Puthumai A. Nazarene, the Director of Social Welfare Institute has signed a Project Cooperation Agreement with the UNICEF, West Bengal State Office for a project on Community Based Disaster Preparedness in Harishchandrapur - II Block of Malda District, 350 k.m. north of Kolkata. The Agreement was signed on 18 March 2008 at the UNICEF office in Kolkata. This project will aim at reducing the vulnerability of the community and building their capacity for promotion and strengthening of support systems that that ensure reduced damages to lives and livelihoods of the people. About 100,000 people will benefit from this project. The program is supported by the Ministry of Civil Defense, Government of West Bengal, and DIP-ECHO.