Being a disaster-prone country, India is highly vulnerable to various types of natural calamities due to its geographical positioning. According to the National Disaster Management Authority, Govt. of India, more than 58.6% of the country's landmass is prone to earthquakes and over 12% is prone to floods; close to 5,700kms out of the 7,516kms long coastline is prone to cyclones and tsunamis; while 68% of its cultivable area is prone to droughts which is why disaster preparedness is of outmost importance.
Disaster risks in India are further compounded by increasing vulnerabilities related to changing demographics, socio-economic conditions- unplanned urbanization, development within high-risk zones, environmental degradation, climate change, and epidemics and pandemics. All these factors have created a situation where disasters seriously threaten the sustainable development of the country, besides innumerable lives and livelihoods.
The success of crowdfunding platforms proves that calamities indeed bring humans together. And, that the pandemic was no different. In fact, the PM Cares Fund, set up by the Prime Minister of India to channelise philanthropic contributions towards the fight against corona, also used the crowdfunding mechanism. It also proves that such platforms like SFA.com, if used in the right manner, can help innumerable people access aid.
Natural disasters are events caused by powerful forces of nature that affect millions of people every year. These events have the power to destroy any landscape and displace entire communities overnight. Severe weather events and natural processes of the Earth cause lasting impacts to the economy, the environment, and human life. People who survive natural disasters often have to deal with rebuilding after a substantial loss.
Crowdfunding for natural disasters has emerged as a powerful tool to raise money for disaster relief. The crowdfunding industry has transformed how people give back, making it easier for donors to connect with meaningful causes.
Crowdfunding has been a massive game-changer in disaster recovery efforts! The government and big businesses have traditionally handled disaster relief, but now crowdfunding platforms allow citizens to contribute to the rebuilding efforts. And while they were initially used to raise funds for natural disaster relief, it’s also being used for things like Kolhapur and Sangli Floods.
One example is Kolhapur and Sangli Floods, which was created specifically for disaster relief. We raised 50,00,000/- at a recent event and primarily used to buy medical aid supplies and boats to help rescue people during Floods.
Crowdfunding benefits the efforts of these organizations in a few different ways. For example, it allows them to get the funding they need for their disaster relief projects, gets people involved, and reinvigorates their enthusiasm for helping.
SFA.com, has framed certain policies keeping in mind the disasters taking place from time to time in India. Also, we are encouraging the disaster preparedness exercises along with the support from the end of government bodies to ensure effective disaster response along with its preparedness. In the past, several times, disasters and natural calamities have tried to pull the nation back. Still, the dedicated and combined efforts of individuals and community organizations have helped the country in standing against all the odds.
Being a disaster response NGO, we have served underprivileged communities with flood relief material such as drinking water facilities, food item distribution, and healthcare and medical support.
To provide immediate, effective and sustainable support for the victims of natural disasters.
Your support today will protect human life and provide medical aid, infrastructure support to the mostly affected communities. Start a Disaster Relief Fundraiser Today!