The philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries Limited, Reliance Foundation works for the social transformation of India. Nita Ambani, the Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation is dedicated to all its social causes.
Work for disaster response
Reliance Foundation is committed to helping individuals affected by natural or man-made calamities. It works to overcome the challenges of humans and livelihood in such endangered situations. The team directly engages with the locals and strives to offer speedy recovery.
Nita Ambani believes in alleviating human suffering and working for the cause of mankind. In immediate situations, the foundation provides relief to the people with the means of human resources, food, and information technology. In the long-term, Reliance Foundation revives their living, improves education and health, and ensures overall development.
Nepal earthquake in April 2015
When a severe earthquake hit Nepal on 25th April 2015, the Nita Ambani-led organization came to its rescue. Near the capital city of Kathmandu, the powerful earthquake shook Nepal with a magnitude of 7.8. The massive and disastrous earthquake turned the beautiful tourist country into a living hell.
As per the official reports, the earthquake killed more than 8617 people and injured other 16808 people. It crashed down a 200-feet watchtower and caused avalanches at the Mount Everest, killing 17 climbers. 4.7 lakh houses were destroyed. Thousands of individuals were trapped in the debris of the collapsed houses. Some were struggling to save their lives, some were grieving over the loss, while some others were helpless as their means of livelihood were shattered.
Mission Rahat by Nita Ambani’s team
Understanding the plight of the people, Nita Ambani organized Mission Rahat in Nepal for rescue, relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction. She urgently deployed a two-member team to assess the ground situation. Reliance Foundation was one of the first teams to respond to the disaster. It reached Nepal on 28th April 2015. Yatindra Shashi and Ravi Bansal, the team leader visited Kathmandu and finalized three districts that were worst affected. They chose districts of Nuwakot, Dhading, and Sindhupalchok.
Sindhupalchok caught the most attention of the media and was flooded by relief agencies. The Nita Ambani team thus focussed on the other two districts. The team contacted District Disaster Response Committees (DDRCs) in both the places. The DDRCs understood the dedication and ability of Reliance Foundation and assigned it villages, where no relief had reached. The organization picked the remotest villages to offer relief.
Due to lack of transportation and accessibility, the difficulties of the mission were high. Other difficulties were foreign soil, tough bureaucracy, harsh terrain, and unknown language. However, nothing could stop Reliance Foundation. The team supported the local communities with food, temporary shelter in the form of tents, and household kits. It joined hands with Red Cross Nepal to enhance the process of relief material distribution.
Efforts of Reliance Foundation team
Trekking for 16 kilometers, a five-member team from Reliance Foundation reached two villages of Nuwakot districts with the support of Red Cross Nepal. The members were physically present in the villages of Kimtang and Dangsing to support 980 households with food kits.
In all, the Nita Ambani team was committed to providing 6450 food kits to 5000 households, 1612 household kits to 2000 families and built 2800 tents. The team successfully spread 150 metric tons of joy in the form of food to the people of Nepal. It covered 10,450 families.
The efforts of the team were appreciated from all the corners. The then Prime Minister of Nepal, Sushil Koirala expressed his gratitude towards the foundation for its relief work. The locals said that they were glad to have support and relief material from Reliance Foundation and thanked and congratulated it. They also said that the quality of food and material was excellent despite the large quantities.
Mission Rahat in Nepal proved that Nita Ambani and her team are always up for any relief work and aid people with their prompt response and dedication.