After 2007, due to heavy rainfall Ichamati river has flooded again many villages in Gaighata Block, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal. Thousands of people get affected and several hundred people are forced to inhabit relief camps. Cattles are living with water, some of them are lost their life. Hundreds of acre crop fields are under 4 to 5 feet water, resulting main earning source has stopped for almost all families. In this massive disaster, Our Friends In Need Society took the initiative for a Flood Relief Drive which has been organized in the affected area as in Bilchaturia village under Gaighata Block. In this Flood Relief Drive, OFINS has arranged meals for over 300 people, distributed a Hygiene Kit (containing- Bleaching Powder, Soap, Tooth paste, ORS, Sanitary Pads, Band-aid & Mask) to over 100 families along with Tarpaulin for temporary shelter, arranged a ‘Free Health Check-Up Camp’ where almost 100 patients got their treatment with free Medicine and organized a ‘Health & Hygiene Awareness Workshop’ for their daily life.
Kerala had faced the worse flood of century in India. Over 400 people died, nearly 10 lakh people were homeless, crores of lives affected . the destruction was so massive thet it requires to rebuild the whole state again. OFINS pledged to stand by the people of Kerala and we have donated 28600/- to Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, Govt of Kerala. We are proud to be a small part of the massive rehabilitation work which is still going on for rebuilding lakhs of lives in Kerala .
In 2000 a devastating flood broke out in different areas of north 24 Parganas and the organization instantly made a drive to collect relief materials. The materials in the form of dry food, biscuit, parched rice, rice, and pulse, and bottled waters were collected from door-to-door collection spree from shops. Clothes were collected from domestic houses through a door-to-door collection in wide areas of Barasat Municipality. Since the number of cloth collection expected more than 2500 clothes & food items collection expected 5 tons, more than 1500 cloths & 3 tons of food items were distributed in Baduria and Basirhat area also than 1000 clothes were donated to Ramkrishna Mission Flood Relief center in Belur, Howrah & other NGOs.