Cyclone Gaja has affected the Delta Region (of Tamil Nadu, India) very badly. Our orkingVillage Kuruvikarambai which is located in the Peravurani Taluk of Thanjavur is one among the many villages that are left destroyed by the cyclone. The one hour wind has uprooted almost all the coconut trees thaamily had planted and grown in the last few decades and they are now left with a shattered future. While there are a lot questions lingering about what they will do to rebuild and continue, there are few activities that they need to do immediately to even think about starting afresh:
1. Cut and remove the coconuts from the fallen trees
2. Cut and remove the leaves from the fallen trees
3. Clear the debris of the trees
4. Uproot the broken trees
5. Prepare the land for whats next.
To achieve the above, they need:
1. Man Power
2. Money to pay the labor
3. Equipment to cut trees
All the three of these are now scarce in the affected regions as the entire district is affected and there is nothing left to take solace in. Once the land is cleared off, then they have to buy seeds and saplings to proceed with the cultivation.
This is my village where I spent all my summers and the only two things the people are known for are their hard work and their hospitality. I want to help them in any way possible but I realize that I will not be able to do it alone.
Being the self made people they are, they are reluctant in being at the receiving end. But the truth is rebuilding takes more than just hard work. Hence I appeal to everyone to donate whatever you can to help me help my family rebuild.
One restored farm creates livelihood and employment for many families.
I am running this campaign to help the poor families that are in our working areas. There are approximately 1200 coconut trees that are destroyed. Clearing the farm lands by cutting and disposing off the trees would alone come to around 500000 INR. Replacing this at the cost of 600 INR per sapling will require 720000 INR. Estimated cost of repairing farm equipment, construction of damaged houses for the workers in the farm, buying seeds for the fields that are destroyed will approximate to another 380000 INR at the least.
While this money will not compensate entirely for all that they have lost, this will at least help them get started and most of all lead them to believe in the goodness of the world!