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

Thank you for your kind donation and your support gives new hope to the flood victims.

With the ongoing support of Global Giving we have tried our best to assist the victims of the Chennai floods.

After the completion of our immediate relief activities, we are now focusing on next project activity – providing individuals with physical incapacities who have lost their assistive devices in the floods with aids depending on the degree of damage and assisting school children with educational supplements.

The survey taken in April 2016 had helped us to narrow down the beneficiary’s demand followed by the personal interactions held with the selected beneficiaries, school headmasters, teachers, students, parent-teacher associations, the project leader was able to evaluate the demand placed. Soon after the May 2016 Tamil Nadu State Assembly Elections, project activities which were temporarily withheld for a period of two months had regained action.

Findings of our survey reveal that children from vulnerable families and economically weaker sections are the worst affected by losing their education materials, dresses and faced with numerous other hardships. Many of the schools in the areas have been affected badly; schools have lost most of the teaching learning materials.

In line to the project activity cited in the proposal and based on the community’s need, student chairs, staff chairs, mats, file cabinet, games materials were procured and distributed to four schools;Appadurai Corporation Primary School, Panagal Park Corporation Primary School, Vanniyar Corporation Primary School and  Dr.Giriyappa Corporation Primary School who have lost everything to the floods. The most deserving students of these schools as well as children at the household levels from Teynampet area were provided with shoes, socks, uniform, stationery and ID cards.  In addition; crutches, elbow crutches, hearing aids, cot were provided to people living with disabilities.

The provision of these most basic items will allow those affected to focus on beginning to rebuild their confidence after these devastating events.

 “Losing the very few I owned in the flood, made me feel very crippled and dependent”, comments 60-year-old Sriban (physically disabled), with a twinge of sorrow. “However my timely need (crutches) was taken care " says Sriban proudly approving his gesture toward the crutches under his arm.

On July 13th 2016, it was a pleasure to have Ms.Kavita Mathew, India Partnership Consultant and Ms.Elizabeth Hobby, Volunteer from England to visit our project area. They met the beneficiaries of Teynampet as well as interacted with the students and teachers at Corporation Primary Schools in the same locality.  

In collaborating with this project you can be sure that every small part that you can give will give them a chance to start again.

We have shared the photos taken on that day and will keep you updated of our activities.

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Your support through Global Giving has helped us to get closer to the flood victims of Chennai.

The funds received so far was utilized to meet out the immediate needs of the community affected by the floods. Towards the long term impact of the project, a detailed survey was conducted among the targeted beneficiaries women-headed families who are widows, destitute, aged, women with disabilities, women whose husbands have drinking problems and children of these women.  

The survey outlined questions about their personal information, income levels, health, details on damaged structures, requirements, etc. This primary face-to-face survey conducted prior to the project initiation will help us to narrow down the number of most deserving beneficiaries to be supported under the project as well as to have accurate screening of the target population.

Our next step will be organizing of awareness camps to the women community followed by the other activities like renovation of damaged structures and issue of educational materials to school children.

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With the support of GlobalGiving, we have taken the initiative to help the flood victims of Chennai with provision of relief items. In these items were kitchen utensil kit which comprised of cooking pot, frying pans, ladles, tumblers and plates.

Our first effort towards this relief programme was to conduct a face-to-face survey with the residents of the focused area - Giriyappa Road, slum of Teynampet, Chennai. Our team of members was at the project site a week ahead collecting complete details from each family. The survey recorded details from 280 to 300 families. Following are the findings of the survey conducted.

  • The residents told the team members that so far they have received bed sheets, food provisions, mats, etc. which was helpful to them and thanked every good person who offered their services.
  • All their belongings were either washed out in the flood or even their attempt in collecting the remains after the disaster was futile. The utensils were soaked with dust, created very bad odour and were completely useless. Though provisions were distributed, they hadn’t the proper utensils to make use of them.

Our next focus was to seek permission from the nearby school and police station to help in distributing the kit without any commotion. The venue was fixed at Sathiyamoorthy High School, Teynampet and timings between 01.30 to 03.00 p.m. The list of beneficiaries was tracked down with the help of the survey papers. 300 families were selected and prior information on the relief activity was intimated to the recipients.The recipients were on time at the said venue and the programme took place at ease without any strife.

In this time of need, we shall help them as much as we can. Let us stand united to help them return to normal life.

Quotes from participants

1. A mother of four children. Theirs’ is a big family with 4 children and 6 adults. In her own words… “We lost all our things in the flood and are totally depended on the relief items that are provided by donors. We are thankful for providing us this utensil kit which is absolutely helpful to us.”

2. One of the participants, is a widow and has no children. In her own words… “I lost all the few things I owned in this flood. We were provided with benefits from different sources, But I was unable to avail any of these benefits as I’m working and I was unaware of the timings of distribution. However I express the effort taken in giving prior intimation to the beneficiaries of the date, venue and timing the distribution will take place. That is why today I’m able to receive this donation provided by them.”

3. “The flood had created a great damage to the few properties we owned. However we were provided with benefits and thanks to the effort taken. We have received mats, bed sheets, provisions, etc. but we hadn’t any utensils to make use of the grocery given. I express my thanks for providing us with this utensil kit which will be helpful for our cooking purpose.”

Thank you for stepping forward to help those in need!

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In continuation to our project activities at Chennai with the support of donors , the activities carried out are been updated.

The residence of Giriyappa road , a slum of Teynampet , Chennai ,  covers around 300 lined households, of which 100 are asbestos roofed while the remaining are thatched houses. The houses are single roomed (approx.75 to 100 sq.ft.) and have poor living conditions. The room has to be used for all domestic purposes like cooking, sleeping and cleaning vessels. They do not have proper drainage facilities. The houses with asbestos roofing are provided with a toilet for every 8 households, whereas the thatched houses are provided with two common toilets which again are poorly structured.  As far as drinking water is concerned they are provided with common corporation taps. Major occupation comprises of housekeeping, construction labourers, and painters.

Their immediate need was cooking stoves and utensils. We are distributing stoves to the residents of this locality. The highlighted feature of this stove is that it is carbon emission free, smokeless and doesn’t pollute the environment. Provision of kitchen utensils to these residents will be distributed in the next following weeks. 

Besides, they are given an orientation programme and the points of discussion were on the various emergency preparedness aspects to be handle during disaster period, the relief measures provided by the Government and how  to approach them, the formalities involved in retrieving legal documents like certificates, ration card, etc.

We will keep you updated with the various activities we reach out in the days ahead. 

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Together we can provide them hope.

The recent floods have brought life-changing disaster to Chennai tossing up the routine activities of its residents.   As a result many have suffered immeasurable destruction, loss, damage and despair.

Your help in providing emergency assistance to these victims we believe has been a timely help at this critical moment.

Currently, there is a tremendous need for home utensils, toiletries, and other daily survival items.  Though our targeted areas were the slum areas of Saidapet, our donations were reached out to other needy residents as we found many NGOs and Government programmes supporting them in ways and means they could afford. However your donation was utilized in purchasing mats, mosquito nets and bed sheets to 100 victims in the areas of MKV Nagar, Vysarpadi.

Time is critical and you can help make a difference. We'll continue our updates on our disaster relief efforts here in Chennai. Thank you for your caring and support during this devastating time.

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Society for Poor People Development (SPPD)

Location: Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu - India
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Raju Joseph
Musiri, Tamil Nadu India
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