On August 9, 2018, severe floods affected the South Indian state of Kerala. Responding to the crisis, Care India initiated long-term rehabilitation efforts in the worst-affected districts of Wayanad and Idukki along with its on-ground NGO partners Shreyas and ESAF. Its disaster management unit undertook rapid situation assessment and rapid gender assessment studies to identify the most marginalized communities which survived the floods. The campaign is directly reaching out to 2,000 school children and 26,000 villagers in Idukki and Wayanad.
Wasi Alam, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Disaster Management Unit, CARE India said, “Gender-specific interventions are being implemented, including the provision of personal safety and hygiene items.” In addition to this, Care India and its partners have also capacitated 30 community women leaders in WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) practices, as well as in repairing and cleaning of wells and ponds in the affected regions. This project is funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation and Shapoorji Pallonji Foundation.