Reported By: Ms.Nazia Nabi, Officer Programmes, Kashmir
Srinagar,Kashmir: In the aftermath of floods,Indo Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) mobilized the youth in the valley as volunteers for relief distribution. IGSSS reached out to worst affected areas of valley that witnessed devastation and destruction due to flood.
The youths acted as relief volunteers in their respective areas and distributed relief materials to the flood hit communities, after proper survey and assessment of damages in the respective villages was conducted. Beside other parts of intervening 70 villages, IGSSS utilized significantly utilized the services of youth in Palhalan,which is known to be one of the volatile pockets of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. IGSSS has been able to tap energies of the youth by engaging them during the floods and it was appreciated well by the community. The involvement of youth has also helped to build their trust relation with the adults in the communities.
One of the volunteers, Kifayat Qadir (22) an undergraduate student is working with IGSSS for relief distribution and feels proud to be a part of the organization. “I feel good to work as a volunteer with the organisation. IGSSS provided us an opportunity to be engaged in social services. This is the time when we should help each other selflessly,” shared Kifayat. He is pursuing bachelors in Science and remained with IGSSS in conducting the surveys and damage assessments besides also participated in the relief distribution process. “Being part of this relief distribution we gained social respect and inner satisfaction for doing something good for our own people,” concluded Kifayat. Like him scores of youth have remained engaged with IGSSS during survey, damage assessment and relief distribution process in the flood hit areas.
A business person by profession Lateef Ahmad (26) also volunteered during the relief distribution initiative in Ghat village in Palhallan. “I really feel satisfied with this type of work which is aimed for upliftment of people who have been the sufferers by one or the other way,” said Lateef Ahmad. Another volunteer named Naseer (27), the leader of Palhalan Youth Information Centre (YIC) shared,” The way youth responded in the flood affected villages and helped people is unbelievable for me, I never imagined that YIC would play such a big role in this situation but together we are putting tireless efforts to reach every affected person”.Naseer further added, “These actions will help us to do better in the future so that we make our communities stronger and we are committed to it now”.He thanked IGSSS for putting their trust in the youth of Palhalan.
Note: The story was published in Kashmir Monitor and the link could be viewed [Here]