Thank you for your kind donation and your support gives new hope to the flood victims.
With the ongoing support of Global Giving we have tried our best to assist the victims of the Chennai floods.
After the completion of our immediate relief activities, we are now focusing on next project activity – providing individuals with physical incapacities who have lost their assistive devices in the floods with aids depending on the degree of damage and assisting school children with educational supplements.
The survey taken in April 2016 had helped us to narrow down the beneficiary’s demand followed by the personal interactions held with the selected beneficiaries, school headmasters, teachers, students, parent-teacher associations, the project leader was able to evaluate the demand placed. Soon after the May 2016 Tamil Nadu State Assembly Elections, project activities which were temporarily withheld for a period of two months had regained action.
Findings of our survey reveal that children from vulnerable families and economically weaker sections are the worst affected by losing their education materials, dresses and faced with numerous other hardships. Many of the schools in the areas have been affected badly; schools have lost most of the teaching learning materials.
In line to the project activity cited in the proposal and based on the community’s need, student chairs, staff chairs, mats, file cabinet, games materials were procured and distributed to four schools;Appadurai Corporation Primary School, Panagal Park Corporation Primary School, Vanniyar Corporation Primary School and Dr.Giriyappa Corporation Primary School who have lost everything to the floods. The most deserving students of these schools as well as children at the household levels from Teynampet area were provided with shoes, socks, uniform, stationery and ID cards. In addition; crutches, elbow crutches, hearing aids, cot were provided to people living with disabilities.
The provision of these most basic items will allow those affected to focus on beginning to rebuild their confidence after these devastating events.
“Losing the very few I owned in the flood, made me feel very crippled and dependent”, comments 60-year-old Sriban (physically disabled), with a twinge of sorrow. “However my timely need (crutches) was taken care " says Sriban proudly approving his gesture toward the crutches under his arm.
On July 13th 2016, it was a pleasure to have Ms.Kavita Mathew, India Partnership Consultant and Ms.Elizabeth Hobby, Volunteer from England to visit our project area. They met the beneficiaries of Teynampet as well as interacted with the students and teachers at Corporation Primary Schools in the same locality.
In collaborating with this project you can be sure that every small part that you can give will give them a chance to start again.
We have shared the photos taken on that day and will keep you updated of our activities.
Thanks to the generous people who believe our project is progressing positively and for helping out our youth in grading themselves as skilled trainees.
In April, 88 Hospitality students and 47 Paramedical Science students had appeared for their exams, results of which are much awaited in July 2016. Almost all the students who have completed their exams have been job placed at various hospitals/hotels.
The framework of our awareness programme during the past quarter targets adolescence to youths/women with the point of increasing awareness on existing vocational education which will help them improve their social status and living conditions and as well as to portray our identified strengths that is available at their reach.
The current academic year has enrolled 152 students 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. The sequence of support envisaged under the programme is to support the youth with their most essential needs like, expenses pertaining to uniform, educational materials (text, note books, stationery), lunch and travelling allowance which will help them continue their studies without any difficulties.
Jeganathan’s family includes himself, his parents, and a brother Jeyaraman. His father is a building contractor while mother is a housewife. His brother, who was average in studies, undertook the bakery profession, though not professional trained, at quite an early age and now owns a bakery shop. His parents meet out the family expenses with the income they receive.
Taking his brother as a role model, Jeganathan joined the Hotel Management II year course after his schooling. As a part of their regular curriculum, he was also sent for his internship programme at Manipal County, Bangalore which had served as a learning platform to help him improve his cooking skills.
“After my schooling I was totally confused as to what course I shall pursue. I chose the Hospitality Course. My aim in life is to work on luxury cruise. Being formally trained at a Caterer I believe it will help me achieve my goal. I am thankful to all those who are supporting this programme, and the opportunity they have given me for pursuing a skill.”
All the children are fine and happy. Their hard work for the final examination has helped them move on to their next grades. With summer coming to an end, and reopening of Schools in June 2016, has put children to an all new environment-new teachers, new friends, books, syllabus and the list goes on.
We thank God for the recent monsoons that have helped to cool the hot climate we had during the past two months.
From our end, regular monitoring is held to study the normal activities of the children. We also provide them our motivation to continue their schooling and also orient them on the importance of education.
With your help, the best is yet to come!