Emergency Chennai Flood Relief

by Bhumi
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Emergency Chennai Flood Relief
Emergency Chennai Flood Relief
Emergency Chennai Flood Relief
Emergency Chennai Flood Relief
Emergency Chennai Flood Relief
Children from Arun Home
Children from Arun Home

The Chennai floods in 2015 was harsh, bringing life for many to a standstill. During this time of distress, Bhumi visited many shelter homes (orphanages) to identify areas where relief support was imperative. Amman Maiyam was one among the many homes that Bhumi supported. A shelter home at Chetpet in Chennai, it takes care of 62 girl children and is one of Bhumi's Ignite education centres.

The home is located in the vicinity of the Adyar river and the condition of the said home was horrifying. They had neither power supply nor network on their mobile phones, making them handicapped with respect to connecting with the outside world to seek help. Bhumi Ignite volunteers, who take weekly classes at the home, managed to supply bread packets and necessary toiletries without any hestitation. These items were channelized from Bhumi’s Flood Relief Centre. The home also provided shelter to children from another shelter home/orphanage for one day. The volunteers identified their needs and provided moral support through their compassionate conversations with children. 

Few days later the flood subsided, but not the pain. Books and uniforms of children were ruined; for these children who value education, the floods really flooded their eyes with tears.

Bhumi made a list of essentials for the healthy survival of children. The required electrical appliances, to be specific, food mixer, washing machine and refrigerator were offered. Household essentials like sleeping mats and ample provisions were given. Reflecting the importance of a healthy residence, especially after such prolonged flood, enough mosquito coils and toiletries were provided. Children were given necessary school utilities like uniforms and stationery.

Bhumi thanks each and every supporter for being the muscle and motivation for us to help so many at the right time, for helping in bringing back life at Amman Maiyam - gifting hope to the lives of 62 girl children and their caretakers.

Children with the washing machine provided to home
Children with the washing machine provided to home

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Construction of pillar support for walls
Construction of pillar support for walls

The heavy floods that affected Chennai in December 2015 stays afresh even now in the minds of those who witnessed the dreadful event. To mitigate the impact, Bhumi had provided necessary support through the distribution of household utilities and other survival essentials to the affected. Bhumi had also carried out various rehabilitation activities to help areas around Chennai in recovering from the tremendous damage and loss to infrastructure. Volunteers analysed the condition of various schools, shelter homes and orphanages in these areas, and understood the on-ground reality from the local residents. Thereafter, restoration work started where such help was indispensable.

Home of Hope, in Thirunindravur (on the outskirts of Chennai) for 32 children, was one of the badly affected shelter homes. Bhumi, identifying the need, stepped up immediately to provide school uniforms, school utilities like books and school bags. Desktops were also installed in the home.

However, the home had a much bigger problem. The condition of the boys hostel needed immediate renovation. The walls were damaged, and required to be strengthened before being plastered.

Considering the mandate as per the Juvenile Justice Act for the Care & Protection of children, Bhumi started renovating the building. Pillar support for walls were provided. Walls were plastered and painted. The roof was reconstructed; and in no time, the boys hostel was restored and the surroundings were beautified. Library, dormitory and the warden's room were also constructed.

Although there's little control over natural disasters, we can certainly ensure reducing the impact by providing proper insfrastructure to the needy. This renovation was more than giving shelter to children; a drop in the ocean of measures to achieve the Global Goal of poverty reduction and the UNISDR's goal of reducing number of disaster affected people through the construction of stronger abodes. 

More building area for various rooms
More building area for various rooms
Hope of hope after renovation
Hope of hope after renovation
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Distributing school uniform cloth materials
Distributing school uniform cloth materials

Karunai Illam, a shelter home (an orphanage) in Madambakkam, Chennai, is occupied by more than 100 children and few warm caretakers. The home was surrounded by unhygienic and unsafe conditions until recently.

An open ground adjacent to the home has been a place for local residents to dump garbage. The area housing boys had no surrounding compound wall, making it open to this garbage filled ground - thus, breeding deadly diseases. Furthermore, the home is located in a low-lying area and the boys’ rooms, facing an upward slope, is often flooded during rains.

As the first step to fight the home’s malady, the home's management sought Bhumi's support for the construction of a compound wall on the side facing the upward slope. The home had walls on two others sides already and the adjacent buildings on the fourth side formed the boundary for it. The dumping grounds have also been cleared to some extent. Bhumi also identified the need for school uniform cloth materials, and ensured these were also distributed to the children.

The children no more have to experience the sight of filth in the pleasant mornings. The management will no more remain in fear of playful children running out of sight and getting hurt or even worse getting lost. The wall is constructed to resist flooding in case of heavy rains owing to its location. A sense of security and safety is laid with each brick of the compound wall. 

Unsafe sheets to make up for boundary
Unsafe sheets to make up for boundary
Construction of wall completed and area cleaned
Construction of wall completed and area cleaned
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Restoring Baba Gurukulam
Restoring Baba Gurukulam

Have you ever wondered what makes the earth fit for survival in spite of the fact that majority of the populace have problems in one way or the other. It is always a war of nature versus nurture. There is plethora of powerful noble hearts that nurture themselves to extend hand in nurturing others. Baba Gurukulam, located at Pozhichalur (near Pallavaram, Chennai), serves as the home to 58 orphaned children and over 20 helpless senior citizens children since 1994. Mr.Dayalan, the care-taker of Baba Gurukulam, recalls that the December ’15 flood was the worst calamity they had faced, since inception. Water flooded the ground floor completely and remained stagnant for 4 days, destroying all provisions, clothing, electronic appliances, books and documents.

Though the first floor of the premises was sufficient to accommodate all residents, the only 4 toilets that the home comprised were all located in the submerged ground floor. Pathetically, the aged and the children had no space to bathe or defecate, affixing agony to their already trauma-struck minds.

A month post floods, when the focus shifted from relief measures to restoration, Baba Gurukulam, was identified by Bhumi as one of the homes that needed rehabilitation. Studying the requirements, the old toilets were demolished and five new lavatories and five bath rooms were constructed in each floor. The flooring was completed for the girls hostel and fitting of basic electrical appliances were also undertaken for the comfort and safety of residents. 

The construction work and other measures weren’t restricted to relief or restoration but extended itself to comprehensive reinforcement, such that the shelter home could resist any such calamity in future. The total project cost was Rupees Twenty one Lakh Seventy six Thousand seven hundred and Forty only. Bhumi and the children of the shelter home will remain ever thankful for the support recieved to restore Baba Gurukulam.

The worst calamity that Baba Gurukulam faced
The worst calamity that Baba Gurukulam faced
Renovation of toilets before and after
Renovation of toilets before and after
Baba Gurukulam today
Baba Gurukulam today
Granite flooring, light fittings and fans fixtures
Granite flooring, light fittings and fans fixtures
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Thank You Donors
Thank You Donors

During the late 80’s and early 90’s, consumption of toddy and arrack had consumed the life of many men in the rural areas around Minjur. “Love Foundation”, established in 1994, was designated to provide food, shelter, clothing and love to the children of these destitute or broken families.

The home now caters to the need of around 40 residents of which 21 are children and rest are geriatrics. The home is maintained by Mr.Selvaraj, aged 72, and his wife, who greeted us with a compassionate smile as we reached the home. We learnt that the couple is meeting out the expenses of the home out of their pensions and some charity funds collected through the church. On account of lack of funds, the maintenance of basic infrastructure was by itself, miserable. And the deterioration caused by the Dec 2015 Chennai floods had deepened the pitfall. 

During the rehabilitation phase, Bhumi had identified this home and its plaintive situation. Electronic goods and appliances that were in need of, including LED bulbs, fans, fridge-freezer box with stabilizer, and an RO water purification system were procured and installed. Many walls of the building have been cement-plastered. The rains destroyed the roofing and lavatories for the most part; 4 lavatories cum bathrooms for boys and 6 for the women have been constructed. The construction of the bathrooms were made possible by a grant from Global Giving. Without a proper compound wall and only Galvonised Iron (GI) sheets as a replacement, the rains had invited various reptiles and insects into the shelter home making it extremely difficult for the children to live in. Bhumi has also constructed a compound wall. 

Before we could leave, Mr.Selvaraj, far energetic for his age, led us to the children who had assembled in the prayer hall. They wanted us to carry their message of thanks and love to Global Giving and its donors, and having done that, Mr.Selvaraj shared with the children how important it is to give back to society what they had now received.

Bathroom before the revamp
Bathroom before the revamp
Bathrooms after the revamp
Bathrooms after the revamp
Fence surrounding the orphanage before the revamp
Fence surrounding the orphanage before the revamp
Compound wall replacing the fence
Compound wall replacing the fence
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Location: Chennai, TamilNadu - India
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Vaishnavi Srinivasan
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India

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