India CSR News Network
MUMBAI: On November 21, 2013, a fire broke out in the Ambedkar Nagar slum situated in Cuffe Parade resulting in more than 500 homes being burned down affecting about 2500 persons from such homes. Lodha Foundation planned an intervention to support the affected families by providing them food provisions.
A ration pack consisting of the following items: Sugar 2 kg, Rice 4 kgs, Wheat 7 kgs, Toor dal 1.5 kgs, Tea 250 gms, Salt 1 kg and Cooking oil 1 litre was distributed to the families from 2.30 pm till late evening on December 5, 2013. A total of 522 families came forward and benefited through this initiative.
In the past too, Lodha Foundation has consistently undertaken relief work for victims of calamities. With the severest drought since 1972 to hit several districts in Maharashtra this year, Lodha Foundation took an active role to alleviate related hardships in the Man Taluka area in Satara District, a place that had no rainfall for the past two years.
Relief work commenced in June 2013 and continued till September, the approach being two pronged: to provide immediate relief by supplying tanker water for household use; and long-term solutions through water harvesting.
The Foundation supplied tanker water in 22 villages, delivering on average, 3 lakh litres of water on a daily basis to 90,000 villagers. Lodha Foundation also de-silted 19 existing check dams, removing approximately 1,80,000 cu. mt. of soil. One cu.mtr. of de-silted soil translates to harvesting 1,000 litres of rain water. Such de-silting has helped to harvest a minimum of 18 crore litres of rain water, and has raised the water levels of wells in the vicinity.