On the morning of 8th October, 2005, the subcontinent’s sylvan paradise, Kashmir, was shaken to the core. The minute-long earthquake, which measured 7.6 on the Richter scale, reduced the region to ruins. On the Indian side of the LOC, more than 1,400 died, thousands were injured and many more rendered homeless. In Kashmir, the Uri area of Baramulla district and the Tangdhar area of Kupwara district were flattened, with large scale loss of life and destruction of housing stock. Care Today Fund set up the Comfort Kashmir Fund in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake.
- Care Today Fund, in partnership with the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), whose Beacon Project is in the business of building and maintaining key roads in the state, provided immediate relief in the form of material for temporary shelters to 58 families who lost their earning members in the earthquake.
- In the medium term, Care Today Fund set up two schemes for the worst affected sections of the community. The first was a monthly payment scheme in partnership with SOS-India that provided monthly payment to the guardians of 242 children who had lost their parents in the earthquake. The second scheme was directly administered by Care Today Fund, which was a grant to four widows of labourers from the state of Jharkhand who had died in the earthquake.
- Care Today Fund, in partnership with the Indian Army, constructed a hostel for students in the remote border region of Tangdhar. The Students' Hostel, which caters 50 students from the far-flung villages, with separate wings for girls and boys, has been constructed with disaster resistant technology. It was inaugurated by the Chief of Army Staff Gen. Deepak Kapoor and Editor-in-Chief of the India Today Group Mr. Aroon Purie on 9th May 2008.