World Vision India awarded NGO 'Project of the Year' at PMI Awards

November 18, 2016, New Delhi: At an award ceremony held in Mumbai on November 17, World Vision India (WVI) was awarded the Project Management Institute (PMI) Award for 'Project of the Year' in the NGO category for their work in providing relief during the Chennai floods in December 2015.

Upon acceptance of the award, Mr. Sony Thomas, Group Director, World Vision India, said, "We feel privileged to be recognized for our work during the floods in Chennai. Disaster response must be quick and well-executed and we are happy we could contribute to the relief and rehabilitation efforts. With relentless efforts by partners and volunteers we could provide basic amenities, safety and psycho-social care to children and their families."

World Vision India's contribution during the Chennai Flood Response:

  • 24,200 hygienically cooked food packets distributed to affected communities
  • 12,800 Households in Chennai provided with dry ration; 2767 Households in Kattakulathur, 2000 Households in Nellore also provided with ration till normalization of stores
  • Over 20,000 Households provided with Non-food items like blankets, soap, clothing, etc
  • Over 82,000 liters of water dispensed to nearly 80,000 people affected
  • 1,50,930 PUR (water purification) sachets distributed affecting over 5000 families
  • 255 young women trained and sensitized relating to sanitation and personal hygiene
  • 1860 school-children provided with school supplies
Between the last week of November and the first week of December in 2015, Tamil Nadu recorded its highest rainfalls in years, causing widespread flooding across certain areas, including the capital city Chennai. Thousands of gallons of surplus water was released from the Chembarambakkam Lake and the Red Hills reservoir to avoid breach. This caused flash-flood like situations in slums and residential areas along the banks of the Adyar River and the banks of its minor tributaries. The water at the river banks took a week to recede; stagnant water and flooding caused spreading of water-borne diseases, putting the lives of children and the elderly at risk. Hundreds of people, especially slum dwellers, lost their houses.

Against this backdrop, World Vision India the response team, was able to initiate efforts on ground within the first few hours of the disaster, distributing food and water to people who took shelter in train stations and schools that served as relief camps. Subsequently, a detailed needs assessment survey was conducted and concerted efforts were initiated across the following sectors: water, sanitation and hygiene; food, shelter and non-food items; child protection in emergency; and health.

A systemic relief effort was put into motion towards the broad goal to save lives and strengthen the resilience of flood-affected communities, families including children. Through careful planning and execution, as well as sensitivity to community, risk management, communications, monitoring and accountability, World Vision India was able to mitigate the situation and to bring about positive outcomes. These included enabling access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to affected families, providing food, shelter and basic non-food items to all present in impacted areas. World Vision India also worked towards achieving increased protection and participation of children affected by the disaster, enabling access to immediate health care and livelihood options to the affected population.

About the PMI Awards

The 2016 PMI India Awards Program is the 8th year in the running for PMI India - it is well recognized by Industry, Government and project practitioners as the most prestigious award for the project management community in India. Besides great visibility, it is a fitting acknowledgement to the winning organization for their valuable contribution to the project management community and profession.

PMI, one of the world's largest not-for-profit membership associations for the project management profession, has been administering these awards in India since 2009 to honor excellence in the project management profession. The awards were given away at the Project Management National Conference, India 2016 held in Mumbai from 17-19 November, 2016. For media queries, please contact: 

Teresa Sahaya, World Vision India
+91 9840232138;

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