Empower the Women - After Ookhi Cyclone Devastation


The recent Ookhi cyclone has caused a major disruption in the lives of the people in Kanyakumari region, causing several deaths and damage to properties.  After listening to the stories from the affected people, especially fishermen families who have lost their earning members and where the women are now left with an uncertain future a few of us who hail from that area are trying to help the victims in the best possible way we can.  Up on consulting with the local NGO groups, social workers and local business in that area we have found that teaching the women skills such as tailoring would help them earn their living either in a factory setting or as a small home business.

The current plan we have come up with, consists of three phases-

1)            Train the people
2)            Help them get their own sewing machines
3)            Help them procure orders for stitching and sell the finished products.

The plan needs financial support as follows:

1) Train the people 
With the support from a few friends, we have managed to raise money to acquire 10 second hand sewing machines (amounting to 50,000 INR). The estimated running costs amount to 50,000 INR per month, which includes the salary for the professional trainer, rent for the training hall and other misc. expenses. So far, we have managed raise money to cover the running costs for the first two months (1,00,000 INR). With the money we have raised so far we will be able to train 60 women.  We are looking for additional funds to support the training for at least another 40 women, which prompts the training session to run for another month, requiring 50,000 INR additionally.

2) Help them get their own sewing machines 
Towards the end of the training sessions, the participants will be able to stitch basic women clothing like Chudidhar and blouses. They can look for jobs in the local industry. However, their family conditions and recent loss will not be conducive for them to leave their home and seek jobs outside.  Hence, we plan to provide them with their own tailoring machines, which they could use to fulfill orders from local customers. A used sewing machine costs 5000 INR and it would cost 5,00,000 INR for all the participants. We seek supporters who could either donate used sewing machines for this cause or contribute to our needs. 

3) Help them procure orders and sell their finished products. 
 The affected people are from the remote areas of Kanyakumari and most of them do not have access to any business networks. Hence, we seek support from existing business owners or online vendors who could either give orders to these people or make use of their newly acquired skills. 

My name is Ramesh Chellathurai and I work for the European Space Agency in Germany as Ground Operations Manager. I grew up in Kanyakumari until I moved to Germany for my job. Hence, the plight of the people in my hometown is close to my heart.  Although I do not have any previous experience in relief activities, the support and help I am receiving from friends and well-wishers gives me the hope that, as a team we will be able to achieve our goal of helping the people recover quickly and live a life with dignity.

Thank you for your support.

Ramesh
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Proud with the finished product
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Participants at work
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7th March 2018
Dear Supporters,
Thank you for your support.

Happy to Share that, while the first batch of tailoring is on-going, today we have started the classes for the second batch of students from Neerody, at the John bonal social welfare centre,  Marthandanturai,  Kollemcode.

The classes would last for 3 months and 9 participants have enrolled themselves.

 We look forward for your support and love.

Thank you.

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Rs.19,250
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Amsaveni donated Rs.3,500
3 months ago
BT
Balaji donated US $250
4 months ago

I am glad to participate on this fund raising for the victims of the cyclone. Best wishes for a great success.