Thanks to so many of you who have helped us in achieving our mission - supporting poor, less educated youth with vocational skill training. The commencement of vocational skill training programmes have transformed and empowered the youth to become productive workers.
One of our students, aged 19, has become a skilled trainee out of a strong conviction to support his family. Having lost his father at the age of 14, the family had demanded his early employment as a construction labourer (part time) along with his mother who is again an unhealthy person, in a nearby village. With the few wages they earned, he had to meet out the educational needs of his siblings Dinakaran-Grade XI and Harini-Grade VII together with other family requirements.
After graduating high school, he set his mind on continuing the construction work which he assumed would just suffice his family needs. However with an unconvincing mindset he approached our Evening study center tutor seeking his advice, who on the contrary diverted his interest towards pursuing a skill, and the opportunities that are available just at his reach.
The caption, “Earn while you study” had drawn his interest and this urged him in pursuing the Hotel Management and Catering Technology (HMCT) course followed by training programmes at various hotels which earned him a decent stipend of Rs.5,500/- per month. As for the training, he says he has been surprised by how skill training could change his entire career – from a daily wage labourer to a dignified position. “The stipend has helped me to cover a part of educational needs as well as to supplement my family needs.” He seeks to be a good role model for friends and family and within his community.
“I am thankful to the people supporting this programme, and the opportunity it has given me for training. In a couple of months, I will be a certified trainee, with which I can seek my career in prestigious hotels. Wherever I am in life I will remember the education I have obtained from this training here – I will hold onto it.”
We are grateful to all our donors who have accompanied us in this journey by contributing their hard-earned money in supporting these youth to acquire skills.
With the support of GlobalGiving, we have taken the initiative to help the flood victims of Chennai with provision of relief items. In these items were kitchen utensil kit which comprised of cooking pot, frying pans, ladles, tumblers and plates.
Our first effort towards this relief programme was to conduct a face-to-face survey with the residents of the focused area - Giriyappa Road, slum of Teynampet, Chennai. Our team of members was at the project site a week ahead collecting complete details from each family. The survey recorded details from 280 to 300 families. Following are the findings of the survey conducted.
Our next focus was to seek permission from the nearby school and police station to help in distributing the kit without any commotion. The venue was fixed at Sathiyamoorthy High School, Teynampet and timings between 01.30 to 03.00 p.m. The list of beneficiaries was tracked down with the help of the survey papers. 300 families were selected and prior information on the relief activity was intimated to the recipients.The recipients were on time at the said venue and the programme took place at ease without any strife.
In this time of need, we shall help them as much as we can. Let us stand united to help them return to normal life.
Quotes from participants
1. A mother of four children. Theirs’ is a big family with 4 children and 6 adults. In her own words… “We lost all our things in the flood and are totally depended on the relief items that are provided by donors. We are thankful for providing us this utensil kit which is absolutely helpful to us.”
2. One of the participants, is a widow and has no children. In her own words… “I lost all the few things I owned in this flood. We were provided with benefits from different sources, But I was unable to avail any of these benefits as I’m working and I was unaware of the timings of distribution. However I express the effort taken in giving prior intimation to the beneficiaries of the date, venue and timing the distribution will take place. That is why today I’m able to receive this donation provided by them.”
3. “The flood had created a great damage to the few properties we owned. However we were provided with benefits and thanks to the effort taken. We have received mats, bed sheets, provisions, etc. but we hadn’t any utensils to make use of the grocery given. I express my thanks for providing us with this utensil kit which will be helpful for our cooking purpose.”
Thank you for stepping forward to help those in need!
In continuation to our project activities at Chennai with the support of donors , the activities carried out are been updated.
The residence of Giriyappa road , a slum of Teynampet , Chennai , covers around 300 lined households, of which 100 are asbestos roofed while the remaining are thatched houses. The houses are single roomed (approx.75 to 100 sq.ft.) and have poor living conditions. The room has to be used for all domestic purposes like cooking, sleeping and cleaning vessels. They do not have proper drainage facilities. The houses with asbestos roofing are provided with a toilet for every 8 households, whereas the thatched houses are provided with two common toilets which again are poorly structured. As far as drinking water is concerned they are provided with common corporation taps. Major occupation comprises of housekeeping, construction labourers, and painters.
Their immediate need was cooking stoves and utensils. We are distributing stoves to the residents of this locality. The highlighted feature of this stove is that it is carbon emission free, smokeless and doesn’t pollute the environment. Provision of kitchen utensils to these residents will be distributed in the next following weeks.
Besides, they are given an orientation programme and the points of discussion were on the various emergency preparedness aspects to be handle during disaster period, the relief measures provided by the Government and how to approach them, the formalities involved in retrieving legal documents like certificates, ration card, etc.
We will keep you updated with the various activities we reach out in the days ahead.