It was a year ago that Chennai experienced devastating flooding which killed many and destroyed cars, homes and lives. Cyclone Vardha came through this year with a wider path of destruction but India had some warning and fewer lives have been lost. Much of the city lost power and telephone connections but we have not suffered so much as last year.
As much as possible life is back to normal and the Little Lamps home continues to serve people with mental and physical handicaps.
Thank you for your sincere concern for those who suffered and were in greatest need. Your gifts were of great help to these dear people. You have not only restored their facility from the damage but brought significant improvement which they will enjoy for years to come.
Thank you for your continued support of relief for those that are in greatest need after the Chennai Floods.
The flooding occurred very suddenly and without warning. Many of those that died lost their lives at home, unable to escape the rapidly rising water, they were trapped in their own homes.
Radha has severe physical disabilities, she cannot walk and needs to be helped everywhere she goes. As the waters rose, she was trapped in her home, her family began frantically calling friends for help. They were carrying Radha as the water had risen over her head within the house. Finally, a knock on the door, there outside their home was a row boat. Friends had come to rescue Radha in her moment of desperation.
When they came home a few days later they found everything destroyed. All was list in the flooding.
Your generous gift allowed them to restore their home to livability. A big smile and a small tear graced Radha’s face as she expressed her sincere thanks for your wonderful gifts.
Thank you for making the difference in Radha’s life. Her complete loss become an opportunity for you to bless her. Thank you for being the blessing in her life.
Thank you for your continued support. Your support has allowed us to restore the lives of those living in the Little Hearts Home to a level of normalcy.
As we helped those with losses we discovered that there were a number of people with physical disabilities whose lives had been severely affected. Their needs were well beyond a bedroll, a bag of rice or a cooking vessel. They had lost a wheelchair, the access to the home had been washed away, or because of their immobility they had lost everything escaping only with their life.
Because of your generosity we identified these special people and provided them with specific help that met their individual needs. The task to meet the needs of thousands was overwhelming, but your generosity meant that the lives of individuals who were at greatest need were also met.
Through your continued generosity were able to go into the homes of ten families that had no hope and provide the change that allowed them to thrive after the flooding.
The Little Lamps Home was hit hard by the flooding. The waters rose quickly, it was night time and the electricity had been cut so everyone had to work quickly in the dark to shift all of the home’s ground floor occupants to higher floors. For safety purposes the glass from the windows had been removed but in the severe rain of December 2015 the water poured through the open windows in torrents. In spite of all the excitement everyone was safely moved and found a place to sleep through the night though their mattresses and bedding were all soaked.
The following morning found the water having fully submerged the ground floor. A local college usually supplies the food for the mentally disabled that live at Little Lamps; and their cooking facility was also underwater. But a combination of temporary cooking facilities and friends like you bringing cookies and milk, by rowboat, allowed everyone to get through the floods without too many hunger pains. Everyone enjoyed living on cookies for 5 days.
Two people became sick, with high fever and had to be transported to the hospital by row boat. An exciting drama for all; hopefully never to be repeated.
Due to your generous contribution and many others like you they have replaced all the mattresses and bedding that were destroyed by the flooding. They again have regular food supplies and they have plans to establish a facility that is located outside the city. It will be more modern, with up to date cooking facilities, better security and designed to accommodate and help those with mental disabilities to be rehabilitated so that they might return to their home and family.
Thank you very much for your generous and sacrificial gifts for the mentally disabled which were unable to care for or provide for themselves. You have made a significant impact on their life which will provide benefits for years and years to come.
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