Project information

In Memoriam - James and Alex Gaskell

This page has been created in memory of James and Alex Gaskell, who tragically passed away in India in October. On their recent travels, James and Alex were deeply moved by news of floods in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. Donations to the relief effort in their memory can be made here.

October 2014 - October 2015

Charity information: Pragya UK

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  • Need


    Over 600,000 people in Jammu and Kashmir have been cut off from shelter, food and medical supplies by the area’s worst floods for 60 years. With roads, bridges and communications networks destroyed, close to a million people are at risk of disease and injury. Rural communities in the most remote parts of the state – already desperately poor and malnourished – are on the verge of catastrophe.


    By donating in memory of James and Alex, you can help Pragya to bring vital emergency supplies to some of the worst-affected communities in Jammu and Kashmir's most remote districts. Pragya is a UK-registered charity working closely with remote, impoverished communities across the Himalayas.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve access to water and sanitation for families stranded or resettled by floods


    » Distribute hygiene kits to 200 families in each affected district
    » Distribute water containers and water purification tablets to 500 families

    Families in flood-affected districts will have access to clean water and sanitation until more permanent support is available

    Aim 2

    Reduce the risk of malnutrition and starvation for affected communities


    » Distribute cooking utensils and emergency cooking stoves to 200 families in each affected district
    » Distribute emergency food supplies, including baby food, to 500 families in the most inaccessible villages

    Families will be at reduced risk of malnutrition or starvation

    Aim 3

    Reduce the risk of exposure for affected communities, particularly children


    » Distribute woollen clothing, blankets and tarpaulins to 500 families in the most inaccessible villages

    Families will be at reduced risk of exposure and related health issues

  • Impact


    Pragya will use funds donated in James and Alex's memory to support the long-term rehabilitation and development of the region through a focus on water and sanitation, health and nutrition, and livelihood diversity.


    Pragya staff have substantial experience of working in exceptionally challenging physical environments, including in disaster scenarios. Supplies will be delivered on foot where road access is unavailable.


    We will continue to provide regular updates by email to everyone who wishes to leave their email address on the 'donate' page.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 In memoriam fund Emergency relief supplies to support flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir
  • Background


    Jammu and Kashmir is one of the world's most beautiful and remote places - but many of its people face grinding poverty, endemic malnutrition and little or no support from the state or mainstream NGOs. The remote nature of many of these communities has contributed to their exclusion, with some of the world’s harshest physical conditions (up to -40C in winter) preventing further development.


    Families in the most isolated flood-hit villages in Jammu and Kashmir’s high-altitude Himalayan districts.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Pragya has two decades’ experience of working with isolated communities in the Himalayas, including in Jammu and Kashmir. By donating to Pragya in James and Alex's memory, you can make a real difference to a cause they cared about deeply.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Pragya is a UK registered charity working with remote, impoverished communities in India, Nepal and Kenya.

James and Alex

James and Alex


will give a family of 4 food supplies for a month