Update and Appeal on J & K Floods

Dear Friends,

Greetings from all of us at AMAN.

You are well aware of the unprecedented devastation brought about by floods in Jammu and Kashmir. Many of you have called and inquired about the well-being of AMAN colleagues in Kashmir. Some of you have asked if we have initiated any relief work for the survivors. Some have generously offered financial and material help. This is a brief update regarding these matters:

1/ AMAN and Sadhbavna Trust have collaborated to conduct relief and rehabilitation work in Jammu and Kashmir. For over 10 years AMAN has been running a health centre in a village in Baramulla. J&K Relief-2

Several other projects are coordinated from our office in Rajbagh in Srinagar. We have about 15 Kashmiri colleagues who work with AMAN. After more than a week, we have finally been able to get in touch with three of our colleagues in Srinagar. They informed us that both the AMAN centres have been extensively damaged.

J&K Relief-1The Sadbhavna Trust (SBT) works on empowering marginalized communities. Since its inception has contributed to natural disaster relief efforts, like Gujarat earthquake in 2001, and the Kashmir earthquake in 2005. More recently, the SBT has been working to provide relief and ongoing rehabilitation for victims of the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots..


2/ A colleague from the Sadhbhavna Trust (SBT) who lives in Kashmir has informed us of her work in a makeshift relief camp in Srinagar. SBT and AMAN have purchased blankets, infant food, sanitary towels and water purifiers and managed to send it to her. She has been able to distribute it in the camp.

3/ The scale and impact of the tragedy has caused a sense of helplessness. Given our limited resources, we do not know where to begin. In the past our friends have immediately responded during disasters. The Kashmir earth quake in 2005 and the Bihar floods of 2008 were examples where AMAN colleagues responded promptly. However the scale of the current disaster is so vast that our friends are struggling to save their own lives and property. Communication and infrastructure have completely collapsed.

4/ The dimensions of the tragedy in Jammu & Kashmir will unfold further in the days and months to come. Given all this and our past experience in relief and rehabilitation work, AMAN has decided to first analyse the situation keeping in mind our resources and available skills. We want to devise long-term strategies of relief and rehabilitation so that our interventions are meaningful and effective.

5/ Many of you have offered material and financial donations. We request you to make only financial contributions. Past experience has taught us that managing, sorting and transporting goods, clothes and medicines is time-consuming and expensive. Needless to say, we will keep you updated on the work undertaken and expenditures incurred.

Your contributions are exempted from income tax under Section 80(G).

Those friends who live in India can make their contributions by drawing a cheque in favour of
AMAN (Public Charitable Trust)

For wire transfer / RTGS / NEFT
HDFC Bank, New Friends Colony Branch, New Delhi
SB Account No: 00891000049040
IFSC Code: HDFC 0000089
Name of Beneficiary: AMAN (Public Charitable Trust)

Please mail us the details of your contribution at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Jamal Kidwai, AMAN Trust and Madhavi Kukreja, Sadhbhavna Trust.

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.


Fund Raising appeal for AMAN Primary Health Care Centre, Matipora, Baramulla, j&K

Since 2003, the AMAN Trust has been running a health care centre in the village Matipora, Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir ..... PHOTOS

The centre provides basic health care facilities to neighbouring twenty villages, in a radius of around 7 kms. In the past six months, more than 2500 people have visited the centre for treatment and consultation. Out of these, majority were women and children.

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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