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COVID Response – Direct Relief

COVID Response - Direct Relief Relief materials are giving to Chinna Neelankarai kuppam community members, Chennai Bringing food relief to the Nalamdana community in Chennai is our way of supporting those who have helped us get where we are today. Rotary Club of Madras Coromandel partnered with Nalamdana to distribute 100 bags of groceries to families whose income was affected by the COVID-19. Nalamdana has distributed these relief materials to the following beneficiaries: RCC and Nalamdana Thendral Community Radio members at Chinna Neelankari Kuppam, Chennai Nalamdana Scholarship students Deserving people living in and around of Nalamdana office area Nalamdana’s Part time staff {{ vc_btn: title=DONATE+NOW+TO+SUPPORT+OUR+RELIEF+PROGRAMME&style=custom&custom_background=%23ed0000&custom_text=%23ffffff&align=center& }} These COVID-19 programs were made possible through support from regular donors as well as those who made special contributions during this time. Special thanks to TVS Sundram Fasteners Limited, Dipak and Rupa Sood Education Trust, Foundation for Children and Women, Mahul and Mini Shah, Lata and Sanjay Chaganti, Ana and Sanjay Madhavan, Radha Parthasarathy, Heather Fitzgerald and RP Aditya. Other Current Nalamdana Projects

COVID Response – Video Series

These 3 – 5 minute films are being widely circulated on social media and within corporate employee networks. The audio portions of the productions are also being broadcast on Nalamdana Thendral community radio 91.2MHz.

COVID Response – InfoGraphics

Infographic posters developed by CCCI in New Delhi were translated into English and Tamil and circulated widely through social media and email. They were also printed and widely distributed to retail locations across Chennai.

COVID Response – Community Radio

Nalamdana has produced a range of new broadcast programs which allow us to reach the community with urgent, timely, and accurate information at a time when our usual in-person programmes must be put on hold.

Skits & Puppet Shows

This can reach smaller audiences (children or adults). Usually, this modality works best in the context of workplaces, schools, health facilities and anywhere there is a captive audience with short time availability. Duration 30 mins with pre and post-interaction.

Community Dramas

This unique participatory drama features pre and post drama interaction and evaluation worked in. Typically, one-hour duration, it can reach over 500 people per performance, depending on the location. With minimal stage and innovative props, but good lighting and sound equipment, the drama holds its audience’s rapt attention throughout.

Working with Adolescents

Adolescent girls in this program developed a new flip chart presentation called Penin Perumai to disseminate information about puberty, reproductive health, and gender to their peers. We have published an accompanying teacher guide and translated the story into a short film.

Youth Education and Leadership

Nalamdana supports students from economically challenged backgrounds to help them complete high school. Students are selected through a rigorous screening process and must maintain good grades and participate in community service. Skill development and career guidance are offered.

The Top To Toe Program

Top to Toe addresses all aspects of health and rights of children between the ages of 10 and 15 years using illustrated booklets that children can keep. The booklets have been field tested and checked by experts in each topic and inspired our peer education toolkit for 12 to 14 year olds.

The Goal Project

This project uses netball to empower girls from challenged backgrounds. Netball is similar to basketball, but emphasises team play and communication. The entire curriculum spans ten months and covers four life skills modules, and participants are linked to training and career-building opportunities.