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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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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 20:25

Hello everyone!

Over time, the building of Little Angels School has deteriorated. Monsoon rains, the cyclone of 2012 and the years caused some damages. Water infiltrations caused deteriorations on a school wall. Noting this damages, InMaLanka decided to undertake some work. So we repaired the damaged wall and we completely repainted the school.

We thank our donors who helped to make this work: the school Notre-Dame des Forges with the Rice Bowl operation, the sponsors of the Little Angels School, the donors of InMaLanka and the students of the Institute of Technology of Périgueux.

This summer being the season of changes for the school, the new desks and benches were bought for the LKG classroom! Before they were studying seated on chairs or on the floor, which is, as we know, very bad for the back. We are grateful to the staff and the children from the school Notre Dame des Forges who allowed us to provide this furnitures to the school.

As for me, my internship is over and I am back in France. I want to thank all InMaLanka's team for giving me the opportunity to make a very interesting internship at a professional level as well as at a personal one. 

 

See you soon!

Morgane Thominiaux

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The school before the painting

 

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The damage wall repaired

 

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The school fully repainted!

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16 juillet 2013 2 16 /07 /juillet /2013 16:02

Audrey Destang and Antoine Barczewski, students at ESSEC, stayed a week at the Little Angels School.

Within the framework of a partnership with the student association "Tournons Le Monde", they shot a documentary about the school that you will discover soon!

Tournons Le Monde realizes documentary of humanitarian organization around the world. 


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30 mai 2013 4 30 /05 /mai /2013 19:34

Hello everyone!

As promised, some news of my internship!

Here it's getting very hot: 37 °C, 40 °C ... That's why it is the school holidays.

 

The academic year will begin on June 5th for the Little Angels School.
I am currently studying quotations to make the school beautiful when the children will come back. Indeed we will redo the painting at Little Angels School.
About the green garden, it is in good condition. It has been almost a year since it gives vegetables! After the monsoon we expected to plant new seeds to diversify the vegetables used for cooking at school.

On 26th and 27th April 2013, we went to Andhra Pradesh for monitoring programs implemented by InMaLanka's partner, Desire India. The purpose of this visit was to update information about power cuts and education of children in some villages. Indeed, the study of two projects, a solar program and the reopening of evening schools, required a field visit. Thus, Ramayana, coordinator of Desire India, Baskar and Anand, technical assistants of Desire India and I visited five villages where both NGOs are working.

In each village, our visit has been welcomed with great warmth. Some villages have welcomed us with music and dancing or flowers!


Morgane Thominiaux

 

 

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27 avril 2013 6 27 /04 /avril /2013 20:22

Hello everyone!

I am back in India for two months! I am a student in "city planning and tourism development" at the institute of technology of Périgueux (Dordogne, France). I am finishing my second year and I am doing an internship of 8 weeks within InMaLanka.

I am really glad to be back in India! Indeed, last summer, Ninon Gilis and I had the opportunity to do our first year internship here in India with InMaLanka. We worked in particular on the program “Go green India” at Little Angels School in Thirumullaivoyal (Tamil Nadu, India) and also on a solar project in some villages of Andhra Pradesh, India.

So, until June, I will regularly write on this blog to share with you my adventures!

During these two months I will work on different programs of the NGO, in particular at Little Angels School and also in Andhra Pradesh.

See you soon!

Morgane Thominiaux

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30 novembre 2012 5 30 /11 /novembre /2012 12:11

In November 2012, several health camps had been conducted in Andhra Pradesh. On an initiative of InMaLanka and its local partner Desire India, health camps were held in Venumbakkam, Verat Nagar and Ramapuram. 

 

Two doctors assisted by nurses received in consultation villagers who liked to have a free medical health check-up.

 

The health camps allowed us to conduct a small survey on the age of first pregnancy and the age of wedding. Around 56.52% of the women interviewed get married before 18 (which is illegal in India). 28.57% of the women gave their first birth before 18 and 33.33% at the age of 18.

Teenage pregnancies are not safe nor for the mothers ot for the babies to be born. 

 

Our partner 'SOS pour un monde meilleur' accompanied us for a site visit. It was the opportunity for the Swiss NGO to distribute more than 200kg of clothes in our areas of action. They also met our local partner "Desire India" and considered future actions with them.

 

A special thank to Caro and Marty, who visited our programs, for giving a hand in the conduct of the survey. Also to Chris and Alex for their visit and for taking a part in this survey!

 

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6 novembre 2012 2 06 /11 /novembre /2012 21:55

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012, while the world is focused on the USA and Sandy, the cyclone Nilam hit the southeast coast of India. 

The states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are in alert since 48 hours, thousands of people have been evacuated and shelters are ready to welcome them. Nilam, as any cyclonic system, remains unpredictable and the landfall point is supposed to be between Pondichery and Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu. Moreover, the cyclone could turn to an hurricane and could make its landfall in Chennai. Letting think to the damages caused by the 1994 cyclone which claimed lives of almost thirty chennaites. 

 

Nilam finally hit Tamil Nadu coast in the late afternoon at 50km from Chennai up to the town of Mahabalipuram. 

 

The latest report mention 22 deads, several chennaites as well as sailors of the oil tanker Prathiba Cauvery which ran aground off the coast. More than 13,000 people have been evacuated. 

 

Hundreds of house were partially or totally destroyed by winds and torrential rains. Coconut roof pulled out, clay walls broken, people are now facing floods, more than hundred villages have been flooded. Hundred of acres of paddy and cotton fields were also destroyed.

 

The storm also hit Sri Lanka, albeit with less strengths. Reports indicate a minimum of 8 deads.

 

InMaLanka's infrastructures have not known much damage even though the storm hit our areas of action in India. People we work with have taken refuge in churches, municipal offices or in the home of relatives who stay in more stronger houses.

At the moment, dozens of families experiencing damages due to the cyclone. Some can no longer live at their home as the roof were torn off and the rains are flooding their place.

 

That is why we are calling to your generosity in order to help those families to rebuild their houses and return quickly and in good conditions to their homes.

 

A free health camp will be conducted this week in the village of Ramapuram, Andhra Pradesh. Donation of clothes and bed sheets will be done. This action will be conducted in partnership with the indian NGO Desire India and the swiss NGO SOS pour un monde meilleur.

 

For more information you can contact me at blanchemattern@inmalanka.org

 

If you wish to make a donation, thank you to send your check (payable in France) to

InMaLanka-Paris

24 rue Saint Fargeau

75020 Paris

France

 

To make a paypal donation, please find the link on the following page: 

http://inmalanka.org/faire_un_don.html

 

Feel free to circulate this message, it is free and will just take you few seconds! 

Thank you for your support!


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31 octobre 2012 3 31 /10 /octobre /2012 13:03

Nilam cyclone crossed the south of Chennai at 17:05 (IST), its center is expected to cross around 18:00. Damages have already been recorded in the city.

 

Trees were uprooted near the school, the biggest damage is expected to be for home (roofs and huts destroyed). There is a risk of major flooding.

 

 

A meeting will be held with the students parents on Friday to see the damage and needs faced by the parents.

 

If you wish to make any donations (only financial), you can send it to  

 

 

InMaLanka - Paris

Miss Prince Ngilane

24 rue Saint Fargeau

75020 Paris

France

 

Thanks!

 

 

You can contact me by email: blanchemattern@inmalanka.org

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31 août 2012 5 31 /08 /août /2012 22:43

Hello everyone!

 

We are now living at the Little Angels School three days a week since two months. We set up there a household-waste sorting and recycling program including a compost and a vegetable garden.

At the begining it was a difficult mission : when we explained our project to the teachers we understood that it will be difficult for them to appropriate this concept. Indeed, we wanted to convey a completely unfamiliar notion. Fortunately, Anand, InMaLanka's and Desire India's assistant, was really enthousiastic to act for the environment. He was really helpful to put the garden and the compost in place, also to set up the household-waste sorting action. Indeed, he is the one who brings the plastic bottles and papers to the collectors who collect often in the village. 

 

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The future garden: above all, making the floor waste-free


As it goes along teachers by dint of discussions and children by dint of fun and educational activites about sorting out and about the garden, they understood the utility of this program.

Today children are able to separate papers (and recycle it!), plastic bottles, organic wastes and normal wastes. They have now all the responsibility of this project, we really hope it will be useful for them.

We have also given english classes to the teachers and assitants of the Little Angels School. In order to close these two months they asked us to prepare a small exam which permit us to see how much they improved their english because of their motivation and their will.

We would have liked to continue this exchange longer to observe their progresses in this language.

 

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This article close our stay in India as interns for InMaLanka NGO and we will get back soon to this blog to speak to you about an event in France for the NGO.


This internship was really rewarding as human as well as a professional view!

 

See you soon !

Morgane and Ninon.

 

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27 août 2012 1 27 /08 /août /2012 16:22

 



 

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22 août 2012 3 22 /08 /août /2012 20:41

InMaLanka has elaborated a program of access to light through solar energy. Photovoltaic panels are installed on the roof of the house of a solar entrepreneur in the village. Connected to junction boxes, they are used to load solar lanterns. Villagers can rent a lantern at a lower cost to the entrepreneur. The material is provided by our organisations. During the first year the entrepreneur, selected on various criteria by InMaLanka and its partner, is supervised on financial management and trained to maintain the lanterns. At the end of the year, NGOs leave but keep their position as adviser and operates a regularly monitor of the program. The entrepreneur is free to maintain her/his project in the actual state or to extend it, the initial material remaining the property of the NGOs. This program has already been pilot tested in another region of India. It is under study in Andhra Pradesh following many requests from people who suffer from regular power cuts of up to 13h daily. Morgane and Ninon studied the response made ​​by the villagers about a new "greener" and cheaper solution than traditional kerosene systems.

Blanche Mattern, South Asia Project Manager

 

Hello!

 

Here we are, coming back from Andhra Pradesh where we spent several days in few villages in order to present the solar project to the villagers.

 

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The first day we presented the project to the coordinators, then we went to the fist village: Venumbakkam in Nellore district, a village of 200 persons. Then, we visited Chilamuru a village of 100 tribal families, Puderu (200 families), Yellasiri (a forest area of 200 tribal families) and Ramapuram, a village of 130 dalit and tribal families.

 

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We had prepared some posters with pictures to explain the project by paying no heed to the language barrier and make the project clear and understandable to all. We also presented a skit depicting a villager renting a lanter from a solar entrepreneur. Following our presentation, we had an exchange time with the villagers so they can give their opinions and ask questions. A local coordinator was present and translating what we were saying.

 

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On the whole villagers were realy interested, responsive, enthousiastics and concerned. They also asked a lot of questions and explained that the lanterns will be useful to them: elderies will be able to go outside during the night without falling down, children will be able to study and women to cook when the night is rising. It seems to be a pressing need.

 

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In Venumbakkam we received a really warm welcome with dances performed by the villagers, flowers, sweet milk and biscuits.

Those days allowed us to meet the rural population and to see their living conditions. It was a reach experience for both of us!

 

Morgane and Ninon

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