Sustainable Livelihood Project
Following the devastating tsunami that hit Southeast Asia on 26 December 2004, BAPS provided widespread emergency aid to the many victims.
The extensive damage caused much disruption to people’s lives. To help them to return to normalcy, BAPS has initiated a Sustainable Livelihood Project.
To help the tsunami victims earn their own living, three projects have been implemented with the support of the CHARDEP agency in Nagarcoil – gaudhan program, coir rope making equipment supply program and rubber slipper making program. After appropriate screening, families in need of such aid were identified and given appropriate aid.
The details of the three programs are as follows:
These three programs were inaugurated at a special function held at 3.00 pm on Friday 1 July 2005. It was held at the Bhairavi Kalyana Mandapam in Parvathipuram, Nagarcoil.
The chief guest at the inauguration function was
Shri Venkat R. Chary, IAS (Retd.).
Thereafter, Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s letter of blessings was read to the assembly.
Following this were speeches by Shri Murukappan, Trustee of CHARDEP, Shri Venkat R. Chary and Shri Janak Dave of BAPS.
In his address to the gathering, Shri Venkat R. Chary commented, “It gives great pleasure to see that BAPS through CHARDEP has come forward to help the tsunami victims to the maximum extent possible. Gaudhan is considered to be the greatest aid possible. Light is being brought into the lives of hundreds of families by these organizations. Under no circumstances should the tsunami victims lose heart.”
Details of the three projects were also described.
Also present at this inaugural function
were representatives of UNICEF, Altos Advisory Services, the Women Development
Corporation, NABARD and many other organisations.