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IREACH

Inclusive Rapid Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to Communities in West Bengal affected by Cyclone Amphan

The Inclusive Rapid Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to Communities (IREACH) programme, funded by ECHO, is providing immediate and inclusive multi-purpose assistance to the socially excluded and most vulnerable communities in the districts of West Bengal worst affected by Cyclone Amphan.

We are providing water sanitation and hygiene support, multipurpose cash and shelter repair in District North 24 Pargana and South 24 Pargana.

Key information

Location
District North 24 Pargana and South 24 Pargana, West Bengal

Timescale
May 2020 - November 2020

Programme value
€500,000

Target population
Socially excluded and most vulnerable communities in the worst affected districts of West Bengal

Implementing partner
CASA (Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action)

Consortium partner
Caritas Austria

Funded by

European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO)

Our Approach

Through this project we are reaching 24,295 vulnerable people with:

  • cash support,
  • water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities such as repairing, cleaning and disinfecting deep tube wells, water ponds and repair of toilets,
  • repair of shelters,
  • public health promotion activities.

 

By the end of project we will have reached

  • 811 families with cash support,
  • 500 extremely vulnerable individuals with support for repair of shelters, 
  • 1,676 families with hygiene kits containing jerry can for collecting water, sanitary cloths for women and adolescent girls, soaps and detergent and masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We will have

  • repaired 30 community water wells and 7 community and evacuation centre tube wells to ensure safe drinking water.
  • cleaned and disinfected 15 water ponds 
  • repaired 100 families toilets.

Progress

Communities affected by Cyclone Amphan were given hygiene kits to support them in maintaining good personal hygiene. The kits also included COVID-19 safety equipment such as masks and extra soap. People were also given training on use of all of the items in the kit.

Banners were set up in all villages for communities to receive information about how to provide complaints and suggestions about the support they have received in the project.

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