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  project name ~ Boru village housing

category ~ relief-gujarat-2002




  Project Name


Boru village housing



Anandi (Area Networking and Development Initi..










  Budget Approved


$ 15000


  Year Approved







1   2  

  Chapter Coordinators



Bay Area










The communal violence and rioting, following the Godhra train burning in late February of 2002 in various parts of the state, also occurred in the village of Boru in the Panchmahal district in North Eastern Gujarat. Boru had close to 190 Muslim families all of whom had to flee for their lives from Boru on March 1st when rampaging mobs looted homes and destroyed their homes and property. Most of these families were housed in makeshift relief camps in the nearby town of Kalol, until they decided to return to Boru between May and July 2002 and begin rebuild and restart their lives. ANANDI, part of the Citizen’s Initative coalition, had been providing relief and rehabilitation in various camps in Panchmahal district in the form of food and non-food help, books and school kits for school going children, play therapy for traumatized children, attempting to do needs assessment for providing livelihoods. It was at this time, when they saw the desire of the Boru families to return to their village that ANANDI along with Citizen’s Initiative coalition decided to support them to reconstruct and repair their homes. AID had approved $15,000 in support for ANANDI’s relief and rehabilitation efforts in Panchmahal district; ANANDI in consultation with AID decided to use this amount for the Boru housing reconstruction and repair effort.





ANANDI’s efforts received prominence when a special issue of TIME magazine recognized them as a group of Asian Heroes of 2003.





ANANDI organized dialogue between the affected families and the rest of the village community to facilitate the process. A “Bandhkam Samiti” (construction committee) was established and women’s participation and leadership was encouraged to supervise the construction, encourage transparency and a community oriented approach and finally the work was completed. In all 176 homes were either reconstructed or repaired --- 89 requiring complete reconstruction, 51 needing partial repairs and 36 additional needing minor repairs. This included 5 homes of adivasis and 3 hindu families whose homes had also been damaged. The Bandhkam Samiti is evolving now as an “Aman samiti” (peace committee). The work in Boru is also being looked at in terms of a model for how some other riot affected families that remain to be resettled are looking at and the work has also received a favorable response from some in the administration, the press and from other voluntary agencies.



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