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'Uttarakhand rehabilitation is far from completion'
Even though the rescue and relief work is coming to an end in Uttarakhand, the disaster has left a deep scar on communities affected by last year’s floods, especially the children who are always the most vulnerable in any disaster, reports Save the Children, the international non-profit organisation working for child rights.

Save the Children was among the first NGOs to arrive in Uttarakhand following the floods, starting its first relief distribution within the first week after the tragedy.

Apart from homes, many schools were destroyed or damaged, and children were unable to continue their education for quite some time. Save the Children therefore set up Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) /Temporary Learning Centres (TLC) in 118 villages, to ensure safety and education for children.

Many of these CFS’ functioned as alternative ICDS and Primary Schools at the behest of the state government, where children are provided care, protection, learning and recreation by local teachers, trained care givers and volunteers from the community. Along with this, Save the Children also helped communities recover through its ‘Cash for Work’ program and also provided Direct Cash Transfer to the most affected people as livelihood support.

In the wake of the floods, thousands of children residing in the region were severely affected by the floods. Many of them lost their parents, saw the destruction of their homes and schools and are yet to fully recover from deep stresses and losses.

“The job is not over yet, as children in Uttarakhand are still living on the edge even as their lives are gradually returning to normalcy. They still get scared when it starts raining and are anxiously watching out for this year’s monsoon,” Ray Kancharla, Save the Children’s National Manager for Humanitarian Response, said.

He added, “The impact is so huge that little hearts of children can’t contain it. A child in a village in Tehri District let the heart out depicting

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