By Good News Network
Monday, November 20, 2000
CARE and The Federation of India’s
Chambers of Commerce have joined forces on one of the biggest
rehabilitation projects since a devastating earthquake ripped through
Gujarat state in India six months ago. The project is building 10,000
earthquake resistant homes, schools, and community centers in 30
villages. It is also restoring water systems.
surviving families in Nilpar village were the first to move into their
completed homes. Construction of 2,500 houses in 9 more villages is
underway and is scheduled to be completed by December.
“In six months, from death and devastation, our project participants
have come to feel a sense of hope and optimism,” said Tom Alcedo,
project co-chairman. “The project has been providing people with the
opportunity to find work, to find security in the building of their new
homes and in being able to send their children to school again.”
Over the next 30 months, the project hopes to rebuild the livelihoods
of 50,000 people. The project is also providing microinsurance,
training in construction and agricultural support to communities.
CARE, together with national and local corporations, are drawing on the
talent and support of India's top architects, builders and engineers.
This combination of resources has enabled the partnership to move
beyond emergency relief to working to end poverty. The CARE-FICCI
project fund currently stands at more than $24 million.The fundraising
goal is $30 million.
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