Tamil Sangam of Greater Washington, Inc
Tamilnadu Flood Relief Activities
When the northern parts of Tamilnadu including Chennai and Cuddalore districts were worst hit by the heavy rain and flood at the end of 2015, the Diaspora Tamils living in North America wanted to help their brethren in any way possible. The Tamil Sangam of Greater Washington, in support of other registered organizations including Tamilnadu Foundation, AIMS India, AID India, 5th Pillar, ATMA etc, immediately organized a fundraising music concert and raised around US$40,000 towards the flood relief in Chennai and Cuddalore districts.
To effectively plan and distribute the fund, the Tamil Sangam formed a "Flood Relief Fund Execution Committee" to spend the money effectively that would benefit the people in need. This committee meets every week to discuss the flood relief work that has to be done. Because of the fact that the Chennai got wider attention during the disaster than the interior parts of Cuddalore, the committee decided to focus and spend the money in the villages from Cuddalore district where people have not received any relief materials so far. After talking to many people in that part of the district and people living in the USA from that part of the district, the committee collected the following video facts from some villages in the Kurinjipadi Taluk of the Cuddalore district.
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After reviewing the video and the grim situation, the committee identified the following villages to receive the relief materials:
Village : Sirupalaiyur, Ayan Karuveppanpadi Panchayat : Sirupaliyar
Village : Kallaiyankuppam, Iyyandhur Panchayat : Kallaiyankuppam
Village : Boothambadi Panchayat : Boothambadi
Village : Kalkunam, Thiruvinai Nallur, Pathirimedu Panchayat : Kalkunam
The committee discussed several possible ideas such as helping the livelihood of the affected people, providing them the agricultural yielding materials, providing them goat/chicken, helping the school children to get better education, etc. Then the committee decided to conduct a Free Siddha Medical Camp for two days in these villages and more facts about these village people will be collected during this camp. It was decided to start other Livelihood Projects based on the facts collected during the camp.
To conduct the Free Siddha medical camp, the committee sought the help of Dr.P.Selvashunmugam,MD (siddha) Ph.D. who is the current President of the World Siddha Trust. One of the committee members organized some local volunteers to work with Dr. Selvashunmugam. Another committee member who is a medical doctor wanted American Tamil Medical Association (ATMA) to be part of this medical camp and donated $1,000 towards the medical camp. Also TNF Chennai chapter came forward to provide the free medicines for the camp. Dr. Selvashunmugam and other volunteers decided to have the camp on 5th and 6th of March - 2016 to cover 5 villages mentioned in the flier below to benefit 1600 - 1800 patients in 2 days. Around 12 Siddha Medical practitioners to participate in the camp. The List of medicines were prepared based on the problems of that areas and TNF covered the cost of medicines. Approximate cost of medicines for 2 days was Rs. 1,50,000.
Four of the World Siddha Trust members went to the camp area for preliminary works and collected basic information about the people and what kind of medicine would be needed. The Doctors also got the required formal approval from the local health department and the District Collector. The Doctors and the volunteers worked very effectively to bring all the people of these villages and the elected village Presidents together even though they all belong to different political parties and successfully conducted the free health camp as below.
Tamil Sangam of Greater Washington, Inc
Flood Relief Projects Executed – Phase II
The Flood Relief committee of the Washington Tamil Sangam discussed various relief projects at its weekly tele-conference meeting and executed the following projects to benefit more number of people with an affordable budget. The Tamil Sangam is doing this as part of their flood relief project for the people who were affected by the December 2015 flood.
1) Free blanket to each family residing in all the villages identified below in the Kurinjipadi Taluk of the Cuddlalore District in Tamil Nadu. Total budget is 2,400 families * Rs. 300 each = Rs. 7,20,000
Village : Sirupalaiyur, Ayan Karuveppanpad in Sirupaliyar Panchayat
Village : Kallaiyankuppam, Iyyandhur in Kallaiyankuppam Panchayat
Village : Boothambadi in Boothambadi Panchayat
Village : Kalkunam, Thiruvinai Nallur, Pathirimedu in Kalkunam Panchayat
2) Free medical camp in Cuddalore district on January 20, 21 and 22 of 2017. Total estimated budget is Rs. 3,00,000.
The medicine costs around Rs.2,40,000. Transportation charges would range from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000 . The companies have given us good discount (35 to 40 %) on medicines. We had medicines worth of Rs. 70,000 from our free medical camp earlier. Total cost of medicines as per market is around Rs. 5,00,000. We were able to give a good quality treatment. 17 Doctors ( including former Joint Directors, Professors), 12 medical students, President of Health India foundation Mrs. Subha Deivanayagam, Pharmacists, 2 Data entry operators, 2 other volunteers were conducting the medical camp. Our team worked with the local Primary Health Practitioner who would treat the patients after the camp as needed. The Medical camp was successfully completed with 2612 patients (1257 men, 1355 women and around 450 children) attended for treatment. Bedsheets also issued without any problems. Lots of media coverage including Dinamalar, Dinakaran, captain tv, and etc., The people were very proud of our TSGW's help and efforts.
For the free medical camp, we had local expenses of Rs. 47,690 to cover such as camp advertisement, fliers, truck rental to Karur to pick up the blankets bundles, media personnel, etc and Rs. 10, 000 donation to the local non-profit ‘Theenjuvai Neerodai’ for providing food to all the medical professionals during the camp. Also, Rs. 25,000 was given to the ground coordinator Mr. Periasamy.
Number of beneficiaries by village:
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4. கருவேப்பம்பாடி (காலனி)
பூதம்பாடி , கல்குணம்
பயனடைந்த நோயாளிகள் - 2612
Any question about the project can be directed to the President of the Tamil Sangam at firstname.lastname@example.org
Flood Relief Committee
Tamil Sangam of Greater Washington, Inc.
Presentation given in Pongal vizha by Flood Relief Committee: /Portals/0/Projects/Flood Relief 2015-2016/FloodRelief_Presentation_PongalVizha.pdf: