Monthly Archives: February 2017

Sports Day Celebration for our Evening Study Centre students at SPPD

“Dance is your pulse, heartbeat, your breathing. It is the rhythm of your life. It is the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy”. True to it, Some of the children who had not participated in the sports events had their chance to express themselves in this traditional dance at SPPD sports day celebrations.

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Extreme weather events

About 11,000 extreme weather events killed more than 528,000 people and caused economic losses of around US$ 3.08 trillion between 1996 and 2015. Which countries faced the maximum brunt? How can we prevent and prepare? The statistics is intimidating, but it is important to contextualise ongoing climate policy debates, especially the international climate discussions.

Ten most affected countries

Africa, the host region of the UN climate summit 2016, is severely affected by extreme weather events with four countries ranking among the 10 most affected countries in 2015–Mozambique (1st), Malawi (3rd), Ghana and Madagascar (joint 8th position).

A Flash photo of Aganda Cauvery in Trichy.

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Disaster preparedness club formation among Corporation schools

There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.”

We are all subjected to various hazards (flooding, wildfires, tornadoes, etc.). Many people want to prepare in advance but are unsure of where to start, receive conflicting information, or are deterred by the cost of some preparedness measures. While some activities can be costly, there are plenty of things you can do that are low cost or even free. Remember, preparedness is a continual process and your personal preparedness can change over time.

Disaster preparedness club formation among Corporation schools and preparing them for the unexpected situations, T Shirts and first aid kits supplied to volunteer members of the club by SPPD, Global Giving, Red Cross.

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Each day of our lives, we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.

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Assisting skill training students with their educational material

Since 2000, SPPD has helped many poor and less educated youth to become skilled in the field of nursing and catering, of which 92% of this number are job placed with a decent livelihood. These students are also encouraged to take up an additional degree program which will enhance their scope for job prospects through distance education.

The support from on-going funders has helped us to reach out to students with their educational material. Picture below – our students who are pursuing their training programme at Hot Breads, Chennai receive their study material.

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In recognition of the great work by SPPD – Global Giving

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Distribution of question bank books to school students

SPPD’s projects focuses on deprived children in rural and slum parts of Tamil Nadu. Our goal is to make education, health, food and shelter accessible for them. As a part of our effort toward education, question bank copies were distributed to final year school students to prepare themselves for the government exams.

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Oils spills

The oil spill supposedly from two ships that collided near the Ennore Port, north of Chennai, on Saturday, spread along the city’s shoreline further down up to the famed Marina Beach. On Monday morning, the local fishermen and the morning walkers were shocked to find not just thick black oil along the beach, but a number of turtles that were washed ashore dead.

Environmental experts said the spill could have a long lasting impact on marine life, even to the extent of causing irreparable damage.

Fisherfolk were already complaining on Sunday about finding a lot of dead fish in the sea and being unable to go fishing but the situation turned grave on Monday.

A team of scientists from coastal and ocean monitoring agencies have start ed work to predict the trajectory of oil spill and its impact on the coastal water and marine eco-system. The teams will monitor a radius of 30km from the location of the spill for the next few months as the slick can spread in all directions.

Water samples will test various parameters including levels of oxygen, pH, nitrate and nitrite and silicate in water as well as the levels of hydrocarbons in the oil. It will then be compared with the data collected from the same location prior to the oil spill.The analysis of the data will give scientists a clear picture of the impact on the water quality and the marine organisms. “Phytoplanktons (mi croscopic plants) and zooplanktons (microscopic organisms) which are at the bottom of the acquatic food chain may be affected due to the oil. Fish may also die if the oil chokes its gills. We will, however, start to see the full impact of the spill in the next few days.”

 

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