WHAT IS HELPAGE INDIA DOING
HelpAge India started its disaster intervention programs in the year 1980. The first of its kind among voluntary organisations, the HelpAge India unit was trained and equipped to bring swift and effective counter measures in the face of disasters. It carried out its first operation during the catastrophic floods in Uttar Pradesh and did significant work in the remote villages of the Sitapur and Jaunpur districts. The unit carried its own tents, tarpaulins and cooking equipment, making no demands on local resources,which is a major relief factor during such emergencies.
Along the way, HelpAge India has evolved innovative solutions as well. For example, setting up grain banks in small villages eliminates the need of victims to queue up for food-aid packages. These grain banks are entrusted to the elderly in each village to run. This also ensures a sense of solidarity in the community and a sense of respect among the people of the village for the elderly.
Today, Helpage India's’ disaster response model is equipped to rush in quickly to reach out not only to the elderly but also to the community at large at times of large scale disasters, providing relief with food, clothing and shelter to establishing long-lasting rehabilitation programs. Which is why, HelpAge India could immediately respond to disasters such as the earthquakes in Gujarat and J&K, floods in Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, cloudbursts in Leh and Uttarakhand, tsunamis in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. It raised donations, provided medical and survival relief and help establish long term rehabilitation projects.