Home and Hope for Children of Nomadic Tribes
Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu is home for many nomadic tribes who are extremely marginalised. Due to lack of opportunities for their traditional crafts, these tribes resort to begging, fortune telling and selling plastic wares that barely enables them to eke out a hand-to-mouth existence.
As the entire community is illiterate, children as young as five and six take up begging due to lack of guidance. These communities are shunned by the social system. At every turn, they face insurmountable challenges that results in the vicious cycle of truancy, child marriage, teen pregnancy, malnourished children and it has repeated for generations.
The current state of world with its lockdowns and other restrictions, although essential, have brought the lives of these nomadic tribes and their children to a virtual standstill.
Specifically to tackle the livelihood challenges of these families during the pandemic, Vanavil has been providing provisions and other essential support since March. Vanavil is also pursuing other livelihood opportunities (example: forming a milk co-op) for these families as alternatives.
We run the Vanavil Children's Home to provide a safe space, healthy food and educational support to our children. Around 100 children stay in the Home during normal times and even during the Lockdown 50 kids are with us now as some of them do not have stable families to go back to and for some the families are unable to take care of them due to financial conditions.
At the Vanavil Home
1) created a child friendly and child driven safe atmosphere
2) provide three healthy meals, tea and snacks every day
3) Make them do their school activities (through online and direct classes during the lockdown)
4) Engage them in extra curricular activities and Sports.
5) The children raise a vegetable garden and spend time at the Vanavil Farm
6) Teach them life skills and Communication skills
7) monitor their health and reach proper medical care to them when required.
Without the Vanavil Home these kids will not be able to feed themselves three square meals and pursue education leave alone sports and healthcare. By supporting this Vanavil Home project you're enabling very very marginalised children to have a safe space, Proper nutrition, Healthcare and above all support for education. Education is a great enabler and even though school education is free we have learnt from our experiences with the Nomadic Communities and other very marginalised communities that to access education properly every child needs to be healthy and have nurturing spaces. Vanavil Childrens home is a nurturing space that motivates the children to engage with education.
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About Battle of the Buffet
Battle of The Buffet (BoB) is an annual fundraising event organized by Chennai Mission, Manava Seva Dharma Samvardhini Trust, and Aram Porul to support NGOs based out of Tamil Nadu. Earlier, BoB was celebrated as part of ‘Daan Utsav’, a Festival of Giving. Due to COVID, this year BoB is celebrated in the month of Dec 2020.
This year close to 50 NGOs from Tamil Nadu working for various causes including COVID relief, education, health, livelihood, differently-abled are participating. Participating charities raise funds using this, while the donor gets exclusive access to entertainment and food from leading hotels, delivered at home.
Since its inception in 2009, this mega fundraising event has raised close to Rs. 30 crores, benefitting hundreds of projects and causes of NGOs.
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