Gramalaya follows a distinctive concept towards the Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Interventions-CBDRR and instituted a DRC-Disaster Resource Center at Kandigai near Chennai to achieve it. The DRC plays a key role in its outreaching efforts in the thematic areas comprising of Water, Sanitation, Personal Hygiene and Disaster Preparedness.
With regard to the Resilient Recovery, Gramalaya builds the capacities of local people and reduce the risks of hazards. It is also involved in risk mapping, contingency and action planning, community mobilization n, project implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
Gramalaya has collaborated with CAF and Wal-Mart in the Disaster Risk Reduction DRR arena to bring betterment in the lives of most affected communities like Fishermen along the coastal villages and the migrated Tribals in the quarry site based villages such as Semencherry Kuppam, Nallampaakam,Keerapaakam, Veangadamangalam and Melakottaoiur, spread along the Kanchipuram District, adjacent to Chennai. During the project period of Sep'2016 to Aug'2017, these 5 Villages will be diligently mapped with support of the local Communities.
Prior to the mapping process, Gramalaya has advocated about the health collectives among the local communities, and formed a DPMC-Disaster Preparedness and Management Committee, comprised by 20 members, both men and women. The committee acts as the village level community structure to strengthen the activities of Disaster Preparedness and mentoring the communities towards receiving Government assistance for the affected people.
Through the DPMC mapping, identification and listing of most affected communities are carried out. The DPMC assisted outreach drive enabled, Gramalaya to carry out the following activities at the project villages.,viz,
- Hygiene Training, conducting Health Camps, Identification and listing of communities affected,
- Distribution of Relief materials (food kits & storage trunk),
- Workshop on Behavior Change to the communities on Sanitation and Hygeine,
- Capacity building program on Water,
- Developing disaster preparedness IEC materials and developing disaster preparedness tools,
- Livelihood intervention for women