As some of you know, we are closely linked with the association Parrainages Inde.
Staff Parrainges Inde
This association under French law help single women in the region of Pondicherry in India. These women are either widowed, abandoned or divorced. Within the association we fund the education of their children. On December 29, Hurricane Thane was very violent in Tamil Nadu, especially in the region of Pondicherry. A lot of women that the association help, were affected by the cyclone. Their house (hut) were completely or partially destroyed.
I got daily news of the situation which is not the most fabulous. The first day I had Evelyne, the president of the association, she was under charm as all these women had one thing in mind for January 1st, is to wish their vows to Evelyne while their “house” was either completely destroyed or very damaged.
To date the census was done on women who are sponsored to the number of 110, 72 huts of 110 ( have not yet been visited), 14 are completely destroyed, 25 have lost their roof or are very poor condition, 33 were given the shock.
In solidarity, in Marron Rouge, we decided to pay 5% of sales made on our website for the period 1 January 2012 to February 15, 2012. For those who want to help, by donating the contact to make a bank transfer to the account given of Parrainages Inde. . Evelyne is in India, until March 15, 2012 the best way to donate is transfer. Thanks in advance for those who can give something. Here are under after the bank coordinates..
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Here is the mail I received some days ago from Evelyne :
“Happy New Year Jean Marc here it ends badly as you can see.
Sunday 1st January 10:30 p.m.: The electricity is back! since 5 minutes, so I send you the email I had prepared last night! The death toll rose there about forty dead in Tamil Nadu.
Pondicherry December 31, 2011 at 21:00
Dear godparents, donors.
By the time the world prepares to celebrate the new year, in light of a candle as I write this mail (Pondicherry is immersed in the dark).
As you may know the cyclone Thane has severely affected Tamil Nadu and particularly the territory of Pondicherry and Cuddalore region on the night of Thursday 29 to Friday, December 30, with a maximum intensity of the 0:00 to 7:00 morning.
Thousands of trees were uprooted and fell on some houses destroying a large number of huts. Trees and branches have damaged the streets making it sometimes impossible traffic.
The White City was cleared with cranes, in poor neighborhoods the residents have only sickles to cut the branches and trunks.
Since Thursday evening (29/12) there is no electricity.
The trees in large quantities, utility poles, traffic lights, signs, plates and other debris litter the ground ….
The boats were propelled to the land. Some palm roofs (mostly) were pulverized in seconds.
With the limited information available (no electricity, no internet, no newspapers …) Thane killed 7 people and 20 people in Pondicherry to Cuddalore.
I went with Leela on Saturday morning to visit some families who live by the sea
Ms. Muruvae and four children had not eaten since Thursday night. Fortunately the family informed of the severity of the storm found shelter in a safe place to spend the night. The hut is partially destroyed. They were hungry (we gave money).
We are moving in the mud to reach what remains of the hut of Mrs. Manjula. Rats have already taken up residence.
The situation of Mrs. Manjula is also dramatic. At 23 hours the water suddenly came into the hut, she soon had water up to his neck. She left her children and found a safe place to wait out the flood. The hut is destroyed, all is lost: the clothes, ration card, the bank book, exercise books and children’s books, uniforms, food …
Ms. Malika and her daughter live in a concrete house, no mess, just water inside.
The roof of the hut Nathalie and her 4 children is destroyed. They are tenants and the landlord asked this morning to go very quickly. The children also had not eaten. They were surprised by the rising waters at midnight. Nathalie did not think his hut could be flooded. She lived with her children in a housing project during the 2004 tsunami.
Of the four families met this morning, three are in a serious situation.
The association “Referrals India” manages 110 families. We will pay to the affected families money so they can buy rice some vegetables. Then he will have to buy clothes, books, repeat the huts if they own, repeat the bank books, the ration card ….
We work discreetly as usual.
In the coming days we will contact all of our families and take stock of their situations.
We will keep you informed of course, depending on the severity we will appeal for donations.
Ernestine (one of our two employees) and his family moved in with their older sister as the roof of the hut is destroyed, the neighborhood is devastated.
Concrete homes have held up, except for the roof sheet (tarpaper), which is often full of holes.
Thank you for your attention.
Happy new year to everyone.
Evelyne & Jean-Marc à/in Pondichérry