Build Back Better: Powering post disaster recovery for speed, sustainability and resilience

The need
In the wake of Cyclone Fani which hit in May 2019, coastal communities across Odisha are struggling to cope.

The primary concern at present is that in the recovery is slow. Some marginal groups may slip through the recovery nets. This means homes, schools and infrastructure may be built in ways that are again vulnerable to the next disaster. This is a systemic problem seen after every major disaster.

How we helped
Safe, connected, green and off-the-grid. SEEDS is developing a roadmap where risk reduction meets sustainable energy solutions for better resilience to future disasters. Using one school and one health centre as model demonstrations, we aim to develop an off-grid campus.

Each is being restored and upgraded with better sanitation facilities. The model buildings will be equipped with rainwater harvesting systems, solar heating and solar power plants that are connected to the grid. A solar charging station is in the works as well.  Social forestry- based buffer plantations are being developed around each area.

At school, we’re adding a kitchen green wall to boost nutrition. A library in a box, a climate school and open play area that will also serve the surrounding community. A grain bank and fodder bank are being added as well.

The buildings themselves will be complemented by planning processes done with the community. Disaster management planning, and capacity building workshops to leave the community more prepared.

Can decentralised energy be a catalyst for sustainable interventions in other areas?

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