Sikkim Earthquake Relief, 2011

A team from NEICORD led by Rev. Dr. H.M Songate (Executive Director) reached Gangtok within 48 hours of the earthquake and visited the worst affected area – Mangan district on 20th September 2011. Indeed NEICORD and World Vision were the first team to reach the quake affected areas from outsideSikkim. NEICORD’s Relief team experienced roaring rivers, narrow village roads, landslides and long stretched damaged roads, sleepless nights and improper meals. The truly amazing thing about experiencing such uncertainties is that God brings about order to all the relief team. 2216 disaster survivors belonging to 450 families received support on food and non food items, 383... Read More

Assam Flood Relief, 2011

The incessant rainfall in the plains and Arunachal hills flooded Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, and other districts ofAssam. The flood wave inflicted damages to shelters, livestock, agriculture, cutting roads and rail links, communication and transportation. Vast areas were totally submerged, thousands of people were rendered homeless and were even severely injured causing potential vulnerabilities to children, women, pregnant women and marginalized communities. NEICORD’s partner church conducted a rapid need assessment within the first week of flood struck and identified severely affected areas in Nowboicha Block of Lakhimpur district and the Bordoloni Block of Dhemaji district of Assam. The worst affected families were selected for relief intervention covering... Read More

Kurung Kumey Famine Relief, 2011

The project is proposed in Damin and Parsi Parlo in the Kurung Kumey district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh (North East India). NEICORD, funded by World Relief Canada/Canadian Foodgrains Bank was able to intervene into the development of the community in a small way. The ‘gregarious flowering in bamboo’ locally called Bonglik Talik (or ‘Mautam’ in other states) has occurred in the Kurung Kumey district. The worst affected due to the rat menace were the common people who are innocent farmers solely dependent on cultivation. And because of the rat menace the standing paddy crops which were ready for harvesting and granaries were destroyed. So... Read More

Conflict Relief, 2011

At the start of this year on 2nd January the conflict started between the two communities- Garo and Rabha at Mendipathar in East Garo Hills under the state of Meghalaya and Dudnai in the Lower state of Assam (North East India.) The core problem was that the Rabha community demanded for “Rabha Hasong” – i.e, Rabha Land. The magnitude of the violence displaced 50,000 people officially, and 500 burnt down houses according to “Shillong Times” the local Newspaper report. The granaries were especially targeted which is livelihood for the tribal. Along with the granaries live stocks were looted and destroyed. In spite of the big number of population displaced... Read More

Mautam (Bamboo flowering famine) Food For Work, 2008 & 2009

Bamboo flowering had occurred in parts of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland and this natural phenomenon has been recorded to have happened in 1862, 1881, 1911-12 and 1959 which resulted in severe famine. The flowering of one particular species of bamboo – Melocanna baccifera, locally known as mautak – has set in motion the frightening spiral that happens every 48 years in the states. The people of Tipaimukh called it “the return of horror or the flower of death”. The bamboo flower bears fruit which serves to increase the reproductive capabilities of rats that feed on it. The hardship faced by these villagers due to bamboo flowering can be gauge from the tale... Read More