Over

1,50,000

workshops conducted

More than

5.6 million

people benefitted

Relief material distributed to

1,50,000 victims

after 2015 Nepal earhtquake

Food aid provided to

2,00,000 people

during 2015 Chennai floods

Trauma relief sessions conducted for over

3000 people

after the 2013 Uttarakhand flash floods

Held trauma relief and counselling sessions for

25,000 people

in 20 Sri Lankan cities after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

Overview

Through our global network of volunteers, The Art of Living and our partner organization, The International Association for Human Values (IAHV), has been able to respond swiftly to natural and human-made disasters in different parts of the world. As a result, today the two organizations have established themselves as vital providers of, both, short term and long term disaster rehabilitation programs in India and in many countries around the world.

When disaster strikes, our work starts by providing immediate material aid and care.  These emergency services provide food, clothes, medicine, and shelter. Doctors, counselors and other physical and mental health experts form an integrated part of these immediate relief efforts.

For survivors of disasters, who have experienced severe physical and emotional trauma, material help alone is not sufficient. Alleviating trauma and helping people to reclaim their lives is essential. Our trauma relief programs teach participants how to process their emotions and stress through various breathing techniques and to shift their attention from the past towards possibilities for a future.

True relief can happen only when disaster survivors are completely rehabilitated – physically and emotionally. To support communities in developing sustainable solutions, our global volunteers work in villages and with local communities, building homes, sanitation systems, roads, schools, vocational training centers and other necessary infrastructure.

In India alone, we have mobilized relief teams in all major disasters since 2001 (including Gujarat earthquake 2001, the Tsunami 2004, Uttarakhand 2013) and through our efforts brought relief to over 1,50,000 lives.
You can help us support our disaster relief initiatives by partnering with us.

Challenges

A disaster relief operation is physically, mentally and emotionally challenging for, both, the relief-provider and the victim. There are only a few other situations where suffering is so starkly evident. Things are further complicated because in disaster-hit areas:

  • There is a high risk of epidemic and contamination
  • Accessibility is usually broken because the roads are damaged, and it becomes difficult to send relief teams and relief aid
  • Getting storage space to store the relief materials is difficult because of the unavailability of clean and safe places
  • Bad terrain and rough weather conditions hamper relief operations
  • It is hard to communicate with base teams because connectivity and communication is often broken

Each disaster, whether natural or humanmade and its specific geographical location, poses its unique set of challenges.

Strategy

We follow a three-pronged approach to executing disaster relief projects. These include:

  • Providing immediate material aid and emergency services in the aftermath of disasters in the form of food, drinking water, clothes, medicine, and shelter
  • Short-term disaster relief by providing emotional and material support and conducting trauma relief workshops to help victims address and overcome shock and trauma
  • Long-term rehabilitation by working with the communities to rebuild homes, roads, schools and other basic infrastructure

Impact

From extensive relief and rehabilitation work in tsunami-affected areas to earthquake relief operations in Gujarat, our volunteers have worked with compassion, commitment and care to address physical, emotional and material needs of disaster victims. Some of the work that we have done in the recent past includes:

Nepal Earthquake, 2015

  • Distributed relief material (food, medicine, tents, blankets) to 1,50,000 victims
  • Conducted more than 225 trauma relief workshops, benefitting 30,000 victims
  • More than 8,000 volunteers worked in ground zero in 12 out of 13 major impacted districts of Nepal

Uttarakhand Floods, 2013

  • 110 truckloads of relief material distributed among the affected
  • 90 trauma relief programs conducted for more than 10,000 people
  • Undertook repair and reconstruction of homes, provided solar lights, geysers, and tin roofs

South India Flood Relief, 2009

  • Conducted trauma relief programs that impacted 65% of residents in 31 villages
  • Distributed 8 tons of food grains; 3,600 packets of biscuits, 50 kg of milk powder and 220 water filters as material relief
  • Organized 10 medical camps and built 143 homes

Kashmir Earthquake, 2005

  • Conducted trauma relief programs for 25,000 adults and 800 children
  • Established an orphanage to serve 300 children

Asian Tsunami, India and Sri Lanka, 2004

  • Built a new primary and higher secondary school in Nagapattinam
  • Provided Rs. 5 Crore in food, medical aid, clothing to 10 villages

Gujarat Earthquake, 2001

  • Provided food aid to around 30,000 people
  • Distributed relief material worth Rs. 50 lakhs
  • Built a model township of 124 homes, causeway, water tanks, drainage system, community hall, school, and a place of worship
  • Built 14 temporary schools that were fully functional 3 months after the earthquake

Please reach out to us to know more about our disaster relief projects and how we can partner to bring relief to the affected communities.

Contact Us

India office

Phone: +91 80 67612300​
Fax :+91 80 2843 2833
Email: secretariat@artofliving.org 
Address: Office of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, The Art of Living International Center, 21st KM, Kanakapura Road, Udaypura, Bangalore South, Karnataka - 560082, India

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