New Delhi, May 21, 2019: Smile Foundation has joined hands with DLF Promenade to raise funds to support marginalised communities who have been the worst sufferers of Cyclone Fani, which made a landfall in Odisha on May 3.
The recent cyclone has left a trail of destruction across its path. But the worst impacted have been the communities that have been living on the margins – socially and economically. There is a need to shine the light on the long road to recovery that awaits them and, even more significantly, extend long-term support.
Dr. Aman Bathla, who is the world’s fastest pianist, lent his support to the initiative to raise funds for survivors of the cyclone. He stood along with 100 underprivileged children and made a call to action to all visitors coming to DLF Promenade on Tuesday afternoon. He also dedicated his award winning composition ‘Pragaman’ towards the cause.
Photographer Pramod Nambiar who travelled with Smile Foundation Disaster Response team to capture the devastation and survivor stories also showcased powerful images from the ground in a photo exhibition titled ‘Cyclone Fani – Beneath the Snake’s Hood.’ (https://spark.adobe.com/page/EQ6q8pUJQPDxG/) The compelling stories on display at DLF Promenade have been curated to draw attention and raise support.
“It is extremely critical to come together as a country to raise funds to rebuild Odisha. The cyclone has swept away a lot of infrastructure and livelihood. It is sad that people don’t have basic means to survival like food, water and a roof above their heads,” said Santanu Mishra, Co-founder and Trustee at Smile Foundation.
“Not only are our efforts geared towards supplying basic relief support, but we also want to support the rebuilding of schools and means of livelihood like boats and other equipment. We at Smile Foundation believe in dignity of life and labour,” he said.
“DLF Promenade stands with Smile in its efforts to raise funds for rebuilding lives along the coast of Odisha. We have always supported the right causes, and this definitely deserves attention,” said Siddhartha Natu, Center Head, DLF Promenade.
People have been badly affected by this calamity and we need to offer every little support that we can. DLF Promenade is hopeful that our contribution will help rebuild lives,” he said.
Although casualties are pegged at a little over 60, the cyclone swept away 70 percent of all mud-houses, uprooted more than 60,000 trees, thousands of boats, and completely destroyed all agricultural land and damaged Rs. 525 crore worth of assets, according to government estimates.