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Bihar Floods Emergency Appeal

Provide emergency relief and support to the remote and isolated communities affected by the heavy monsoon flooding and landslides with provisions such as food, water, NFIs and healthcare.

August 2017 - February 2018

Charity information: Pragya UK

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  • Need


    Following unprecedented rainfall in north India in Aug 2017, people in Bihar state are struggling to meet basic needs of food, shelter, water and healthcare. Lack of early warning and preparedness systems, and heavy death tolls have affected over 12.68m people, with 7m rendered homeless. Food supplies, medical camps and kitchens are set up but are inadequate to meet needs. Displaced people in self-settled camps are in need of food, water, NFIs; health is top priority to limit disease outbreak.


    Pragya plays a crucial role in bringing emergency relief to isolated, impoverished families in north India. Building on existing close links with the communities in 2 districts of Bihar, we will work to provide food (& baby food), water filters, hygiene kits, NFIs and free medical camps. Our field teams aim to provide immediate rescue and relief efforts by mobilising local volunteers and working with local governments.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide and distribute food supplies


    » » Baby food » $7 / £5.50: baby food for 1 child » $70 / £55: baby food for 10 children
    » » Grains, cooking oil, ready-to-eat food » $190 / £146: food supplies for 1 family for a month » $380 / £292: food supplies for 2 families for month

    What success will look like

    The success will be measured against number of people reached and number of food packets distributed.

    Aim 2

    Provide safe water and hygiene kits.


    » » Safe water will primarily include distribution of water filters » $30 / £23: safe water to 1 family » $300 / £230: safe water to 10 families
    » » Water filters & hygiene kits » $375 / £287.50: safe water & hygiene kits for 10 families » $750 / £575: safe water & hygiene kits for 20 families

    What success will look like

    The success will be measured against number of people reached and number of water filters and hygiene kits distributed.

    Aim 3

    Provide NFIs and household NFIs


    » • $10 / £7.50: clothes for 1 child • $45 / £34.50: cooking utensils and stove to 1 family • $450 / £345: cooking utensils and stove to 10 families
    » • Blankets • $40 / £30.50: blankets for 1 family • $400 / £306.50: blankets for 10 families

    What success will look like

    The success will be measured against number of people reached and quantities of NFIs distributed.

    Aim 4

    Provide medical supplies and support through free medical camps


    » • $250 / £189: medicines for 1 free medical camp serving 300 people • $2500 / £1890: medicines for 10 free medical camps, each serving 300 people

    What success will look like

    The success will be measured against number of people reached and number of free medicals established, referrals, patients that have received care and medical supplies.

  • Impact


    Pragya has currently reached 1673 people in Kishangunj district. The field team is focused on reaching other settlements that remain cut off. Pragya aims to help people rebuild their lives in the longer term, and build awareness of early warning systems and preparedness to be ready for any future disasters that may happen. Through awareness and preparedness, we hope that there will be relatively less negative impact in the future on lives and livelihoods of the isolated communities.


    Very isolated and remote communities may be difficult to reach due to extensive flooding and continual rains that invariably lead to widespread destruction of transport infrastructure.
    Furthermore landslides and further flooding may hamper the efforts of providing emergency relief.
    There is a possible risk of outbreak of epidemics following devastating floods. Medical support, hygiene kits, safe food and water, and awareness are therefore absolutely vital to limit its spread.


    Pragya will provide a full update on our progress one month after funds have been raised, followed by regular (at least quarterly) updates by email and post. Reports will include details on how funds have been spent as well as our successes and challenges in delivering this work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £75,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Food supplies Distributing food packets including grains, cooking oil, ready-to-eat food and baby food
      £22,500 Safe water and hygiene kits Distributing water filters and hygiene kits
      £7,500 NFIs Distributing clothes, blankets, stoves, utensils, etc.
      £15,000 Medical camps Setting up and running of free medical camps along with medical supplies provisions

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
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  • Background


    Pragya is working to reach initially two remote and isolated settlements in Arrabari Adivasi Tola and Lamba Basti in Kishangunj district of Bihar. People from these communities mostly belong to the groups that have been historically under-served and disadvantaged.
    Though water level has receded to some extent, several villages remain cut-off due damages to roads and bridges. The field team is focusing on reaching these stranded settlements.


    With over 12.68m people affected, Pragya is aiming to reach out to the most impoverished and under-served communities. These groups of people are typically remote and isolated, and have been historically disadvantaged people in India. The project will benefit vulnerable people, especially women, children and elderly, that are immediately affected by and displaced by the floods and resulting landslides in Bihar.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Pragya has over two decades’ experience of working with remote communities in the Himalayan regions, responding to natural disasters. It is internationally renowned for disaster management and relief expertise in incredibly demanding environments. Moreover, Pragya is presently delivering gender, education and health programs in these particular regions, and therefore has established excellent rapport with communities, grassroots stakeholders and national agencies.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Gargi Banerji

    Pragya's founder, director, and Executive Member of the Board, with 25 years of experience in research, development & consulting.

    Aparna Maladkar

    Pragya UK Development Manager, responsible for financial management, monitoring & evaluation of the project, coordinating with donors and field staff

    Alex Kirkwood

    Pragya UK Deputy Development Manager, supporting financial management, monitoring and evaluation and coordination of the project.

“I am currently staying in this school as my home has washed away. Now we are compelled to live here. Where else can we go? Hardship is part of our lives. I have nothing now. No home, no land. No food or water is available for the children. Our children are down with fever, severe diarrhoea..."

Female (32 yrs), Chenadangi village, Kishangunj district, Bihar, India