Join Hands with Smile Foundation
- for tsunami victims
We all are now witness to the disaster and human miseries caused by Tsunami on 26th Of December,2004 and it s aftermath, devastating coastal belt of South Asia including parts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and the island of Andaman Nicobar- engulfing on it s way many villages and leaving thousands dead and untraceable.
SMILE Foundation, India, a development support agency, working to promote education and holistic development of children from poor and disadvantaged section of society, therefore joined in help and relief operations in areas in and around Chennai. Constrained but undeterred by the fact that the Foundation does not have physical presence in the southern States of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, Smile initiated it s relief measures with help from a local volunteer.
As a strategy, a site visit was made to make a first hand feel (qualitative/observational) of the tragedy and need of the hour. Subsequently items of immediate need to the victims living in shelter homes (temporarily converted or erected) in and around Chennai city was distributed which included vessels/utensils, ready-to-eat food items. Also, simultaneously, Smile s representatives made a dash to Chennai and held discussions with other agencies involved in relief operations. Also the team met various NGO representatives and talked to them exploring the possibilities of working with them in relief, rehabilitation efforts. A detailed site visit to affected coastal villages near Chennai and far Alpakulam Village sprawling up to the close vicinity of Pondichery was made to further appraise the devastation caused.
Now that the rescue and immediate relief phases of work in the Tsumani hit areas are drawing to a close and the need for rehabilitation is getting paramount, Smile Foundation, in consultation with the various local agencies it met, has decided to lend further support towards rehabilitation of the suffering children. Smile proposes to work on the following components:
Smile foundation therefore has identified the following activities for which support from outside agencies / corporate houses are solicited. Smile proposes to work with local NGO’s with physical presence, identified for the purpose.
Reconstruction of school buildings
- Rs. 14.25 lacs for High School
Renovation costs :
- Rs. 20,000 for Primary School
- Rs. 600 per child (this is a one time cost and includes 2 set
of uniforms, study material, footwear, school bag etc)
- Rs. 1500 per child (class XI & XII)
- Rs. 500 per month for 1st year.
- Rs. 10000/- per month