Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMAN Trust Appeals for contributions for disaster relief in Jammu & Kashmir

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 wellbeing 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/ For over 10 years AMAN has been running a health centre in a village in Baramulla. Several other projects are coordinated from our office in Rajbagh in Srinagar. We have about 15 Kashmiri colleagues who work with AMAN. Since last Saturday, we have lost touch with all of them. All our efforts to do so have been unsuccessful. Both our centres have been extensively damaged.

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. It is always best to purchase new relief material as we did with Sadhbhavna Trust. Needless to say, we will keep you updated on the work undertaken and expenditures incurred.

5/ To know more about our past relief and rehabilitation work in Kashmir and Bihar please visit the following link on our website:

You can find out more about the Aman Trust by visiting

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

You can make your 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)

6/ Several other organisations are collecting material and financial help. Here are some contact links:

6.2/ Uday Foundation: Visit: , Call: 011-26561333/444

6.3/ AMAN Biradari trust
Bank Name:IDBI Bank Limited
Branch: 1/6, Siri Fort Institution Area,
Khel Gaon Marg, New Delhi-110049.
A/c No: 010104000156950
IFSC Code:IBKL0000010
BSR Code: 110259002
Warisha (9953825580)

6.4/ Kashmir Volunteers in Delhi:

JNU - TEFLAS Centre, JNU, near Munirka. Contact: Idrees: 9717296427 Mudasir:9560474618 Suvaid: 9871623382, Umar: 8375912704

Kalkaji - 16/10, 2nd floor, Kalkaji, Near Deshbandhu College - Contact Irfan: 9953240039, Suvaid: 9871623382

North Campus - G-3/3, Model Town, Phase III, Opposite PNB - Contact Amit: 9818934162, 8451082417

Jamia - 451- Zakir Nagar West, Samin Appartments, First Floor, Flat No. 101, Near Masjid Abu Bakr- Contact: Owais: 09958717132, Iqram: 08750150771, Hashim: 08527514797

For GHAZIABAD and MEERUT areas: IDST Dental College, Modinagar UP. Contact: Aaqib Hussain: 08755477844, Aaliya firdous: 08171797712

FOR GURGAON- A1/1802 Uniworld City Sector 30 near Huda City Center Guragaon.
Contact- Jahanara Rabia: 9871562901

With kind regards
Jamal Kidwai