Sejuti‘s film focuses on the experiences of Himalayan youth and the community members in disaster preparedness. The youth members are part of ‘Disaster Response Teams’ trained by NGO Pragya as part of a programme ‘DMS Himalaya’. The local youth work with local communities and the government on participatory disaster management in remote mountain villages.
They are responsible for: weather and geological data monitoring and reporting; assisting the community members in evacuations; acting as first responders in an emergency, and post-disaster needs assessments and assisting in the distribution of emergency aid.
Sejuti’s words have been lightly edited for clarity
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- Script, editing, narration and overall coordination: Sejuti Basu
- Photographs and video: Sejuti Basu, Hersh Vijayvargiya
- Ideation: Sejuti Basu, Hersh Vijayvargiya, Yatin Dawra
- Site selection, logistics and field coordination: Sejuti Basu, Swayang Bikash Jena
All the members mentioned above are staff of Pragya NGO.