660 families in 5 blocks of Kaniyakumari District belong to daily wage earning groups and tribal communities. Their houses have been damaged. Their livelihoods have been devastated. We have been approached by fishing people and tribal communities. Food packets were distributed during first week of December 2017. They now need supports for putting up temporary sheds with tarpaulin covers, for restarting cooking with vessels - rice - grocery and for educational supports for school Children.
Fishing communities of Kaniyakumarai District were shocked with the fury of Ockhi Cyclone of November 29,2017. The heavy rains that followed during first week of December has affected the tribal communities involving in agriculture and rural artisan works. The high velocity cyclonic winds have devastated their houses and livelihood options. School going Children have lost their books and notebooks. Fishing people and tribal communities are struggling to restart cooking and revive daily jobs.
The fishing people and tribal communities are accustomed to hard work. They were taken unaware about the Ockhi Cyclone. They were shocked. They appreciated cooked food supplies when they were not able to return to their damaged houses. This project will enable them to set up shelter with help of tarpaulin cover. The cooking vessels, rice, grocery, oil will help them to restart cooking in their homes. Supply of new books and notebooks will encourage school going Children to return to studies.
The togetherness with the cyclone affected people will encourage them to plan their house resettlement and to decide about reviving their livelihoods. Need assessment exercises will be carried out for short term interventions and for long term projects both in fishing and in rural artisan works. For, the fishing people and the tribal communities now realize that their life is often exposed to cyclone, flood or tsunami that destroyed them on December 26,2004. They are willing to revive their life