesh caused extensive damages, impacting 9.27 million people spread over 7285 villages in 138 administrative blocks of 4 districts in Andhra Pradesh, namely Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulum and East Godavari in which Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts were the most affected.  The cyclone rendered thousands of families homeless, particularly the poorest. Shelter, Water and Sanitation (WASH) and Agriculture were the worst affected sectors due to the effect of cyclone Hudhud.CARE India Solutions for Sustainable Development (CISSD) provided relief items (tarpaulins, floor mats, blankets, and solar lamps) immediately to the survivors of 950 households with support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation(BMGF). Following by this three assessment studies were conducted on areas of Shelter, WASH and Livelihoods to understand the extent of damages and identify areas of intervention.  

CARE India Solutions for Sustainable Development (CISSD) with financial support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and field partnership with Bapuji Rural Enlightenment and Development Society (BREDS) has been implementing Emergency Response to Cyclone Hudhud (ERCH) project in 15villages (7 Ruralvillages &15 Urban slums) in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh.The total population in these 15 habitations comes to 5264 out of which our response covered around 1498households. 

The main objective of this project is to enhance disaster resilience of the marginalised communities especially women and girls affected by cyclone Hudhud in Andhra Pradesh, India with the main focus on: 

  • Access to safe shelter and knowledge on disaster resilient construction practices covering 690 households for shelter repairs 
  • Access to basic toilet and bathing spaces and awareness on safe hygiene practices especially for women and girls – 40 units (30 toilet and 10 bathing room) of community toilet /bathing space.
  • Demonstration of community based solid and liquid waste management in two Gram Panchayats
  • Access to cash to targeted cyclone affected 500 households

With the project phasing out officiallyby 4th November -2015, a dissemination work shop is planned on 3rdNovember with the following objectives:

  • share the learning  andexperienceswhile implementing the project including learning at community level 
  • draw the strategies out of learning for future interventions

About 85 participants from community,GovtDepartments, PRIs, partner NGO,technical experts who were engaged in the project andCARE India colleagues will be attending this workshop.

We have invited Commissioner GVMC or VUDA Vice Chairman, Visakhapatnam as a Chief Guest for this event. The workshop is a day-long event from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm on 3rd November, 15 in Vizag. 

The key message in this event will be towards building stronger and resilient communities, how CARE worked with the Govt and local institutions to build strong and resilient communities with focus on women and adolescent girls; how we integrated gender in emergency response; how built capacities of SMC to monitor and oversee community’s engagement in disaster response; how Government was engaged and PRI was involved, how cash transfer was used strategically in order to maximize outcomes. 

We also propose to release some knowledge products developed as part of learning in this engagement. This will have presentation on key learning, processes and our products like learning brief or knowledge products (we have three of them the details have been shared with you already). There will be two-three presentation for CARE, one for our partner NGO- basically to say how it has gone for them, one for one of the PRIs, the session on key learning will be free-wheeling with participation from all through a facilitation.  It is envisaged to showcase the interventions and activities through a photo exhibition with models and miniatures of various interventions, testimonies from communities and case studies and success stories of the engagement to take the visitors to the breadth and depth of intervention. The exhibition will largely be a collection of community photos rich in testimonials, short success stories/ case studies, models and miniatures of our work on shelter repair (containing DRR feature), community toilet, solid and liquid waste management unit, flow charts, models of SMCs and still shots of key processes engaged in by us, depicting the breadth and depth of our engagement. 

Invitees would include key Government functionaries, NGO partner, IAG members (local and Delhi), SPHERE colleagues, donor community, corporates, press, CARE colleagues.There will be two video shows on our response to Hudhud and other overall on DRR from CARE India.We will have some certificate of appreciation for PRIs, partners NGOs and other some key stake holders.It is also expected that the community represented mostly by women beneficiaries and adolescent girls, PRI members, Social Monitoring Committee (SMC) members will share their experiences on how the inventions and training have impacted their families and societies at large.The envisaged outcome include shared understanding on learning on emergency response and multiplying impact through community engagement.