Natural disasters and calamities are inevitable in the cycle of life and death. But life must go on and we must gather the emotional and physical strength to pick up the threads and move on with dignity. Through holistic interventions, Times Foundation plays an integral role in helping people recover from natural disasters and calamities and move ahead with equanimity.
The severity of floods this year in India which affected the majority of our states has shook us as a nation. During the crisis, Times Foundation joined hands with NGOs Goonj and Action Aid to provide relief to the areas most affected by the floods. 90+ employees across 17 branches and 20+ collection points contributed to make a huge difference in the lives of flood hit people. The NGOs took the initiative of receiving all the collected materials and sent it to the flood affected areas.
Times Foundation in coordination with Hope Foundation and, the support of Riders Republic and Royal for Transport, undertook the relief operations for the flood affected in Chennai. The relief materials included water, medicines, packaged food, meals, and new clothes which were contributed by the citizens of Bengaluru as well as by corporates and various institutions in the city.
Times Foundation collected tons of food items and relief material through the collection drive at Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Ahmedabad etc. and collaborated with Spice Jet for the transportation of relief materials from various locations to Chennai. The relief materials were distributed to the survivors by partner NGOs
Times Foundation Delhi extended help to the victims of the Nepal calamity through a Relief Drive for Nepal Earthquake victims at various locations across country which received an overwhelming response from within and outside the organisation. Time Foundation Delhi collaborated with the Nepal Embassy and other NGOs to send across essential food commodities and essential products to those stranded in the earthquake affected areas.
Times Foundation Kolkata tied with Uber AID and Goonj to collect, send and distribute relief material to the survivors of the earthquake in Nepal.
The Times Foundation in partnership with SpiceJet Ltd, and Hope Worldwide which runs a school in Nepal, undertook the distribution of relief materials to survivors of the earthquake in the remote areas of Nepal. Spicejet Airways flew the cargo free of charge from Bengaluru to Kathmandu.
SCOMI, a corporate behind the monorail project in Mumbai approached Times Foundation to help them contribute towards rebuilding Uttarakhand after the flood. With the NGO Ganga Action Parivaar we rebuilt the village 'Parodi' with green technology. It included construction and repairs of houses, schools, public amenities, roads etc and valued at Rs 1.5 crore.
The 2004 tsunami left more than 6000 dead and 1.5 lakh homeless in Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu. Times Foundation, in collaboration with the Art of Living and IAHV, constructed 94 permanent dwelling units for the villagers of Periya Manikapanngu, Tharangambadi taluka, Nagapattinam district to provide long term rehabilitation to the tsunami survivors.
In 2008, Times Foundation and the Government of J&K came together to construct laboratory blocks and facilities in the computer science department of the Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Mendhar in Poonch District which was affected by the earthquake in 2005. This project, set up under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, was to provide more opportunities to the underprivileged school students of the area.