Long-standing GLI supporter Oz Osborne’sTamwed recently launched a year-long project with two partner NGOs, one of which is based in the Nilgiri Hills, to help communities prepare for the effect of climate change and work with government departments on issues such as deforestation. Soon after the project was launched, a huge storm devastated the Nilgiris. 43 people are known to have died and thousands suffered from damaged homes and property. The clearance of forest for the growing of tea meant that whole hillsides were converted into mud that slipped down the hillsides. Due to the changing pattern of weather and the monsoon season, this was the first rain for a year in some areas
Tamwed’s partners in the area, the Island Trust, have done what they can to complement the relief aid initiated by the Indian Government and agencies such as the Red Cross.
The Island Trust has identified 36 adivasi (tribal) families who are affected by the floods in four remote villages in an area which is the focus for Tamwed’s climate change project. 15 families are very badly affected and have been prioritised for help.
An estimated £500 is needed for the renovation of huts and for buying seeds and vegetable seedlings. If cultivation is started soon, families will be able to reap the harvest within three months. Tamwed will forward donations to the Island Trust which will oversee the necessary work.