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Update posted by Rumy Gupta On Dec 22, 2015

I am happy to let you all know that the onsite team has got land approval from the government. I am feeling blessed to be able to help the people start their life again. This wouldn't have been possible without your support.

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Update posted by Rumy Gupta On Dec 21, 2015

Let me take you through the current state of a small school who need urgent help which is on the banks of the Adyar river, Chennai.

Till 2 weeks back, All was well for ‘Lion’s club school , Guindy, West Saidapet ‘ and its 400 odd students. During the Chennai floods , they had to brace themselves to a maximum of 17 feet of water in the school building and surroundings. ( Attached pic )

The entire ground floor which housed the Primary & Middle school consisting of 14 class rooms, Library, Computer lab and Science lab were destroyed. This Tamil medium school is one among the few schools that is yet to be sanctioned by government to Reopen for regular classes. The school gets govt aid only in the form of Teachers’ salary and noon meal scheme for students.

We intend to provide for Library , Science & Computer labs. For this initiative, Donations are welcomed in-kind. Do contact us for more details.

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Update posted by Rumy Gupta On Dec 21, 2015

We initially wanted to do Medical camp, and cuddalore relief. However, After doing analysis of the current situation, we want to concentrate on rehabilitation. We are collaborating with Ramu Lalita Trust for this initiative.

As part of this initiative

Project 1 - There is a need of 10 homes. Out of the amount we collected so far, we are planning to support 4 homes. I am attaching pictures of the current state of the village.

Details of the trust -
https://www.facebook.com/Ramu-Lalita-Trust-5666464...

Project Details

Brief Introduction about Irula families living in Karunilam Irula Hamlet:

Karunilam is a village panchayat located in Kanchipuram district of Tamil-Nadu situated 45 KM away from Chennai. There are 937 families belonging to SC, ST and most backward communities. Among them ten families live near a small lake isolated from the main village. As Irulas basically are snake catching and Forest people, they always live away from the main village close to forest. Since they live near water sources, they cannot get any basic amenities such as drinking water, electricity or free housing from the Government. Irulas are illiterates and depend completely on unskilled labor such as wood cutting, garbage cleaning and so on. They don’t get employment on regular basis and their livelihood depends on the meagre income they get few days in a month.

Recent Flood and its effects

Irulas huts are very small (less than 24 to 30 square feet area) constructed with mud walls and palm leaf roof. Since they lived near the lake, all their huts were completely washed away during recent floods and their village completely cutoff and they were kept in a community hall by the village president. The village president and volunteers provided food for the families for the past 10 days and they reached their huts only on 12th December. The conditions of the families are still pathetic as the walls and roof are damaged. There is no electricity in the houses and they are using kerosene lamps to light the houses. It is possible for the snakes and other insects to easily enter inside their huts when children are sleeping in the night. Hence there is an urgent need to provide a safe dwelling place for the families living in this hamlet.

Need for the project:

Since they earn very limited wages for a very few days in a month, it is very difficult for them to construct even a small hut. In many cases they cover the roof with thrown away plastic sheets or old.sarees and manage. It will be a great help for them if they are able to construct a decent house with minimum facilities. Also they can never get any facilities from government as long as they live near water sources as Government will not give free land patta (land title) to those lands. WE CARE an NGO working in this area is negotiating with the village president to acquire the porambokku (government land) land occupied by upper caste people for which it is possible to get free patta from the Government. Village Administrative Officer and Village President are making arrangements to provide land for the Irulas within a weeks’ time as they realized the agonies of the people. If we could construct a low cost stable hut with small brick wall, cement floor and a coconut leaf roof, the people can live in this house for a minimum period of three years without any fear of flood. During this time, they can get free land patta from the government and get free housing and other basic amenities.

Budget required to construct a 10” x 10” hut for one family:

S.No

Particulars

Amount

1

Solid Cement bricks 200 x 30.00

6000.00

2

Cement for flooring 10 bags x 400.00

4000.00

3

Sand 1 unit

5000.00

4

Blue Metal 1 unit

1000.00

5

Coconut leaves 500 leaves x 8.00

4000.00

6

Labour (One mason & a helper for 2 days) 700+500

2400.00

7

Wooden Planks and ropes will be arranged by people

Budget for One Hut

22,400.00

10 families x 22400.00

2,24,000.00

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Update posted by Rumy Gupta On Dec 07, 2015

Thank you all the donors. From the amount we have collected so far , we have planned to provide

  • Medical Aid – we have collaborated with doctors of Apollo hospital and Private Clinics to get a free medical checkup and distribute basic medicines for free.
  • Cuddalore relief - we have collaborated with high officials of police in Chennai and Cuddolre to take relief materials to the affected areas.
  • Phase 1 Plan – Adopt a family – The plan is adopt 10 families and rehabilitate them. We need around 100-150$ to get them going on their feet. The number of families will depend on the amount we can raise. We cannot achieve this without your support. Attaching the list of things we are planning to buy.






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We initially wanted to do Medical camp, and cuddalore relief. However, After doing analysis of the current situation, we want to concentrate on rehabilitation. As part of this initiative Project 1 - Rebuild 4 homes (22,400rs each) Project 2 - Provide for Library/computers/Science Lab. (the need is 4,00,000rs). if you want to donate in-kind, do contact us for more details.

Rumy Gupta

Update posted by Dec 21

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Thank you all the donors. From the amount we have collected so far , we have planned to provide •Medical Aid – we have collaborated with doctors of Apollo hospital and Private Clinics to get a free medical checkup and distribute basic medicines for free. •Cuddalore relief - we have collaborated with high officials of the police in Chennai and Cuddalore to take relief materials to the affected areas. •Phase 1 Plan – Adopt a family – The plan is adopt 10 families and rehabilitate them. We need around 100-150$ to get them going on their feet. The number of families will depend on the amount we can raise. We cannot achieve this without your support.

Rumy Gupta

Update posted by Dec 10

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I wish the people of Chennai a speedy recovery. Best of luck, Rumy!

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Great initiative, Rumy!

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Rumi, thank you giving me this opportunity to help. Inspiring work by you and your friends- keep going!

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