Hong Kong, 2 August 2019 – Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong has received a HK$4,477,000 grant from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide relief to cyclone victims in Odisha, India.
Torrential rainfall, heavy flooding, and intense winds produced by Tropical Cyclone Fani hit India in April, affecting more than 15 million people and causing severe damage to both housing and public facilities in Odisha, India. “We are so grateful to the HKSAR Disaster Relief Fund for this grant. As one of just a few organisations specialising in shelter, we are uniquely qualified and able to support affected families address their emergency shelter needs. Through the provision of emergency shelter, household and hygiene kits, we will help families displaced by the cyclone to recover quickly and start rebuilding their lives. We provide safety and hope in the aftermath of the devastation,” said Jo Hayes, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong. Through the grant, we will help at least 5,000 families or 25,000 individuals affected by Cyclone Fani in Odisha.
In a press release issued on 24 July 2019, a spokesman for the HKSAR Government said the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee hoped that the grant would facilitate the provision of timely relief to the victims and help them restore their normal living. Habitat will submit an evaluation report and an audited account on the use of the grant after the relief project has been completed.
We have worldwide experience of responding to disasters. This is the tenth grant from the HKSAR Disaster Relief Fund that Habitat Hong Kong has received. The previous grants have been used to assist our relief work after Sichuan earthquake (2013), Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2014), the Nepal earthquake (2015), two cyclones affecting Fiji and Bangladesh (2016), flooding in Vietnam, Nepal and India (2016-2018).