Help the Victims of Savar Tragedy!
(Update on Sep 20, 2013: SpaandanB is thankful to all the donors who have come forward and donated generously for the victims of this tragic incident. At this point we are no longer accepting any more donation for this event. We are working on the rehabilitation part of this project and will conclude by the end of this year.)
SpaandanB is committed to sending 100% of your donation for this cause to the beneficiaries. We will use our own emergency fund to cover for any overhead expenses of this emergency help
distribution process, so that each dollar you donate goes directly to the victim.
On Wednesday, April 24, Bangladesh was hit by a grave disaster when a nine-storied factory building collapsed and trapped thousands of workers! Till May 13, frantic rescue work went on and many lives were saved but many perished - a staggering 1127! Injured workers have been admitted into hospitals where they are undergoing long medical treatment process. They need help. They need your support to get back to a normal life and start supporting their own families. People from all sectors are coming forward with whatever help possible! It's time for you to stand beside them!
SpaandanB is urging all its donors to step forward and donate for this cause. Every dollar donated can help mitigate the sufferings of the survivors and their families.
SpaandanB is committed to sending 100% of your donation for this cause to the beneficiaries. We will use our own emergency fund to cover for any overhead expenses of this emergency help distribution process, so that each dollar you donate goes directly to the victim.
Due to the time critical nature of this incident, SpaandanB Bangladesh Office has already started the emergency help using its own funds. The collection from your kind donation will replenish that fund in due time.
With 1127 dead and 2500+ injured and even more saved alive, the Rana Plaza garments factory collapse in Savar is the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern human history. The crack at Rana Plaza left a deep scar at the hearts of millions of Bangladeshis, home and abroad! The frantic rescue work has long subsided with grim discovery of mangled bodies or stories of survival nothing short of a miracle. The dust and the rubble at Savar may have settled, but the grief of the bereaved families or the maimed survivors will linger for a very long time! On one hand, this disaster uncovered the harrowingly unsafe working condition of our garments workers and even deeper crack in the administration, and on the other hand brings out the “Hero” in simple people who risked it all to save a life! It was general people who were the early responders to the rescue work. People from all sectors stepped forward to help the victims. Many organizations actively participated either in the rescue work or still helping in the rehabilitation process. SpaandanB is one of these organizations. When we set out the appeal for help, it was answered with a resounding response. Many donors contributed generously and in very short time we reached $50,000 mark. We express our heartfelt thanks to all of you for your kindness and generosity.
Ahead of all the injured survivors lies a long way of physical and mental healing and, last but not the least, financial recovery. The families of the deceased, besides the struggle of coping with the immense loss, are facing a bleak future having lost what may be their sole earning members! So, the need for help has not ended. We are still urging you to come forward and donate for the rehabilitation of the victims of the Savar Tragedy. We cannot do this without you. Please continue to reach out to your communities, and collect as much donations as you can. We are proud to stand with you in this quest to get these people on feet again.
SpaandanB Bangladesh office, along with its partners, have participated in the rescue operation from the second day of the collapse. Since then it has been providing emergency services to alleviate immediate sufferings of the victims. We are also here for the people who walked into a death trap because they could not afford to lose a day’s worth of pay. One can only imagine what the financial burden the loss of their lives will mean for their families. With close monitoring from the Dhaka office, we are trying to identify specific ways in which we can help these families recover from their loss.
SpaandanB support for Savar Victims: Updated on Sep 20, 2013
SpaandanB Bangladesh Office, along with its partner organizations (Badhan, SAFE), has participated in the Savar rescue operation from the immediate aftermath of the collapse. SpaandanB Bangladesh office divided the overall help process into different phases. In phase-I, immediate life-saving services have been provided. In phase-II, sustained help are being provided to patients for health comfort. In phase-III, targeted rehabilitation services will be provided for long-term effect. Details of all these phases are provided below -
Phase-I: Immediate Life-Saving Services Status: completed, Expenditure: Taka 5,37,626 (Approximately $7,000) (10% of total budget)
- In consultation with doctors at Enam Medical College, surgical instruments were provided to the authority of Enam Hospital for immediate surgery on 50 patients. The following instruments have been procured-
- DCP with screw for radias and ulna- 10 piece
- DCP with screw for tibia- 5 piece,
- DCP for humerus with screw- 5 piece,
- DSH with screw- 2 piece,
- interlocking nail with screw - 2 pieces
- SpaandanB officials and Badhan volunteers visited all the Savar victims who got admitted into Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Savar CMH and Pongu Hospital and created a list with mobile numbers for constant contact. Emergency help kits, containing high-nutrient food and change of clothes, have been provided to 182 patients. (Total expense Taka 2,21,759)
- We supplied 20 coffins for proper burial of the unfortunate fallen victims. They were handed over to the ADC General of Dhaka District, Head of Control Room for Savar victims. (Total Expense Taka 35,200)
- SpaandanB partnered with SAFE in carrying out the emergency rescue work at Savar during the first week of the effort. SpaandanB supported the expenditure for procuring various rescue materials (i.e. Oxygen Cylinder, Safety Mask, Gloves, First Aid materials etc). (Total expenses Taka 2,34,167 Receipt ).
Phase-II: Short term health support to alleviate immediate sufferings Status: Completed, Expenditure: Taka 3,69,596
- In this phase, SpaandanB continued to provide emergency health support to Savar victims in "Pangu" Hospital and "Sharawrdi" hospital. In consultation with Prof. KH Awal, Director of National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR), created a food supplement package (contains 1 egg, 2pcs bread, 500 gm Milk, 2 litre pure drinking water, 1 banana and 1 lemon). These packages were distributed to 120 pre-identified patients to start with. As patients came around and leave the hospitals, number of benificiaries gradually decreased. This way we provided a total of 4602 food packages.
- SpaandanB officials, with the help of Badhan volunteers, are conducting detailed survey of the patients to identify their medical and financial situation. This includes family background checking and verification of possibility of receiving help from other sources. The correctness of this database will be instrumental in determining the exact nature of the future rehabilitation process, which will vary case by case.
- SpaandanB is under discussion with SAFE for possible partnership during rehabilitation process.
Phase-III: Long Term Rehabilitation Process Status: Started from July,2013 Targeted Expenditure: 80% of the total budget
- The long-term rehabilitation process will be based on the database meticulously created in Phase-II. We are targeting to provide 50% of the Phase-III budget for rehabilitation of the families of the fallen victims. The rest 50% will be used to rehabilitate seriously injured patients who have minimal financial support. Rehabilitation type will vary case by case, but may include the following –
- Providing income-generating opportunities for families with no income source
- Providing retraining support to amputees and offering skill building opportunities
- Placing orphans or children with one parent in residential schools
- Providing educational stipends to children who lost their earning parent(s)