Before the resurgence of COVID in India, we were able to deliver some bags of corn that the widows we had given goats to needed for fodder, since a long dry spell had made grazing difficult. We used the corn distribution as an occasion to visit with these women and see how their goats were coming along.
Two of the goats took had been sick, but the veterinarian was able to cure them. The women shared tips with each other on how to keep the goats healthy during the warmer weather. They were very happy to receive the corn, which they knew would make a big difference.
Four of the women had purchased another goat for breeding. Our whole team was thrilled by this unexpected turn of events, which will certainly multiply the women’s earnings.
The corn distribution marks the end of our Cyclone Nivar recovery efforts, though we will be checking back with the women over the next year to evaluate the success of this project.
Thank you, one last time, for being there when these women needed you!
Thanks to your generosity, we have completed the purchase and distribution of more goats to help stricken women recover from Nivar Cyclone's aftermath.
Selvi from Keelatheru, Athudurai, told us this about the difference the goat she received would make in her life: "I am 54 years old. My husband is paralyzed and bedridden. I am going for daily wage job. This goat will be of much help to me. I did not receive any supports from the Government for my husband. But, I will rear the goat well and I have a confidence to get Rs. 15000 per year as an income and it will be helpful for me to run the family and buy medicines for my husband. My daughter wants to join a tailoring course and now I can pay fees for that. Myself and my family are thankful for this help."
And we are grateful to you for making this happen! You can see how each goat we give creates a ripple effect that transforms many lives.
With the help of WEEDS and the Mother Theresa Women Development Trust (MTWDT), we have now distributed goats to 35 women in villages hard hit by Cyclone Nivar.
In Valayavattam, MTWDT asked the villagers to help us select ten widows who were most in need of recovery assistance and Pappammal was one of the women they named. Pappammal, a 52-year-old widow who has lived alone since her daughter married and moved to another village, was among the evacuees who had received one of our relief packages that allowed her to eat and maintain her personal hygiene during the twelve days that she stayed at one of the evacuation centers. But when she returned home, she found that many local businesses were still shuttered, and she has been unable to find regular employment. As a result, she subsists mostly on the 12 kilos of rice that she gets from the Government each month, and must rely on donations from other villagers to replace what she lost .
We have given Pappammal Rs 4,000 (about $50 US) for the purchase of a nanny goat to breed. In six months, when the goat gives birth, she can be sold for Rs 24000 (about $300 US), which will be enough to support Pappamal for a year. As the number of goats increases, and Pappamal’s income with it, she will be transformed from the object of village charity to a strong and respected member of the community, and the community, in turn, will benefit from the money she has to spend.
Pappammal is just one of the many women your donation has allowed us to help -- thank you so much for your support!
We are proud to have been able to mobilize quickly to offer relief to Cyclone Nivar victims who had been flooded out of their homes. In coordination with our NGO partners around the state, we were able to distribute hundreds of emergency food rations and roof tarps kits to distressed residents In Chennai, in the Tiruvallore District and Cuddalore Districts, and in Karaikal, Villupuram, and Pondy.
By now, everyone has returned to their homes and started to rebuild as best they can. What they have requested help with is the development of agricultural activities to supplement their meager income. Many of those affected were fishermen whose boats were lost or damaged. Because our experience working in coastal areas is limited, we are in the process of talking with all stakeholders about the best way to help them recover. Before we spend the money you so generously donated, we want to make sure that we are able to provide effective interventions that offer the most bang for the buck. We look forward to soon being able to report on our successful efforts to revive the economy.
Thanks again for your concern and generosity. We will keep you posted on future developments.
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