Building Community Resilience

Building Women Leadership in Climate action, Odisha

The cyclonic storm, Fani in May 2019 has devastated communities in Odisha and caused tremendous losses. Instead of mourning their losses, the brave women of Ganjam District have collectively started restoring livelihoods and homes.SSP and local partner NGO ORISSSA has been working in Ganjam District to support and strengthen women leadership in climate action and disaster risk reduction. 

Supported by Huairou Commission, Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF) aims to enhance women’s leadership to access climate resilient information for combating climate threats & building resilience through a robust govt-NGO-community eco system. The women farmers in Ganjam district were mobilized to design their plan for kharif crops with a diversified range to help small farm families face the repeated climate change challenges.

The project focuses on fostering formal recognition of leadership and expertise of grassroots women in planning response to climate change and facilitating investments in women-led vulnerability reducing climate resilience initiatives. The project outreaches to over 10,240 families and is being implemented in 10 villages in Ganjam District and learning and scaling to Malkangiri and Kandhamal districts.Participating in peer learning exchanges in Maharashtra provided opportunities for women groups from Ganjam to see different community initiatives in disaster and climate risk context. This has opened their eyes to see how the vulnerable communities in Maharashtra is addressing climate resilient farming and improving their environment and life standards.

Implementation Partners: ORISSA, Supported by: Huairou Commission

Strengthening Grassroots Capacities and Network in Bihar 

To strengthen the Community Resilience Network in Bihar, SSP has implemented the DRR programs to strengthen the grassroots women’s capacities through promotion of women’s leadership thus addressing climate changes and disasters. Supported by Misereor, the project is being implemented in 9 districts with facilitation of NGO partners. 

Formation of women led disaster task forces and capacity building training on early warning system enable women groups to take lead in risk reduction activities at community level. Regular dialogues with Gram Panchayats for recognizing the role of women in disasters and accessing government schemes are provide that partnership with local government and women leadership will create safer and sustainable communities.

Women groups started doing flood resilient agriculture practices from peer learning and exposure visits to Krishi Vigyan Kendras. Capacity building workshops were conducted to promote low cost models of organic farming, organic manure, vermi-compost production and compost pits for solid waste management. Climate resilient farming techniques, use of matka rasayan, an organic pesticide, and regular network meetings were promoted.  

Implementation Partners: 9 NGOs from Bihar, Supported by: Misereor

Long term Recovery and Community Resilience, Kerala

Since SSP responded to the August 2018 Flood in Kerala, we decided to work on sustainable initiatives to rebuild Kerala. SSP has opened offices in Kottayam and Wayanad to strengthen the community resilience initiatives.


To develop a climate resilient community, SSP facilitated women groups in Wayanad to address climatic challenges. Formation of Sakhi Farmers Groups in Wayanad was the beginning of implementing community led intervention. So far 25 groups are formed in Kottathara and Edavaka Panchayats. 

Seven groups received Community Resilience Fund (CRF) based on their plan to start resilience initiatives. Partnership with Kudumbashree, Local panchayats, District Administration NGOs like MSSRF, Neethivedi, Brahmagiri Society are some of the key achievements in Wayanad. 

Identifying tribal drop out students and providing tuition for them in partnership with Neethivedi yielded result. More than 18 students started going to school every day due to SSP’s intervention. Access of seeds and other agriculture inputs are some of the achievements in partnership with Gram Panchayats and Krishi Bhavans.

Supported by: Habitat for Humanity India, Huairou Commission, Merrimac Foundation


SSP has launched the reconstruction and livelihood initiatives in Mundar in Kottayam District after 2018 flood. SSP has rebuilt houses for two flood victims and handed over the key to the house owners. Thirteen women masons who had completed started working in repair activities in Mundar Ward no 1.  SSP has completed repair of 33 houses and 20 toilets. We have distributed chicks and quails with hi-tech cages to the flood affected families and they started earning income from this.  We have formed eight self-help groups, trained women to be leaders to link with government programs for the communities and on strengthening the income generation or livelihoods programs for them.  Construction of 26 new houses already started in this year and the work will be completed in another 6 months.

Supported by: Habitat for Humanity India, Huairou Commission, Merrimac Foundation