Update on J&K Flood Relief

Dear Friends,

Greetings from all of us at AMAN Trust and Sadhbhavna Trust (SBT)!

On behalf of the community with whom we are working in Kashmir; the AMAN Trust and SBT we once again thank you for for your support and solidarity for the relief and rehabilitation work that we initiated in Kashmir on 17th September.

This is the second update we are sharing with you. You may recall the first update was sent on 30th September.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the Tata Group for providing financial support for travel of doctors, community kitchen and hygiene kits and quilts. A team of doctors from the Tata Group also joined the group of doctors from St Johns Medical Hospital Bangalore and AMAN doctors in extending the medical camps to areas of Srinagar town.  

Here is a brief update on the activities undertaken until now.


Lest we forget

By Kausiki Sarma

The killing of five civilians at the hands of the Border Security Force in Ramban and their burial makes us recall the conversation we had with Habibullah Khan, the 80 year old caretaker of the more than two decades old Martyr's graveyard, located next to the Idgah in the heart of Srinagar. The graveyard, which holds almost 1500 burials, had its first burial in the early 1990's when militancy was at its peak. Carved in marble, at the entrance gate, are the lines, “Lest you forget we have given our “ today” for “tomorrow” of yours,” reminding visitors and passersby of the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives fighting for the cause of Kashmir.

Grave digging was not a profession which was passed on to Habibullah by his forefathers. This tall, lanky and bearded man was once an ordinary shopkeeper who took up the responsibility to look after the graveyard when he, like hundreds of others in the Kashmir valley, was affected by the everyday violence in the Kashmir valley.

By Kausiki Sarma


He recalls frequent encounters between Indian security forces and militants, leading to numerous deaths, torture and many human rights violations.

For Habibullah, becoming the caretaker of the graveyard was his way of giving back to society, his contribution to the struggle being waged by his fellow “freedom fighters” and his way of showing solidarity with the cause of Kashmir.


Report on AMAN Health Care Centre, Baramulla, J&K

The AMAN Health Care Centre, now being supported Charities Aid Foundation has been running in the village of Matipora in Baramulla district, Jammu and Kashmir since, 2003. It broad objectives are:

  • Providing health care and laboratory facilities to people of 20 villages of Baramulla district
  • Run preventive awareness campaigns on reproductive health and child care
  • Advocacy on government health care schemes like NRHM reach beneficiaries and properly implemented

This is a six monthly report, on its activities from 1st February to 31st July 2012.


AMAN Health Camps in J&K

AMAN trust conducted a TB awareness camp in the village Mattipora in the Baramulla district of J&K on the 15th July. The camp is part of a year long awareness campaign on TB prevention. The programme is being conducted in collaboration with the Government t of J&K and Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI). Nearly twenty participants attended the camp. They included Asha workers, village Sarpanch, ICDS workers and village elders. AMAN will conducted four more such camps in the coming months. For more information on the programme, write to us.

See our photos section for pics.


Health Centre, Bara Mulla, J&K

AMAN, with assistance from the Charities Aid Foundation has been conducting it activities at its Community Based Health Care in a remote village of Mattipora in Baramulla district since February 2012. The project has seen active participation of the local community in not only mobilising people of the district to take part in the programme but also in providing voluntary labour and services in running the centre. The Centre is the only quality medical facility for 20 surrounding villages.

The highest number of patients range from the age group of 20-50 with 60 per cent of the patients being women. In the last three and a half months the centre treated almost 1000 persons and has conducted carried out 50 laboratory tests during the same period. Approximately, 44% of the patients came from Matipora while other patieents come from  villages as far as Habang Tango, Tangnarg, Nowpara and Magam. Presently the centre is housed in a five room building.


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