PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI

by Society for Poor People Development (SPPD)
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PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI
PREPARE 10000 SLUM PEOPLE FACE DISASTER IN CHENNAI

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In continuation of our awareness and preparedness programs in 11 schools as a sustainability act of the relief services to disaster the children were formed as, Children Disaster Response Club (CDRC) in each school. 1100 children and teachers of 11 schools were involved and were benefitted by this program. Through demonstrations and detailed presentations children were taught (eg) how to handle victims in case of broken limbs,  how to run for safety during times of earth quakes,  protection during fire, what types of remedial measures to be taken etc.

Children Disaster Response Clubs (CDRC) were formed with stake holders such as  school teachers, students, NGO Staff, parent/teacher association, local government bodies as members of each club in 11 schools. A basic kit comprising of first-aid kit ,a flood preparedness manual, all the necessary medicines and little tools needed for (emergency) immediate relief were provided to each club as well a  printed T-shirts were provided to each member of the club.

A grand get-together was organized to honour the students and the teachers who had enrolled themselves as volunteers for these clubs,  CDRC – Children Disaster Response Club.  The key dignitaries who had participated in this program were Dr.Sathyanarayan – Secratary of Red Cross Society Chennai, the Headmaster of the local school welcomed the gathering, team of coordinators from Red Cross, Kollywood director Mr.Mohan had offered their felicitations, the program came to a close with a formal vote of thanks to all.   The children were given certificates and trophies for participating and willing to carry on this message of preparedness to others also. 

Disaster mitigation was initiated by reaching out to school children, young, adults , old adults and disabled persons. As a follow up of this mitigation effort, we had initiated a program to keep the children to be equipped personally and also to be bold enough to handle all kinds of disasters.  The members from each of the 11 schools were grouped for a training program on preparedness, “Children Disaster Response Club” (CDRC) and were trained in this concept and also awarded certificates and mementos to the members of this club.  We believe it is a humble beginning and it has to go a long mile before the dawn”. 

Children were specially taught as to how to handle people during critical times, handling people if they have fainted or breathless, handling of people who were rescued  from the process of committing suicide, the do’s and the dont’s  of it etc, enabling them to be truly  prepared for the inevitability.  This was done as a part of sustainability, so that these children who are trained in these tasks, would go on to propagate this life saving mesage to many other children in their own school and neighbourhood, this would give them a psychological edge over others in preparedness. 

Feedback from members of Children Disaster Response Club (CDRC) ,Chennai.

Mr.Sarathy , Headmaster of Mandeveli Girls Higher Secondary School, says that he was so happy to a part of  this program, a unique type.  Out of 700 children in  his school, about 120 had participated in this Children Disaster Response Club and had learnt many components of planning and preparing for disaster preparedness.   The only thought of concern was that it was a short program.  He also recommended that this program can be a regular one with additional days of training.

Mrs.Rachael – Headmistress of Garodia Girls Higher Secondary School, Kodambakkam, Chennai

Mrs.Rachael thanked GlobalGiving for this thoughtful training, inspite it was  a follow up of last years program. These kind of programs are very useful to the children, and makes them to be confident in all kinds of situations.  She also said that those who have been trained in this program shall also disseminate it to other students.  We are happy that like National Cadet Corps (NCC) Junior Red Cross (JRC) National Social Sevice Scheme(NSS) we also have Children Disaster Response Club (CDRC) in our school.  She also spoke about drills, Good drills are a learning process. They begin with advance preparation by staff, providing an opportunity to train students in classroom groups, remember procedures, and check on provisions. The simulation itself is an experiential learning opportunity.

Nandhini – Student of Seva Sangam School.

Nandhini comes from a very ordinary family does not have much exposure about global changes , disaster preparedness etc.  She thought that first aid is only to treat who are hurt by accidents or falling down etc.  But after this training program she is aware that there is something called preparedness for disaster, which had personally built her confidence to boldly approach situations.  She felt that it was an honour to be member of CDRC, for Children Disaster preparedness Club has opened her eyes about preparedness.  She also believes that this should be regular program for school children and atleast for some more  days.    

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Our First aid and disaster preparedness training programme was taken up to 12 schools – Govt.Hr.Sec.School, Nandanam; P.S.High School, Mylapore; The Madras Seva Sadan Hr.Sec. School, Chetput; Raja Muthaiyah Hr. Sec. School, Raja Annamalaipuram; Chennai Girls Hr. Sec. School, Nungambakkam; Jeyagopal Carodia Girls Hr. Sec. School, Choolaimedu;  St.Joseph’s High School, Nungambakkam;  Chennai Corporation High School, T.Nagar; Chennai Corporation High School, Appadurai; Chennai Corporation High School, Teynampet; Chennai Corporation High School, Dr.Giriappa Road; Chennai Corporation High School, Vanniyar Street;  in Teynampet area of Chennai to give school students and staff a flexible approach in offering first aid and immediate rescue measures during a disaster. 925 students from middle and high school grades were the participants of the training.

The training programme that ranged from one-to-five hours was facilitated with the help of Mr.K.Palani, Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Sub-branch, Amijikarai, Chennai City; Mr.K.Lawrence, Demo Organizer, Red Cross Society; Mr.K.Subramaniyan, First Aid Trainer. All our dedicated trainers from the Red Cross Society and 24 volunteers who are well equipped with extensive first aid knowledge and ample experience working with young people took up the training programme in an efficient manner.

Each training module ran through 20 – 30 minutes and included a broad range of topics like the basic concepts & elements in disaster management, types of natural hazards and brief description of various natural disasters, such as flood, drought, cyclone, earthquake and their impact.

The course module also included first aid measures during bleeding, head injuries, emergency treatment and support to preserve life through clearing and maintaining open airways, restoring breathing or circulation, how to protect a person, particularly if they are unconscious, practical training on fire fighting, lifting mechanisms, formation of teams and how to communicate using sign language/signals during disaster. The training offered practical, fun and interactive first aid training to the children where teachers were also welcomed to participate in the training.

Case study

I’m glad to appreciate the excellent effort taken by SPPD & Global Giving with the assistance of Red Cross Society in orienting first aid and disaster preparedness training at school level. Though there is a mass response amongst young pupils to learn first aid, many of them wouldn’t know what to do if someone they knew was hurt, or who is in need of immediate help. However I believe the training has provided an opportunity to every young student the chance to learn vital life saving skills, the knowledge and confidence to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved”, remarks the Principal, Jeyagopal Carodia Hr. Sec. School Choolaimedu, Chennai.

 

 “The training imparted by SPPD & Global Giving had made me more informative about things which I had not known earlier.   This has motivated me to make a decision to help people who are in distress and trouble.

At this juncture, I would like to experience an incident I witnessed few days ago. I happened to notice an elderly man who was passing through our area was about to faint and fall, and he did.   Everyone was trying to get water and splash on his face, and also tried to move him sideways to bring him out of that condition.   In the mean time we had called the Ambulance services – 108 for help.  But it was too late, the elderly man had passed away before the Ambulance could arrive at the scene of this incident.  It was shocking to see that no one could offer a proper first aid. 

It struck me that I could have helped the elderly man through training you had given to us.  I was able to visualize the process of, first move such people to a place of fresh air and make him to lie in a straight line position, and then to blow our  breath into him by placing our mouth on his mouth. 

It also made me to realize that this small effort to give a first aid to someone can make a difference in their life.  I would like to thank Global Giving, Red Cross Society and SPPD for this training program.   I am so motivated that i have taught at least few people about this, and how it can be life changing !”, says Z, a student of Grade VIII from St .Joseph’s High School.

 

 “The education by SPPD, Global Giving and Red Cross Society on First Aid and Disaster Preparedness was a very useful program for every one of us.  This will help us to be prepared to apply the right solution for every situation.  Some time ago my father had beaten my brother for not performing well in his studies.  Because of this my brother was heartbroken and hung himself to commit suicide.  No one was willing to go and help him, except my father who had cut the rope and saved him from dying.  Inspite, my brother was finding it hard to breathe, and asked for water. We called the Ambulance to take him to the hospital, but after drinking the water my brother died, the paramedics confirmed it. 

Your training program had clearly taught us that during such conditions we have to make the affected person to breathe easily, and not to give water immediately. I was shocked that we did the wrong thing, and had felt how useful it would have been if we would have received it earlier, Probably I could have saved my brother,” says B a student of Grade IX, Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Nandanam Chennai. 

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In continuation of our project for the flood victims in the slum areas of Chennai, community level awareness and disaster preparedness programme were carried out.

The aim was to educate the community - children; older adults and people living with disabilities our primary focus make them better prepared for a disaster. 

The community level training was imparted to the people living in Thiru.V.Ka Nagar, Dr.Giriappa Road and Thomas Road, Teynampet, Chennai. Around 397 participants where children, older adults and neighbours living in that surrounding acted as participants in the training programme. They were educated on immediate first aid, planning which involved identifying organizational resources, formation of teams, determining the roles and responsibilities, communication touch up with neigbhouring communities, etc. to ensure that the response system functions successfully. The training programme was facilitated with the help of Mr.Palani, Chariman, Red Cross Society, Chennai City; Mr.Lawrence, Demo Organizer, Red Cross Society; Mr.Subramaniyan, First Aid Trainer.

The participants kept the training session very active by their constant interaction with the resource person, clearing their queries during rescuing period, immediate sanitary measures they need to adapt to protect themselves from diseases, etc. By the end of the training programme the people of this locality had a clear perspective on flood preparedness.

 

CASE STUDIES

One community member aged 50 years, is a parent of three children, the younger two pursuing their schooling while their eldest son discontinued education as the family demanded his early employment to support the family. He is a painter by profession and wages are daily based. “We have all experienced the disaster caused by November 2015 floods in Chennai and during that critical moment we had no idea as to how to react to such situations. We came to know about the awareness programme carried out in our slums and participated in the same. It has educated me on First Aid and the practical demonstration of training has helped me to understand and learn how to lift a disabled/old aged person, calling for support during fire incidents, pumping motions, etc. I am so, so glad that I attended this course. This was the first awareness programme that I have ever participated!”

A home maker, 29 years old residing at Dr.Giriappa road was intimated through her neighbours about the awareness programme carried out in their slums and she was very interested in participating in it. In her own words… “My family had a bitter experience during the November 2015 floods in Chennai where we had witnessed many deaths, and we deeply regret of our helpless situation. The floods had completely tossed up the lives of many. The training that I attended has kept me well informed on immediate first – aid in different situation, how to assist older adults and adults with disability , how to lift them as a single person which the trainer termed it as “ Single man lift and double man lift”. The training was framed completely in a practical session which made me understand it in a better way. It has revived my lost confidence to face any emergency situations and rescue victims courageously which I failed to do during the flood due to the panic I pursued on the sudden shock.”

A 47-year-old widow, resides at Thiru.V.Ka Nagar and is employed as a Home maid.  After her husband’s demise she adopted a girl child who unfortunately has heart problem. “On the initial diagnosis of my daughter’s heart problem, I found it extremely difficult to handle the situation and was completely under panic. The situation worsened during the November 2015 floods in Chennai.  I was unaware of the immediate first aid to be given to a person who has cardiac arrest. But now, the course I recently attended, was a on a clear cut conception and the training was much more informative than I anticipated. The course material was thoroughly relevant, instructive and engaging. It was enlightening to learn that helping and perhaps even saving a person’s life is far easier to handle than I had imagined.

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In continuation of our project for the flood victims in the slum areas of Chennai, community level awareness and disaster preparedness programme were carried out.

The aim was to educate the community - children; older adults and people living with disabilities our primary focus make them better prepared for a disaster. 

The community level training was imparted to the people living in Thiru.V.Ka Nagar, Dr.Giriappa Road and Thomas Road, Teynampet, Chennai. Around 397 participants where children, older adults and neighbours living in that surrounding acted as participants in the training programme. They were educated on immediate first aid, planning which involved identifying organizational resources, formation of teams, determining the roles and responsibilities, communication touch up with neigbhouring communities, etc. to ensure that the response system functions successfully. The training programme was facilitated with the help of Mr.Palani, Chairman, Red Cross Society, Chennai City; Mr.Lawrence, Demo Organizer, Red Cross Society; Mr.Subramaniyan, First Aid Trainer.

The participants kept the training session very active by their constant interaction with the resource person, clearing their queries during rescuing period, immediate sanitary measures they need to adapt to protect themselves from diseases, etc. By the end of the training programme the people of this locality had a clear perspective on flood preparedness.

 

CASE STUDIES

Mr.Sakkarpani (aged 50) and Poornimal (aged 40) are parents of three children, the younger two pursuing their schooling while their eldest son discontinued education as the family demanded his early employment to support the family. Mr.Sakkarappani is a painter which is daily wage based. We have all experienced the disaster caused by November 2015 floods in Chennai and during that critical moment we had no idea as to how to react to such situations. We came to know about the awareness programme carried out in our slums and participated in the same. It has educated me on First Aid and the practical demonstration of training has helped me to understand and learn how to lift a disabled/old aged person, calling for support during fire incidents, pumping motions, etc. I am so, so glad that I attended this course. This was the first awareness programme that I have ever participated!”

Mrs. Revathi, aged 29 , is a home maker residing at Dr.Giriappa road. She was intimated through her neighbours about the awareness programme carried out in their slums and was very interested in participating in it. In her own words… “My family has had a bitter experience during the November 2015 floods in Chennai where we had witnessed many deaths, and we deeply regret of our helpless situation. The floods had completely tossed up the lives of many. The training that I attended has kept me well informed on immediate first – aid in different situation, how to assist older adults and adults with disability , how to lift them as a single person which the trainer termed it as “ Single man lift and double man lift”. The training was framed completely in a practical session which made me understand it in a better way. The training has revived my lost confidence to face any emergency situations and rescue victims courageously which I failed to do during the flood due to the panic I pursued on the sudden shock,” says Revathi.

Angel, a 47-year-old widow, resides at Thiru.V.Ka Nagar and is employed as a Home maid.  After her husband’s demise she adopted a girl child who unfortunately has heart problem. “On the initial diagnosis of my daughter’s heart problem, I found it extremely difficult to handle the situation and was completely under panic. The situation worsened during the November 2015 floods in Chennai.  I was unaware of the immediate first aid to be given to a person who has cardiac arrest. But now, the course I recently attended, was a on a clear cut conception and the training was much more informative than I anticipated. The course material was thoroughly relevant, instructive and engaging. It was enlightening to learn that helping and perhaps even saving a person’s life is far easier to handle than I had imagined”, says Angel.

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After the worst flood of the season, the lane into the slums of Teynampet, Chennai were still slushy and the houses damp. Whether within a shelter or without, it's obvious that people left to fend for themselves were getting desperate.

It was at this point, we had intervened with the support of Global Giving to reach out to the neediest in the slums of Teynampet, Chennai.

The surveyed results helped us to narrow down the demands of 104 residents who are womenheaded families - widows, destitute, aged, women with disabilities , women whose husbands having drinking problems of Thiru.V.Ka Nagar and Thomas Road who were in need of proper roofing / construction materials.   

The small dwelling units (max. 50 sq.ft) of these residents belonged to the oldest form of design with thatched roofing (with dried coconut/palm or used plastic carry bags collected from garbage’s) added to overcrowding and congestion. Without proper roofing, during the rainy season they were forced to seek shelters in the nearby colony which has well constructed roof, which left young children and elderly people without a safe and protected ambiance. The flood has worsened their situation leaving them in damaged shelter. The current financial strain has left these people unable to rebuild the damaged shelters. Our focused view was to support 104 families with proper construction materials to renovate the building thereby ensuring their safety.

104 families were in need of construction of roofing and required other forms of construction materials like bamboos, rope, bricks, cement, etc. to renovate their existing shelters.

In line to the project activity, the selected 104 families were provided with necessary materials based on the beneficiary’s need. For the construction of roofing tarpaulin sheets were provided with the needed construction materials.

The provision of these most basic items will allow those affected to have an assured shelter for themselves and take care of their family members under proper safe roofing.  

The photos taken before and after the provision of construction materials will help you have a clear vision of the needs of these people. We will keep you updated of our activities.

True Story

Ms.Muniamma, 76 years old has been a resident of Thiru.V.Ka locality from the pre-Independence period. Her husband had passed away leaving her to take care of three sons. Though being a mother of three sons she has no financial support from any of them.

Her eldest son Mr.Sundar has severe drinking problem. He has two girl children the eldest doing her II grade schooling while the youngest just 4 years old. His wife is a mentally challenged person and they reside in a colony nearby. His drinking habit often ends with arguments within the family which also ends in him striking his wife and mother. Her eldest son’s drastic behavior has added more responsibility to her. Yes, she takes care of her two grandchildren and daughter-in-law too. She accepts any help that is offered by her neighbours be it in cash or kind.

Muniamma’s second son had expired at a young age whose details are unknown while her third son Sekar is a mentally challenged person too. He was forced with drugs at the age of 13, which in later years has made him to this critical situation. Though he does not consume drugs now, his past bitter experience has nipped his future. She is the only source of income supporting her family with the wages of Rs.80/- to Rs.100/- per day (1.5$) she earns from selling flowers.

This being her family situation, her battle against poverty had worsened during the floods in November 2015, which had left her stranded with nothing. Her only shelter was left with full of slush and sewage which had caused severe bad odour. Lost household things she owned.

Our interrogation with Muniamma made us feel we had stepped in at the right moment who had needed our immediate service. Our volunteers’ first initiative was to clean up her entire surrounding and fixing proper roofing for her family. She is now very happy that she has a good shelter which will protect her and her family from the climatic conditions. 

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