Hari Balaji

For the Love of Country: This NRI Came Back to Help India Increase Its Disaster Preparedness

We sometimes hear of NRIs who leave their lucrative jobs in foreign lands and return to India to serve the needy. But have you heard of anyone who cancelled his green card process, left a full-fledged career as general manager of an international hotel chain in the US, studied again to make a new beginning, and returned to India with a new mission in mind? Meet Hari Balaji, US-returned hotelier turned humanitarian, who wants to create a ‘disaster resilient India.’
Jaco Swanepoel

This South African Is Helping To Rebuild Vishakhapatnam After The Cyclone. Here’s What He Has Seen.

Jaco Swanepoel's heart went out to those who suffered immense damage in Vishakhapatnam during cyclone Hudhud. He packed his bags and went to help the victims. "The best thing that you can do in a situation like this is just to help the person in front of you," he learnt. Here he recounts his journey to the heart of the calamity, how he brought about change and how it affected him.
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Volunteers And Locals Are Coming Together For North-East Flood Relief. You Can Help Too!

Floods in Assam and Meghalaya , the result of a sudden cloud burst, have resulted in more than 100 casualties till now. Around 2000 villages are still submerged. These teams of volunteers have joined forces with local ground partners to support victims of the flood affected areas in the North East. Here's how you can come forward to help and spread the word.
Guru ka langar, Amritsar

The Golden Temple Rises To The Occasion To Help The Jammu And Kashmir Flood Victims

When all the forces including the army, government, social media and public are working together to help the victims of Jammu and Kashmir flood, considered to be the worst in 100 years, Guru ka Langar in Amritsar has created a record of sorts when food for 1,00,000 flood victims was airlifted to be distributed to them. Read to know more on how they achieved the amazing feat.
Dedicated and strong team of porters carrying supplies to Bhatwari. the mission would be impossible without them

TBI Uttarakhand Diaries: Mountaineers Are Coming Together To Rebuild The Local Community

It has been three months since disaster struck Uttarakhand in June 2013, and the situation is still alarming. However, in Uttarakashi district where there has been widespread property destruction and loss of livelihood, the situation is worse, with not enough food supplies and no doctors to examine the sick. For a population of almost 3.5 lakh people in Uttarkashi, there is not one single woman doctor. The Mountaineering community is still reaching relief supplies such as medicines and food to the far-flung villages on foot as road connectivity is lost. Given this scenario, we here present two initiatives working towards rebuilding the lives of the locals.
The Maharashtra Drought Relief Project has now been renamed to Yuva Foundation

The Maharashtra Drought Relief Project: When Empathy Translates To Action

In March-April 2013, Maharashtra suffered from what was probably the worst drought in 40 years. The people were once again at the receiving end of the wrath of Nature, as it took a heavy toll on the lives of the people on the parched lands. It also led to the formation of a youth organization dedicated to helping the victims and finding long-term solutions. This is what began as the Maharashtra Drought Relief Project, and is now called Yuva Foundation.
Old and kids go hungry - there are residents of New Didsari who have now shifted to the Primary school above their village

TBI Uttarakhand Diaries – Hope Floats On NGOs And Volunteers

TBI writer Anusha Subramanian is currently in Uttarakhand, participating in the relief operations and assisting the locals in rebuilding their lives. She reports from the scene of the devastating floods on the current situation in the affected areas, on the aid provided by the administration, and the stupendous work being carried out by trekkers, mountaineers, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), army personnel and NGOs.
In calmer times, the beautiful Spiti Valley is a paradise for trekkers

How I Escaped A Snowstorm In Spiti

Yoginder Sikand was just settling in for some peace and quiet in a tiny hamlet of the deliriously scenic Spiti ecosphere, when he was hit by the recent snowstorm. Faced with the possibility of being stuck without food and warmth for weeks, he decided that he would try to get to a bigger town and seek help. But how was he to find his way, being completely foreign to those parts and terrains? Much to his wonder, a helping hand was always around!