Sunday, January 09, 2005

Onsite Update :: from Lakshmi in Chennai

Dear All,

Asha Chennai website has a page for the Support A Family – Tsunami Relief

As of 9th evening we have 45 families that have come to us and disbursement has happened to 28.

There are three families of fisher folk of Odaikuppam who require money to restart their businesses.

SBI is willing to consider providing loans.

The SAF families are coming back for small amounts of support like tube lights, bulbs, some provisions, clothes, sheets, school bags for their children (not given by the govt.) and utensils now they have a place to live in. They do not aspire for too much at all but take just the basic requirements for their homes. Kerosene stoves are difficult to get with the sudden increase in demand.

Many have settled into their old routine.

The Pennurimai Iyakkam have conducted a survey with some members of IIT, KFI school and Olcott Memorial high School (similar to the Urur survey, at Pattinapakkam where they were able to distribute one plastic pot for water. A similar survey needs to be done at Odaikuppam as well.

A group of citizens including a lawyer and persons concerned with the unfair and inequitable distribution are trying to bring this into focus through a petition. Details of Asha Chennai SAF programme have been very useful to get their petition drafted.