Ruble removing campaign was started under the banner of KRRC by the volunteers of Kasamira Relief Committee of Centre Plate. Its objectives were to encourage the youth of disaster area to start the reconstruction at their own hand. One hundred and fifty volunteers were gathered in Girls High School for removing rubble. This campaign was started at 31st of December 2005.

kct_computer_literacy_project_opening_ceremony_-4Background 

There were many small scale computer training centres and internet café in Muzaffarabad city before the earthquake.  Theses centres were providing some basic training in computer skills and access to internet. While in public sector AJK University was providing higher courses in computer sciences.  The opportunities  for computer education and internet access were limited even before the earthquake of Oct. 8, 2005 which has destroyed the educational infrastructure almost completely. This led to the situation where the need of developing computer literacy is even more. As the literacy rate in Azad Kashmir is 78% and unemployment is 25 to 50%. The empowerment of   literate by training them in IT skills will improve the quality of the education they have already received and will open more job opportunities in rehabilitation phase of disaster.    

mzd_10-02-2006_031By involving the local community as volunteer with the help of KCT workers, delivery system of KRRC was developed in the city of Muzaffarabad with objective to encourage and facilitate other NGO to use this system for delivery of relief goods. “Burnley for Kashmir” provided van for this project.
1.      Lower Plate: Distribution of about 300 tents, food items for 120 families, Eid Meat for 200 families and warm clothing were also distributed to these families.
2.      Taraqaabad: Delivery system with storage capacity was developed by a local volunteer under the banner of KRRC.

The data was collected by the volunteers to assess the situation. Few clusters of urban and rural population were selected and survey was completed and kept for future reference.
Project data base was started with collaboration of Govt. of Azad Kashmir for which technical assistance was provided by KRRC. This project was funded by Kashmir Youth Project.

Full attention was given to the youth of disaster area for enabling them to perform their role in management of disaster. Volunteer were recruited to perform different rescue and relief task, they were trained to conduct survey, assist in provision of medical treatment, to control and extinguish fire in camps. A young leader workshop was also conducted to make them deal with the situation effectively. The objectives of that workshop were to enable the youth for a role in reconstruction and rehabilitation process. The performance of the volunteers were remarkable, their involvement in program made them active survivor instead of a hopeless victims. Their role in conducting survey, establishing distribution network, identification of needy and providing them the help they required is appreciable.

 

pictures_exibition_of_muzaffarabad_by_kct-16Three photo exhibitions (Muzaffarabad Before and After by Talat Butt)  to revive the cultural life of disaster area were organized, chahlum of the victims of the disaster was also observed.

The South Asia earthquake of 8 October 2005 devastated the lives of 3.5 million people. Thousands were injured and disabled; survivors lost their livelihoods and were left traumatized and homeless. Most schools were destroyed, disrupting education for and entire generation. Thousands of people stranded in mountain valleys or forced in to temporary camps will need to rebuild their homes and to restore their livelihoods.
This huge disaster changes the situation of the Kashmiri territory and also the style of the community. KRRC decided to capture this miserable condition of the people for future references.
36 hours of video recording hundreds of photographs, hours of interviews with victims, survivors, govt. officials, politicians and rescue workers were performed to record the disaster for making historical record. Assad Zia (KCT) managed this project.

A Camp was established to accommodate the people reaching Mirpur, initially accommodating in a camp (Phase I of Immediate Relief) after two months. The total numbers of beneficiaries were 31families with 200 affectees. In Phase II these families were shifted in rented houses. The children are started to going to school within five days after reaching Mirpur. Yasin Malik who came from Sarinagar also visited this camp to express solidarity on the behalf of the people of  Jammu Kashmir living on the other side of the line of divide.
img_1482On October8, 2005 an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck South Asia, affecting 3.5 million people: 73,000 died, 79,000 injured and disabled and 2.8 million were left homeless without livelihoods. In North-West Frontier Province, the earthquake damaged 84 percent of homes, hospitals, schools and other infrastructures; in Pakistan Administered Kashmir this figure was 40 percent. More than 27, 00 villages were affected. Livestock and significant crop losses of between 40 percent and 75 percent. Aftershocks and landslides severed rural roads, forcing 250,000 people in to tented camps and stranding 745,000 people in mountainous terrain where they remained dependent on airlifts for food, shelter and medicine.

The impact on health and education was devastating: 18,000 schoolchildren and 853 teachers lost their lives; 574 health facilities and 4,844 schools were destroyed. Over 955,000 school-age children had their education disrupted; 450,000 children aged 5-9 require immediate access to primary education.





KRRC also contributed in the discipline of Sociology  by taking up " Project Pahari " dedicated to the revival of the ancient Pahari Languages and culture of Kashmir,  Started in May 6, 2001. This project is still on its way with the name Alami Pahari Adabi Sangat.  This strengthens and stream line the decade long attempts (mainly by Chitka committee) to save this ancient language based upon the concept of sustainability by commercializing this language and developing its market as for any modern international language.  Basic alphabet has been developed by using scientific methods and experimental marketing campaign is on its way in shape of Pahari festivals and publications.   
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