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BACKGROUND (Watch the 2 minute Video on my JustGiving page OR for more details)

- In June 2013, multi-day cloudburst centred on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand causing devastating floods and landslides in the country's worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. 

- Landslides caused by the floods damaged several houses and structures, killing those who were trapped. 

- Entire villages, settlements and market towns have been obliterated. 

- Bodies of people washed away in Uttarakhand were found in distant places like Bijnor, Allahabad and Bulandshahr in U.P.

- As on September 2013, according to official figures (National Disaster Management Authority):

- More than 6,000 people were "presumed dead (bodies not found)”

- Newspapers report put it at more than 11,000 deaths

- More than 4,200 villages affected

- More than 2,500 houses affected/washed away

- More than 200 bridges, many roads and paths affected/washed away


Food, Shelter, Clothing URGENTLY REQUIRED: 

- Food items & Milk for children, Utensils for cooking, Stoves, Kerosene, First aid and Medicines, Shelter items: Tents, Tarapaulins, Canvas sheets, Shelter support items, Plastic mats, Blankets, Solar lanterns, Water purifiers, Torches, Candles and Matchboxes, Hygiene & sanitation.



- Bangapani: focus area in the Gori river valley where we are working with the MOST AFFECTED & trying to reach the MOST UNREACHED... Isolated due to roads washed away at multiple points, relief by helicopter difficult, access for surrounding villages is non-existent due to all access routes affected

- UMARGADA: Entire population displaced. Families struggling under improvised tents, 50% of fertile cultivated agricultural land gone, no food and seed stock left, all families below poverty line (BPL) & needy.

- MANKOT: Most isolated, cut off due to loss of Gharari (wire trolley) & suspension bridge, paths broken and fields washed away with houses in “danger” zone, long walks to access relief (upto 18 kms one way!)

- GHARUDI/JHOLA: Reports of their isolation, difficult access to relief, are reaching us with requests for help. We plan to get first hand information & act there & in other needy villages, depending on resources.


- Self sufficiency based on local knowledge & resources

- Support with a long term commitment


... is on helping rebuild the shattered lives of the completely displaced people of Umargada village, completely cut off village of Mankot, improving access and extending support to other needy villages as the resources increase.


CHINTAN-“RAHAT” literally meaning relief, is acronym for Relief, Access & Habilitation with Appropriate Training, their Himalayan Disaster Mitigation program. 




INR 900/GBP 10/USD 15          Pays a ‘RAHAT’ community support worker’s honorarium for one day

INR 5000/GBP 60/USD 100          Pays mule & portering costs for a remote ‘RAHAT’ camp or solar lamp & cooker

INR 15000/GBP 180/USD 300  Pays passenger vehicle transport for one trip or pays for one quality tent

INR 50000/GBP 600/USD 1000  Runs ‘RAHAT’ program for a month or pays truck transport costs for two trips

INR 500000/GBP 6000/USD 10000  Runs ‘RAHAT’ camp clinics for a year or buys one general sturdy team vehicle

INR 5000000/GBP 60000/USD 100000  Builds a purpose designed sustainable ‘RAHAT’ Program, training & ready to respond from our Himalayan Base

PLEASE donate GENEROUSLY and help me exceed my target.



Updates 3

Training Going Good: 05-Oct-2013 (Saturday) - 7.25 Kms in 1h30m 06-Oct-2013 (Sunday) - 10.37 Kms in 2h10m

10/10/13 12:25

1/10- 7.1 Kms 1h20m 29/9 - 5.5 Km 55mins 28/9 - 6.21 Km 1h10m 22/9 - 3.87 Km 45mins 22/9 - 1.14 Km 5mins (Running) 21/9 - 3.55 Km 44mins 19/9 - 2.66 Km 23mins 16/9 - 2.87 Km 31mins 15/9 - 9.58 Km 2h 14/9 - 5.8 Kms 2h11min 13/9 - 1.47 Km 15 mins 8/9 - 1.87 Km 21 mins

02/10/13 01:04

Training sessions updates so far, with various friends and fellow walkers. The first 5-7 Kms are ok, but than the legs starts getting tired, will try to increase the walks to 12-15 kms, so they get used to long walk. Keeping fingers crossed that rain-gods stay away on 12-Oct-2013

02/10/13 01:00

Raising money for

Chintan International

Chintan International

Charity Registration No. 1133345

We provide medical services and promote health and well-being in remote and rural areas. We advance education with emphasis on science-based learning and relevant skills. We promote sustainable development and conservation of bio-diversity by raising awareness to reduce environmental impact.

Raising money for

Run by Chintan International

Charity Registration No. 1133345

Donations 50

Well done.

Donation by Mujib on 10/01/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

For all those who have suffered and are trying to get their lives back together and of course for your efforts Dinesh.

Donation by Raju Goutam on 01/12/13

Donation by Mike Carew on 15/11/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

My share

Donation by PJ on 30/10/13


Well Done from Raj and Meena Soni!

Donation by Sanjay Vijh on 28/10/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Dinesh, a great effort, for a worthwhile cause.

Donation by Rob Martyn on 15/10/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Great Job!

Donation by Madhavi Mora on 15/10/13


well done. keep it up Sanjay.

Donation by Sanjay Vijh on 15/10/13


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Well done Dinesh!!

Donation by Mariusz on 14/10/13

Well done

Donation by Eugene McCarron on 14/10/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Great job!

Donation by Ted Anderson on 14/10/13


Bit late for best wishes but hope it went well and congrats!

Donation by Dom Taaffe on 14/10/13


My small contribution for such a big cause, Trust you will be able to exceed your target soon. Keep up the good work and let me know how I can be of further help.

Donation by Deepak Panwar on 13/10/13


+ £50.00 Gift Aid

Well to all the dedicated Chintan / Rahat team. Hoping you are having a well deserved rest today. Best wishes Varsha Mistry Chair MPHA

Donation by Varsha Mistry on 13/10/13


+ £12.75 Gift Aid

Well done Dinesh - hope your feet aren't too sore !

Donation by Marek on 12/10/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Amazing and inspiring effort Dinesh! Hope your charity benefits people on the grass-root level. Keep it up!!

Donation by RAJESH / SMITA on 12/10/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good Luck Dinesh! Keep it up.

Donation by Avinash Dixit on 11/10/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 11/10/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

All the best Dinesh, great cause

Donation by Kiran Bharucha on 11/10/13

Dost...Mubarak ho. Keep up the good work....

Donation by Arif 'Oracle' Khan on 11/10/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Eric Olsavsky on 11/10/13


All the best! - Chandra

Donation by Chandrashekar Yalakki on 11/10/13


I hope this will help those people, even a little bit

Donation by Gianfranco Sasso on 11/10/13


Very good job, Dinesh bhai. Keep it up.

Donation by Alok Upadhaya on 11/10/13


+ £12.75 Gift Aid

No Words! Just Keep It Up!!!

Donation by Sarat Ji on 10/10/13


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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  • Text donations£0.00
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