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Tharangambadi (NGO from the 3 Suisses International group) believes in creating better environment for children through shramdaan. The group is named after a Tsunami affected village Tharangambadi of Tamil Nadu as it started its activities by reconstructing a tsunami ravaged school in that village. For last three years the group is renovating, reconstructing and building infrastructures for the children of TF. In 2010 they renovated our education centres in the slums of Kolkata. Last year they built the first seasonal hostel of Jharkhand and this year year 14 volunteers from Tharangambadi came to Dantewada unit of Uttaran - Bastar to renovate the centre.
For years extremist violence rages in Dantewada, Bijapur and other districts of Bastar region of Chhattisgarh making lots of children orphaned. TF felt concerned by the plight of these children who had very little prospect for the future. The project Uttaran-Bastar creates opportunities for these children opportunities so that they are established as respected and dignified citizens.
The goal of this years Tharangambadi intervention was to improve the daily life of these girls by offering them a pleasant and secure environment. Though work started much before they arrived but in just one week they helped in plastering the courtyard, painted all living halls, bathrooms, kitchen and dining hall, established a computer centre, arranged for pure drinking water and facilities for entertainment. All this was done through shramdaan in active participation of the teachers.
The 14 volunteers from 5 different countries had no difficulties to communicate with the children. Many activities were conducted by them making masks, dance and singing programmes etc. The group also participated in a volleyball match with the trainees of Shilpa Gram project.
The week was too short but nobody will forget their tremendous contribution. Thank you the M-14 Tharangambadi to have restored colours to the Dantewada unit but also to have put a smile on every girl's face.
Welcome song... Some girls wore their best sarees for Tharangambadi team!
A motivated team!
Work in collaboration with local workers for the concrete screed…
One-day visit to Bijapur unit.
After a good day in Bijapur, resuming of work in a happy atmosphere!
Birthday celebration of all September girls - including Corry's who was one of the team leaders of Tharangambadi..
Painting the front side..
The mask making workshop..
Fun-filled evening with distribution of gifts (balloons, jewelleries, clothes, school bags…)
A volleyball match with the Shilpa Gram youths -the trainees from this project also brought their contribution by working with Tharangambadi team - Big Thanks to them..
Favorite activity - PAINTING!
This evening, the Tharangambadi team had to prepare French dinner for everyone!
A day-off with purchasing different materials for the girls and a visit to the Chitrakot falls..
The last day, the girls drew rangoli all morning and offered them flowers…
The group left its mark on the front wall... We will never forget them…
One last group photo before their departure…
The girls have now a wonderful place to live… Thank you Tharangambadi!