At the outset, we wish to thank GlobalGiving for the invaluable support being extended to our intervention for the children living with HIV/AIDS. We are happy that so far the amount of US$ 515 has been raised through our platform. We take this opportunity to thank the individual donors for their kind assistance towards helping the kids living with HIV here in utmost need.
We are extremely happy to present the report on our activities. On first October, the introductory cum problem appraisal meeting was held at the SPPD head office at Musiri. A total of 20 children and 50 adults living with HIV participated in the meeting.
Out of these children, 16 of them were there with both their parents, 3of them attended meeting with their single parent mothers. and 1 child who has lost both her parents to HIV came with her grand mother. Along with them 30 more men and women living with HIV also took part. All the participants were given a mask on entering the venue.
The participants shared their problems and those who attended without their kids requested the help to be extended to their wards as well. They also said that there are more number of families with members afflicted with HIV living in their respective villages in need of help. The participants were served tea and lunch.
The participants were in particular thankful for the sumptuous meal of “Briyani” a non vegetarian delicacy. They were allowed any number of helpings they wished to have and this was an extreme delight. The recipe chicken briyani and the side dish called “Talcha” were prepared with the following ingredients.
10 kilos of fine quality rice,10 kilos of chicken meat, 4kilos of tomatoes,3 kilos of onion, green chillies, 500grams of raw mango, ginger 250grams, lime 10 Nos. and mint and coriander leaves. The cooking process undergoes three stages boiling, frying and finally a traditional style of baking.
All of them thanked SPPD & GlobalGiving for understanding their needs and this they said helped them to come out of the stigma they live with, in the villages here, where maintaining confidentiality and privacy of individuals are rare.
Similarly, the World AIDS day was celebrated on 3rd December. In this program, 15 children and 40 adults including the parents of the children. The headmaster of the school of Thinnakonam village Mr. Kumaralingam presided over the meeting. A pledge was taken by all the participants on HIV/AIDS. The sentences of the pledge emphasised on the following points.
Mr. Kumaralingam’s speech was well received by the participants. He also gave tips on memory retention to the children in the form of small games. And he also gave useful tips on exercises for leading peaceful and happy life for the adult participants.
It is our pleasure to tell the activities about the project, Thank you.
Society for Poor People Development (SPPD) has been working in the disaster affected poor slum habitations since the heavily disastrous deluge that shook the city of Chennai in the year 2015. During the floods even the apartments in which economically much better placed families had met with enormous hardships, for weeks as the water submerged even the first two floors in some low lying areas.
And the sufferings of the poorest communities, who live in the hundreds of slum settlements was unthinkable indeed. SPPD stepped in immediately. As part of rehabilitation huts were given supporting structures like frames of comprising of bamboo and casuarinas poles along with reinforced thick polythene sheets as a protection from the rain. Subsequent to this Disaster Preparedness training is being carried out.
The young woman one of the beneficiaries of the rehabilitation and disaster preparedness training from Thiru. V.Ka Kudyiruppu of Teynampet slum settlement, says that the sheets were very large enough as with them the entire area of the house of the roof and the side walls remained covered, preventing even a drop from leaking in. She also explains how the Emergency Medical kit given as part of disaster preparedness training by SPPD greatly helped an old man, her neighbour.
She says when he got injured with bleeding wound while walking on the muddy surroundings. She at once cleaned and bandaged the wound with the help of the cotton and the medicine provided in the emergency medical kit. Similarly she could also nurse the wounds sustained by her son. While the families that were benefited
And after the initial relief and rehabilitation efforts, we have been involved in the crucial measures that are meant to protect the damages to the lives of the most vulnerable sections like the children, disabled, aged and women of the slums here.
The prevention of damage to the tiny shacks of the poor families are residing is another utmost priority. Upon realising the same we attach utmost importance on that. Disaster Preparedness is carried out as a continuous intervention by SPPD in association with GlobalGiving and Red Cross in the slums here . We would like to request you to become a part of this intervention and extend a helping hand prevent the loss of the lives and heavy damages of the hapless poorest communities living in our slums.