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Cyclone Gaja Relief Response

Cyclone Gaja (गज- Sanskrit word for elephant)


WHAT AND WHEN:
To a culture that reveres the Elephant God Ganesha as the remover of obstacles, Cyclone Gaja came down like an elephant on a rampage. Raging through Nagapattinam down to Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu on India's southeastern coast at a speed of 120 km an hour crippling  202 village communities in an instant. A mere 4 hours of howling winds on the night of November 16th, was all it took to uproot concrete electrical poles, flood carefully cultivated fields and reduce stately palm trees to lifeless stumps.

A staggering 120,000 homes in agrarian and fishing villages were damaged, 250,000 people affected and 60 lives were lost.



THE NGO:
BLESS is a non-profit, non-religious and volunteer-based organization. BLESS works for the social, economic and cultural upliftment of marginalized villages and communities.


THE SITUATION:
BLESS assessment teams have been mobilized across the city and to nearby towns. The need here is great as we have seen an abnormal rise of sea levels has inundated the low lying areas of coastal regions drowning human beings and livestock, eroding beaches and embankments, flooding neighborhoods and towns, destroying vegetation and reducing soil fertility. Communities livelihoods vanished overnight. More than 1 million forest and fruit-bearing trees across the coastline, a vital source of income for agricultural laborers and small farmers were decimated. A sea of paddy and other cash crops, submerged. A government survey of the areas categorically states that 90% of agricultural and horticultural crops were completely gutted leaving no income source from farmlands. 


BLESS has made a rapid assessment in 30 of the most affected villages in Kilvalur and Vedaranyam Taluks of Nagapattinam District. The people are experiencing hardship beyond words. These villages are unable to run community kitchens due to lack of food materials; small children are without baby food, girls and women without sanitary napkins and in general 70% of the people live in homes without a roof. The villages are mostly inaccessible as the fallen trees are yet to be removed and the communities have no means to remove them. It will take about a month or two to get back electricity as all the electric poles were uprooted. The adults have no employment and the local markets have completely collapsed.


WHAT WE'LL DO:
BLESS is mobilizing a group of professionals and volunteers to provide emergency relief to 1,800 people.  Cleaning, repairing, and rebuilding will be our main goal. Work will include cleaning up debris from the storm, cutting down trees, cleaning and rebuilding destroyed houses, cleaning and pumping polluted water sources. BLESS needs to funds to buy materials (tarpaulin, mosquito nets, hammers, poles, ropes, nails, solar lights), hire professionals (ie woodcutters, machine operators), rent heavy machinery, trucks, and bulldozers, as well as feeding and transport costs for all those helping in the relief efforts.


HOW TO HELP:
The needs in the cyclone-affected areas are immense. 80% of the people surveyed in the affected areas definitely state that the aid received is insufficient.  In some cases, no aide has even reached villages the at all. Government aid and supplies have been trickling in but remote and interior settlements remain untouched.

We are asking for your help in funding our relief efforts. Every little donation will help us make a difference for those who have lost everything. Click the donate button and help those who need it the most this holiday season. 

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16th January 2019
During the last two weeks our team travelled to the village of Kameswaram.  Kameswaram, a fishing village that sits on the southeastern coast of Tamil Nadu was destroyed by Cyclone Gaja.We have been able to do great work with the money that has been donated. Our team, alongside social workers, cleaned up debris, cut down trees, rebuilt houses, and cleaned water sources.However, there is still so much more to be done. Many other communities are left in a total state chaos. We are continuing to ask for your support so that we can help to rebuild and revive other villages.
We are incredibly grateful for all the support. We ask you to please spread the word and donate if you can. Every small donation makes an impact.

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We are incredibly grateful for all the support. We ask you to please spread the word and donate if you can. Every small donation makes an impact.

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8th January 2019
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your support!
Thanks to all of you, the work is doing great, but still not finished!
We still have a few days to go, we count on you to keep supporting us!




Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your support!
Thanks to all of you, the work is doing great, but still not finished!
We still have a few days to go, we count on you to keep supporting us!




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Rs.87,340 raised

Goal: Rs.1,000,000

Beneficiary: BLESS info_outline

Supporters (21)

Vaishnavi
Vaishnavi donated US $20
JW
Jonas donated US $25
JM
Julia donated US $60
OG
Oliver donated US $90
FS
Friederike donated US $60
MR
Marie donated US $100