Sewa International’s humble journey in the field of social service began by providing relief during natural calamities and disaster struck regions. Sewa is blessed to pass on services as rescue, relief and rehabilitation to over 2 Million people in last 20 years.
Sewa has been able to support and provide rescue, relief and rehabilitation during Flood/Cloud Brust, Earthquake, Tsunami/Cyclone, Disease Outbreak and Drought.
From the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, Uttarakhand floods in 2013, Chennai foods in 2015, Kerala floods in 2018, Cyclone fani in Odisha to the floods in 2019 across many states till prevailing Coronavirus disease outbreak situation, Sewa volunteers have always been the first ones on the ground, rescuing and providing relief.
Prevailing COVID-19 situation has brought sense of uncertainty among the developed and developing nations. Our efforts to fight the coronovirus spread amid lock-down includes Creating awareness, Providing food & essentials thru our Stay@Home Kit, Keeping everyone safe with home-made masks and Obtaining PPE kits & N95 respirators for our healthcare workers. We have already served more than 4.20 lac beneficiaries during initial 60 days of lock-down.
Our efforts during the Kerala and Karnataka flood in 2018 were well acknowledged and appreciated by states authorities. Kerala suffered its worst monsoon that caused flash floods & landslides, with more than one million people displaced and thousand went missing. In Karnataka, heavy rains wreaked havoc in 6 districts, especially in Kodagu, leaving thousands marooned, death of scores of people and damaging hundreds of homes/buildings/schools.
With over combined volunteer base of more than one lakh, we were able to rescue and provide relief across 14 districts in Kerala. Warehouses were setup to distribute food grains, clothes and other household essentials. Patients were treated at relief camps with the help physicians. Houses, religious buildings, schools etc. were cleaned up and sanitised. As a part of rehabilitation program, post traumatic counselling centres in 24 districts were setup and schools/home buildings were constructed/repaired.
Our ability to closely work with the local organizations ensures that maximum lives are saved and the effect of the disaster is minimized. Some of our remarkable interventions were during the Bhuj earthquake which later was transformed into our Kutch skill development project which has become a success story. By reviving and promoting the Kutchi handicrafts, we have successfully been able to oust our presence by gradually leading the formation of Sewa Kala Shrishti Pvt. Ltd, a self-sustainable, company of these artisans. More than 800 rural women are getting benefitted through this initiative.
Another of our stellar rehab initiative is Sewa Kaushal Vikas Kendra (SKVK) in Uttarakhand with the support from Government of Goa which was started aftermath of 2013 floods that struck the region badly. Now, a thriving ecosystem of about 400+ farm & non-farm based self-help groups (SHGs) with combined beneficiary base of 4500 + exists throughout Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts. The women have a new found strength as their financial status has risen due to microfinancing and intra-loaning within the SHGs. Various verticals like SewaSrujan, SewaMahila Jyoti, SewaSaahas, Sewa Krishi, SewaYuva Jyoti, SwasthyaSahyogiSewa, have provided them livelihood opportunities in both farm and non-farm sector. For the youth of the region, Sewa Saahas, an adventure tourism and disaster management initiative has been functioning to provide them with disaster preparedness training and also encourage developing tourism as a livelihood in the region.
Sewa International invites volunteers to come forward and support various initiatives by volunteering with us.
Strategy that we follow for immediate relief work
Strategy that we follow for Rehabilitation work
Sewa International services during disaster times