Indian Earthquake Matching Grant Program with the American Red Cross
American Red Cross of Central New Jersey 707 Alexander Road, Suite 101 Princeton, NJ 08540-6399 609-951-8550 – Fax: (609) 951-9787
123 How Lane New Brunswick, NJ 08901 732-418-0800 – Fax: (732) 418-1094
PRESS RELEASEContact: David J. Novak – Director Communications (609) 951-2116 – Pager: (609) 895-9356 – Cell Phone (609) 213-8196
Infinity Foundation Indian Earthquake Matching Grant Program
Wednesday, January 31, 2001…The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey has announced that the Infinity Foundation has established a matching grant program of $10,000 with all proceeds to go to the American Red Cross Indian Earthquake Relief Fund.
Individuals and companies that donate to the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Indian Earthquake Relief Fund, the Infinity Foundation will match donations of $500 and up to a total of $10,000.
According to Kevin Sullivan, CEO of the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey: “The earthquake was the most intense earthquake to occur in the region in 40 years. Thanks to the fund raising and public awareness efforts of the Infinity Foundation, the Red Cross will be able to pinpoint the areas where local support can be of the greatest assistance.”
Donations may be sent to:
American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Indian Earthquake Relief Fund 707 Alexander Road Suite 101 Princeton, NJ 08540
Credit card contributions can be made by calling 609-951-2126 or 609-951-8550.
Gujarat Earthquake Relief Phase Activities Transition from Relief to Development:
Earthquake occurred on January 26, 2001.
ARC relief phase inputs (completed April 2001):
Relief supplies distributed :
500 rolls of plastic sheeting
15,000 kitchen sets
13,000 five-gallon buckets with lids
4 WHO Emergency Health Kits
Beneficiaries: 242,199 (38,037 families)
IRT staff deployed: 19
Gujarat Earthquake Recovery Phase Projects Transition from Relief to Development:
ARC recovery phase plans:
Develop projects with Indian Red Cross Society in Community Health, Psychosocial Support, Water/ Sanitation, Disaster Preparedness and Response
Projects to begin June/July 2001, and run for 3 years. (2001 – 2004)
Current ARC recovery phase project development activities: Assessments and development of project proposals, recruitment of long term delegates and ARC office in New Delhi being established
ARC Delegation to open in August 2001
Integrated Community Health Project
Duration: 3 years (2001 June/July – 2004) Number of beneficiaries: 454,00 Objectives:
Decrease infant and maternal mortality rates by improving health promotion and service delivery practices
Improve the capacity of the Indian Red Cross Society
Psychosocial Support Project
The Indian Red Cross Society has asked for ARC assistance in developing a psychosocial support project for the benefit of those affected by the Gujarat earthquake, as well in developing the capacity of the IRCS to provide similar services in future disasters.
Proposed project, beginning May/June 2001, will target affected areas of Kachchh district, population approx 400,000.
Duration: initial project: 6 months, followed by capacity building of IRCS over 2 -3 years.
Psychosocial Support Project Objectives
Increase the capacity of the Indian Red Cross Society ( IRCS) to offer psychosocial services to the survivors of the earthquake, and also in its nationwide program development in the area of disaster mental health
Increase the capacity of IRCS to meet occupational stress management needs of its paid and volunteer staff who are involved in the earthquake response work
Proposed project duration: 2 years (2001 – 2003), beginning June/July 2001, targeting communities in earthquake affected areas
Objective: Improve longer term water availability through community-based watershed management and water harvesting initiatives involving the repair and enhancement of community facilities for collecting surface water runoff; a significant source of water in Gujarat.
ARC inputs to include technical assistance to the Indian Red Cross Society in disaster preparedness and response. Activities may include delivery of training modules on disaster management and relief distributions and advance placement of relief supplies.
Gujarat Earthquake Recovery Phase Projects Red Cross/Crescent Movement Plans: Sectors and Projects:
Health (health education projects, prevention of communicable diseases, orthopedic workshop rehabilitation, Blood bank, psychosocial support)
Reconstruction (Semi-permanent schools, permanent schools and health centers, housing materials)
Water/Sanitation (schools and health institutions, repairs to water collection/ storage, community based water harvesting, repairs of water systems)
Disaster Preparedness & Response (establishment of IRCS DP/DR Dept, mobile disaster units, review of warehouse/training center)
Participating National Societies:
Health: American Red Cross, British RC, Finnish RC, Japanese RC, German RC, Swedish RC
Reconstruction: Belgian RC, British RC, French RC, German RC, Italian RC, Japanese RC, Norwegian RC, Spanish RC
Water/Sanitation: American Red Cross, Australian RC, Austrian RC, French RC, Japanese RC, Spanish RC, Swiss RC
Disaster Preparedness & Response: American Red Cross, British RC, German RC, Canadian RC, Belgian RC, Finnish RC, Japanese RC, Swedish RC
LIFE (Leadership and Investment in Fighting the Epidemic) HIV/AIDS Project (2001 – 2004)
3-year grant to ARC from CDC for HIV/AIDS projects in Africa and India
LIFE grant budget for India for year one (mid 2001 – mid 2002) is $1.6 million
LIFE Project in India will be implemented as a partnership between the American Red Cross and the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS)
Projected project start: June/July 2001
2000-2001 fiscal year grant
This grant was for The American Red Cross, New Jersey Capital Area Chapter. The grant was used to expand the health and safety programs to youth in Mercer County. These programs will help people prepare for and prevent emergencies, which epitomizes the philosophy of the Infinity Foundation.
The Red Cross will provide an intense skill building community program to youth in Mercer County. The need for this program was recognized through meeting with other community based organizations who portray a high percentage of their clients as socio-economically deprived. Many lack the basic social and communication skills necessary to cope with their environment. These youth are in desperate need of education and training that will establish a foundation to promote and reinforce healthier lifestyles.
For the past 80 years, the American Red Cross in Mercer County has prepared people to prevent and respond to emergencies through training programs, such as CPR, first aid, water safety, HIV/AIDS education and disaster prevention education, Theses programs, which are age appropriate, begin in elementary school and continue through adulthood. One of the most significant roadblocks to expanding these programs is the inability of participating organizations to pay for the materials and the equipment necessary to conduct the training course.
The American Red Cross will deliver these courses using trained volunteers. The Red Cross will train high school students to teach in lower grades, will train adult instructors for after school programs and will also teach individuals within the organizations to deliver these programs to their constituency. All instructors will receive the same high quality uniform training given to all Red Cross volunteers. The Red Cross will work with schools in Mercer County as well as community based youth agencies to reach a high number of youth with these programs.
The lack of skill building services for youth is reflected in the number of youth who make inappropriate choices that lead to unhealthy lifestyles. Ultimately, the skills gained in these programs will provide the tools to make informed decisions and select wise choices that positively impact their personal growth and development.