The Volunteers of Art of Living are playing a small but significant part in making a proud reaffirmation of India’s resilience and humanness in the humanitarian operations in Uttarakhand
What’s standing tall amidst the ruins of Uttarakhand is the resilience of India. Battling all odds and the depressive atmosphere, humanness, which is the hallmark of India, is shining. Take the example of Tuesday when the IAF chopper crash claimed 20 saviours who were on a rescue mission near Gauchar. Despite the tragedy of losing their esteemed colleagues, the IAF team on ground pushed ahead with their rescue operations. Volunteers from the armed forces or civil NGOs are risking their own lives to bring solace to the victims. They did not hesitate to go an extra mile to bring comfort to people who had to be evacuated and those headed for the base camps.
It is this dedication and commitment of the highest order is what makes India what she is! Playing a small but a majorly significant part in this humanitarian operations are the volunteers of the Art of Living of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Ever since the tragedy unfolded, hundreds of committed volunteers of the international NGO are camping at strategic location to aid the rescue operations. They started with just making themselves available for anything that’s needed on the ground.
Soon relief materials arrived and they started reaching out to people with food and medicines. From people stuck in road blocks to pilgrims being brought down by foot by the army to the villages which have lost all road connections, they are reaching out to the victims. Going 60 kms out of the way, they have reached out to the villages of Sili and Tilwara, where no rescue group had been able to reach. So far 60 truckloads of relief materials such as packaged food, grains, spices, freshly cooked food, medicines, water, blankets, clothes etc have been distributed.
The critical phase of any disaster relief program is psycho-social rehabilitation. Apart from distributing food and running medical and relief camps, the Art of living volunteers have been helping the affected people overcome the post-trauma stress and rebuild their lives. More than 700 people have already done the Nav Chetna Shibir where powerful meditations and breathing techniques help the survivors shake off the trauma.
This human touch is making a significant difference to the rescue operations in the area. With a kind word, a loving touch and a warm embrace, the AOL team is doing its best to help the survivours rebuild their lives, by facilitating onward travel arrangements, reconnecting them to their families, etc.Apart from pooling resources for immediate relief supplies, the Art of Living is also drawing up plans for long-term rehabilitation which will take up several years. The volunteers will stay put in Uttarakhand to provide long-term holistic relief and rehabilitation to the victims of the Himalayan Tsunami.