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Livelihood restoration support
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Fishing nets
38 fishermen in the village of Chinnoor South in Cuddalore district were provided with fishing nets by Bhoomika Trust through SIFFS's Post-tsunami fishery livelihood rehabilitation project. The identification of beneficiaries was done with the help of the local Panchayats. The fishermen procured nets of their choice to ensure optimum utilization.

Project Neithal
Bhoomika Trust supported Catalyst Trust's project "Neithal", through purchase of a van to transport fish to enhance the livelihood of fisherwomen from five villages surrounding Chinnandikuppam. For want of adequate transport facility, these women were not making a good profit for the catch from thirty two boats. Using this well equipped refrigerated van they transported their catch to wholesale markets across the city.

The tsunami affected the livelihoods of about 44,500 families in Chennai alone. JobLinks was an initiative by Bhoomika Trust to provide a link between unemployed tsunami-affected individuals in Chennai and employers. It served as a link between the community and the corporates through grassroot NGOs.

The grassroot NGO working closely with the community collected data on the tsunami affected individuals seeking employment. This would include age, education, prior job experience, skills acquired, salary expectations, etc. The NGO also scheduled a preliminary interview between Bhoomika Trust and these individuals. Bhoomika Trust maintained a database of the available candidates. With the available information, Bhoomika Trust contacted various organisations and initiated a potential link between employers and employees. However, the final decision on hiring these individuals was taken by the employers, using their own criteria and selection procedures.

Candidates sought employment as security guards, construction workers, typists, housekeeping staff, drivers, gardeners, machinists, general office helpers, delivery boys, housemaids, petrol bunk attendants and department store helpers.

Through Bhoomika Trust's JobLinks initiative, 55 tsunami-affected individuals were placed in various organisations across Chennai city.

Disclaimer: Bhoomika Trust is not an employment agency. It is a facilitator between the tsunami-affected community and employers. It does not guarantee job placement to those individuals seeking employment. The grassroot NGOs are required to make the necessary background checks to verify the credibility of the individuals.The employers seeking to hire these individuals will be responsible for doing their own background checks before making an offer of employment.

Tailoring Training
Bhoomika Trust undertook a project to support livelihood restoration and tailoring training for 347 tsunami affected women.

The Trust provided support in the form of recurring expenses such as salaries, materials and supervision for a six month tailoring training program for these women in 10 tailoring centres in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Pondicherry, Chennai and Thiruvallur districts. This project was implemented by Unorganised Workers Federation. Ms G K Krishnanveni, President of Garland Service Society (108) with her considerable expertise in tailoring training offered her technical support.

Skill and Capacity building
Bhoomika Trust and Indians for Collective Action (ICA) in colloboration with Gandhigram Rural Institute, Dindigul, undertook a project in May 2005 to support livelihood restoration.

This programme in skill and capacity building trained one hundred and twenty site engineers/supervisors on hazard resistant housing. This training was conducted in several batches over a year. Some of the trained engineers and masons are currently working with tsunami reconstruction projects.

Hazard resistant house design contest
Gandhigram Rural Institute along with Bhoomika Trust and Indians for Collective Action (ICA) organized a contest for the best design for hazard resistant housing. Prof. Anand S. Arya (National Seismic Advisor, Government of India) chaired the event. There were 33 participants, and 2 first prizewinners were announced. The winners were the Auroville Earth Institute and the Orissa Development Technocrats Forum.

The panelists were of the opinion that when housing is designed, it should be such that it lasts for at least fifty years. Emphasis must be on workmanship and quality control. Homework must be done before establishing guidelines of the project. A project must contain a unique mix of art, science, safety and aesthetics. There must be a close interaction between the community and the project execution team. Special attention must be given to make a house a home and therefore social requirements must also be taken into account at the planning stage.

Entrepreneurship Development Programme
National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) offered a non-residential six month "Entrepreneurship Development Programme in Garment Making" (EDP) for tsunami affected women in Chennai. Bhoomika Trust assisted in the selection and monitoring of candidates.

NIFT is a Government of India organization and is a pioneer in the field of fashion design, technology and management in the country. It was setup in the year 1986 at Delhi to provide professionally trained manpower to the apparel sector. Subsequently, in 1995 centres were setup at Bangalore, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. NIFT offers various programmes in fashion design, technology and management.

The prime objectives of this venture was to make the participants
1. take up a new vocation, become entrepreneurs in the garment making field and gain financial independence
2. trainers who could train other women folk in this field

Bhoomika Trust assisted with the selection, monitoring and general administration of candidates. The course which commenced in September 2005, covered the elements of Entrepreneurship, garment making process and the candidates were given exposure to the industry.

The training was imparted by the core faculty team of NIFT and was supplemented by the industry experts. The methodology included lectures for theory, practical classes, assignments, industrial visits etc

During the course of training, the candidates' performance was evaluated on a continuous basis. At the end of the Programme the candidates were required to submit "Term garments" where they were expected to exhibit the knowledge gained during the course of training. The "Term Garments" was presented to a select audience to encourage participants and provide potential links for their business ventures.

Sponsorship and Management
The entire course fee per candidate in total was funded by Public Awareness and Consumer Action, a Public Charitable Trust.

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