India’s Chennai floods create urgent need for most vulnerable

Chennai, capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has experienced its worst rains and flooding in more than a century. More than twice as much rain fell in one 24-hour-period as the average for the entire month of December!  With the death toll nearing 270, the city of six million has been brought to a stand-still, and faces dire need.

Located in Chennai, Global Development Group project J544 Enterprise India, is women’s micro-enterprise project with 75 self-help groups for disadvantaged women, providing training, support and start-up funding to lift them and their families out of poverty. Twenty of these self-help groups, about 150 women, have been badly affected by the disaster and are sheltering in relief camps. Many homes have been destroyed, while others need to replace furniture and household articles lost or damaged in the floods. All are at risk of infection and contracting water-borne diseases.

Project J544 is attempting to help these women start again and trying to gather food, clothing and essential household and medical supplies. Additional funding is urgently needed.

If you would like to donate to help meet the urgent needs, please click on the link below:

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