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Sep 4, 2018

Ockhi Cyclone families want bee keeping for reviving life.

One of many types in bee keeping
One of many types in bee keeping

Ockhi Cyclone on November 29, 2017 shocked all people of Kanyakumari District in the State of Tamil Nadu, southern India. VOICE Trust joined with local collaborator WEEDS and extended emergency relief for 660 families in 12 villages. The target people are all tribal communities. They are not influential with officials and the politicians. Being voiceless, they requested us for help through GlobalGiving. With supports from friends, we started small relief activities. With GlobalGiving help, cooking vessels and family articles were distributed.

 Now, there is huge disappointment among Ockhi Cyclone families. They are fed up that help is not coming for their relief and rehabilitation. VOICE Team has been asked by them to support bee keeping. Each family needs minimum of $150 for starting bee keeping as a permanent employment and income generation activity. Women and Children are interested to spend their time usefully for bee keeping. VOICE Team has agreed to help in marketing the value added products like honey.

 Please extend your help and cooperation. One of you can help one family or many of you can join together to help some families. We will inform you about number of Ockhi Cyclone affected families helped by friends through GlobalGiving.

Aug 30, 2018

Youth invited by villages for biodiverse agri

Village people and Youth participate in PRA
Village people and Youth participate in PRA

Great news that villages are inviting Youth trained in biodiverse agriculture to visit them and start the many processes for economic sustainability and ecological well being in life. The first process is organizing Participatory Rural Appraisal(PRA) for involving all in the local community to speak out what was done in the past, what are the difficulties in the present and what all could be done in the future for strengthening bio diverse agriculture. This was done in Thirupanjeeli village twice during July 2018 with help of trained Youth and agriculture students coming to learn in VOICE Trust work villages.

The next process will be seasonality analysis, resource mapping and climate adaptation. Other processes will include seed banking for preserving quality sees, seed treatment for finding out the seed efficiency ratio, pre-season cultivation preparations including ploughing and base manuring especially with neem cakes for protecting the plants from root borne diseases, organic manuring, bio pest repellents, less labour intensive cultivation practices, timely harvesting, value addition and thical marketing with direct linkages between producers and consumers.

Trained Youth need your continued supports for getting tools kit and for records for taking out on investment data and for travel. Till they get local support, VOICE Trust appeals to friends through GlobalGiving for extending help to meet one or more of these needs.

VOICE staff leading PRA in Thirupanjeeli village
VOICE staff leading PRA in Thirupanjeeli village
Jun 14, 2018

Slums in Chennai flood areas need rehabilitation

Because of many helps from Friends through GlobalGiving, VOICE Trust joined with local organizations to extend emergency relief for the street dwelling families of Ekkaduthangal, Manali, Velachery, Tambaram areas . During 2017 , educational supports for some school children were extended. But, many school children in flood affected families need, note books, guide books, school bags, water bottles and other such educational supports.

Also, the poverty families in slums want educational supports and livelihood schemes. The unemployed youth who have taken to cultural activities through Kalaipattarai  want musical instruments.

Your supports in the past had helped many flood affected families. VOICE Trust renews the request to all for continuing supports through GlobalGiving.

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