You can help in a hands-on way through volunteer travel to improve the lives of the survivors of May’s Cyclone Aila – at least 500,000 people have been made homeless in the Sunderbans (shared by India and Bangladesh).
It is a very very hard work.
And the monsoon is in full force.
Areas where you can volunteer:
1.Helping doctors and medical volunteers in the medical camps that have been running since 25th May, and on mobile camps on boats which can support remote villages where there is no medical centre.
2.De-watering of ponds
3.Reconstructing dikes and repairing villages
4.Checking damage to wildlife and take part in rescue as and when needed
5.Helping local people in repairing their wells and hand pumps
6.Reaching relief materials and keeping a complete database of the same, making reports and updates, monitoring the progress, preparing a list of beneficiaries
7.Planting mangroves where the damage was severe.
We have assembled a meaningful 8-day voluntourism itinerary for you:
Sunday – Day 1: Arrive at Calcutta International Airport.Transfer to hotel.
Monday – Day 2: Morning drive to Sonakhali and transfer to boat.Cruise to Bali Island.Briefing meeting
Tuesday- Day 3:Visit the affected villages and check relief and reconstruction activities to get a complete orientation of the situation and also to establish rapport with the affected villagers and relief teams.
Wed,Thurs,Fri,Sat – Day 4, 5, 6, 7: Volunteering (medical, dewatering of ponds, helping farmers, distribution of relief materials to other affected islands, rebuilding village houses, quick visit inside the national park to take stock of the situation, reconstruction of embankments wherever needed)
Sunday – Day 8: Transfer back to Calcutta Airport.
The price is US$990 per person, based on twin-share accommodation, excluding flights to and from Calcutta. This trip can go anytime, with just two people. The price is US$1,450 to run this trip for one person.
-01 night accommodation in Fairlawn Hotel, Calcutta on a half board basis
-06 nights accommodation with all meals in Sunderbans Jungle Camp
-all boat journeys
-carbon offsets for your flights
If you would like to book this, please email me directly. You can read about our ‘standard’ trip to the Sunderbans here.
Of course, if you cannot make it, you can help with a financial donation. If you would like to help in this way, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you the bank account details.