Tamil Nadu Drought: Emergency Relief Needed
OfERR works in 27 villages in Chidambaram area of Cuddalore district with 25,000 beneficiaries. The welfare of these village-folk is dependent on agriculture. They are too poor to own even a small agricultural plot so they work as agricultural labourers (day labour) on other farmers’ lands. The current drought in Tamil Nadu has affected these villages very badly, as they are agricultural workers and there is no harvest this Pongal due to lack of rains. These are the same communities that were devastated by the catastrophic floods of 2015 that destroyed their homes and land, and they were still struggling without aid a year after the tragedy (please see news story from The Hindu below), when the drought struck this month compounding their crisis.
Their very survival is at risk and these families are in immediate need of food and are requesting urgent assistance in the form of dry food/ groceries.
– Dry rations: Rice 5 kg, sugar, salt, oil and dhal / thorum paruppu (1 kg each),
– biscuit & Instant noodles packets & a tetra pack of milk (for families with small children)
– School supplies such as socks, uniforms, books etc
OfERR is a registered non-profit charitable organization started in 1984. Registration number 113/84
All Indian donations are exempt under Sec 80G
OfERR is FCRA certified to receive contributions in foreign currency as well. Our staff are trained in disaster management and have worked in last year’s floods (One year flood rehabilitation currently ongoing), 2011 thane cyclone, 2004 tsunami in Chennai/Cuddalore/Tarangampadi coastal villages and with refugees influxes due to the ethnic crisis since 1984. We are coordinating with local authorities to ensure systematic distribution and avoid duplication.
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