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Feb 15, 2019

Phase II - Relief and Rehab supports

Goods given to 75 families
Goods given to 75 families

Kerala is improving fast from the big devastation in 2018. 75 more families have been helped with groceries which was washed away totally and they requested floor cleaners for their homes which were one feet mud covered. Changanaserry, Chengannur areas of Alappuzha District were covered during Phase II.

People request for Education supports for their Children. Education utilities for Children is an urgent need right now. Small things gifted to them will bring a great impact on their education. Many schools have been damaged.

Though we are not able to provide big buildings small repairs which are most urgent can be given now. In houses, small repairs which are most needed now. Many goods have been damaged especially electronic products. We visited houses of few families. Many of them said that small repairs, wood works have to do for a safe living. Some of them request for reconstruction of their homes that are completely demolished.

Request from people are:

• Education supplies for school going Children

• Electronic goods, mattresses, kitchen utensils for families

• Small repairs for their homes

• Reconstruction of highly damaged homes.

Your support will bring high impact in their lives

Group of people who received help
Group of people who received help
Jan 25, 2019

Happy Start - It was Abled Day for the Disabled!!

Children are happy in receiving medals
Children are happy in receiving medals

As planned earlier we conducted World Disabled Day Competitions 2018 for Differently Abled Children on 16 December 2018 (Sunday). This competition was planned, arranged and executed in Collaboration with Samayapuram Traders Association, Samyapuram Lions Club, Sai Vidyala Matriculation School and TOSS (Team of Social Service)

Nearly 75 Children participate and many won prizes in 5 different games. Initially, we started with conducting games and after 12 noon many guest speakers gave motivation speeches and also discussed practical problems faced by Differently Abled Persons and what will be the solutions. 

"Celebrating this day is indeed a great idea and important one for bringing our Children out of a small circle. It helped in introducing unbelievable talents to the society which helps them in motivating, encouraging, stress reducing, get along with people in society, above all building confidence," said one of the parent.

Children enjoyed playing these games. They were very happy in receiving prizes. Parents came to know about Government Schemes with which they can get benefits. We ended the program with lunch.

Our next plan:

  • Conducting a survey to identify Children in need.
  • Gifting shoes for few Children
  • Physiotherapy training for Children
  • Regular check up for Children
  • Wheel chairs for those in such need.

Entire VOICE Team thanks Friends of Earth (Donors of Global Giving) who have started this new project and who are helping us to achieve good health of Differently Abled Children.

Together we have a long way to go..........!!!

Conducting candle lighting game
Conducting candle lighting game
Identifying objects game
Identifying objects game
During guest lecture
During guest lecture
Happy Child - Received many medals and prizes!!
Happy Child - Received many medals and prizes!!
Dec 10, 2018

Reconstruction of houses - Cuddalore Flood affectected families

Relief materials distributed 3 years back
Relief materials distributed 3 years back
It was indeed a massive devastation in Cuddalore District when torrential rains during October and November 2015 inundated all parts of Cuddalore District and pulled down huts made of coconut leaves and killed many goats and cows. The floods came in December 2015 by destroying the crops in agriculture fields and led to terrible poverty among the majority of people. 
Because the focus was more on Chennai floods of December 1 and 2, 2015, media attention did not cover Cuddalore flood problems. VOICE Trust took up their case with Global Giving and appealed for help from friends under Project Number 22674. The priority was for the reconstruction of houses. But, the help from friends through Global Giving could only be used for emergency relief, livelihood projects and educational supports. Thanks to helping from friends through Global Giving, immediate household needs were provided for families with cooking vessels, kerosine stove, buckets, mugs, mosquito nets, rice, groceries, cooking oil, first aid medicines etc., Since this project had housing as the main objective, tarpaulin sheets were provided for raising temporary shelters with pipe or bamboo poles. Many families covered the 4 sides with sarees and blankets which could be seen by Kavita and Elizabeth when they visited Cuddalore Food areas in Cuddalore
Next important activity under this project was giving of goats to 100 widows and women headed families for strengthening their livelihoods. These 100 women showed proudly the goats purchased with help from Global Giving. They also took Kavita and Elizabeth to their houses and showed them vermi compost pits, Azolla algae drums, and country chicken rearing. This is how they have developed their lives after the huge flood fury faced by them at the end of 2015.
Another big contribution from Project Number 22674 is educational supports provided for school children in flood-affected areas of Cuddalore District. Note Books with the emblem of Global Giving and VOICE Trust were distributed to 300 school children with help from friends through Global Giving. These school children were also given school bags, water bottles, and snacks boxes. After the request from parents, geometry boxes and mathematics equipment were also given to them. 

True, more could be done for the flood-affected people of Cuddalore. But, there are newer needs due to more pressing projects like Kerala floods and Gaja cyclone-affected families in Tamil Nadu. Hence, VOICE Trust discussed with the people of Cuddalore Flood areas and told them that we would like to wind up this project. They were not happy. But we convinced them that VOICE Trust will approach others for future projects. Let us hope for the best.

Big Thank you, Dear Friends, of Global Giving.

Education materials distributed to rural Children
Education materials distributed to rural Children
Phase III - Education utilities distributed
Phase III - Education utilities distributed
 
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