The Mundar Redevelopment Project initiated by Habitat for Humanity India in partnership with HSBC India and Swayam Shikshan Prayog has helped normalize the lives of families affected by the floods and put them on the path to rehabilitation.
Mundar is an island in Kottayam district, Kerala. Spread over 10.12 square kilometers, it is surrounded and crisscrossed by backwaters. Almost all of the houses are built along waterways, with families using boats as their primary form of transportation. The center of the island is mainly covered with rice fields.
As part of its Pathways to Permanence strategy, Habitat India sought to foster the holistic growth of the village by rebuilding damaged houses and rebuilding community infrastructure by building new houses and undertaking the construction and repair of housing units. sanitation.
The handover of the various infrastructure projects completed under the Mundar Redevelopment Project took place in the august presence of Dr Rajan Samuel, Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity India and dignitaries from HSBC India and Swayam Shikshan Prayog. CK Asha, MP for Vaikom constituency was the guest of honor on this occasion.
“Through community-centered infrastructure initiatives like the Mundar Redevelopment Project, we have successfully rehabilitated a majority of flood-affected families in the village. We are pleased to partner with HSBC India and Swayam Shikshan Prayog to improve the quality of life of marginal populations and provide them with better access to basic social amenities, ”said Dr Rajan Samuel, Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity India .
Families affected by flooding who have already been assigned homes were safe during the monsoon season this year. Rehabilitation measures under the redevelopment project include providing families with access to solar energy through a home lighting system, distribution of water purifiers, installation of overhead water tanks and training in disaster response, health and hygiene.
Emphasis was also placed on rebuilding community infrastructure through the construction of an Anganwadi center, repair of the main road and the sanitation unit, construction of concrete walkways and installation of solar street lights. and RO water plants. He was also tasked with rebuilding lives and providing livelihoods through support and training, including masonry training for women, distributing chicks, quails, goats and cows to families, repair and construction of cowsheds and training in sewing and summer crops. The training of women leaders was also undertaken with the formation of self-help groups (SHG).
Individual family latrines (DIH) were provided to 64 families while 42 families were served by overhead water tanks. Solar lanterns were provided to 226 families while 362 people were trained in community disaster risk management and behavior change communication. Hygiene kits and family essentials were provided to 240 families.
Repairs to community sanitation units have been undertaken as well as the construction of new anganwadis. The main village road was repaired with the installation of 75 solar street lights, 2 RO water plants and the construction of 10 foot bridges (FOB). Masonry training was provided to 27 women while livelihood assistance was extended to 200 families. 10 barns were built while 20 barns were repaired. Summer farming was provided to 143 people while 37 women were trained in sewing. Leadership and entrepreneurship training was provided to 101 women and 12 self-help groups were formed.
Almost all of the 302 families work as day laborers on their own local farms, or as construction workers, drivers and farm laborers. The majority of families are from tribal communities, according to government income Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). The village was one of the areas most affected by the 2018 floods in Kerala. More than 100 families have been severely affected, and many have lost their livelihoods.
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