Disasters impact on entire communities. The immediate effects include loss of life and damage to property and infrastructure, with the survivors traumatized by the experience, uncertain of the future and less able to provide for their own welfare, at least in the short term. More than likely, they are left without adequate shelter, food, water and other necessities to sustain life. Rapid action is required to prevent further loss of life. OFINS started its disaster relief initiative in the year 2000. We try our best to stand by the effective people directly or indirectly. We provide direct fund contribution to rehabilitation of effective people’s life and other immediate requirements of cloths, medicine, food and others personal care supplies etc.
Over 20000+ people benefited
Over 500000 fund utilized for disaster relief
50000+ fund contributed to Govt relief Fund
200+ families rehabilitate
Since last few decades various kind of natural calamities increased in India. Due to its geographical position disaster risk is high. OFINS always stands beside those families who are badly impacted through natural calamities time to time. Our disaster relief program provide immediate needs of the disaster affected people like food, cloth, medicine, healthcare service etc. and help them to rebuild their lives.
Immediate disaster response team reach to disaster affected area and provide relief materials grocery, baby foods, medicine, women hygiene kits to the sufferers.
Distribution of tarpaulin to make a temporary shelter for the disaster victims.
Provide ready food to disaster affected people those are scattered in different temporary shelter.
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.
The Sundarban and its costal areas has been hit with a severe cyclone Yaas on 26th May 2021. For people in the ecologically fragile Sunderbans, life revolves around battling high tides daily and cyclones regularly. But every cyclone throws up new challenges to the Sunderbans and its inhabitants — something the people had not imagined. In West Bengal Purba Medinipur, coastal part of North & South 24 parganas people are badly affected specially now these areas are flooded. Thousands of people are homeless, They are fighting against hunger & maintaining hygiene in this covid pandemic situation. In this distressed condition we have organized Yaas Relief Drive at Sundarban (Village Parts of - Tushkhali, Atapur, Manipur, Dhoniyakhali, Puinjola) on 6th June, 2021. We covered 600 people by providing them Grocery Items, dry foods, hygiene materials including sanitary pads, mask and sanitizer.
It was 22nd May 2020, that the Super cyclone Amphan hit West Bengal affecting 21,560 sq km of area. It was having winds with the speed of up to 190 km/h along with tremendous rainfall. Amphan strike the coast of Digha of West Bengal at 2.30 pm on 20th May 2020, Wednesday moved towards the north-northeast wards with a speed of 27 km/ph for past 6 hours, further converted to a cyclonic storm and moved towards over Bangladesh, about 270 km north-northeast of Kolkata. This tremendous cyclone resulted in numerous loss of properties and livelihood. The cyclone resulted in the loss of cropping as the saline waterlogged in the field, houses got smashed, over 5000 trees were uprooted. The area of Sunderban got ravaged due to it.Amphan has shaken state West Bengal from deep inside. 8 districts especially in coastal areas are badly affected. 80 lives were lost, Thousands of people are homeless and are living miserable life in roads and shelter. Our Friends in Need Society pledged to stand by the people of the affected areas in West Bengal. We have organized 2phase drive to distributed relief materials which contains 14 essential items like, Ration, Dry Food, Sanitary & Hygiene materials to 400 families against 1600 people in 7 villages (Bainara, Kumirmari, Rupkumari, Dhanikhali, Sulkuni, Khapukur and different part of Hingalganj) under Hingalgunj Block, Hasnabad, North 24 District, WB.
After the devastating Ailaa Cyclone, affecting North & South 24 Parganas in the year of 2009 the organization repeated the relief operation. 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& houses wide areas of Barasat Municipality. Total number of cloth collection food items collection expected more than 6 tons & expected more than 1000 cloths. This time two or three members of the operation directly visited the affected area with relief material like food and medicine collected and stayed in the flood-affected area to distribute the relief material and at the same time for lending a helping hand to the others agencies operating in the area.
Our world has undergone a crisis due to COVID-19. The outbreak of coronavirus in India and continued lockdown it is a difficult time for everyone. Humanity is fighting one of its biggest crisis, and it’s our time to come together and support each other. People surviving on daily wages were the most impacted as they have no opportunity to earn amid lockdown and to add to it, no savings, making it worse for them. The OFINS has been on ground since early April and putting efforts to minimize the impact that this lockdown as well as others support to the covid patient and their families. Soon after the covid case increase and the lockdown extended, OFINS pressed upon to fulfilling immediate needs of the community. We have served food and grocery to those people who are struggling to survive during lockdown. We have taken necessary step to fight and provide support to society like Grocery distribution, Mask, Sanitizer & Sanitary Pad distribution, Oxygen Support, Covid Help desk, Mobile dispensary and Grocery & Medicine delivery service, community kitchen etc. We received support from many individuals.
Since the beginning of our journey OFINS has always stood by the people. Now we are going through the Covid-19 pandemic which has made many people jobless, robbing many of them of their basic requirements in terms of food, medicine etc. OFINS has also stepped forward Government and other NGOs to arrange food for needy people. It was very early stage when 1st lockdown has been started people were just lost everything suddenly, poor people were struggling for daily food for their family and children. Our initiative give them relief for a while. Then we have decided to do something more to support these people.
Mobile dispensaries are that which provides health coverage to the people living in the remote and deep interior areas. These mobile dispensaries are functional on a regularly and door-to-door basis. This mobile dispensary equipped with doctor, support team and medicine and concentrating on the economically weaker locality. We have started our mobile dispensary during 1st phase of lockdown due to Covid-19, when all private doctor’s clinic were closed and also zero transportation people are not getting their normal health services. From this mobile dispensary people can take advice from doctor as well as they can get free of cost medicine at their door step.
OFINS has started Hardik Community kitchen to serve the people who are undergo covid lockdown and those people who are lost their job during lockdown mainly daily wage worker, migrant labor and homeless people. We have served over 4000 meals during the lockdown since 2020-21. local people also come up with us and enhance their support to continue this service. Hardik Community Kitchen provide service in 3 different part of north 24 parganas. We have also providing nutrition food to the children because most of the children of those families are suffering due to malnutrition.
We all knows the importance of a Mask to protect himself and others form corona virus. Since the beginning of Covid-19 Mask is playing one of the main role in covid protocol. And as per WHO we have to wear mask and use sanitizer all time when we go out side from home. Govt has also take necessary step to aware people of the importance of Mask and Sanitizer. OFINS has distributed over 5000 mask and sanitizer throughout the period of covid till now. Our covid awareness target is to aware people to use mask and sanitizer on regular basis because we observed negligence of wearing mask among the people.
An earthquakestruck Nepal on 25 April 2015. It was the most powerful earthquake to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake. Many thousands of people died as a result, with most casualties reported in Nepal, including on Mount Everest, and adjoining areas of India, China, and Bangladesh.
Within minutes of the earthquake, the Government of India, via the Indian Armed Forces, initiated Operation Maitri, created humanitarian missions with the primary objective of conducting relief and rescue operations in Nepal. Many countries and organizations have donated, which has been the largest bilateral aid contributor.
OFINS stand by the people of Nepal and to rebuild their life we have donated 10,200/- to Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund through Nepal Foreign Ministry office in Kolkata.