How online army became lifesaver for flood-hit Kerala (Aug 23rd, 2018)
How Social Media Came To The Rescue After Kerala’s Floods (Aug 22nd, 2018)
Devastating rainfall followed by treacherous landslides have killed 210 people since August 8 and displaced over a million in the southern Indian state of Kerala. India’s National Disaster Relief Force launched its biggest ever rescue operation in the state, evacuating over 10,000 people. The Indian army and the navy were deployed as well.
How powerful can social media be when it comes to creating life-changing or even life-saving impact?
Eight years ago, a revolutionary wave swept through the Middle East, filling the world with the ground reality of totalitarian regimes and the suffering of ordinary people across various countries in the region, through Facebook and Twitter-led agitations and uprisings.
Chennai’s standing by Kerala — here’s what you can do (Aug 21st, 2018)
The devastating floods in Kerala have ravaged life in the state, with 223 officially reported deaths and 10.28 lakh people stationed across 3274 relief camps, as shared by the state’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The central government has described such unprecedented nature’s fury in the southern state as a ‘calamity of severe nature’. In what reaffirms faith in humanity, help has been pouring in from all quarters to god’s own country, and people have been pitching in to help the flood-stricken reconstruct their lives.
Chennai stands in support of Kerala (Aug 20th, 2018)
A group of people sit around a table in the conference room of Krea, an eKnowledge centre in Alwarpet. A sense of urgency hangs in the air. Each of them, immersed in their own work. One of them receives the call for help while two others try to trace it with the coordinates received. Others ensure every call is taken care of. Still others check that calls are not repeated. This a helpline centre set by Bhoomika Trust in collaboration with the rescue team deployed by the Government of Kerala.
Faceless volunteers’ untiring work to reach out to those in distress in flood-hit Kerala (Aug 20th, 2018)
Hundreds of faceless people running massive rescue and relief work in flood-hit Kerala will have to continue their work in the coming weeks as the state will have to be literally rebuilt from scratch.
Chennai volunteers helping out with Kerala relief (Aug 20th, 2018)
27-year-old Deepesh has not had even a moment to spare. Every minute is precious as he mans the call centre at a tiny office in Abhiramapuram. Along with 20 other volunteers, the group is functioning as the eyes and ears of the rescue team in the flood-ravaged state of Kerala.
Kerala Floods: Sport stars pitch in to spread awareness (Aug 17th, 2018)
NEW DELHI: The southern state of Kerala is witnessing one of its worst natural disasters in decades and the ravaging flood has claimed more than 150 lives so far. The state has received 37.5% excess rainfall in just two and a half months since the southwest monsoon made landfall in May end.
Organisations such as Bhoomika Trust efficiently utilised social media as a tool to collect enough funds to serve over 50,000 meals in just a matter of days.
CREDAI in association with Bhoomika Trust (Aug 11th 2017)
As a part of its CSR activity CREDAI in association with Bhoomika Trust, an NGO Constructed the 1st Floor, for the Government High School at Perumbakkam village.
The Bhoomika Trust has built seven permanent houses in the area which was badly affected by the floods with many of the thatched houses drowning in the water.
Victims of 2015 floods get a roof over their heads (May 5th 2017)
“While we were initially working on rescue and relief operations in these areas, the trust wanted to go beyond this and look at long-term rehabilitation efforts. It took us a long time to identify the localities and families that needed homes and we then approached the communities there to work with them, as well create confidence so that they participated actively,” said Aruna Subramaniam, a trustee with the Bhoomika Trust.
The Bhoomika Trust has built 18 houses in areas badly affected by the floods.
The well-known film director, screenwriter, social activist and co-founder of Real Image Media Technologies shares with Sushila Ravindranath his journey in digital technology and his various societal commitments.
Hope is not lost for aphasia patients (March 6th 2017)
Bear with me while I paint a grim picture. Imagine that you’re in desperate need of help. You start to shout out but the only word that comes out of your mouth is ‘play’. No one can understand what you’re saying. Feeling frustrated yet? Helpless, even? Well, that is exactly how a person with aphasia feels. Aphasia is a medical condition that affects a person’s communication skill — either their speech or writing.
The Bhoomika Trust, in association with Sri Ramachandra University, organised a three-day seminar and workshop on aphasia, addressing and training 175 students and 67 speech pathologists. To conclude the campaign, a conference was held at Hotel Savera on Sunday, where speech pathologists and caretakers of people with aphasia participated.
Treating aphasia: Seminar to shed light on disorder (Feb 21st 2017)
It was in 2014, two days before her 50th birthday, that a stroke rendered his wife speechless. Two years later, Jayendra Panchapakesan has decided to get people talking about aphasia – the inability to comprehend language or speak due to damage of specific regions of the brain.
“Aphasia, which had afflicted my wife Sudha, affects up to 25% of all stroke victims in India. Yet, there is still widespread ignorance about the condition,” says Panchapakesan, who is organizing a conference on aphasia at Sri Ramachandra University, between February 23 and 25.
Filmmaker Jayendra Panchapakesan was fielding questions in an interview with Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna when he got that fateful phone call. The duo had shot a music film together and had successfully showcased it in several cities across the United States of America. With the vocalist in tow, Jayendra recalls, he made a frantic exit from the venue in Royapettah. He reached the parlour from where the call had come within ten minutes, to find his wife Sudha collapsed on the floor, her eyes half closed, after having suffered a severe stroke.
Wanted: Therapists for aphasia-affected (Feb 15th 2017)
These days, when Sudha Panchapakesan comes in to office, she has a session of speech therapy first, before dealing with the day’s work. Two years ago, Mrs. Panchapakesan suffered a stroke that affected that part of the brain associated with language. It left her with aphasia — a condition that can affect a person’s ability to speak, write and understand language.
‘ Mumbai for Chennai’ concerts kick off. ₹ 15 lakh handed to Bhoomika Trust for helping flood victims (January 23rd 2016)
The first of a series of three concerts organised by The Hindu group to raise funds for Chennai’s flood victims was held today.
Titled ‘ Mumbai for Chennai’, the concert was presented by renowned classical vocalist Aruna Sairam at the G5A, the performance venue at Mahalakshmi.
Cheques worth ₹ 15 lakh were handed to Bhoomika Trust, which has been actively helping the flood affected, by Namita Vikas, Group President and Country Head, Responsible Banking & Chief Sustainability Officer, YES Bank, and A Balasubramanian, CEO of Birla Sun Life Asset Management Company.
Chennai floods: This group of volunteers fed thousands by churning out 40,000 food packets a day (Dec 12th, 2015)
Chennai’s Volunteers came in droves to volunteer. They knocked on doors to collect newspaper for packing! They vowed to not clog up drains with plastic or rubber bands and learnt the art of packing in dried leaves and newspaper. The core team at Bhoomika begins a dual operation plan: rescue and rehabilitation. Overnight, a new control center is created with all operations under one roof.
Factory-like precision at a mega relief centre (Dec 11th 2015)
The day starts around 7.30 a.m. for Shyam Sundar and Sukanya Ravi and ends only after 9.30 p.m. The two volunteers, who help coordinate dispatch of food packets, are part of a team of hundreds working at Chennai Rain Relief 2015’s coordination centre, operating out of Sri Rama Kalyana Mandapam made available by Ramsahaimal Sahuwala and Sons Charitable Trust.
For about five days now, the volunteers at Bhoomika Trust, a Mylapore based NGO founded by film maker Jayendra Panchapakesan have been working non-stop to provide relief to the flood victims.
Rain has abated, waters are receding, power and cellular networks are being restored in most parts of the city. What stares us now in the face is the magnitude of destruction of life and property in the aftermath of days of unrelenting rain. The death toll has crossed 269. We still haven’t been able to assess the extent of loss of property. The number of flood affected people taking refuge in railway and bus stations and other public places is enough to make your heart sink. Over 3 lakh people of Chennai and its surrounding towns. Our relief work has begun.
For the festive season, NGOs offer a range of gifting ideas that will make a difference to the lives of the underprivileged. (October 27th 2013)
At the Pune School and Home for the Blind, groups of four students make a product called Candle In Wine Glass. The wax, in orange and yellow, is poured into transparent glasses. When you light them, they brighten up your room. But when you buy them, they brighten up the lives of those students — in every group, three are visually impaired and one partially sighted.
This Margazhi, gift a concert for a cause (December 20th 2012)
This music season, to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or wedding, you can gift a concert. A city-based trust has started an initiative to allow people to gift Carnatic music concerts to the inmates of orphanges and old age homes.
Vocalists Abinaya Ramesh and Pavithra Ramesh recently gave a performance at Vishranthi old age home that was paid for by a donor. “It was a great experience to perform at the home,” says Abinaya, a disciple of Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri. “The residents were knowledgeable about Carnatic music and enjoyed the concert,” says Abinaya, who is making her debut at the December festival this year.
The next time you are invited to a function, think out of the box and brighten the lives of the deprived (January 3rd 2007)
It was the wedding of a friend and Jayendra Panchapakesan, director, Real Image Media Technologies, Chennai, wondered what to gift someone who possessed everything money could buy. He came up with something his friend would always cherish — the gift of sight. He sponsored an eye surgery at Sankara Eye Center on behalf of the friend and got the trust to send a card to him with details of the gift. After that, such alternative gifts became the norm for Jayendra, who is also Trustee, Bhoomika Trust (044-24981967).
Gift a loved one the joy of feeding poor kids or buying spectacles for someone at a home for the aged (July 24th 2006)
“It was exasperating,” recalls Murali Krishnan, a Chennai-based software engineer. Keen to give his father a meaningful birthday gift, he had scoured numerous stores, but found nothing that reflected his feelings. He then came across True Gifts, a novel gift store where he got something that touched not just his father’s heart but others’ lives as well.
Gift some goodwill for a change (June 23rd 2006)
Don’t know what to get the couple that has everything for their wedding? Maybe you should consider skipping clocks and vases that they are not going to use and gift them some goodwill.
That’s right, thanks to the Bhoomika Trust’s `True Gifts’ scheme, the next time you’re stumped over what to give a mother who has too many handbags or a boss who has been gifted too many calendars you are not sure he uses, make out a cheque for them to give a hardworking NGO employee her salary for a month, or sponsor a meal for elders at an old age home.
`Sphere’ norms to be met in tsunami works (September 26th 2005)
The Government was all for adopting international disaster management standards for the ongoing tsunami rehabilitation work in the State, C.V. Sankar, officer on special duty for relief and rehabilitation, said on Friday.
“The Chennai district administration has already adopted the international `Sphere’ standards at the semi-permanent shelters being constructed near Tiruvotriyur,” Mr. Sankar said at a meeting organised by the Chennai NGO Coordination Council (CNCC).