Imagine this- You wake up one day in your cozy home and look forward to spending your day like every other day- sleep-eat-work-repeat. However, by the time the day ends, you become homeless, deprived of food and water, traumatized by the loss and injury of family and friends, and practically have nowhere to go; going through this all with one thought- What is my fault? You hope for this to end, then cry for mercy, and lastly, start to lose faith in everything! The day which begun so normally becomes so tragic and dreadful, and the worst part is- many coming days, and months are going to look similar!
Can you imagine this? No! Because you and I are fortunate!
However, this is the depressing gruesome reality of around 5 lakh people of North East who are distraught by the floods! Can we help them rebuild their home, family, and life? I am sure, yes!
Flood water has washed away and damaged the homes of lakhs of people in these 4 states who are now living in relief camps and makeshift shelters. They have almost no access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation facilities. Due to waterlogged surroundings and unavailability of toilets, people are resorting to open defecation, leading to an epidemic of water-borne diseases. This will create a second disaster for people who are already suffering.
According to media reports, 3.87 lakh people have been affected in Hojai, Karbi Anglong East, Karbi Anglong West, Golaghat, Karimganj, Hailakandi, and Cachar districts of Assam and over 1.5 lakh people were left stranded in two flood-hit districts of Manipur.
Motivated by the impact we could make during Assam floods 2017, Oxfam has now begun #FightAgainstFlood for restoring North Eastern India, yet again.
How will we Utilize the funds?
About Oxfam India:
Oxfam India works to address root causes of poverty and inequality. We see poverty as a problem where people are deprived of opportunities, choices, resources, knowledge, and protection. Poverty is something more than mere lack of income, health, and education. It is also people's frustration on being excluded from decision-making. While the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the guiding framework under which Oxfam India functions, we also derive our mandate from the Constitutional Rights promised to every citizen of the country.
Persistent poverty and inequality is not just a violation of basic human rights of the people but it also undermines economic growth of a nation by wasting talents and human resources. It leads to a skewed society where power and decision-making remain in the hands of a few, leading to greater conflicts and undermining social cohesion.
Oxfam seeks to address this through a Rights-Based Approach where people are seen as the bearers of civil, political and social and economic rights. At the same time, institutions, both state and non-state, are seen as duty bearers to guarantee and provide those rights to the people. It is also important to underline that without augmenting people's ability to exercise them, the rights would be meaningless.