New Delhi, 12 February 2019: PwC India Foundation has handed over close to 30 transitional shelters and toilets to identified families in Mananthavady Municipalty of Wayanad district who lost their homes during the floods that hit the state of Kerala in August last year. Assisting the Foundation on this project on-ground is Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS) India, an NGO which specialises in disaster response and the rehabilitation space. The shelters were handed over to the families in the presence of Shri Umesh Yadhav, Sub-Collector, Wayanad and Shri Suveej, Chairman Municipality Mananthavady.
This project is part of the Foundation’s efforts to provide safe shelters to disadvantaged communities in times of natural disasters. The shelters and toilets have been made using materials that were locally sourced and which can be further reused when the families look at more permanent shelter solutions.
While speaking to the families during the handover ceremony, Satyavati Berera, COO, PwC India said, "When we started work on this project post the floods, our hope at PwC was to provide the flood affected families with stability and safety and with a roof over their heads. Hopefully, this small effort by NGO partner SEEDS India and us will help lift a substantive burden off of the families and allow them to focus on other pressing needs. I also take this opportunity to congratulate the local authorities for their continued support to communities and agencies who have been part of the rebuilding process."
As part of this project, fifteen community wells have been cleaned in the area and potable water sources are being re-established to enable long term support to the local residents. In addition to this, awareness generation campaigns sensitising the local community on safe water handling processes and safe sanitation practices, and encouraging community led initiatives towards safe drinking water have also been undertaken.
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