Citizens' Initiative (CI) is a coalition of
secular social organizations and socially concerned citizens. This
coalition emerged during the 2001 Gujarat earthquake and was able
to orchestrate a coordinated response to the situation by pooling
resources and expertise. Although the CI has no formal membership
or legal registration, it has more than 25 social organizations
and several prominent persons who provide their resources and expertise
voluntarily till the government and NGOs take control of the situation.
CI responded to the social crisis created by
the recent communal holocaust in Gujarat by sending teams to various
affected areas in order to provide for victims' immediate physical,
medical and emotional needs. In spite of the modest supplies that
CI managed to send to all the camps, there are still serious needs
within relief camps that the Government has yet to recognize and
also from the other rural areas of Gujarat for food as well as non-food
items. As a result the people in these camps are in a very critical
situation and need immediate support.
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