Sunday, April 24, 2005
 

OUR WORK IS DONE---BUT OUR NEED IS NOT!

We are happy to inform that our mobile hospital returned to Gwalior on 16th April 2005 after having worked in Tsunami affected areas in Tamil Nadu for nearly three months providing medical relief, treatment and counselling. We have spent £5000 for this work during this period benefiting about 18000 victims of Tsunami in the State of Tamil Nadu.

In addition we supplied two truck loads of medicines, medical relief supplies, gloves and masks through local NGOs working in the area. We have recognised five villages in Cuddalore district with 27 orphan children and 157 homeless women. We shall continue to help and provide for rehabilitation work and settlement of these Orphan children and homeless women there as promised with cooperation of local NGOs and may shift these children to our “SNEHALAYA”, if permitted by local authorities.

We have very limited resources and funds to fulfil these promises as our Tsunami appeal was not very successful and our applications for grants from big organisations have fallen on deaf ears so far.

We request everyone to help us in this endeavour as much you can. Every help, however small is much appreciated. For details visit www.helpchildrenofindia.org .
For more news and update see our April news letter by visiting www.zyworld.com/gchc/newsletter.htm
Saturday, April 02, 2005
 

THE NEED CONTINUES


The Boxing Day tsunami, for those of us living outside the area affected, has faded to a memory -- but to victims and those unfortunate enough have worked or resided in the affected areas, its effects still colour our lives.

The mobile hospital continues to work in the state of Tamil Nadu, the area hit hardest, and we have identified five villages heavily affected. In these a total of 27 children have been orphaned and there are 175 homeless women. The effort now is to organise vocational training and shelter for these people where they can live as a family. In due course, with training and rehabilitation, we hope they can lead normal lives independently.

Some one hundred million pounds sterling has been raised by the larger charity organisations in the UK, including the Red Cross, but our pleas for funding to help continue our mobile hospital service have , so far, fallen on deaf ears. This may cause us to gradually withdraw these services, although we do not wish to do so as the job is not yet done. But our funds can only stretch so far.

We enjoyed the services of psychiatrist Dr. Page Tench from Houston USA in March, including his workshops on 'How to Deal with Psychic Trauma and Grief' and 'Dynamics of Child Abuse'. We have also been fortunate  to have a visiting UN volunteer, Ms Annalize Vitzoen working on a documentary film about our work. It will be used for publicity and to spread the news of our work, our needs and our ongoing efforts on behalf of the poor, the needy and sick of India.

Although the world's attention has moved elsewhere, the need in Tamil Nadu continues.


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