Community Managed Disaster Risk Management (CMDRR)

Supported by Caritas Germany through Caritas India
In This community based participatory project is aimed towards reducing risk during disaster. Members from the most vulnerable families actively participate in this program. A village level plan incorporating Disaster Risk Reduction plan is drawn once the community identifies common vulnerabilities, risks and capacities.

CMDRR program is now being organized in Swarupnagar & Baduria Block in North 24 Parganas West Bengal. Most of the work on planning was done by PRI (Panchayati Raj Institutions) and the local people. The local people take responsibility to contact the authorities and involve them in the disaster risk reduction program.

In this program they are able to use MGNRGA, IYA, Old age pension, Widow Pension, Janani Suraksha Yojona, single women Pension, Low cost sanitation and differently able person Scheme.PRI members have learnt the importance of CMDRR process. According to them this method leads people to participate in their own development process.

The task force members of CBDP area in collaboration with PRI members selected the beneficiaries and distributed materials as emergency relief for flood victims of Swarupnagar, Baduria and Habra Block. Mr. Ashutosh Biswas is the project coordinator.

45 year old Dulal Ghosh is a marginal farmer living with five other family members at Peyara in Sayestanagar Gram Panchayat of Baduria block. His family's livelihood depends on cultivation. All his ccrops were destroyed in the last flood. He was in a desperate situation not knowing how to overcome his losses. When Seva Kendra implemented the Flood Recovery Program, he was selected as one of the beneficiaries.

We gave him Okra seeds to cultivate on a ten cotta land. Within three months he was able to cultivate Okra and earn Rs. 28,000 from the market. He has preserved seeds for the next round of cultivation. He has now become confident to face similar situations in the future through short term vegetable cultivation.

He says, “Seva Kendra Calcutta showed me a ray of hope and now it is his duty to help other farmers”.