Tsunami Recovery in Five Coastal Villages, India

by Mary Mother of Peace-Medjugorje Charity, Inc
Girl students in Santhome near Chennai
Girl students in Santhome near Chennai

In times of economic woe, everybody is stretching more. At the same time we all search for "beacons of hope" to illuminate our understanding and enlighten us with wisdom...

With your help we can provide self-help to 250 villagers, 20 urban families and 25 girl students for livelihoods recovery, home reconstruction (about 5,000 USD per home), medical care and school enrollment in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Combining the Charity funding (1,555 USD) with Global Giving donations already received since July 2009 (945 USD) is allowing us to pursue till end 2009 as a key priority our support to the shelter for disaster affected and homeless girls in Santhome near Chennai where the key goal is to help them graduate from high school and learn a trade.

As one of these girl students, Maha, said : "if I can become a doctor I could help victims of natural disasters". In 2010, a total of 3,500 USD are needed to support basic needs of these 25 girls for a school year. Make a difference.

As always, the spirit in which your gift is made is most important to us and to those you help. You can change a life and you can do great things when the need is greatest.

Have a New Year filled with peace and prosperity.


Rebuilding homes with a stronger foundation
Rebuilding homes with a stronger foundation

Under this reconstruction project, our priority is to rebuild destroyed homes, helping refugees find a decent place to live, providing them with clean water, medical care, and opportunities to make a living.

Project also supports a shelter for disaster affected and homeless girls in Santhome near Chennai where the key goal is to help them graduate from high school and learn a trade. This component of the project has been particularly successful in 2008.

Thanks to GlobalGiving donors and other funding, project was also able to repair 5 homes and to rebuild 4 homes for victim families in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

To promote better results overall in 2009 we work closely in partnership with the dedicated Indian Non-proft Charity Jeevana Samridhi (Life in Abundance) very active in Southern India.

In this way, we ensure that each dollar received is properly used and has a positive impact. We are making schedules of tasks, list of services provided and of beneficiaries at village or shelter level, and we monitor construction progress every 3 months in coordination with Jeevana Samridhi.

Many poor families still need help for home rebuilding while staying in good health and earning a living. Donor feedback would be highly appreciated on how they believe we could do a better job.

Thank you to help these families fight poverty and adversity to build hope and peace, and to help us make new progress together on reaching soon project goals.

Village women also participate
Village women also participate
Building hope for the future
Building hope for the future
KA Stanly family destroyed home...
KA Stanly family destroyed home...

Dear GlobalGiving Friend, Providing technical assistance for livelihoods recovery in these villages in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, continuing home reconstruction in disaster affected areas, and educating young girls for a better future are the focus of this project since end 2006. Weak funding result in 2007 and 2008 is quite a challenge to do better in 2009.

I ask you to open your heart to those in crisis under this project. Your generous gift to GlobalGiving for this project will help the hungry and homeless in this region. It will also help the working poor who struggle every day, yet can't make ends meet four years after the tsunami. Your gift will give help and hope to nourish the bodies and the souls of village people in their hour of deepest needs. Budget need for 2009 is US$25,000. It includes medical assistance for a few critical cases. Thank you for your support in these difficult times whatever the amount you can afford.

Dear Madam or Sir, Loving greetings from Backiam. Hope you are doing well. With God's grace and with your support we are keeping well. Girls are doing well their studies. Now we have 20 children. I have sent a photo to Mr Mathew, project coordinator, showing the new girls studying. Mathew visited our new premises. We could feel at home there too. The people who live in the premises are kind to us. Since the hostel is closer to the shool it is much convenient to the girls. There are more demand to join the shelter and school, but with our limited means, I am taking only the most needy. Everything is possible because of your kind support to us. Thanking you for that. Our Sincere prayers to you all. With much love Backiamary.

Dear Respected GlobalGiving Contributors, Loving Greetings from India! I am writing this progress report and follow-up action for the ongoing Home Care for Poor Rural Teenage Girl Students in Santhome, Chennai, a vital component of this project. Attached is the group photo of the girls. AIM OF THE PROJECT COMPONENT: To run a free house accommodation for the underprivileged teenage girls to enable them to complete high school finals AND (new follow-up action) to attend short-term technical courses in the city so as to learn a trade. REASON FOR INITIAL PROJECT COMPONENT (ongoing): The Tsunami that hit Tamil Nadu, India in Dec 2004 deprived many of our children of the essential necessities of schooling and home. St Joseph's House came into being in 2005 to provide food and lodging for 25 tsunami-affected students of the 10th, 11th and 12th Standard grades. Since June 2005 these students have had the benefits of a secure environment, conducive to the preparation of their final exams. Their food and household amenities was taken care of by the House and in part (see below) by donations through GlobalGiving, which have been life saving help the second year.

St Joseph's house has been fortunate to have had good sponsors for these past 3 years (Caritas India the first year till April 2006; Mary Mother of Peace-Medjugorje Charity and its partner in India Jesus Youth/Jeewana Samridhi the second year till April 2007 including some vital funding to MMP-MC through Global Giving Foundation; the Bishop’s Office in Chennai-Santhome the third year till April 2008). The operating budget we incurred for each year was around Rs.330,000/- (US$ 8,250) plus some small equipment in 2007 such as 25 benches and tables, etc provided by MMP-MC/JY (US$900). Operating budget included the rent for the accommodation of the students in the boarding house/hostel. PURPOSE OF FOLLOW-UP PROJECT COMPONENT: After ongoing project implementation is drawing close to 3 years now and most current students will be finishing their school finals in April 2008, there is a need to plan for next step to make the whole scheme sustainable over time. A majority of the girls being financially handicapped cannot afford to continue their higher education. This is bringing St Joseph's house to the next level of its purpose - that is, to provide the same facilities so that these girls and other poor rural children could attend short-term technical courses like home nursing, lab technician courses and basic knowledge in computers. These courses are free and sponsored by local NGOs in the city. One problem we face today is the house’s landlord has requested us to vacate the facilities as he is in need of the building for himself and his activities. To avoid a similar problem in future it would be better to own an apartment or a house to accommodate the students. Keeping this in mind St Joseph's House is looking forward to have its own premises for the uninterrupted running of the hostel and schooling of the girls. If this provision is made then the monthly rental expenditure which escalates annually could be used for better running the house. The buying of city water could also be avoided as the current house has no water supply (we buy every week from a city truck). Our future plan is to keep St Joseph's house open to reach out to about 10 to 20 rural teenage girls per year aspiring for short-term vocational training courses in the city, so as to secure their future. EXPECTED BUDGET for MAY 2008 to APRIL 2009: In Rs for each month: (US$ 1 = Rs 40) Rent of premises 10,000.00 (optional - if still not owned) Electricity 2,000.00 Food @ 500/- per girl 5,000.00 (If starting with 10 girls only) Water 2,000.00 (if new owned premises has city water direct supply this expense could be avoided) Salary - Cook 2,000.00 Watchman 2,000.00 Medical and Telephone 2,000.00 ---------------- Total one month 25,000.00 (US$625) ---------------- Therefore we require the total amount of Rs 275,000/- ( 25,000 x 11 months) or about US$6,875 for one year. We will be very grateful if we are helped to pursue our goals for the coming years. We look forward to a positive reply from the GlobalGiving family. Thanking you, Yours Sincerely, Backiamary D. In charge-St Joseph's House.


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Mary Mother of Peace-Medjugorje Charity, Inc

Location: Bethesda, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.mmpcharity.org
Project Leader:
Claudine Dussert
President and Treasurer
Bethesda, MD United States

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