SEEDS collaborates with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to rebuild lives in Assam

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Touching the lives of the flood-affected communities in Assam’s Cachar district through promoting disaster preparedness practices

Assam, December 15, 2022: SEEDS, a renowned humanitarian organisation engaged in disaster response and management announced its partnership with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), today. CDP, an organisation that seeks to help minimise the effects of disasters on marginalised and at-risk groups and ensure equitable recovery through philanthropic consulting, educational resources and localised disaster funding.

For over 28 years, SEEDS has been committed to strengthening disaster resilience by building the capacity of the most marginalised population across many states of India; and its collaboration with CDP will aim to further the shared objectives of both organisations, enabling a secured future for all.

Alex Gray, Director, CDP International Funds said, “I am pleased to officially announce CDP’s collaboration with SEEDS today. This partnership will aim to provide a platform for recovery and rebuilding the lives of flood-affected communities in the Cachar district of Assam. With our combined efforts, we also plan to strengthen capacities and reduce risk in the affected communities and ensure a more disaster-prepared future for vulnerable populations to ensure that no one is left behind.”

Due to their recurrent displacements, under investment in critical infrastructure and a lack of resources, the vulnerable communities are disproportionately affected by climate change and disasters. This collaboration seeks to serve as a catalyst in restoring the flood-damaged resources in Cachar district of Assam and preparing the community to withstand future disasters.

SEEDS will reach out to the community; assess the damage to schools and rebuild them; improve institutional capacity for disaster response and promote disaster and risk reduction (DRR) practices through training, planning and regular safety drills. In addition, SEEDS will also provide the communities with sustainable water filters that can be operated locally. It will reduce their dependence on outside assistance during emergencies as they learn to manage their essential resources independently.

Dr Manu Gupta, Co-founder, SEEDS said, “This partnership is a significant step in shifting the narrative from relief to recovery and resilience building. The programme aims to build resilience to help communities in Cachar adapt and thrive in the changing risk landscape caused by climate change.”