A Massive Operation of Relief and Hope in Chennai & Cuddalore Districts (India)

 

Massive Relief Operation for the Flood Victims  (Click here for Details)

 

A massive relief and rescue operation is under way to reach stranded people in the flood-hit southern Indian city of Chennai (Madras). Chennai is a big city like Chicago, the fifth largest city in India with a huge population of more than ten million have been facing death experience for almost a month since November as the result of huge flood that was caused by the depression in the Bay of Bengal. A metropolitan city, full of life & vibrant, known for activities, fun and entertainment is completely paralyzed by the unprecedented deluge in more than 125 years which created an unfathomable tsunami type of flood all over the cities, waters rushing into their homes, huts and apartments forcing the people runs for their lives. This was typically our Katrina that triggered monumental disaster which resulted in huge loses of lives and properties. The city was completely cut from the rest of the country, leaving the communication and transportation absolutely dead.

Millions struggle to cope with lack of basic necessities and suffer from both physical and mental trauma.There is nothing like normal. Water overflowing from rivers and reservoirs has reached almost every locality, including the posh areas. Everyone on the streets is barefoot. The worst hit were the poor, tens of thousands of whom live in makeshift homes in low-lying areas. In a country where insurance is hardly common, people have lost everything. They are alive only physically and they could not comprehend what happened to them. For me, it is very pain to watch thousand of thousands begging for food and water from their roof tops. Never at least my generation has never seen this kind of prolonging calamity. People who were living the slums lost their homes and suffering even for their basic needs. Thousands of slum dwellers are stranded for the past 2 weeks in flooded streets without access to food, drinking water and medicine, with uncertainty looming over their future as their home and all livelihood lost in the floods.

Please participate in this humanitarian campaign to touch the lives of the flood victims in Tamil Nadu. We have ground staff in Chennai, Villupuram and Cuddalore to oversee our relief efforts. For more info, please contact me, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 708-612-4248 (USA). Friends can donate on line via PayPal. All donations are tax-deductible. Or you can send check payable to "Dalit Solidarity, Inc. Post Box 112, Hines, IL 60141. Please offer prayers for them. 

Kindly join hands with us in providing relief to the victims of the CHENNAI FLOOD DISASTER. We are planning to provide food,drinking water,biscuits, basic fever, cold and cough medications, personal hygiene items such as soaps antiseptic solutions, sanitary napkins and diapers, water and other essential items through. 

 

You can donate one time for general relief fund or you can choose the items below such as blankets, mats, clothes etc from the list. Please donate to this noble cause according to your ability. We have our staff on the ground and we have direct distribution relief centers.  In the mean time, we are coordinating with other groups who are volunteering across other areas and will support them if needed. We were able to get more friends, families and strangers in aiding us and this is something we appreciate

 

 

Different Ways to Donate for the Relief  Click below

Donate for the Flood Relief Fund (Chennai & Cuddalore Dist)  


Donate Specific Items for the Relief
 Choose below

Food and Water 

Blankets and Mats 

Clothes & Buckets

Medicene

 

Sincerely,

Benjamin Chinnappan
Dalit Solidarity

 

 

 

ADVOCATING THE RIGHTS OF THE DALITS AND THE MARGINALISED

15 YEARS OF HUMANITARIAN SERVICE IN INDIA 

 

Dalit Solidarity, Inc. was established as a 501(3)© charitable and tax-exempt organization in 2000  to promote equality and justice for Dalits who have been marginalised and segregated for centuries under the shadow of Caste oppression in the sub-continent of India. Even today, at the dawn of twenty first century when India has become a super power, the pain of untouchablity is strongly felt as ever before by more than three hundred million dalits. Although some dalits have achieved success in getting political, economical and social status, still majority of dalits live in extreme poverty and continue to go through severe discrimination in all walks of life. According to the latest estimates of the Planning Commission Report of 2010, 323 million people live below poverty line in India. This indicates that 37.2 percent of the Indian population is living below poverty line. It can be certain that a huge majority of this population are dalits who suffer not only economical disparity but also painfully the social discrimination.  Despite the existence of different schemes and programs to improve the socioeconomic conditions of the poor and marginalized, the plight of the Dalits still remains largely unchanged. It is reported that 80 percent of Dalits live in rural areas, 86 percent are landless, 60 percent are dependent on occasional employment and only 30 percent are literate. No other race in the world has ever suffered like the Dalits who continue live through the stigma of Untouchablity under the pretext of religion.

 

For the past 15 years, Dalit Solidarity has worked steadily to provide India’s Dalits with the tools they need to make better lives for themselves and their families. We advocate tirelessly on behalf of India’s Dalits, addressing the issues of caste and untouchability, and standing strong for one of the world’s most oppressed populations.  Our program is designed to build awareness regarding the social injustices faced by the Dalits; to promote activism in the Dalit movement; and to provide resources. We are registered as a charity in the states of Pennsylvania and Illinois to work toward the empowerment of dalits. 

Dalit Solidarity works with the Dalits, the poorest members of Indian society. Formerly known as "untouchables," Dalits are the victims of an ancient form of persecution and segregation in India known as the caste system. Dalits suffer discrimination in education, employment, and health care. Their occupation and status in life are predetermined from birth. Approximately 25% of India's 1.1 billion people are Dalits. Most Dalits live in severe poverty, earning less than $1 a day.  There are 250 million Dalits in India-about 1/6th of the total population.


Advocacy

Our main focus is advocacy and lobbying through which we creat both awareness and awakening. We have brought awareness of this  injustice and oppression both nationally and internationally.

We have also brought awakening to the dalits that they are simply explolited and abused all these centuries under the pretext of the caste and religion. Through education and training, we have made the dalits realise that it is time for them to wake up.

  • On July 24, 2007, the US House of Representatives passed a historic resolution condemning the caste system and untouchability in India.
  • A similar resolution was passed by the European Union Parliament in February, 2007.
  • On Sep. 4, 2007, the General Assembly of Pennsylvania also introduced a resolution condemning the caste system.
  • Learn more about Untouchability Legislation

 

Sign the petition asking Congress to condemn the caste system and untouchability.

 

Programs in Focus

  • Volunteering  : (For Info: 708-612-4248) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Dalit Solidarity, Inc. provides a great opportunity to experience Dalit Reality and to live with the Dalits to know them better. We have ten years of experience of providing this cultural learning to many people from the Europe and the USA. We have a great team in India to guide you in every way to make your travel very safe and productive.
  • Join with us to march with the Outcaste and the Marginalised toward their emancipation and empowerment.