A Factual Response to the Hate Attack on the India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF)
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Appendix P

Orissa Super Cyclone Relief and Rehabilitation

A. Background

On October 29, 1999, the Indian state of Orissa was hit by the century’s worst cyclone.  Many NGOs plunged into relief efforts to help the victims.  IDRF too, which is committed to providing relief and rehabilitation for such natural calamities, started working with various donors and other organizations to generate monetary help for cyclone victims. 

IDRF volunteers met Cisco employee volunteers and Oriya Sevaks (an Indo-American organization with representation from the Indian state of Orissa) to develop a plan to help the victims.

B. Fundraising Efforts

IDRF sent out the fundraising appeal to all its US chapters. Cisco volunteers campaigned hard in each of their respective Cisco buildings. Similarly Oriya Sevak volunteers campaigned to raise funds from their friends, co-workers, neighbors and other prospective donors.

The following are the lead members of the IDRF, Cisco volunteers, and Oriya Sevaks.

IDRF

Nagaraj Patil, Shyam Gokalgandhi, Prabhat Hegde

Cisco Volunteers

Shyam Palleti, Manoj Panda, Manoj Sahu

Oriya Sevaks

Prasanta Behera

For nearly four months, these three groups (with more than twelve volunteers) met weekly to update each other on their fundraising efforts and accomplishments. Each group utilized its resources to get latest reports from Orissa about various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that were providing relief to the victims.  IDRF had sent $30,000 to an Orissa-based NGO, Utkal Bipanna Sahayata Samiti (UBSS) to help accelerate relief efforts.  Many other US-based organizations have supported UBSS and other NGOs that were at the forefront of the relief efforts.

Each group updated others regarding donations collected during the week. Cisco volunteers and Oriya Sevaks handed over the checks, copies of the checks, an Excel worksheet with the donor details and other relevant papers to IDRF.  IDRF volunteers forwarded the paperwork to the corporate matching agencies to obtain matching grants. Cisco volunteers and volunteers from other corporations had maintained close contact with their Human Resources representatives about their fundraising efforts.

C. Fund Distribution

After initial relief work was well underway, the three charity groups started talking to NGOs about their rehabilitation plans. The combined efforts of the above three charity organizations/groups have resulted in total donations of about $550,000.  Approximate breakdown of donations collected by each group is as follows:

  • Cisco volunteers - $117,000 (Donor: $59,715 Matching: $57,396)

  • Oriya Sevak group - $80,750

  • IDRF - $352,250

Various NGOs were contacted to send proposals for rehabilitation projects.  Many NGOs responded quickly with details on their rehabilitation efforts.  Emphasis was given to NGOs that had a track record of serving without any discrimination for religion, caste or any other divisions.  As a guideline, rehabilitation efforts were expected to facilitate sustainable economic development for the victims.

Many volunteers from the above-mentioned charity groups with local contacts in Orissa were consulted to validate the background and proposals provided by NGOs. Team members were assigned to lead negotiations with NGOs about their proposals. All proposals were evaluated together as a team with representation from all charity organizations involved. Initially, many projects had received funding from all three groups. The group leaders decided the actual allocation (as a percentage of total project cost) from each group. Each project was funded in phases. Details of funding are available at the bottom of this report. Once the funding and project phases were decided, the decision was communicated to IDRF President Dr. Vinod Prakash with a request to send out the check for the first phase.

During the first four to six months, many of the Bay Area volunteers visited the funded project sites to monitor the progress.  IDRF president Vinod Prakash was kept in the loop and his expertise and guidance were sought as needed. After six months past the cyclone, members from each team had taken the responsibility to oversee the funding of projects, acceptance of new proposals and monitoring of funded projects. When needed, help from other members was sought.

IDRF distributed funds to NGOs only after all three groups approved funds.  The total amount of disbursement was about $480,000.  In total, 21 NGOs received funds from IDRF for relief and rehabilitation efforts.  Many of these NGOs have completed their projects.  Table 2 provides status on a subset of projects.

D. Conclusions

The Orissa super-cyclone devastated many of Orissa’s residents and rendered them homeless and helpless.  Many charitable organizations came forward to lend them a helping hand.  IDRF collaborated with two other Indo-American groups, Cisco volunteers and Oriya Sevaks, to help the cyclone victims.  In a combined effort, approximately $550,000 was raised.  After providing relief support, these three groups have actively worked together to decide which NGOs would receive funds for rehabilitation purposes.  Since Oriya Sevaks and Cisco volunteers had direct contacts with the state of Orissa, they have taken the lead to provide input for decision-making.  Over $480,000 was distributed to 21 NGOs to provide rehabilitation to the victims.  IDRF is actively working with Oriya Sevaks and Cisco volunteers to identify and distribute the remaining funds to NGOs that are working towards cyclone rehabilitation.

E. Fund Distribution and Rehabilitation Projects

Table 1: Details of Fund Distribution

NGO

Funds Allocated

Comments

Sookruti, Bhubaneswar

$107,685

·         300 tube wells for drinking water

·         Self-employment through Sriphal biplab (50,000 coconut saplings)

·         Gobardhan project (milk-yielding cows for 111 families)

·         Gram Seva medical van

·         Reconstruction of houses for six workers and also deep-water rice cultivation.

Shri Shri Abhiram Shanti Anandashram Seva Sangh, project, & health clinic at Karamala; Shantidham, Puri district

$42,520

·         Deep-water rice cultivation

·         Coconut saplings

·         Horticulture.

Talents of highly reputed agriculture scientists have benefited extremely poor farmers.

Uchabali High School, Uchabali, Jajpur district

$40,000

The two-story new school building, which is providing education to 500 students, will also serve as a shelter during an emergency.

Utkal Bipanna Sahayata Samiti, Bhubaneswar

$ 37,560

Relief activities including distribution of food, clothing, blankets, cattle fodder, utensils, and education kits; veterinary clinics; and burial of cyclone victims.

Bhaorao Deoras Rashtriya Seva Nyas, New Delhi

$35,130

·         Primary school buildings in Salajanga (Jagatsingpur district), in Kakatpur

·         Acharya Prashikshan Kendra in Keonjhar.

Aurobindo Education Society, New Delhi

$32,600

Reconstruction of four primary schools in Ambasala, Bishnubindha, Panikoli, and Kadabarang, which are in remote areas of Jajpur and Bhadrak districts.

Orissa Cyclone Rehabilitation Foundation Trust, Cuttack

$23,255

Constructing a 2-story building to provide shelter for people and animals in Ranjola village.

Kasturba Gandhi National

$21,450

·         Village center (maternity, child care, primary school) at Memorial Trust, Ajgarbadi in Ersama district

·         Renovation of village centers in Bari and Sathyabhamapur, which are in Cuttack and Jajpur districts respectively.

Ananya, Rourkela

$20,900

Healthcare/community center at Gunupur in Cuttack district to serve the surrounding 20 villages.

Vanavasi Seva Prakalpa, Bhavanipatna, Kalahandi district

$20,025

Residential educational complex for tribal children at Thuamul, serving 170 students from numerous villages.

Sri Aurobindo Progress Trust

$16,460

Reconstruction of the nursery school providing integral education to about 150 students at Khandagiri campus.

Loka Shakti Unnayana Sanstha

$12,240

Livelihood support for 115 families through Gobardhan project, Bari Malia Ghai, Jajpur district (providing milk-yielding cows) in Bari area

Sri Aurobindo Srikshetra Trust, Kotsahi, Dist: Cuttack

$11,880

Reconstruction of the high school building in village Dalijoda, providing integral education, farming and helping set-up village industries.

Sahayoga Seva, Bhubaneswar

$11,080

Maa Ambika Residential School at Kantar in Jagatsingpur district, serving 460 students from many nearby villages.

Open Learning Systems

$ 9,410

Installation of 24 tube wells in 5 Gram Panchayats serving 12 Bhubaneswar villages in Jagatsingpur district.

Unayan, Bhubaneswar

$9,000

Providing asphalt rooftops to 142 socio-economically disadvantaged families at Kaduapada village in Jagatsingpur district.

Deenabandhu Grama Unnayana Charitable Trust, Nayagarh

$7,000

Reconstruction of a medical clinic in Baunsgadia to serve 40,000 people in 15 surrounding villages.

Swami Bichitrananda Kalyan Ashram, Dagarpada, Cuttack district

$6,000

Reconstruction of an orphanage home providing shelter, loving care and education to 25 destitute children at Dagarpada.

Sri Ramakrishna Vivekananda Bhava Prachar Samiti, Cuttack

$5,000

Providing a cyclone shelter for homeless widows, destitute and helpless students in remote villages.

Loksevak Yuva Mandal, Cuttack

$5,000

Lift irrigation project in Bijipur to provide water for five adjacent villages in Jagatsingpur district.

VAK Trust, Pondicherry

$4,200

Reconstruction of Sri Aurobindo Integral School, which is situated in interior area at Ichhapur in Jagatsingpur district.

No.

Project

Total Cost

Oriya Sevaks

Cisco Sevak

IDRF

Funds Sent

Status

Lead Group

Project Coordinator

1.

Uchabali High School

$35,000

$7,000

$15,000

$13,000

$35,000

Completed

Oriya Sevak

Sudam Sahoo

1.1

Uchabali - phase 2

$5000

$1,500

$1500

$2000

$5000

Completed

Oriya Sevak

Sudam Sahoo

2.

RK Mission

$5000

$2500

0

$2500

$5000

Completed

Oriya Sevak

Subrat Mohapatra

3

Kaduapara-I

$3000

$3000

0

0

$3000

Completed

Oriya Sevak

Sukant Mishra

3.1

Kaduapara

$6000

$3000

0

$3000

$6000

Completed

Oriya Sevak

Sukant Mishra

4

SEEDS

$2000

$2000

0

0

$2000

Completed

Oriya Sevak

Purna Mohanty

5

Dagarpara

$6000

$3000

0

$3000

$6000

Completed

Oriya Sevak

Subrat Mohapatra

6.

Gunupur

$21,000

$7000

$7000

$7000

$20,000

Completed

Oriya Sevak

Mita Moharana

7

KGNM

$18,500

$18,500

0

0

$18,500

Completed

Oriya Sevak

 

8.

Bijipur LI

$5000

$2500

0

$2500

$5000

Completed

Oriya Sevak

Niranjan Tripathy

9.

Aurobinda Nursery

$8000

$2000

$3000

$3000

$8000

Completed

Oriya Sevak

Kamal Acharya

9.1

Phase 2

$5000

$2000

$2000

$1000

$5000

Completed

Oriya Sevak

Kamal Acharya

9.2

Phase 3

$3,400

$1000

$1000

$1400

$3400

Completed

Oriya Sevak

Kamal Acharya

10

Kalahandi

$35,000

$10,000

$10,000

$15,000

1) $7000 2)$13,000-2/28/02

ON GOING

Oriya Sevak

Prasanta Behera

11

Pareshji-Sookruti

$9,000

0

$9000

0

$9000

Completed

Cisco Sevak

Manoj Panda

12

UBSS

$15,000

0

$15,000

0

$15,000

Completed

Cisco Sevak

Manoj Panda

13

Tube Well - OLS

$10,000

0

$5000

$5,000

$10,000

Completed

Cisco Sevak

Manoj Panda

14

Seeds/saplings

$20,000

0

$10000

$10,000

$20,000

Completed

Cisco Sevak

Manoj Panda

15

Temp. Health Center.

$3000

0

$3000

0

$3000

Completed

Cisco Sevak

Manoj Panda

16.

Ambulance- Karamala

$9000

0

$5000

$4000

$9000

Completed

Cisco Sevak

Manoj Panda

17

Baunsagadia

$7000

$2500

$2000

$2500

1) $3800

2) $3200 -11/01

Fully Funded

Oriya Sevak

Niranjan Tripathy

18

Kantar School

$10,600
+400 (cont.)

$3000

$3000

$5000

1)$5300-01/02

2) 5600  (Rs. 2.75 Lakhs) 8/02 -

Completed

Oriya Sevak

Sukant Mishra

 

Summary

230,900

70,500

91,500

79,900

 

 

 

 

 

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