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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.

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1 octobre 2010 5 01 /10 /octobre /2010 14:10

On May 2010, Cyclone Laila hit the Indian coasts and pouring rains beat down on Sri Lanka.

The damages caused by the cyclone could not leave InMaLanka cold. The NGO decided to intervene in Sri Lanka in the orphanage of Kigalle.

Thanks to your donations, the destructed electric system was completely repaired. More, essential foodstuffs and vital items as well as basic emergency kits were provided.

 

We thank you for your help.

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30 septembre 2010 4 30 /09 /septembre /2010 14:14

During the year 2010, news partnerships have been established and new fields discovered.

 

After several months in the state of West Bengal, a strong relationship with the Indian NGO Mukti was strengthen and solar energy programmes were designed.

In the distant Sunderbans villages where Mukti India carries out its activities, lack of electricity supply is a daily reality. Villagers use kerosene lamps which do not give proper light and have dramatic consequences on eyes and airways. A project on solar power supply was worked out, thanks to the construction of solar stations. Now villagers who are willing to use them can rent a solar lamp for the exactly same amount thana kerosene lamp. They will be able to recharge the lamps at the station.

 

Easy first-aid treatments access is another important issue because of the lack medical structures. A project of health centre construction is currently devised. This mobile health centre will go in the distant villages so that their inhabitants do not have to walk for hours to see a doctor.

 

Both of these projects are carried out with Mukti India.

 

In the South of India, the little Angel School programme (which includes free schooling, medical follow-up and feeding for the children of low cast migrants) is still running.


Feel free to contact us if you want to sponsor a child. At the present, the school cater for the children till the end of the nursery school. Sponsorships allow them to continue their education. Desire India is currently waiting for a primary school’s government accreditation in order to pursue the children education.

 

In September, InMaLanka accomplished an exploratory visit in the tribal areas og the state of Andhra Pradesh. The 12 night schools created by Desire India for tribal children allow them accessing school support and some food (a lot of households have difficulty to feed their whole family members). The nutritional situation is acute: numerous children suffer from malnutrition and many of them can not walk even when they are over one-year old.

 

Our aim is therefore to improve the snacks we give to the children in the Night Schools by providing them a complete nutritional and food formula in order to mitigate their house food lacks.

 

As in the Sunderbans area tribal people declared they have to walk onvery long distance (several kilometres) before being able to reach an hospital. Several villages neither have doctor nor practitioner doctor (ie practitioner that learned from the filled and working as a doctor without getting any medical degree). A project for the construction of a mobile health centre is under consideration.

These two projects will be accomplished with the US “Mukti for Social Development” and the Indian “Desire India” NGOs

 

Feel free to contact us for further information about a project or for supporting one of our actions.

 

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7 septembre 2010 2 07 /09 /septembre /2010 18:44

Dear all,

 

I will finally leave for Madagascar in a few weeks. 

My 3-months mission will start September 19th up to the end of December 2010.

I will carry out a field investigation in order to build a project to address children and young people in vulnerable situations. 

In the last few months I’ve collected background data on the country economical, political  and social realities.

 

In this current month I will forward you an update from the field.

Best regards,

     

Fabrizio

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4 septembre 2010 6 04 /09 /septembre /2010 15:11

From the garden of "Pavillon Carré de Baudouin" to the Place du Guignier and the Place des Grandes Rigoles, associations will take up the Pyrénées Street all the saturday 18th of September.

Around 240 stands will made you discover their cultural and sporty actions, moreover their social and international commitment.

Street show and exhibitions will take place all the day.

InMalanka is waiting for you at the "Solidarity Village" from 10 am to 6 pm 

 

"Forum associatif"

Corner of Rue des Pyrénées and Ménilmontant, Paris 20e, France

September, Saturday 18th

10 am to 6 pm

 

Dépliant Forum associatif 20e 2010

 

Dépliant Forum associatif 20e 2010 verso


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23 mai 2010 7 23 /05 /mai /2010 16:16

Last Thursday, May 20th, the cyclone Laila had hardly hit the indian east coast. The impact of the cyclone also hit Sri Lanka. 
In India, more than 50,000 people have now found refuge in government camps , in Sri Lanka, there are around 450,000 sinister people. 


Uprooted trees littered the roads, electricity cut off, access to water unusable, destroyed houses, fields uncultivable ... Here the landscape of Andhra Pradesh today. 


In India, the government has set up emergency programs, but the needs are too numerous to be fully covered.


InMaLanka joins his partner Desire India to distribute needly goods to the most affected villagers (food, clothes, kitchen utensils...). 


Requirements have been defined by G. Israel, President of Desire India, present on the field during the devastating passage of Cyclone Laila. 

We are counting on your support and your solidarity.

 
Thank you not to send donations in kind in France, for logistical reasons costs, they can not be sent. 

If you want to do a donation, please send it by check to: 

InMaLanka - Paris 
22 bis, rue Saint Fargeau 
75020 Paris 

(For a donation by bank transfer please contact us on (00) (33) (0) 6 20 28 68 50) 

If you are in India you can send your donations to: 

Desire India 
No. 29/13, Pleasent Nest, 2nd Floor S2 
Sadhasivam Mehtha Street, 
Mehta Nagar, Aminjakarai 
Chennai 600029 
India 

For donations in cash or in kind in India, please contact: 
G. Israel 0 44 23 74 15 81 

Thank you for your support 

Website Desire India: www.desire-india.org

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20 mai 2010 4 20 /05 /mai /2010 11:34

Thursday afternoon, between 16:30 and 17:30 IST, the cyclone Laila violently struck the coast of Andhra Pradesh. After changing its course several times in the recent hours, the first tropical cyclone of the season continues its run on the Indian east coast causing extensive damage in the area. Laila is the most severe cyclone that hit India over the last 14 years.



Accompanied by gusty winds at 125 km / h, Laila has hit the Indian territory about fifty kilometers at the south of the town of Bapatla. Approximately 50,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh. The coasts of the state have the appearance of an Apocalypse day, trees littering the roads, electrical cables pulled up, flooded an cut off electricity villages, that is what State of Andhra Pradesh looked like in late afternoon on Thursday as gusts of wind and torrential rain continued to fall on the region.

The activities of daily living are being paralyzed in the region as all roads and rail. This afternoon, almost the entire bridge towers of mobile phone networks had been uprooted by Laila along the coast causing anxiety among residents of affected areas, awaiting news of their loved ones. The districts of Prakasam, Guntur, Nellore, Krishna and Godavari East and West would be most affected by the cuts of communication networks. The authorities can still continue their relief work and rescue using radio networks and the satellite phones distributed Wednesday.

In six districts, 11 towns and 1500 villages are currently without electricity. In nine districts, buses and helicopters ready for rescue missions and evacuation ones were dispatched throughout the afternoon. About 120 relief camps have been opened Machlipatanam, a city that would be initially affected first, and remains in the trajectory of Laila. Between 777 and 800 villages, according to sources of the state administration, have been evacuated over the past 24 hours.Of the 122 fishermen reported missing yesterday, 55 are still missing the call. The Chief Minister, Dr. Rosiah appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to request additional emergency aid, the army already mobilized being overwhelmed by events and the number of evacuations.

North areas that are not yet affected now suffer heavy rain with recordings ranging from 25-35 cm of precipitation. The effects of Laila should continue between 12 and 36 hours in Andhra Pradesh, and torrential rains will continue to fall during the 12 hours after the cyclone.



All of the East Coast on alert

 

This morning the coast of West Bengal have been placed on alert and the state is already preparing evacuation plans. On the coastline of Orissa and West Bengal, all the day long announcements were diffused by loudspeakers urging fishermen especially not to go to sea or come ashore. In the riskiest areas of West Bengal, people were warned of the possibility of evacuation in emergency. Last year, Aila had hit the Sunderbans area causing salinization of land and making them unusable. The rural and extremely poor area is struggling to recover from damage and people are very anxious about the likely arrival of Laila in the coming days. The government has put in place precautionary measures and distributed 9,000 tons of rice and 450,000 tarpaulin sheets in tarpaulin.

An alert has been launched in the districts of South and North 24-Parganas, East Midnapore, Howrah (where Kolkata is located) and Hooghly. The West Bengal has opened a control room in the building of its government and in the headquarters of six districts. The Government of West Bengal as the Andhra Pradesh one, is trying to be prepare for natural disasters that might strike his state in the coming days. The South 24-Parganas district, West Bengal, had been one of the most severely area affected by Aila in March 2009. In Orissa, heavy rains are expected in the next two coming days.

A trajectory that continues to change

 

The storm seems to weaken but signs announcing that a new phenomenon could lead to doubling its intensity as it enters the Gulf of Bengal by the end of the week, once crossed Andhra Pradesh . Laila could therefore be intensified.

Two trajectories are assumed. After being released in Andhra Pradesh, Laila could continue its course along the Indian coast in Orissa and browsing the West Bengal before continuing on to Bangladesh. But Laila could also move back to the Bay of Bengal before redirecting to the south of Orissa and up the coast to West Bengal. The first hypothesis is hoped, Laila will loose water by the rains and lose intensity, while causing less damage in its wake. While the second hypothesis Laila orienting towards the sea, would enable him to "recharge" and re-emerge in the Gulf of Bengal, so giving a much higher intensity than the cyclone which expressed today. At 11:30 p.m. IST, according to the Numerical Weather Prediction(NWP), model used to predict hurricane paths in India, it is this second hypothesis that seems to take the hurricane. But on Thursday the cyclone changed direction repeatedly. The General Director of Indian Meteorological Department, Ajit Tyagi, warned of the risks Laila becomes the next few days, a "super cyclone": "The cyclone warning has issued May 18. We monitored the movement during the six to eight hours. It will fade after a period of rain, (but) re-intensified on 23 and 24 May.”  "We have alerted the governments of Orissa and West Bengal the possibility of re-emergence of the cyclone, which should be clear after 23 or May 25.”, Tyagi added.



Number of state who have not been affected by Laila also suffer damages due to the strong impact of the cyclone. In Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur suffer heavy rains since Wednesday. Karnataka also suffered the impact of Laila. The violent storms that plague the state have so far claimed the lives of six people. Ditto for Sri Lanka, where 17 people died in weather and where three people are still missing. The sri lankan Disaster Management Center reported 450 000 victims in 17 districts. In these last few hours, at least 15 were killed in Andhra Pradesh and two in the North of Tamil Nadu. Laila currently stagnating around of Bapatla in Andhra Pradesh and we have to wait until the hurricane crossed the state to see if it will affect whether or not Orissa and West Bengal.

 

 

French version: http://www.lecourant.info/spip.php?article2786









 

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19 mai 2010 3 19 /05 /mai /2010 11:37

Hurricane season in the Northern Indian Ocean just seen its first tropical storm become a hurricane within 24 hours. Called Laila, the cyclone moves at an average speed of 24 km / h to the north-west India and menaces already three states in the south east coast of India, starting with Andhra Pradesh that should be affected Thursday morning. An evacuation plan has been put in place in case of major damage.



At 10:45 p.m. IST, Laila was located about 150 km north-east of Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu in the Bay of Bengal with wind gusts of 125 km / h. On the coast of Tamil Nadu, the repercussion are felt in Pondicherry with heavy rains, premature for the season. Towards Chennai, gusts of wind are violent and waves are reaching over 3 meters high 50. There are already three dead, including a fisherman who tried to save his ship from sinking.

Laila expected to strengthen and reach 155 km / h when it will hit the city Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh. The authorities, alerted by the Meteorological Department of the State, since this morning inform coastal communities to prevent sea outing and evacuate residents located on the edge of coastline.

Today, throughout the day, alert forecasts were issued to alert the port authorities of Andhra Pradesh. Torrential rains are planned that will also affect inland causing flooding and power outages. Everywhere, last minute shelters are putting up. Schools and government buildings are currently requisitioned to serve as refuge camps for evacuees.





Emergency measures in Andhra Pradesh

 

 

777 villages could be victims of Laila in Andhra Pradesh that will be the state most heavily affected by the cyclone. In the south of the state, in Nellore district, Kavali town is currently experiencing heavy rains and violent winds from causing further power cuts, interruption of all activities in the area . Since yesterday, 120 fishermen out at sea are recorded as missing.



The Chief Minister  in Andhra Pradesh, Dr.. Rosaiah, asked that all government forces of the State remain in close contact with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to make sure that their whole team will be ready in case of emergency. Coastal districts governments are also taking all precautionary and relief measures who are possible while the police are already on alert. Satellite radios have been distributed to the districts collectors. Increased vigilance is given to roads and bridges.



The NDRF consists of two groups, six teams have been dispatched to the city of Visakhapatnam, which should be followed quickly by three new teams for the city of Vijayawada and an other team for three other risky districts. Four helicopters will arrive in a short time on the coast of Andhra Pradesh and basic equipment transported to the emergency camps. Andhra Pradesh State Road Corporation buses are available for transfer.



The health department also offers the basic medical equipment and about 222 ambulances are available to reach the first aid area. These arrangements should be made to evacuate and transport residents of risk areas to shelters and to provide first aid. Albeit the government put all its effort to face the situation these measures may be few enough so far that one of the first cities that will be affected Visakhaptnam, has about 970,000 inhabitants.



The areas of rice fields are also menaced and oil firms are in maximal vigilance. Reliance Industries has stopped for the moment its oil production as a precaution in the region and reduce 10% of its gas exploitation, the largest in the country, to avoid major damage.



The crisis caused in Andhra Pradesh by the cyclone is also causing political upheaval. The Punarankitha Sabha, rededication day, to be held May 20th, to celebrate five years of the Congress Party to power in Andhra Pradesh has been postponed.



Another major concern remains, Laila could delay the monsoon rains, vital to millions of Indians in rural areas, and thus affect the entire agricultural economy in the months to come. The late rains in recent years have already change it dramatically and prices of food are increasing.



According to Ajit Tyagi, Director General of Meteorological Department of India, the monsoon rains this year should be reduced by 2% compared to the average. But the impact of Laila on the agricultural economy remains divided. According to Giri Babaji, director of the agricultural department of Orissa downpours would help to plow the land and make the soil more fertile.





In 2009, the hurricane had killed 300 people Aila



The impact of the cyclone are felt up to Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka, where nearly 280,000 people were displaced. Many areas of the city is also flooded and all the flights are canceled.

In May 2009, Cyclone Aila had killed 300 people, made 200,000 homeless and destroyed 4,000 kilometers of roads and embankments in the Sunderbans region of India and in Bangladesh. Today, all the rehabilitation programs for the region are still not completed. Laila, who reached for the moment the 2A class on the Saffir – Simpson scale, is expected to cause similar damage, destroying mud houses and thatched, lines of communication and power lines and flooding roads in the affected areas.

After violently struck Andhra Pradesh, Laila will rebound along the coast of Orissa and West Bengal in the next 48 hours before reaching Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) on the night of May 22nd to 23rd.  The winds will be get weaker before the hurricane continues on its way to Bangladesh.







Original source (french): http://www.lecourant.info/spip.php?article2785

 

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18 mai 2010 2 18 /05 /mai /2010 16:05

Flea market in Paris, 20th arrondissement - Saturday, June, 5th


Events-diverse 1067With a weather that will certainly (or at least maybe) be wonderful, it will undoubtfully be pleasant to wander in the area of Les Amandiers, in the 20th arrondissement of Paris.

Each year, a group of associations organise there a neighbourhood fair with a convivial lunch, shows, football tournament and other activities. But this fair includes also a flea market in which InMaLanka will take part, as well as you.

To take part in this event, you can come and meet us at our stand and you can obviously buy what will be for sale on our stand, since all the money earned during that day will be used for our programme in Sri Lanka. And, above all, you can give us objects, clothes, jewelry or other things (not to big, please!) to sell them to the profit of the NGO. This is very important because without those donations, we won't have much to sell!

For the donations of objects, you can contact us on Facebook or come directly to our stand on the day of the flea market. Thank you very much and see you soon!

Address: Rue des Amandiers et alentours - Paris 20e
Métros Père Lachaise et Ménilmontant
Opening hours: 9 am to 6 pm

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8 février 2010 1 08 /02 /février /2010 21:46

And you, what are your New Year’s resolutions ?

 

To eat less chocolate ? To go more often to the museum ? To stop reading in secret the mails of your ex ? … or… world peace ?

 

Instead of that, you can start by supporting InMaLanka. Faced with the humanitarian crisis of the beginning of this year, it is time to realise that everybody can take things in hand and contribute in his own way to the reduction of poverty.

But since InMaLanka likes New Year’s resolutions that are a little more cheerful, we propose to you to support our actions by coming and spending a festive evening together with the band Gracchus, and with rock and beer thrown in !

 

Who said it was difficult to keep one’s resolutions ?

 

Concert - Thursday, February 25th


Programme :

20h concert of Gracchus (http://www.myspace.com/gracchusb)

 

Address :

Abracadabar 123 av Jean Jaurès 75019 Paris

Metro Laumière or Jaurès – Bus n°60

 

Admission charge at 4€, given to the NGO

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25 janvier 2010 1 25 /01 /janvier /2010 17:56


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Margot, Secretary of InMaLanka, wrote an article about the NGO, published in the finnish newspaper Insider, december 2009.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you can't read it!
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