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I am forwarding to you our estimate of approximately 20,000 families across 48 communities and 13 wards of Mumbai who we have identified for aid. Only those families who were assessed as Most Vulnerable based on their socio-economic situation (i.e., single women, no resource to buy or access materials from other sources, and those who have lost most-to-all possessions to the flood) have been listed.
Please find enclosed an Excel Sheet that contains the following details, 
1. Details of a composite Relief Package for affected families
2. List of Affected Communities and Families identified for relief
3. Details of our contact points and networks operating across Mumbai for assistance
4. Estimate of costs for provision of relief

Our focus has been on supporting and strengthening the initiatives that local organizations across wards have shown in responding to the crisis. In a similar vein, we are also keen to engage voluntary associations and organizations who have the capacity and willingness to contribute to the relief requirements. 

I am also enclosing for your reference a brief note about the work we have done so far, and our priorities for the current phase of relief. 
You may contact the following persons:
Lysa John: 9869615458
Phoebe Simon: 9819060735
Chandan Chawla: 27560999/90

Rajendra Jadhav
YUVA Consulting,
YUVA Centre
Plot 23, Sector 7,
Kharghar, Navi Mumbai - 400618
Phone : 91-22-27560990 / 99
Fax : 27560970
August 06, 2005

Relief For Flood Affected Communities in the Mumbai Region

The city of Mumbai is still coming to terms with the devastation caused by the floods that overwhelmed the metropolis on 26 July 2005. Shanties have been swept away, compound walls have collapsed and fallen over houses taking away lives, while many more houses were submerged in water taking away every material belonging, excepting the lives of the inhabitants. 
YUVA is a voluntary development organization that has been working in Mumbai for the last twenty-one years, since 1984. Since inception, we have focused on strengthening people’s organizations and institutions to directly participate in the processes that determine their development. The strength of our work has been in the ability to mobilize women, youth and children around their rights, and organize them to develop alternatives in the areas of housing, basic services, livelihood, governance and protection from violence.
YUVA has a strong relationship with the grassroots, which has enabled it to consistently understand and respond to various crises that has threatened the well being of the poor and vulnerable groups in cities and villages. We have brought our experience and insights related to working with communities and influencing policy to reflect their ground realities in the aftermath of such events as the Latur earthquake, floods in Orissa, Gujurat earthquake, Gujarat riots and more recently, we have played a lead role in advocating the right to housing and basic services for the communities evicted in Mumbai between December 2004 to March 2005, and have also supported the rehabilitation of fishing communities in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu after the Tsunami.
YUVA’s strengths in intervention related to the above instances have been the following,
• Ability to quickly develop a systematic assessment of community needs, and respond immediately
• Emphasis on using the human rights framework as the base for situational analysis and designing an effective program for response
• Ability to provide very capable, experienced and highly committed human resources to provide strategic direction and leadership to communities in times of crisis
• Ability to liaison with a range of stakeholders – government, civil society organizations, media and resource organizations - to facilitate a holistic response to the situation
• Ability to bring the ground realities of the situation to the table through strategic advocacy processes, thus enabling responsive and comprehensive policy and program formulation
• Emphasis on using the human rights framework as the base for situational analysis and designing an effective program for response
In keeping with the above, YUVA has responded immediately to the loss and trauma that millions faced after the deluge that engulfed the Mumbai and Konkan regions of Maharashtra since 26 July 2005. In the face of a complete break down of systems in the city of Mumbai, YUVA was able to reach affected communities across 7 wards of Mumbai and develop a need assessment within the first three days itself. On 30th July 2005, YUVA had already procured 114 quintals of grain for distribution across 3500 families. 
The second round of outreach to affected communities was initiated on 31 July 2005, through which an assessment of 20,000 families across 42 communities has been undertaken. The current roles being undertaken with affected communities are,
1. Assessment of losses and needs in the areas of Food, Clothing, Health, Shelter, Education and eventually, Livelihood
2. Implementation of relief work in communities by supporting and strengthening local Community Based Organizations (CBOs) – and moving towards the formation of Ward Networks to oversee and co-ordinate relief works 
3. Liaisoning with the Government on the areas of materials procurement, reporting and registration of deaths and losses, shelter, education and health. The key agencies identified for co-ordination are the local and central offices of the municipal corporation (sanitation, health, education), the State Government/ Collector (relief disbursement, registration of deaths and losses, claims for compensation, development of policy and programs), and the Police (reporting deaths and losses, security, relief management)
4. Liaisoning with Civil Society Organizations to ensure better co-ordination of needs assessment, relief coverage and resource management. YUVA is part of a larger network of agencies co-ordinating efforts and resources across affected areas within and outside Mumbai. 
5. Liaisoning with the media and resource providers to provide accurate and updated information nature of losses and requirements.
Our emphasis is also on the future policy and program definition roles that need to be played in the context of rehabilitation and larger issues of governance, accountability and environmental sustainability that have contributed to the present disaster. More than ever, the present crisis draws attention to the need to address ground realities of infrastructure and basic needs FIRST. Accordingly, our relief efforts are directed towards strengthening local groups and activists – who have played a commendable role in reaching assistance to affected families in the absence of formal systems of support – and enabling them to engage directly in the planning and resource allocation processes at the ward and city level. 
The above outreach and relief work is being co-ordinated through an extensive network of local organization and staff who have been stationed across Mumbai and adjoining cities. Core teams have been developed for across wards/ cities, which comprises of persons who specialize in community organization and systems management by virtue of their experience or professional qualifications. The two offices of YUVA are being used as contact points for relief and resource co-ordination, as given below:

MUMBAI RELIEF: 52/53, Nare Park Municipal School, Opp. Nare Park Ground, Parel, Mumbai – 400012. Tel.: 91-22-24143498 / 24155250 • Fax: 91-22-24135314 • E-mail:  
OTHER CITIES/ DISTRICTS: YUVA Centre, Plot No. 23, Sector 7, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai – 410210 (INDIA); Tel. : 91-22-27560990 / 27560999 / 27560980 • Fax : 91-22-27560970 • Email: