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Mar 21, 2016

Encouraging signs from youth for Agriculture

Mr.N. Krishnasamy addressing youth on pest control
Mr.N. Krishnasamy addressing youth on pest control

Youth leaders were given directions on February 18, 2016 by Mr. N. Krishnasamy, former Director of Central Integrated Pest Management Center of Government of India for extending helps for farmers faced with imbalances in pest - predator counts. For, pest infestation is one of the serious problems in agricutlure leading to crop failure and loss of economic resources. Often, huge amounts of money are spent on pesticides. 

Another meeting was organized for Youth Leaders on March 1, 2016 and this time the topic was healthy and local specific seeds. Because, many farmers complained about less quality seeds. Mr. S. Yoganathan, expert in organic seed banking gave tips to youth to replicate quality seeds for distributing to more number of farmers. For, present seeds are not only costly but also efficency ratio is below 50%. It is better if it is above 75%. Best is 90%.

 Field visit was organized on March 3, 2016 to the field of farmer Sesuraj of Irungalur and tips for biodiversity were given in order to increase productivity and decrease over expenditure. He is an opinion leader in Irungalur village. He has promised supports to Youth intrested in agriculture. He has opted to accompany the youth to neighbouring villages like Magilam, Purathakudi, Manikapuram, Konalai, Kalpalayyam.

Thanks to Friends of Earth for supports through Global Giving for the past 5 and half years, successes are coming in the field of agriculture  through introduction of biodiverse systems from seed to harvest. Youth are going into 74 villages this year to stop sale of agriculture lands and to start profitability through biodiversity. 

Tie ups with local markets around Trichy and captial market in Chennai, the Head Quarters of State of Tamil Nadu are planned from June 2016 for further strengthening agriculture

Field visit of Sesuraj farmer
Field visit of Sesuraj farmer
Mr. Yoganathan addressing youth and farmers
Mr. Yoganathan addressing youth and farmers
Mar 8, 2016

Relief-Recovery for Flood affected families starts

Relief goods packed and transported
Relief goods packed and transported

1014 voiceless people without political influence who could not receive any assistance after the floods of December 2015 were selected by VOICE Trust in collaboration with local NGOs like PMSSS, HESAT, Kalai Pattarai and need assesment was done for procuring useful materials which could enable them to move forward in flood recovery processes:

  • Kurinchikudi - Valasakadu villages, Cuddalore District in collaboration with HESAT - 204 families
  • Kalkunam - Kurinchipaadi villages, Cuddalore District in collaboration with PMSSS - 100 families
  • Bhuvanagiri - Pitchavaram villages, Cuddalore District in collaboration with Kalai Pattarai  - 150 families
  • Ekkaduthangal - Chennai in collaboration with Kalai Pattarai  - 150 families
  • Salligramam - Chennai in collaboration with Kalai Pattarai  - 160 families
  • Resource poor School Children in collaboration with Kalai Pattarai  - 100 students
  • River bank villages bordering Kumbakonam area in collaboration with Kalai Pattarai - 150 families

Relief and Recovery packages where given to 804 flood affected families with Tarpaulin sheets to be used as temporary roof for the huts damaged by floods, rice in cloth bag with words : "Take up cloth bags - Give up plastics" and cloth bags will become manure but plastics will add to toxicity, wheat, cooking oil, grocery items, cooking vessels and bucket.

100 flood families of Kalkunam - Kurinchipaadi villages are given goats to confidently move forward in life by increasing income generation for 100 flood affected families.

150 homeless people of Eakattuthangal are supported with cooking stoves since they found it difficult to use firewood at night for fear of fire accidents 

100 school children from resource poor families affected by floods in Chennai are assisted with school bags along with confidence building resource materials to boost them in their studies at this hour of crisis. 

Thanks to Friends and well wishes who helped VOICE Trust through Global Giving for extending relief and recovery for flood affected families. We appreciate your concern for giving a new start in life after the great loss due to floods in December 2015.

True, we had huge applications from flood affected families. But, we had to restrict to 1014 families including 100 school Children. We had to organize hall meetings to deliver the goods in an orderly manner.Some families organized local transportation to take home the relief goods. Others are making alternate arrangements.    

Relief goods for flood affected families
Relief goods for flood affected families
Hall meeting in progress with banner
Hall meeting in progress with banner
Different items in relief goods
Different items in relief goods
Living conditions of benficiaries
Living conditions of benficiaries
People collecting relief goods and taking home
People collecting relief goods and taking home
Mar 1, 2016

765 families given flood relief package in Chennai

Packing and unloading of Relief packages
Packing and unloading of Relief packages

When people of Chennai experienced loss to life, destruction of household goods and damages to homes, your help reached them in the form of relief packages with cooking vessels, rice, wheat, oil, groceries, new clothes, bucket, water drum, tumblers, mosquito net and made them feel encouraged to go forward in life.

Though it was a small gesture, still, flood affected people considered it as a great help at a time when they were down in all aspects of life starting from no food, no water, no sleep etc. They appreciated the utility of all goods. They found mosquito net helpful to ward off the insects. They liked the cloth bag and started using it in avoidance of plastics. 

While distributing the relief packages, we convey to the flood affected people about your special help for them in this hour of calamity and distress. Though far off from them many many miles away, still, you chose to help them. The flood affected people appreciated your care and concern for them. They offered their thanks to you through us. 

VOICE Team joins the flood affected people of Chennai to convey our gratitude to you and your family members for coming forward to extend emergency help for the flood victims. Happy to inform you that small small efforts like yours and ours have enabled them to return to physical as well as mental strengths. 

We got supports from Global Giving under Ford Motor Company Fund and we planned for relief packages to 650 families. But, the ground reality took us to 765 families in total. So, we included your help to add a few goods in each of the relief packages to ensure that your help reached them in troubled times. Thank you again for your help. 

Special Note:

More requests are coming from flood affected people for relief - recovery - rebuilding of homes. Kindly extend help in whatever way possible at your level. Please inform our appeal to your friends. Please help through Global Giving. 

Relief packages given in Ekkattuthangal area
Relief packages given in Ekkattuthangal area
Packages given in Andar Kuppam, Manali and Vichoor
Packages given in Andar Kuppam, Manali and Vichoor
 
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