Guwahati: Samanway Foundation in collaboration with Global Shapers Guwahati Hub, an initiative of World Economic Forum, carried out flood relief works in Assam’s one of the most affected districts, Barpeta, by donating hygiene-based relief kits, instead of the traditional ones
Over the weekend, more than 400 families were given a relief kits with not just eatables, but also items necessary for maintaining hygiene. Items like sanitary pads, masks, soaps, bleaching powder and mosquito nets, apart from sugar, salt and other eatables were provided with the relief kits.
This comes at a time when Assam has been ravaged by two ills — COVID-19 and floods — and in both situations, hygiene and cleanliness are quite important.
Gaurav Agarwalla, 26, founder of Samanway Foundation, who led the relief operations, said, “Our relief kit was unique as we focused on basic sanitation.”
On how the people in need of relief were identified, Agarwalla said that they have a local team which collected the information and identified the families.
The foundation plans on providing such relief kits to over 2,000 families in Morigaon and Barpeta districts of Assam in the coming weeks.
The relief work was carried out under project ‘Act & Care’ through which the foundation aims at building community resilience to calamities through humanitarian support and counselling support with focus on women and children.