India: Helping 1,300 families
Meeting basic needs and providing shelter has been one of the biggest struggles facing ActionAid. The onset of the monsoon made efforts to move from relief to rehabilitation even tougher, and yet we have managed to reach just under 200,000 people so far. Because of ActionAid some 1,300 families were able to repair their damaged houses and live safely through the rains.
A crucial focus for ActionAid in India has been working with the huge number of marginalised people, either due to extreme poverty, disability, or reasons of gender and class. As well as working to ensure that vulnerable people receive support, we are building a voice for those overlooked by civil authorities - a fight that will continue beyond the tsunami response.
ActionAid has championed the cause of marginalised people who face losing coastal land and livelihoods because of local authorities' attempts to stop them living and fishing there. ActionAid has been supporting the cause of local fisherman in their fight to safeguard the coastline from potential tourism developments at the cost of the fisher folk.
Pressure has resulted in support for roads, electricity, water supply, drainage, shops, schools and health facilities, while ActionAid's cash-for-work programme has helped nearly 6500 families build sustainable futures and enabled people to buy boats.
But challenges remain - the effects of trauma continue and extremely vulnerable people will need the support of ActionAid in the coming years.