I am fundraising to i stand with Chennai

Why am I fundraising?

The Tamil poet Mahakavi Bharathiyar sang:

Nalladhoar veenai seydhu adhai
nalangedap puzhudhiyil erivadhundo?
Solladi sivasakthi!
Yennai chudarmigum arivudan padaiththuvittai.
Vallamai thaaraayo
indha maanilam payanura vaazhvadharke.

My name is Sharmila Yadav and I was born in the land that Bharathi called home. I work as a Biomedical engineer abroad, far away from family, friends, and my country. With the massive devastation the rains have caused in Tamil Nadu, as an NRI it is unavoidable to feel frustrated and helpless to not be able to assit in person. But I don't think that should stop one from trying. Therefore, my friends in Bangalore and I formed a team to coordinate relief work for flood victims in Chennai and Cuddalore. Our mission is to to fundraise, procure relief materials, assemble them into kits, establish a supply chain, and distribute the kits to victims in affected regions.

This page was specifically created to act as a way for Indians from all over the world to contribute to the plight of our motherland. The funds will be utilized by my team of friends in Bangalore, India to come up with a basic survival kit with emergency food, hygiene products, and medicines for about 500+ people and distribute it to Chennai and Cuddalore. 

We are primarily raising funds through the crowdfunding website Milaap as both Indian rupee and foreign donations are accepted and there is no associated processing fee. This makes 100% of your contributions to be effectively utilized for our mission. 

We have created a facebook page as well: https://www.facebook.com/istandwithchennai where you can find more information and updates on our cause. 

What do I plan to do with the funds?

With the funds our relief team will be personally purchasing, assembling, and distributing the kits to affected areas around Chennai and Cuddalore. Previously, the kit that we put together for Chennai consisted of essentials such as:

1. 4 Biscuit packets (Parle G)
2. 2 Everyday milk powder packets
3. Glucon D powder ( 100G)
4. Pepsodent 30gm toothpaste
5. Small Lifebuoy soap 
6. Vicks VapourRub
7. Two Jam Packets 
8. 3 Dabur HoneyTus
9. 6 tablets of B-complex
10. Bella Sanitary Napkins 
11. Pampers
12. New blankets

Achievements so far:

We distributed 66 carton boxes containing 547 kits from Bangalore in and around Saidapet, Velacherry & Thoraipakkam in Chennai. These consisted of:

1. 204 Female kits (includes Bella sanitary napkins) 
2. 258 General Kits 
3. 85 Kids Survival kits (includes Pampers diapers) 
4. 5 Cartons containing basic medicines
5. 200 brand new blankets

Current goal:

We have turned our attention towards Cuddalore upon multiple requests and understanding the situation and needs of the people there. We have consolidated the requirements list for the relief aid we are planning to send to Cuddalore. Our aim is to get the resources there by Sunday. Requirements include:

1. 1000 blankets
2. 500 lungies
3. 500 nighties
4.1000 towels
5.1000 Vicks Vaporub
6. 3000 mosquito coils with match boxes

These were decided based on inputs from local relief workers who have extensively surveyed the Cuddalore area. We hope we can procure them all if not more as funds come through.

We are looking for more funds to buy water bottles, bread, and more medicines based on requirements from camps. 

Below you will find pictures that were taken during the assembly and packaging (at our team member Chaitra’s house) of the supplies in Bangalore and during distribution in Chennai. We really appreciate the positive energy and feedback we have received so far from friends and contributors. It has given us more hope in our campaign and boosted our morale. Please contribute what you can and share the word among your friends and families to keep us going. Do checkout our facebook page for updates on our progress and our future directions.


Please feel free to ask as many questions if you have doubts regarding the relief work. Email us at banu2590@gmail.com or sharmiayadav.duke@gmail.com.

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11th December 2015

Hi everyone,

We are working on our second batch to Chennai. Each kit will contain mostly essential supplies to help the people get through the aftermath of the floods. Purchasing is still in progress, but we will be keep you guys updated once things are ready.

As of now, our plan for this batch is:
1. 1000 Blanket
2.1000 Towel
3. 500 Lungis ( Gents Kit)
4. 500 Nighties ( Ladies Kit )
5. 300 Rugs
6. 1000 Candles & Match boxes
7. 1000 Mosquito repellent
8. 1000 Soap
9. 1000 Paste
10. 1000 Tooth brush 
11. 400 Undergarments ( Women)
12. 400 Sanitary Napkins 
13. 1000 Bun packs ( Five buns each )
14. 1000 Jam packets 
15. 1000 Sweet lime

In addition, we have also purchased 100 kgs of bleaching powder in an effort to sanitize areas which have been under water after days of torrential rain. Moreover, Jimcy Raphael has given us 150Kgs of Rice + 40 Blankets + 50 undergarments for women. Below is a few pictures of the materials we have purchased so far.

Please contribute your towards our cause through our Milaap fundraiser page. We will post all the bills for the supplies that we purchased for this relief once we are done with the final batch. We will also upload the funds deposit tracker for your better understanding

More of our friends will be available to volunteer this weekend. From their assessment of the ground situation, we will decide on the areas to distribute the materials. Our gratitude to everyone of you who has continued to support us so far.

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7th December 2015

Hi Everyone,

Presently, we are gearing up for the second batch to Chennai. Our target date for supply is coming wednesday.

As of now, the requirements list consists of: 
1. Bedsheets
2. Towels
3. Candles
4. Biscuits
5. Match box
6. Sanitary Napkins
7. Milk powder packets
8. Flash lights 
9. Under Garments for ladies
10. 10-15 power banks for volunteers & army people in need
11. Medicines (List will be shared soon)
12. 100 Kgs of rice supplied by a friend from Bangalore.

The items in the list might change based on availability since most of the outlets in Bangalore are running out of stock. We might also edit the list depending on requests from volunteers in Chennai.

Meanwhile, keep supporting us and continue to spread the word as much as you can. It's your support and kindness that keeps us going!

Pls contact Banu: banu2590@gmail.com or Sharmila: sharmilayadav.duke@gmail.com for any questions.

7th December 2015

Hi everyone,

Our team safely reached the villages near Cuddalore and successfully distributed the kits to the people in need. We delivered all the kits to two villages near Cuddalore.

The villages are: 
1. Sozhavalli
2. Nellikuppam

In Nellikuppam, our volunteer team from Bangalore and Cuddalore (Vishwanathan, Balasubramanian & team) delivered the kits door to door. People were overwhelmed with the stuff they received.

In Sozhavalli, ladies & gents were made to stand in queue and the kits were delivered to them individually. Our volunteers are on their way back home now.

Below you will find pictures more pics of the kits and trucks we sent. We will be preparing our second batch to Chennai soon and the list will be shared shortly after a day's break. Meanwhile keep supporting us and continue to spread the word as much as you can.Image titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage title

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Pallavi donated Rs.1,000
over 2 years ago

Please ensure it reaches the needy in chennai. Thanks!

Aishwarya donated US $100
over 2 years ago
Aishwarya donated US $100
over 2 years ago
Gurupriya donated Rs.201
over 2 years ago

Get Well Soon Chennai...!!!

Sitamahalakshmi donated Rs.500
over 2 years ago
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