We wish to bring to your kind information that our interventions have been continuing in the disaster prone (flood prone) areas of Chennai city which have the heavy concentrations of the poorest still one of the most voluminous sections, the slum dwellers. This year as the North East Monsoon rains are about to set in October, the poor communities in the slums flood prone areas of Chennai here are really in a state of acute fear.
Upon our findings based on field experiences we had gone ahead with the Disaster Preparedness for the vulnerable sections as one of the very crucial initiatives. This is because we strongly believe that disaster preparedness not only mitigates the loss of lives and the humble possessions of the hapless sections, but also quickens the process of recovery. With many parts of Chennai, especially the communities belonging to the vast slum settlements being the most vulnerable sections we have been focussing on the many parts of Teynampet region in Chennai city
As you are aware as part of Disaster Preparedness initiatives, Sensitization, Strengthening different caretaker groups with training , co-ordination, and Networking with government and other private players on disaster management are being carried out. School children, the people living with disabilities , senior citizens have been made disaster ready with various training inputs including mock demos that depict the disaster scenario. Disaster Mitigation Clubs have been formed in various schools here. We have been covering a good part of Teynampet with these initiatives of follow up activities.
But the neighbouring Saidapet region, supposed to be one of the areas in the city with very huge population of poor slum dwellers located in the low lying areas of the city stands at a big risk. With copious rains to be brought in by the oceanic depressions being forecast, the vulnerable communities of the slums this particular locality needs to be made Disaster Prepared on a war footing. This shall certainly bring down the number of casualties in terms of life and properties.
With the massive scale of work to be carried out to keep the communities belonging to the slums here prepared to face imminent calamities (cyclonic floods are frequent), we are badly in need of your support. Hence we will update the Global Giving platform to allow us to alter our page in accordance with the requirements concerning Mitigation of losses through Disaster preparedness.
Natural disasters have affected all countries, but burden falls disproportionately on developing countries. We believe in measurable aimed at reducing the risk, impact or effects of disaster or threatening disaster. Investment in Preparedness and Prevention which will be a sustainable resulted, rather than spending on relief after disaster.
We are also continuing to seek funds from various sources (viz) CSR and other sources, as there is desperate demand for disaster preparedness training among school children and communities.
We are continuing our work with schools, and communities by visiting them and how the training has improved the way of life of the school children and the communities. One comment we hear these days is that “Please continue the good work that you had done for us”, there are more waiting for such preparedness training programs.
Thank you for being a part of our efforts, thank you once again for your continued support to these people. It means the world to us! We look forward to a continued relationship, Thank you once again.
Empowering youth... Transforming lives… Making a Difference…
Thanks to the generous people who believe our project is progressing positively and for helping out our youth in grading themselves as skilled trainees.
This project has provided excellent educational opportunities to the growing youth for holistic growth and development, which will put them on the path toward breaking the pervasive cycles of poverty and also have bright future in their career.
Sasidharan is one of the beneficiaries of the project, belonging to the village of Aithaampatti .His father Rajendran is a washerman by profession. His work involves washing of clothes in the water bodies. His mother takes up odd jobs to support the family with three daughters and a son Sasidharan.
The years of extreme drought and drying of local water bodies have been making life miserable for washer like Sasidharan’s father, now a days as he is forced to walk or travel by pedal cycle for miles to find some source of water for washing clothes. This takes a heavy toll of the already poor economic productivity of the family.
Despite the these poverty stricken conditions, the parents of Sasidharan have been able to ensure the completion of schooling of all their children, especially the daughters. They were pinning their hopes on Sasidharan to support the family in the immediate future to relieve themselves from the debts and settling the daughters in marriage which is considered a big responsibility . But the bleak future most of the rural youth face in finding employment was a big worrying factor.
And after becoming aware of the well-paid employment scope in the Hospitality Industries through SPPDs Women SHG of the village he opted to join the two year course. During his course period he was offered free meals, travelling allowance each day which reduced the burden of the family and helped to continue his education without difficulties. With continuous training and of more practical learning he gained confidence.
He appeared for his final exams in June 2016 and successfully passed out. He was appointed in Manipal County, Bengaluruhotel as a Baker. Now he draws a monthly salary of Rs.12,000/- Sasidharan and his family members are extremely happy. And they want to thank the donors for covering the day to day expenses of Sasidharan during his college days and SPPD for sensitizing them on the course and the continued support.
We hope to help more youth like Sasidharan. We seek your support to fulfill the dreams of such youth and provide them with an opportunity for a better life.