Rejuvenate India Movement (Tsunami Relief)

Project Brief: Asha Seattle is currently working with RIM on short term rehabilitation for the tsunami victims in Tamil Nadu
Project Type: Community Based Interventions (description)
Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Seattle
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward:
Project Partner(s): Rajit Patnakar
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , TN Coordination Office: A ?1, Monisha Sriram Flats, # 9,,Kulothungan Cross street, Chittlapakkam,,Chennai,
TAMIL NADU  600 064
Tel: 044 ? 2223 5133
Stewarding Chapter: Seattle
Dec 2005SeattleUSD 14400

Total = $14400

The Rejuvenate India Movement (RIM) has been actively involved in tsunami relief efforts. As part of their short term rehabilitation work in tsunami-hit areas, RIM is working with Asha-Seattle on a "Cash for work" programme.

The project is focused on working with farmers regarding reclaiming their saline lands. While water is an essential to flush out / drain the saline, water is a scare commodity is a scarce commodity is also a reality. Now they are getting the last flow from Mettur dam release. As these villages are on the tail end of cauvery delta, the possibilities are very feeble. Further, good rains to the extent expected by these farmers cannot be expected in near future. The only alternative suggested and agreed by most of the farming group is that after 15 days to a month, when these lands are further dried up, plough them in a dry situation. By doing this ploughing, the soil will be exposed for better airing and that will help to drain in it better whenever it rains or water flow is sufficient in cauvery canals.

From the assessment, the land to be ploughed while it is dry itself in the three agricultural villages is coming to about 625 hectares (1562 acres) in Manickapangu, Veppanchery and Kumarakudi villages. A rough estimate of Rs. 400 per acre for ploughing support as cash for work would mean Rs. 6.24 lakhs. There is also a need to see how organise the farmers on common issues, bring in collectivism, how to reach out only to affected land owners, not to use tractors but to insist ploughing with bullocks so that these farmers get the benefit of our programme, involving agricultural landless labourers also in the process so that we avoid their migration in the forthcoming summer etc.
Rejuvenate India Movement (RIM) is a network of committed NGOs and individuals working together to promote and strengthen self reliant communities by catalyzing mass movement through people?s participation in India.