Message by Our Ho'nable Chairman

chairmanFriends,
We have continued to enhance our ability to meet various stakeholders' expectations. The organization has been able to strengthen its ground presence with four field Resource bases established at Gorakhpur,Jaunpur (in U.P.) Beldaur and Patna (in Bihar) with central office at Lucknow.

During the year, the organization continued to invest in enhancing internal capacities through well planned training and capacity building initiatives. We are making sincere effort in the field of disaster management through involvement of SHG's. PRIs, education initiative and voluntary agencies working for sustainable universal development and prepared to work during emergency (VASUDEVA). The endeavor is to promote inter-institutional dynamics for excellence in their initiative and PEACE at individual as well as community level.

We have traveled a long journey from 1987 to 2011 in which hundreds of friends and thousands of community people joined hands to our initiatives. It may be difficult to mention everybody's name but I am sure various activities would not have been possible without a collective effort and wisdom.

Disasters, either manmade or natural will continue to make critical dents on humanity, its development initiatives and the environment in eastern UP. The hazards we face in our environment today presents a wakeup call for everyone to act now, if we ever hope to have some control of their adversities. This calls for corresponding shifts from the traditional reactive approach to hazards to a more proactive one in which the culture of preparedness and mitigation in disaster management is institutionalized at all levels (right from the individual and the family to the nation) in our society. This assertion is well place in the High Powered Committee (HPC) on Disaster Management report's (2001) vision for "creating a disaster free India, through the confluence of cultures of preparedness, quick response, strategic thinking and prevention".

Mainstreaming disaster preparedness and mitigation in development therefore becomes a viable and positive way of establishing the linkages between development planning. This is possible by applying Hygo Frame Work on risk reduction with. To realize this, there is a dire need for the involvement of all the stakeholders in charting the path towards a disaster free community. PGVS as an organization is preparing itself to have a great emphasis on early warning system in place.

PGVS has commitments towards service provision, policy advocacy, awareness raising, Capacity building and addressing environmental concerns for the communities and its leadership in disaster management, primarily in the provision of health services, education, and livelihoods. Friends, very recently we have started a bilingual monthly magazine in the name of “Disaster Management and Development”. We have published many issues of the magazine so far. The first few issue have discussed about the impact of Tihri Dam on surrounding villages. Himalaya, Climate Change Adaptation.

In terms of resources, PGVS has been supported by a variety of agencies. We are thankful to our supporters like Christian Aid, Oxfam,CRS, Sphere India, Unicef, Care,Government of U.P.Government of India for supporting our work. I would like to end by thanking all the Donors, patner NGO, members of PGVS, as well all the well wishers of PGVS, for their support, participation and inputs. The staff team in PGVS has done a commendable job and I also record my appreciation for their efforts.

Dr. Bhanu, Secretary, PGVS.