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Founded in 2008, the NGO InMaLanka acts in priority with the poorest population of South India, Sri Lanka and Madagascar. Its actions focuses on supporting education, nutrition and local development.

We invite you to follow all the news of the NGO on its blog! You will find here the missions in the field as well as the news of the NGO in Paris, France.


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26 avril 2012 4 26 /04 /avril /2012 18:40

You'd like to strech you legs for a good cause?

 

No more hesitation! Join us at "La Course des Héros" and bring your support to InMaLanka!

 

 

But.... What is "La Course des Héros"? 

"La Course des Héros" is a part of the european circuit of "Heroes Race", several races organized all over Europe allowing NGO to raise funds in an original way! 

"La Course des Héros" combines Sport, Solidarity and Mobilization.

It concernes the heroes who are going to run 6km for InMaLanka but also those who will support them! Indeed, our heroes are allowed to run only after having collected a minimum of 300 euros in donations! 

 


How become a Hero?

Nothing more simple than to go to InMaLanka's Page on Alvarum Website (organizer of the race in France) and pick up your race. Just go here: I'm a hero!

Then create your fundraising page. For Paris race you can join the team "Ni Zéro! Ni Zorro! Juste nous" created by our hero Sylvie.

Then, your biggest challenge will come, talking about your involvement and enjoin your friends, your family and your network to support your action thanks to their generous donation. Don't forget to tell them that there is no minimal amount for donation! Even a small euro is enough! And if you succeed (and you wil!) to raise 300euros then you would run or walk and enjoy the wonderful landscapes that are waiting for you.

 

 

La course des Héros will stand on:

June 10th in the Parc de Guerland in Lyon

June 17th in the Parc de Saint Cloud in Paris

October 14th in the Parc Borély in Marseille


 

You are not so much into running or simply not available?

No problem, you can also help us and support runners who will run for InMaLanka. You can support our hero in her fundraising page: Sylvie!

Don't forget that she just need 300 euros to run and even a small euro is welcome! 

 

We are all waiting for you and your running to shoes to run together and support the NGO. On your clics, ready? Go!!!! 

 

Thanks to your commitment, we will keep on financing our projects in India, Sri Lanka and Madagascar. For more information concerning our actions, please visit our website InMaLanka!

 

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8 mars 2012 4 08 /03 /mars /2012 13:53

« Invest in rural women. Eliminate discrimination against them in law and in practice. Ensure that policies respond to their needs. Give them equal access to ressources. Provide rural women with a rôle in decision-making. »

 

Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General



This year's official theme for International Women's Day (UN theme) is « Empower rural women – End Hunger and Poverty ».

Women's Day, a day of reflexion on challenges faced every day by women all over the world. How can poverty and hunger in rural area be eradicated? In what way enable a true empowerment of rural women? The day of a rural woman is far longer than the day of a man, indeed after/before their daily work they have to do their housework. Women do not have equal access than man in terms of cares and in rural area they are more affected by hunger. In view of all this inequalities how address these challenges? Solutions must be handle by women themselves, they must bring development and initiatives. Whether they are rural or urban women, a lot of work still remain to be done in favor of equality and of the respect of their rights.



8 March, a symbolic date, but also the ideal time to think about the progress accomplished and the ones that still need to be done, to question ourselves on the issues faced by women around the world and to celebrate women's determination who change everyday the history of other women.. Like all symbolic dates, it allows public opinion awareness and let speak about international actions. But this date and these reflections have to be included in a daily dynamic toward equality and respect of women's rights and respect of everyone's rights.

It is today, but also every day of the year that we must ask ourselves about how we can take up these challenges that will allow tomorrow every women to obtain equal rights in health care access, adequate food and good education. It is today and every day of the year that we have to support these women who are fighting for coming out of the shadow and encourage them in their actions.



Brief history

Date celebrated by women's group all over the world, by the UN and by national holiday in many countries, 8 march is a tradition that appeared at the beginning of last century. It is a symbol for the recognition of the women's fight for gender equality, respect of their rights, courage to make their own history.

In 1910, in Copenhagen, at the second international conference of socialist women, the proposal of the German Clara Zetkin is adopted, there is no date set yet but a women's day is born with the major aim of obtain universal suffrage for women. The following year, rallies were held in Europe, women claiming for the right to work, right to vote, defending their rights. More than a million people are attending these rallies. On 8 March 1921, Lenine declare 8 march as women's international day , in 1924 China celebrate this date.

It is also a 8 march that Léon Blum chose to acknowledge the importance of women in the resistance: March 8, 1947. In 1974, during the International Year of Women, the UN begin to celebrate this day and it will be in december 1977 that the UN General Assembly adopt a resolution proclaiming the “UN Day for Women's Right and International Peace”.

In France, François Mitterrand gave an official status to the women's day in March 8, 1982.

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25 février 2012 6 25 /02 /février /2012 20:27

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22 février 2012 3 22 /02 /février /2012 18:33

Hello,

This will be the first post of a long serie relating my field mission as projet manager for InMaLanka in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Stéphane Martinez, drawer for InMaLanka is coming with me.

For a period of one year, I will work on our partnership with the NGO Desire India (ongoing since 2008) and on various projects mainly related to education but also to the living conditions of migrant population, tribals and dalits people...

 

I arrived on February 20th in Chennai.

Today I went to the Little Angel School to visit the children's sponsorship program set up by Desire India and InMaLanka in 2008.  Currently, 82 students between 2 and 5 years (+ a 9 year old who can not reach the conventional system) are scholarized, they are from poor families, untouchable, migrants ... Children are divided into three classes: pre-KG, LKG and UKG.

Thanks to the sponsorship, each kid received an appropriate education, as well as meals, medical supervision, materials and school uniforms and trips out of school!

The day is punctuated by poetry and rymes classes, singing, drawing, writing, English, Tamil as well as classes on basic hygiene rules.

We brought school furnitures given by an other French NGO that also works with Desire India and drawings done by children in French. I also brought some drawing made by kids in France for an exchange program between the Little Angels' school and a french class (project of DI France NGO).

Today was the occasion for InMaLanka to make a point about the program and establish guidelines for the future, such as building a primary school or moving the night school within the existing building to reach more children. Tomorrow I will review the folders of the kids who are still waiting for sponsors.

You can consult the website of the association to learn more about sponsorship and of course, spread the word! Website InMaLanka

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26 janvier 2012 4 26 /01 /janvier /2012 21:27

Hi! 

We would like to inform you that our web site is officially online!

A big thanks to Florian our webmaster! 

www.inmalanka.org

 

Do not forget to like our facebook page by clicking here: Page! 

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23 août 2011 2 23 /08 /août /2011 11:06

My internship in India continued with a trip to the south, around the area of ​​Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and in Andhra Pradesh. On behalf of InMaLanka and Mukti for Social Development, I had to visit several evening schools in the villages of dalits and tribal and see the Little Angels School as well.
With my colleague Ruchira, delegated to MSD, we first went to see the 3 to 5 years old kids of the Little Angels School. They were waiting for us in the courtyard, holding boards forming the word "welcome" and garland of flowers. It was a very warm and endearing welcome especially as pupils sang nursery rhymes in English.

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We could notice that the school is managed by a dedicated Director for its 70 students and organizing their time accurately while monitoring their presence. Each student has two uniforms and a set of books (English, Tamil and science). The day starts at 9:30, then the pupils play including in English, they have a snack, courses and a meal for the first years old. After the nap, the children finish the day around 2:30 PM.. We could see the obedience of the students, their happiness and their joy of learning. All behave calmly, respectfully and their uniform is well maintained. The school is so successful that the parents wanted it offers courses for the elderly, which will result in a future extension of buildings.


Our field then continued with a visit to night schools in several villages, either in Dalit or tribal areas of
​​Andhra Pradesh. We had an incredible welcome again: the villagers were waiting for us while playing drums, women have marked us with bindi (the traditional red point on the forehead) and tied flowers in our hair. Each time the ceremonies were held with dancing and we received bangles as a gift.

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The children were waiting outside their school and sang for us when we arrived. The night schools are held from 16PM to 18PM and include an average of 40 children. They have courses in English, Hindi, Telugu, mathematics and social sciences. These programs are popular with parents because it occupies their children and prevent them from playing in the forest and exposing them to the danger of snake bites. In addition, in some villages, the children receive two meals a day, which is a source of motivation for additional classes!

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Concerning the night schools, there are plans to create new ones, to finance children's meals for all the villages, field trips and pay the teachers currently volunteers. For InMaLanka’s partner, Desire India, access to education is essential in order to create a link with the villagers at parents’ meetings, and create future programs improving their wellness (access to water, property etc). To provide education to children of dalits and tribals, is giving them a boost for the future and their welfare.

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19 août 2011 5 19 /08 /août /2011 11:03

On December 11th, 2008, the General Assembly of United Nations decided by the resolution 63/139 "to designate 19 August as World Humanitarian Day in order to contribute to increasing public awareness about humanitarian assistance activites worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in this regard, as well as to honour all humanitarian and United Nations and associated personnel who have worked in the promotion of the humanitarian cause and those who have lost their lives in the cause of duty, and invites all Member States and the entities of United Nations system, within existing resources, as well as other international organizations and non-governmental organizations, to observe it annually in appropriate manner"

 

 


On August 19, 2003, a bomb attack was perpetrated against theUnited Nations Office in Iraq killing 22 people. From the early age of humanitarian aid to the present, heavy losses are deplored in the function of humanitarian workers. Three years ago, the World Humanitarian day was born taking symbolically the date of August 19th.

We wish a happy day to humanitarian workers wherever they are today,to these men and women committed to improving the lives of other men and women. A great day to our entire team and a  special thought to Aurélie currently in India and our coordinator Buddhima in Sri Lanka, and to our partners Desire India, Mukti for Social Development and Mukti-India.

 

World humanitairan day 2011

 

 

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL of UN -- MESSAGE ON WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY 19 August 2011

There is never a year without humanitarian crises. And wherever there are people in need, there are people who help them – men and women coming together to ease suffering and bring hope. From Japan to Sudan, from Pakistan to the Horn of Africa, aid workers help people who have lost their homes, loved ones and sources of income.

These humanitarians often brave great danger, far from home. They work long hours, in the most difficult conditions. Their efforts save lives in conflict and natural disaster. They also draw the world closer together by reminding us that we are one family, sharing the same dreams for a peaceful planet, where all people can live in safety, and with dignity.

On World Humanitarian Day, we honour these aid workers and thank them for their dedication. And we pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice – in Afghanistan, Haiti and beyond. Too many have died, or suffered their own loss, in the course of duty. We pledge to do all we can to ensure the world’s humanitarians are kept safe to do their essential work.

This is also a day to examine our own lives and consider what more we can do to help -- to reach out to people enduring conflict, disaster and hardship. Let those we honour today inspire us to start our own journey to make the world a better place and bring our human family more closely together.

 

More info about the world humanitarian day? 

http://www.un.org/en/events/humanitarianday/

 

Official video

http://www.un.org/fr/events/humanitarianday/psa.shtml

 

 

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3 août 2011 3 03 /08 /août /2011 10:04

Sunday, July 31, I am again with Bala in the Sundarbans . We had many interviews. First with a female member of the Panchayats Council in Kankandighi and then with the Panchayat of Nagendrapur. We talked about health infrastructure, access to water, education, waste treatment and their role as local authority when women are missing. In fact, families do not absolutely trust the police and will only report a disappearance on insistence of the Panchayat.
Then we met the manager of aPrimary Health Center, who receives between 15 and 20 patients each day. She told us what medical and moral support she brought to women when delivering, what were the most prevalent diseases and for what she needed more medicine: fever, diarrhea, allergies and problems skin.
The day ended at the local office of Mukti where we discussed with women belonging to a "Self-Help Group". This is a very interesting initiative that allows a small group of women to have empowerment by developing other activities, such as the breeding of exotic birds and coconut plantation. The programhas just begun, however, they explained me they already have more money and therefore better food, which is a big improvement for them.

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3 août 2011 3 03 /08 /août /2011 09:48

On last thursday, July 28, it is with pleasure that I went to Sundarbans again, breath some fresh air and admire the greenery there.  Along with Bala, a student who translated the Bengali for me, we went to Nagendrapur in the 24th district of Sundarbans to continue the investigation about the medical needs of residents and women trafficking.


Our tour began with a meeting with Sabanti, 55, whose 13 year old daughter disappeared a few years ago. Like many young girls of the Sundarbans, she had gone into town to work as a maid. But during one of their visits, the family learns her disappearance and no one knows what happened to her since. 
Then comes  Jita, 22, to tell how her sister was abducted and compelled to marry an old man after the promise of a job in Mumbai. Today, she lives with  her husband in Uttar Pradesh,  who tortures her and harasses her whenever she comes to see her family in Sundarbans. These women told us that poverty, lack of education and difficulties in feeding the family lead to such situations. InMaLanka is currently working on developing a program with Mukti to deal with this more and more important problem.


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The afternoon continued with an interview of a group of women about their health problems. Too poor and living too far away of the city to see a doctor, they told us they had nothing to treat their asthma, their gastric diseases or anemia. They also give birth at home because everything has to be paid in hospitals. Their average baby weighs 1.5 kg at birth. It was extremely interesting to talk to these women to better understand how they live. At the announcement of our project of mobile clinic, they all exclaimed with joy and one of them even told me "I love you" so she was delighted. I think there is no better motivation to help them.

 

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19 juillet 2011 2 19 /07 /juillet /2011 08:08

Pooja, 5 years old, student of the Little Angel School has found a godmother: the Swiss NGO "SOS pour un monde meilleur". Through this sponsorship, Pooja will benefit of a year  of schooling, medical monitoring, meals and her family will benefit of a support in case of needs.

If you also want to sponsor a child, please contact us at welcome@inmalanka.org

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