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.
In continuation of our project for the flood victims in the slum areas of Chennai, community level awareness and disaster preparedness programme were carried out.
The aim was to educate the community - children; older adults and people living with disabilities our primary focus make them better prepared for a disaster.
The community level training was imparted to the people living in Thiru.V.Ka Nagar, Dr.Giriappa Road and Thomas Road, Teynampet, Chennai. Around 397 participants where children, older adults and neighbours living in that surrounding acted as participants in the training programme. They were educated on immediate first aid, planning which involved identifying organizational resources, formation of teams, determining the roles and responsibilities, communication touch up with neigbhouring communities, etc. to ensure that the response system functions successfully. The training programme was facilitated with the help of Mr.Palani, Chairman, Red Cross Society, Chennai City; Mr.Lawrence, Demo Organizer, Red Cross Society; Mr.Subramaniyan, First Aid Trainer.
The participants kept the training session very active by their constant interaction with the resource person, clearing their queries during rescuing period, immediate sanitary measures they need to adapt to protect themselves from diseases, etc. By the end of the training programme the people of this locality had a clear perspective on flood preparedness.
Mr.Sakkarpani (aged 50) and Poornimal (aged 40) are parents of three children, the younger two pursuing their schooling while their eldest son discontinued education as the family demanded his early employment to support the family. Mr.Sakkarappani is a painter which is daily wage based. “We have all experienced the disaster caused by November 2015 floods in Chennai and during that critical moment we had no idea as to how to react to such situations. We came to know about the awareness programme carried out in our slums and participated in the same. It has educated me on First Aid and the practical demonstration of training has helped me to understand and learn how to lift a disabled/old aged person, calling for support during fire incidents, pumping motions, etc. I am so, so glad that I attended this course. This was the first awareness programme that I have ever participated!”
Mrs. Revathi, aged 29 , is a home maker residing at Dr.Giriappa road. She was intimated through her neighbours about the awareness programme carried out in their slums and was very interested in participating in it. In her own words… “My family has had a bitter experience during the November 2015 floods in Chennai where we had witnessed many deaths, and we deeply regret of our helpless situation. The floods had completely tossed up the lives of many. The training that I attended has kept me well informed on immediate first – aid in different situation, how to assist older adults and adults with disability , how to lift them as a single person which the trainer termed it as “ Single man lift and double man lift”. The training was framed completely in a practical session which made me understand it in a better way. The training has revived my lost confidence to face any emergency situations and rescue victims courageously which I failed to do during the flood due to the panic I pursued on the sudden shock,” says Revathi.
Angel, a 47-year-old widow, resides at Thiru.V.Ka Nagar and is employed as a Home maid. After her husband’s demise she adopted a girl child who unfortunately has heart problem. “On the initial diagnosis of my daughter’s heart problem, I found it extremely difficult to handle the situation and was completely under panic. The situation worsened during the November 2015 floods in Chennai. I was unaware of the immediate first aid to be given to a person who has cardiac arrest. But now, the course I recently attended, was a on a clear cut conception and the training was much more informative than I anticipated. The course material was thoroughly relevant, instructive and engaging. It was enlightening to learn that helping and perhaps even saving a person’s life is far easier to handle than I had imagined”, says Angel.
SPPD doing many impacts in giving education to the poor students.
The SPPD approaches the students who are not able to continue their studies after completing grade 10th & 12th due to poor family back ground poverty due to laps in education, un educated parent, addict to alcohol etc..
The aim of SPPD is to help those poor rural youth by giving training in skill oriented works and education by breaking all the obstacles such as mid day meal, travelling expenses, uniforms, inner wears, note books and other study materials.
SPPD made it happen by the support of the generous support of Global Giving. Many thanks for the generous donors.
Susses story of beneficiary
Mr.Vadivel who belongs a poor family in Kothurpatti village of Trichy district, India. He lost his father in a road accident at the age of 8. His family felt in to the depth of real poverty and they lost all supports.
After the incident all the responsibilities such as taking care of his younger sister studies, running his family, taking care of his younger brother were given to him.
His mother was earned her living by selling flowers. But her income was not sufficient to run the entire family. They felt very difficult in having food even twice a day.
It makes Mr.Vadivel to discontinue his studies after 10th standard; he started to help his mother in earning by doing some unskilled job like agriculture cooli, assisting construction works. After gathering about the boy’s family situation SPPD gave counselling for him and made him to enrol in the skill training program. He joined and completed craft course in food production with the help of Global giving.
He performed well during his training. The institution helped him in breaking the obstacles such as mid day meal, travelling expenses, uniforms, study materials and he feels very easy to continue his course without any barriers. He went for six months industrial exposure training with Bison Woods resort Yearcaud with our support.
After completing his course successfully he got selected in campus interview and now he is working in a reputed star hotel inYercaud and earning Rs. 12,000/- for a month.
Now he is helping in brother and younger sister studies and he can able to take care of his family peacefully. SPPD team spoke to him, he proudy said that all the credit of his happy life is belongs to SPPD and Global Giving.
Continuing with the education is a big challenge for rural youth. Many youth fall under the unorganized sector, embedded with drawbacks like no social security, bonded labour, sexual harassment, etc.
The current academic year support where extended to 130 rural youth under courses in Hospitality. Thanks to so many of you who have helped us in achieving our mission – making a significant impact on poor, less educated youth by upgrading their skills for income generation which will lead them to a better living and self esteem.