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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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5 mai 2013 7 05 /05 /mai /2013 10:39

March 26th, 2013, the children from the primary school Ecole Notre Dame des Forges (Tarnos, France) helped by the teaching staff have made a bowl of rice operation.

Each children from the Pre-KG to the Vstd brought his/her lunch to school, the money for the canteen being donated this day to the NGO InMaLanka.

Following this action, the President of the NGO, Blanche Mattern, StéphaneMartinez, comics drawer who lived in Inda, shared with each class a time of discussion and awareness about the situation of children in India.

The children, already well sensitized by their teacher, were able to ask any question and be aware of the extent of their action. 


We would like to thank the children, the pedagogic team, especially Madam Brigitte Ollivier-Duvigneau who suggest us as beneficiary for this action that raised 266 euros.

The amount raised will benefit to the Little Angels School, India.



Do you want to get your school involved in this type of action? Do not hesitate to contact us at welcome@inmalanka.org

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4 mai 2013 6 04 /05 /mai /2013 10:58

On March 25th, InMaLanka intervened at St Mary College, Stains (93), France.

 

To educate children in VIIstd (12 years old) to social inequalities in the world, InMaLanka developed a game of Development Education. A role play about the issue of access to education in Indian rural areas has been designed for this purpose.

 

Two people of InMaLanka team leaded the session which aimed to identify themselves and to confront the problems that arise when one is a disadvantaged child in India.

 

After a briefing on the proceedings of the game, the children and the teaching staff (one adult per group) received a character card explaining the life of the character, the problem that she/he confronts, her/his language, her/his social background etc. Each player had to realise during the game one or more tasks related to the theme of education. The game allowed to address several questions: child marriage, child labor, corruption, disease, disability...

At the end of the game, a sharing time allowed all the players to get back to the highlights of the game.

 

This experience has been very well welcomed by the children. With no video support, they were able to represent by themselves a reality far from their lives in France. Sustainable Development and Social inequalities at world level are a part of the VIIstd program in France (12 years old children) and this game illustrate the course and enter in the heart of the matter. Children hat to face several kind of situation: the girl who gas to convince her parents to send her at school instead of marrying her, the teen who works to eat an dreams about school. The teaching staff also had to meet various challenges: find the money to pay the canteen, how to repair the school roof after a cyclone and identifying students in need.  

 

The debate that followed the game has helped to inform students about the issues caused during the game.

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20 janvier 2011 4 20 /01 /janvier /2011 16:10

Our new newsletter has just come out. You can read extracts from it below. To receive the full texts of all our futur newsletters, you just have to write you email adress in the box "Newsletter" of our blog.

 

Newsletter n°4 

December 2010

 

 

Our actions on the ground ****************************************************************

 

The region of Sunderbans in West Bengal Spending a few months in Kolkata and in the Sunderbans enabled the team of InMaLanka to explore the region and to become aware of the problems that the inhabitants of the rural areas have to cope with. The Sunderbans are an ecosystem that is unique in the world. It provides a habitat for the last tigers of Bengal and is one of the most important areas of mangrove swamps. Nevertheless, the beauty of the region is threatened by the rise in the water level but also by its location in the middle of a cyclone area. In May 2009, cyclone Laila destroyed the region, leaving behind it landscapes of desolation, and made the land salted so that it has now become unfarmable. The villages are very remote and to go there from Kolkata, you need thus to take the train, then the boat and then to walk. Sanitation, hydraulics and electricity lack awfully. That is why InMaLanka plans to create a mobile hospital to go to the most remote villages and as well to put in place a programme of solar energy. That project will unable the villagers to rent out rechargeable solar lamps at the same price than the kerosene lamps that they use today. By replacing their lamps, the villagers will have more lights, they will respect the environment, and furthermore, they will protect their eyes and their lungs.

Writing: Blanche Mattern

Translation: Jodie Cazau

In July 2010, InMaLanka went to Tamil Nadu to visit its partner Desire India That visit was the occasion to discuss the evolution of the partnership with Desire India. As we have decided last year during our annual meeting, we want to extend the Little Angels’ School by building a primary school. The project is still under way but the laws on construction have become more restrictive, that is why we are still waiting for the authorizations. During the meeting, we also talked about the pupils and their attendance. Some of the children have left the school this year. As a consequence, both partners have decided to reinforce the support to the families and the follow-up of their conditions of life so that fewer children leave school.

Writing: Margot Durin 

Translation: Jodie Cazau

 

Our events in Paris************************************************************************

Open forum of the associations of the 20th arrondissement InMaLanka was present at one of the 240 stands put in place on Pyrenees Street for all day on Saturday, September 18th. As the other associations, we were there to make you discover our social and international commitment as well as the actions we have been putting in place for two years.

Writing: Jodie Cazau

Translation: Jodie Cazau

Our news from India, Sri Lanka and Madagascar******************************************

Sri Lanka – The project of a United Nations’ investigation is a source of debate Sri Lanka is drawing everybody’s attention those weeks because it has reacted with hostility and indignation to the will of the United Nations to create an International Investigation Committee. The latter will have to assess the actions of Rajapakse’s army during the last stage of the civil war in the 2009 spring.

Writing: Jodie Cazau

Translation: Jodie Cazau

Madagascar – Towards a positive transition? Waiting the occasion to be elected, the self designated president Andry Rajoelina announced on last October 20th, by the intermediary of the president of the High Authority of Transition, the opening of State shops. Only the poorest families (around 500 000) will have the right to buy vital commodities at very low prices.

Writing: Adeline Dechaume

Translation: Jodie Cazau

 

 

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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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