Following the humanitarian crisis in Manipur that began on May 3, 2023, Octave Foundation moved out of our arts and performance space to start relief efforts under our project ‘Relief Reach Out’, on the ground from May 7, 2023. As of Oct 2023, we have completed almost 6 months of relief efforts impacting ~7270 internally displaced people (1880 children, 3632 women, and 1762 men) living at 36 different relief camps in 100+ visits. We have reached Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal, and Bishnupur districts.
As of now, there is no data available for gender non-binary people.
We have covered 950 km+ (one way) in this whole effort. This is a tiny number in front of the 60000+ people living in the total 300+ relief camps in Manipur.
The following are the areas we have been able to work on:
1) Dry Rations, vegetables, fruits and water
2) Clothes and toiletries
4) Textbooks and stationery materials
5) Therapeutic Music session
6) Drama and Music workshops
7) Skill Development and Livelihood programs for women
8) Psychosocial Support
Providing Essential Materials
With the generous support of friends, colleagues and strangers who came forward to extend support through cash and kind, we were able to provide essential materials for over a 1000 women and children in the first month of the crisis. Since then our team have continuously catered to different requirements of the Internally Displaced People of the conflict.
In times like now when we feel our world slipping away from us, when we have no control on anything, we only wish for our voices and stories to be validated and heard.
A safe space initiated by Clinical Psychologist Paonam Thoibi in one of the Relief Camps where the survivors are sharing, venting and unloading their stories.
Therapeutic Music Sessions
As a small step towards healing, We stepped up with what we do best: performance, music and stories. We initiated therapeutic music sessions for people in the relief camps with the help of our artists and musicians.
How will people heal? How will the people move towards "normalcy"? There aren't any definite answers as of now. However, the attempts and the small steps to reconnect with ourselves, to make small movements towards peace should not cease...
We believe rebuilding lives would need movements from different angles. We believe peace is not a straight road. We also believe multiple helping hands can mend broken pieces. With contributions from various strangers we were able to set up various workshops to help set up small businesses. We started with incense sticks and candle making which are now available in the market now.
Fund Raiser for Relief Work in Manipur
We are trying to facilitate mostly women, children and old people who are currently staying at the relief camps set up in different parts of the region. They have fled from their villages or have lost their homes in violence.
To support our work, please send your contributions to:
State Bank of India
A/C No: 35661690774
IFSC Code: SBIN0004562
Imphal Secretariat Branch
Use the UPI ID: octave.f@paytm