Life of tribals in their own occupational settlements is quite challenging. They are forced to take many risks to upkeep their livelihood. Though there are many technological advances, the tribals are moulded indigenously based on their habitat. Tribal people deserve a quality life because they take care of our bio-diversity and are authorised to use forest resources as permitted by the forest department. In this line, Hurricane Vets Charitable Trust, Chennai had received a request from tribals who belong to Poringalkuthu Hydroelectric Project cum Dam , Vazhachal forest division, Athirapally Panchayat, Thrissur District , Kerala State. The tribals in that locality use the catchment area of the dam for fishing. Also, they go deep into the forest for their livelihood from forest resources. During this venture, the people used to stay 3 to 5 nights to complete their task. Hence, they were in need of blankets to withstand severe chillness of the forest climate. We have verified this by our need assessment protocol with the support of forest officials.
As per the benevolence of kind hearted donors of Hurricane Vets Charitable Trust and from other external donors , we have donated woollen blankets to 68 families belonging to two tribal settlements , each family was provided with a pair of blankets. Also , in order to combat COVID19, N95 masks were also provided to the people.
A programme in this connection was organized on 13.2.2021 at Pogalappara Community Hall and Poringalkuthu Community Hall. Dr.K.P.Anand, Principal Accountant General, Kerala was invited as the special guest of the occasion. Mr. K. J. Tomy, Senior Deputy Accountant General and Mr. S. V. Vinod, Divisional Forest Officer, Vazhachal graced the occasion.
Our gratitude to Mr.Sijo Samuel, Range Forest Officer, Vazhachal, Mr.K. R. Santosh Kumar, Tribal Development Officer , Mr.Madhavan, Ooru Moopan Poringalkuthu Tribal Colony, Mr.Subramanian, Ooru Moopan Pogalappara Tribal Colony, Ms.C.S. Anjana, Secretary , Vana Samrakshana Samiti, Pogalappara and Poringalkuthu for their field level arrangements. Also we express our sincere thanks to Mr.Gigo Bastian, Mr.Binoj C Vergheese, Mr.Joju Ephrem, Mr.Vinay Kumar, Mr.Baiju, goodwill citizens who had interest in the welfare of the tribal colony and its people for interacting with the forest officials and the tribal elders to make the programme successful. The entire activity was sponsored by Hurricane Vets Charitable Trust, Chennai.
We express our gratitude to the Board of Trustees , HVCT for necessary approval to conduct this programme and the donors of Hurricane Vets Charitable Trust for their financial contributions.
Our Mission Continues………….