Tsunami Reconstruction Initiative

A fledgling organization when the tsunami struck CCFID’s focus on livelihood development targeting women and youth positioned the organization well to play a key role in addressing long-term livelihood needs. IYF selected CCFID to implement the Tsunami Reconstruction Initiative in India based on its role as a locally-rooted, professionally-run organization capable of delivering on the Initiative’s goals. Having responded to the tsunami with an immediate donation of funds and in-kind support, Nokia conceived of the Initiative as a means of promoting long-term recovery in affected regions.

CCFID’s efforts in India directly impacted the lives of 7,014 young people and indirectly benefited more than 26,000 youth and community members. More than 1,900 youth received skills training, with 80% securing jobs. Over 5,800 loans were made over three years, totalling US$880,000, enabling 1,500 small enterprises to take root. From cashew processing to soda making, from sari weaving to handicraft production, CCFID contributed to the creation of a range of local businesses. Long-Term outcomes improved income During the program period, CCFID launched the Livelihood Resource and Training Centre (LRC) to provide customized and non-financial services to better meet the needs of youth entrepreneurs and women. Recognizing that most microenterprises lack market linkages and access to business development services, the LRC works to fill these gaps.

‘Our greatest achievement has been creating a sustainable income for the tsunami-affected population. Other charities provided supplies and materials but there was no long-term plan to support youth.’ — R. Sudhakar, Chief Executive Officer, Community Collective Society for Integrated Development