In a fine human gesture, acclaimed Indian film actor, producer and Bollywood superstar John Abraham honoured Habitat for Humanity India’s ‘Impact Assam’ initiative that focuses on rebuilding the lives of families affected by the devastating Assam floods of 2017. John Abraham flew to Guwahati to motivate and honour Habitat for Humanity India and its supporters who are working to provide relief to those affected by the floods. Impact Assam initiative is supported by the North East United Football Club.
After the ravaging floods, Habitat for Humanity India launched a three-phased disaster response campaign with an aim to place the affected families on a path to durable, permanent and sustainable disaster resilient shelter solutions. The first phase is already complete wherein 1532 flood-affected families were provided with Household Kits and Emergency Shelter Kits. In phase two, Habitat is distributing Emergency Shelter Kits to 3075 families in Karimganj and Lakhimpur. In phase three, Habitat aims to build disaster resilient permanent homes for 2000 families in Assam.
The partners include several corporates such as Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Bloomberg, Juniper Networks India Pvt. Ltd, Northern Operating Services Private Ltd, Texas Instruments India put ltd, The Disaster Relief Fund of Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Korea International Cooperation Agency.
Schools such as Angelika Higher Secondary School, YWCA English School, Spring Dale International School (SDIS), Ascent Academy High School, Nichols Higher Secondary School, Maharishi Vidya Mandir MVM-4 who have pledged their support to Impact Assam were also recognized.
Speaking with the media, John Abraham said, “North East is close to my heart. When Habitat for Humanity India requested me to be associated with their Impact Assam initiative for helping the families affected by the floods, I could not refuse. Along with me, all the players of NorthEast United Football Club are committed to the cause of rebuilding lives of those affected by the floods in Assam.”
Briefing about the initiative, Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India said, “In times of a disaster of this magnitude, Habitat for Humanity is with the people of Assam. In addition to our disaster response work that aims to serve over 6000 families in Assam, we are also exploring partnership with the State Government of Assam to work under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna and the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Habitat’s work across the country is aligned with these two flagship programmes launched by the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. It was heartening to see corporate India, school students, and generous individuals contributing to our Impact Assam initiative. We are grateful to John Abraham and the NorthEast United Football Club for their support.”
Over the last 35 years, Habitat for Humanity India has served more than 40,000 families through its disaster risk reduction and response initiatives.
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