TSUNAMI: Cuddalore District

Project Brief: Tsunami relief work in Cuddalore district
Project Type: Community Based Interventions (description)
Primary Focus: creating resources (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Austin
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Savitha Sridharan
Project Partner(s): Siddamma E
Other Contacts: Bhaskar Bharath
Project Address: , 23/3 Eshwar Apartments, EC Road, Thiruvanmiyur,,Chennai,
TAMIL NADU  600041
Tel: 9884080048
Stewarding Chapter: Austin
Mar 2008Tsunami Relief & RehabUSD 36284
Oct 2007ClevelandUSD 2000
Oct 2007AustinUSD 20175
Jun 2006PortlandUSD 2977
Jun 2005PortlandUSD 651
Feb 2005AustinUSD 1209

Total = $63296

Cuddalore is a large industrial town. It has a large number of industries that employ much of the city’s population. The district of Cuddalore was heavily damaged by the tsunami waves. Several fishing hamlets simply disappeared. M.G.R Thittu, Pillaimedu,Kannagi Nagar, Chinnavoyi are completely washed away.
At several places in Cuddalore district, huge waves burst water pipelines disrupting water supply, and in other places the seawater incursion made both surface and ground water saline and importable. Fishermen, prawn/crab and fish seedling farm owners, fish transport owners, ice-manufacturing units, all sufferd loss of income. Horticulture activities in Cuddalore were also affected.
To work on rehabilitation from Tsunami efforts in Cuddalore District through Bharathi Trust.
Bharathi Trust is a non-profit development organisation working for the cause of upliftment and empowerment of Irula Tribal communities living in the interior pockets of Thiruvallur district.

The founder of Bharathi Trust is Siddamma, an asha fellow. Many recent updates can be found on Siddamma's fellowship website.

Since 1990, it has been working among the Irula communities in more than 60 villages spreading over 5 Taluks of the District. It has been conducting a number of development programmes such as Sangam formation, awareness camps, liason work with government for obtaining development schemes, day care services, motivation centres for eradication of child labour. etc