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Fight the DroughtFight the Drought

Akaal maa paydo laive Char he bansh Sasi, kutta, gidh, sarpanch
(Only four species benefit from the drought--the leather dealer, the dog, the vulture and the sarpanch)

That was a worn, cynical farmer in India's drought-ridden heartland who reflected best the cynicism and weariness with which India has come to face it latest calamity. But we cannot afford to give in to cynicism and despair.

Too much is at stake, too many people are at despair's door. A staggering 100 million people and sixty million cattle have been affected in some way across 12 states. Foodgrain production will fall this year, but most dangerously, hope is disappearing for weakened, desperate families.

You can join CARE TODAY in bringing back some of the hope--and rebuilding their future. CARE TODAY is a charitable, interactive society that will mainly use contributions from you--the reader, the web surfer--to the people who need it through professionally run NGOs. The progress that is made in rebuilding lives and villages will be reported back to you through this web site and through the pages of India Today magazine.

Given the fluid nature of the disaster, CARE TODAY is presently organising short-term intervention. We will help the worst-affected villages (the number adopted will depend on the funds available) with drinking water, fodder and wage labour until the rains come. In the long term, we will strengthen the ability of local communities to withstand similar situations in the future by repairing and building water-supply and storage infrastructure, and recharge sources of water. The actual work will be managed by local community groups in partnership with a local NGO. Technical support will be provided by the best organisations in the field. CARE TODAY is presently in the process of evaluating the worst-affected villages, the best NGOs and technical help. We will inform you of our progress on this web site.


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