Chennai, Cuddalore flood relief work report

This is an official report created by Aalayam Foundation for the flood relief work conducted in Chennai and Cuddalore area between 04/12/2015 and 12/12/2015. Though Education for underprivileged in our vision, this disaster has called us to do this relief work on humanitarian grounds.

We heart fully thank the sponsors, donors, volunteers, friends and all our supporters.

Total Expenses: Rs.2,81,671 (includes material purchase, logistics etc.)

Day 1 – 12/04/2015

Chennai

1) We have sponsored and distributed Biryani, Veg meal, Biscuits, Bread, Milk, Tea, Candles, Match boxes, Tablets, Water bottles for 500+ people in Pallavakkam, Neelangarai, Adayar

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteers – Suhail Ahamed, Satheesh Kumar, Shafi Ahamed and friends from Manadi, Triplicane
  • Friends – From Manadi and Triplicane
  • Expenses – Rs.29,750

2) We have sponsored 250 packets food for flood affected people in Porur, Annanagar, Valasaravakkam and T. Nagar

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteers – Suhail Ahamed
  • Friends – Karthik Sambasivam, Madhura Bhuvaneswari
  • Expenses – Rs.12,000

Day 2 – 12/05/2015

Chennai

1) We have sponsored and distributed Biscuits, Bread, Milk, Tea, Candles, Match boxes, Medicines, Water bottles for 500+ people in Kooturpuram, Palikaranai, Velacherry, Ramnagar area.

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteers – Suhail Ahamed, Satheesh Kumar, Shafi Ahamed, Rajesh Kumar, Dhayanithi R, Gafoor Arsan
  • Friends – Shahul Hameed and friends from Manadi, Triplicane
  • Expenses – Rs.18,010

2) We have sponsored 800 dinner packets food for people stayed in Loyola college camp.

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteers – Suhail Ahamed
  • Friends – Karthik Sambasivam and Madhura Bhuvaneswari
  • Expenses – Rs.30,000

3) We have sponsored 6 bed sheets, 2 nighties, 5 sarees, 2 dothies for flood affected people in Poonamallee area

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteers – Rajesh Kumar, Satheesh Kumar
  • Expenses – Rs.2,740

Cuddalore area (Marrakannam)

1) We have sponsored and distributed Bread, Biscuits, Candles, Match boxes, Water bottles for 80+ families in Manadipattu and Kaanimedu villages in Marrakannam area (Marrakannam to Thindivanam road).

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteers – Bhaskar
  • Friends – Anand, Vicky and Driver anna
  • Expenses – Rs.12,563

Day 3 – 12/06/2015

Chennai

1) We have sponsored 100 liters of milk to flood affected children in Thiruvettiyur area

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteer – Satheesh Kumar
  • Expenses – Rs.3,800

2) We have sponsored 650 nighties, 262 bedsheets, 700 inner wears, 50 sanitary napkins and 200 diapers to Kanaginagar, Chemenchery, korukupettai area. These things were distributed through E. Agayarkani Advocate, Mandhaveli

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteers – Satheesh Kumar, Rajesh Kumar, Dhayanithi R
  • Friends – Rahul
  • Expenses – Rs.1,37,308

Cuddalore area (Marrakannam)

1) We have distributed Blankets, Towel, Bread, Biscuits, Candles, Match boxes, Water bottles for 80+ families in these areas. The materials were sponsored by friends from Tiruppur.

  • Sponsors – Vijaya Kumar friends from Tiruppur
  • Volunteers – Bhaskar
  • Friends – Muthu Saravanan, Raja, Santhosh, Manikandan, Vicky and Kumaran
  • Expenses – Rs.380

Day 4 – 12/12/2015

Cuddalore area (Sharuhasanpet, Anugampattu, Thoopukollai, Ahathanapuram, Ayikuppam, Melpathi and Vadakkuvellore Neyveli)

1)We were able to reach 1155+ families and distributed Rice, Dal, Vegetable Oil, Biscuits, Sleeping mats, Sarees, Lungi, Towels etc. We received all the materials from Sponsors who shipped from various places like Hyderabad, Trichy, Erode, Vellore and Virudhachalam. Our volunteers collected the materials in Chennai and Pondicherry for packaging and distribution. Pondicherry friends helped us with repacking to family package (6kgs rice + other materials).

  • Sponsors – Bharati Airtel (Hyderabad) and Dr. Vikram (Trichy)
  • Volunteers – Bhaskar, Satheesh Kumar, Rajesh Kumar, Navin Thomas, Shafi Ahamed, Dhayanithi, Issac Jamin, Veeramani, Alen TM
  • Pondicherry Friends : Anand, Kumaran, Nidhya, Vicky, Pongavanam, Menaka, Sarasu, Kuppusamy, Elumalai, Mani, Krishna, Hari, Velu, Ravi, James, Perumal, Udhaya, Nandha team (Marrakannam)
  • Drivers – Selvam, Rafi, Sekar, Venkatesh
  • IRB Police (Pondicherry) – Saravanan, Vadivelu
  • Chennai Friends – Sherin, Franko, Justy Shyjin
  • Expenses – Rs.35,120

For more information about the donors, please visit the cause page – https://www.aalayam.org/cause/5065

How Aalayam is contributing to reduce child labor?
The economic exploitation of children is an insult to humanity.

All over the world children continue to work, putting at stake their education, their health, their normal development to adulthood, and even their lives.   Millions of them work under hazardous conditions which present dangers to their health, safety and welfare. They toil in mines and quarries, are exposed to agrochemicals in agriculture, squat in crippling positions to weave rugs and carpets, and scavenge in rubbish tips.   Too many are enslaved in bonded labor, isolated in domestic service, and traumatized and abused in the commercial sex trade.  

Statistics: A survey conducted by 7th All India Education Survey reveals below facts on Child Labor.

  • At present there are 17 million children labor in India.
  • When working outside the family, children put in an average of 21 hours of labor per week.
  • 19% of children employed work as domestic help.
  • 90% working children are in rural India.
  • 85% of working children are in the unorganized sectors.
  • About 80% of child labor is engaged in agricultural work.
  • Children also work because there is demand for cheap labor.
  • There are approximately 2 million child commercial sex workers between the age of 5 and 15 years and about 3.3 million between 15 and 18 years.
  • 500,000 children are forced into this trade every year

There are many ways to eliminate child labor. Some of them are below.

  • Eliminate Poverty
  • Encourage Education
  • Enforce Labour Laws
  • Abolish Child Trafficking
  • Promote Fair Trade
  • Replace Child Workers by Adult Workers

How Aalayam contribute to reduce Child Labor? Aalayam fights out child labor with volunteers and donors help by Encouraging Education.Education can offer an open future, a chance for improved health and safety and, above all, economic opportunity. Economic opportunity brings people out of poverty.   Aalayam with all of your support contributes in this space by providing education for the financially deprived students to continue her education without dropping out. We are increasing the possibilities by financially supporting the student so that, his next generation don’t have to become a child labor.The possibility of an educated family educating his children is way higher than a person who is not educated.  

Let’s join hands to ERASE this insult happening to our fellow humans!

How Aalayam is contributing to reduce Child Marriage?

Education increases girls’ socioeconomic status and earning potential. Education stokes girls’ imaginations and leads them to develop personal and professional aspirations. It also gives them the skills to negotiate whom and when they will marry. It can provide one of the few places outside the home where girls are allowed to interact with their peers.

Statistics around Child Marriage

142 MILLION: If we do nothing, by the end of the decade an estimated 142 million girls will be married as children.   1 in 3 Girls: In the developing world are said to be married before 18.   700 Million: Over 700 million women alive today were married as children.

Statistics in India

India has the highest number of child brides in the world.   It is estimated that 47%of girls in India are married before their 18th birthday.   While fewer Indian girls are marrying before the age of 15, rates of marriage have increased for girls aged between 15 to 18.

Education is one of the most powerful tools to delay the age at which girls marry as school attendance helps shift norms around child marriage.

Improving girls’ access to schooling will increase girls’ chances of gaining a secondary education and helps to delay marriage.

When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries on average four years later.

Aalayam contributes in this space by providing education for the financially deprived students and increasing the possibility for a girl student to continue her education in whatever the the little way we can.We should be confident that this little Initiative Aalayam is started will spread and the day is far away where there dropout rate and child marriage will be eliminated. “The Journey of thousand miles start with one step in the Right Direction” Aalayam has taken its first STEP!References:http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/how-can-we-end-child-marriage/http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/341/education.htmlhttps://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/343644-education-and-the-significance-of-life

How Aalayam is contributing to reduce national dropout rate?

National dropout rate is 47.4 percent from class 1 to 10. This is a national problem and every problem has a solution.

Aalayam Foundation provides a platform to fill this GAP.

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Aalayam visits school administration and asks o refer students who couldn’t continue their education because of economical reasons. As school head masters, teachers know the ground reality, they refer the students and then we will do a review and finally make their cause online to collect funds. Students were referred as well be the volunteers and some students apply online.

Aalayam Foundation is serving as a BRIDGE to students in need to the donors who are willing to help.Aalayam provides a platform where Beneficiary and Donors come together to fill the dropout rate.

Drop out rate of students & the reasons in India

Drop out rate of students and Drop out Reasons in India   According to the statistics from Ministry of Human Resources and Development Bureau of Planning, Monitoring and Statistics, the drop out rate is 47.4 in the year 2013-14 from class 1 to 10th.   Based on studies from government and NGOs in different states, economic reasons was cited as one of the biggest reason for not sending student to school by parents.   “School dropout rate amongst adolescent girls in India is as high as 63.5% (Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation – MoSPI, 2012)”   Drop out Rate is the percentage of students who drop out from a given grade or cycle or level of education in a given school year.  

Where our contribution makes a difference as a Volunteer \ Donor?   “Our contribution as a Volunteer and Donor will make a difference by making sure the students are not dropped out of school because of economical reasons and also will contribute in reducing the national drop out rate.”     References:http://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/statistics/EAG2014.pdfhttp://planningcommission.gov.in/reports/sereport/ser/stdy_ecdo.pdfhttp://schooldropoutprevention.com/country-data-activities/india/

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As we always say “We are a step ahead in protecting privacy of both donor and beneficiary”

Many thanks to our IT team for a fabulous job.

My Date with Chinnur Village – By LK

It was Oct 17th 2014 (Friday), 5.00 PM and the news channels broadcasted that there was a heavy depression in Bay of Bengal and it was going to rain for the next 2 days. I looked out of the window and surprisingly the forecast was right, it was raining quite heavily. I repeatedly called Bhaskar to check whether the condition in Theni is any better and will there be any issue travelling there that week. And Bhaskar in-turn was checking the condition and answering me quite patiently and made me feel quite safe to go-ahead with this travel as planned.

So I was prepared for this one day trip to Chinnur Colony with a lot of excitement. I was told that we will have to go by a vehicle till the foothills and then have a 9 kms walk along the hills passing through a few rivers on the way to reach this place. Now you would know why I was excited about this! 🙂

I reached Koyambedu bus stand at 9PM passing through the abnormal traffic buildup due to the rain. Shortly I had Bhaskar, Dilip and Surendar joining me and we happily settled down in the sleeper bus that we had booked for this trip. It was a very comfortable place to be in after standing in the Koyambedu bus stand amidst the heavy rain (Folks in Chennai will know what I meant here :)). In no time all of us were asleep with the excitement still at its peak over the next day’s adventure that awaited us.

We woke up the next day to witness the bus passing through some of the beautiful landscapes far away from the traffic, heat and pollution. It was a very pleasant morning with a light drizzle and we were very thankful that it was only a light drizzle and not heavy rain as mentioned in news channels.

We had Mr. Pandi kannan who is a relative of Dilip and is from the Police Department to receive us at the Theni bus stop and had a room booked for us to refresh and get ready for the exciting day ahead. He was very helpful and without him this trip wouldn’t have been possible.

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We started our journey towards the foothill loaded with some food in our backpack. We were accompanied by Mr. Pandi kannan’s colleague, Mr. Pandi Kannan and the head master of a school which teaches students from these tribal villages.

We reached the foothill and had all our ammunitions loaded for the trip ahead. We had the villagers to help us reach the destination and also to help us carry all the clothing we brought for the villagers and kids of Chinnur Colony. We felt that the nature around us was literally speaking to us and it made me think that we are missing a lot of happiness in our life by staying away from the beautiful nature that the god has created for us to enjoy and live.

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We started with a very brisk walk passing through various landscapes in this stretch of 9 kms with the help of the kind villagers. It was a plain slope to start with and we felt that as we advanced it was really getting tough and tired. We had to pass through a plain stretch and then some hilly terrain and then two rivers which had a lot of water flowing dangerously.

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The calm plain terrain was a treat to walk past and we really enjoyed that stretch.

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The villagers formed a human chain to help us pass through the rivers on the way. The flow was quite heavy and there was no way we could have reached the destination without the help of the villagers.

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We were also seen crawling at different places which the villagers passed through at ease. We felt that we were climbing the Himalayas for the first time in the world 🙂

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After all the heroics and two packets of Glucose on our way 🙂 we reached the final destination (Chinnur Colony) feeling grateful about the fact that we were able to reach the destination and still had the energy for rest of the day! As a matter of fact we will have to again climb down to reach back home and should be done on the same day. By the time we reached the village it was 2PM (we took 5 hrs to cover that 9 kms stretch)!

The villagers were all gathered with a lot of questions in their eyes. We were offered the hill coffee as they call it which was a black coffee which they cultivate in this area. I have never had such a coffee in my lifetime. It was so tasty and I almost asked them for a few packets to take back home. It gave us a lot more energy than what we got in the two packets of Glucose 🙂

We started explaining about Aalayam Foundation and how we can help their children get educated. We distributed the clothes that we took with us which brought a lot of smile in their faces. It was a learning for us interms of understanding how people are living without even having their basic need fulfilled. The problems that they explained was beyond giving education to their children. They have to pass through the terrain that I just explained for fulfilling any basic need which includes the raw materials for their daily food. They climb up and down this hill for an average of 3 times a day for their livelihood. For them to think about education looks like a distant ask.

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We proposed some ideas to overcome their basic issues and have their children educated. Mr. Pandi kannan and the school headmaster Mr. Vijayaraj are doing a commendable job to make sure that the children from this place are getting their basic education. We shared our willingness to offer any help which would help the children from this area to get their education.

As a part of it we have taken up a project to help get the school where these children are studying solar based electricity at a small level to start with. The school is without electricity as of today and it is a residential government school for Tribal children. This is under review currently and we will raise funds for this project once it gets approved. We are also reviewing a student from a nearby village to raise fund for his college education currently. Both these causes are in review and we are having a lot of children in line who would need our help to complete their education. Aalayam along with all of you is looking forward for this opportunity to help provide education for these children and help them realize their dreams.

Once I reached back home I was dead tired for the next two days and my heart was with those children and people who are travelling that route on a daily basis multiple times. I thanked God for all that I have in my life considering what those people were going through and it gave us (Aalayam) more reason to explore more areas where we can be of some help to our fellow Indians and make this nation march forward!

Signing off with these group photos which would remain in our thoughts for the days to come!

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