Kachukhali revisited

This time it was to accompany a team, who went there to see how the rebuilding process is going on. They were gracious enough to ask me to join them, so that I could see for myself how the money my friends contributed (responding to this post) is being utilised.
Overall, the situation is still very grim, but the people there are not down in spirits like the last time I thought they were. This time, I saw them joke about the situation frequently, even when the topic is as grim as imminent food crisis, or cattle death. Some people are still living in make shift shacks like the one in this picture, built on the road, right next to the embankment.

We even got someone to go on a "mission", to collect all the duck eggs that she could get in the neighborhood and sell them to one of us, and she collected 39 eggs! While we were returning, we were informed she just missed two more eggs, which were delivered by the ducks after she had collected the eggs. BTW, shrimps are one of the few things surviving well in the salty waters, and ducks are doing well there, because they are getting a lot of shrimps to eat on.

One of the first steps of the rebuilding process is to clear out the ponds of salty water, and let the monsoon rain fill the ponds with sweet water. This ensures water for everyday use and also the survival of small fish, which are a main food source here.
The farms are still filled with salty water though. Trust me, the stagnant water on these fields do not smell good. I wonder if there can be farming on those fields for months to come.
Inspiration of the day came from this man. He was planting a few saplings, apparently conditioned for salt water. In the background you can see the saplings that he planted last time, now dead. On asked if these will survive in the salty water, he said, "I am not sure, but let me try. What options do I have? I am a farmer, this is what I am supposed to do".

My friends, those who contributed towards this, I assure you, your money was well spent. The love that I received from the people of Kachukhali, it was meant for sharing with you. The food that they stuffed me with, was certainly meant for all of us, and not just one person! I wish I could take you with me to get to know this place.

Apart from all the serious stuff, this time, I learnt a few other things as well. I learnt about bee farming. I also learnt how simple traps (for fish and shrimps) work. Then, I also got an intensive and practical course on how to walk on slippery grounds!

You can see more pictures here

6 comments:

Rhapsody said...

:))
I think that says it all.

Reeta Skeeter said...

I understand that living in a place like that and visiting the place are two different things, on reading this post I feel like visitng the place.. maybe someday :)
glad to know the ppl have their morale up..
and yes really liked the pics..
cheers!

~ ॐ ~ said...

Super Good!

achcha sun, did Aro transfer the amount or not? how much do I need to transfer to Aro's account?

abhi aur collect kar raha ho to bata dena bhai... money being utilized well is a very encouraging thing to know !

and thanks for bringing this back bro!

B. O'Hemian said...

@Swati
:)

@Skeets
Thanks :)

@Prashant
Mailing you the details of payment by Aro.
Thanks for the support bro :)

~ ॐ ~ said...

got it!!!

and thank you :)

R said...

Hats off to their spirit.

I am so immensely proud of you.