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First Report of AP Cyclone Relief Efforts of India Network

First report on the Andhra Pradesh Cyclone Relief Project of the India Network Foundation 29 January 1997

In response to a call from the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and concerned with the damage caused by the cyclone in November 1996, the India Network Foundation, a non-profit , charitable and educational organization launched fund raising campaign to help victims of this cyclone. The India Network Foundation thanks profoundly all contributors for their confidence in the India Network Foundation to do something unique to help victims in a timely fashion and their support with funds. In the process, the India Network Foundation decided to focus on primary education and educational institutions as individuals and other organizations have already been rehabilitated by various governmental and non-governmental agencies.
In December, Dr. Rao undertook the task of visiting the Cyclone hit areas from his own resources and attempted to utilize 100 percent of the funds collected towards relief efforts. Dr. Rao spent three and half weeks in Andhra Pradesh visiting as many as 150 schools and villages located in remote areas to examine the cyclone damage and determine the best way to help rebuild the schools. All primary school headmasters were requested to send a letter listing their school requirements that the Government may never provide and we hope to computerize that list to provide assistance in future to these and other schools in various locations. The India Network encourages individual members to adopt a school of their own choice and allow India Network to continue these efforts to strenghten primary education in India (the most neglected part of the education system in India – rural India).
In summary, the India Network Foundation initiated the following in the two districts of Andhra Pradesh:
a) Godrej type Almara with safes, manufactured locally – 5.5 ft height by 2.5 ft width On visits to various schools, it was apparent that they lack a safe and secure place to keep the records of students. The Almara=92s provided are expected to last a longtime providing secure location to keep student records.
b) Laminated maps of World, India and Andhra Pradesh. It has been found that Paper Maps with cloth background supplied by governmental agencies were destroyed by frequent floods, cyclones and rats.
c) Stainless Steel Water Drums with glasses to provide safe drinking water to children. Where possible, the foundation would help school obtain a water tap if such supply exists.
d) Asbestos sheets to repair roofs damaged during the cyclone.
The items a) to c) will be provided to about 400 elementary schools in the twin districts. Asbestos sheets will be supplied to schools where roofs have been damaged and government may not provide funds to repairs.
On select basis, the India Network Foundation also purchased school sites in two villages and provided partial funding for construction of a building where government would match our contribution. Final list of schools and villages benefited from our efforts is expected to be available in a month or two (due to manufacturing delays, the distribution of items a) and b) is expected to take time).
Meetings with Officials and Political Leaders
Dr. Rao met with Sri D. Ramakrishna, IAS, Collector of West Godavari District to assess the efforts of the government and to obtain a list of schools damaged due to cyclone. Also met with Sri J.S.V. Prasad, IAS, Collector of East Godavari District (these are the two districts hit hard by the cyclone and Collector is the district administrator in-charge of all Governmental departmental departments at the district level). Sri Ramakrishna, a former lecturer extended the greatest co-operation and support to the India Network Foundation and its objective of helping the primary schools in his district while Sri Prasad showed less than enthusiastic support and have to make several attempts to see him. =20
Sri M.V. Krishna Rao, Member of Legislative Assembly from Tanuku (an elected state senator equivalent) extended his full co-operation and promised matching grants upto 100% for the funds spent by the India Network Foundation. Also met with Honorable Sri Bolla Bulliramaiah, Minister for Commerce, Government of India who extended his support to India Network Foundation project and indicated that he would match every cent we spend on developmental projects in the district. The enthusiastic co-operation from political leadership, and administrators in West Godavari District is impressive and worthy of taking challenging projects in future.
Other political leaders met include Sri Aramilli Venkataratnam, Mandal President of Tanuku, (a section of the district), and Gannamani Narayana Rao, Mandal President of Undrajavaram, Member of Legislative Assembly from Tadepalligudem and several village level political leaders from both districts.
Most importantly, elementary school teachers in every village were very enthusiastic and opened their schools and classrooms for our visit. The state of primary education is pathetic. Many schools do not have a pacca place to hold classes and found several classes held in one room – grade 1 to 5 are held in one room often with one or two teachers. We were curious on how a lone teacher can teach grades 1 to 5 in one classroom. But these teachers are talented and interested in teaching children from mostly low socio-economic class families. The new trend seems to be the convents in every village that cater to the aspiring needs of middle class and upper middle class. This also contributed to the lack of public support to government and government aided schools. The private convent schools are often staffed with less qualified staff/teachers but were attractive for English medium instruction and their appearance of providing quality education.

Visit to Cyclone Warning Center, Visakhapatnam
Dr. Rao also visited the Cyclone Warning Center, located in Visakhapatnam and met director, Dr. Naidu. The discussions lasted for four hours and included a tour of the facilities and how the center help evacuate people from coastal districts during the cyclone period. The center has several 386 PCs and one 486 PC that keep track of weather systems. The fax equipment provided by the ECIL, India is outdated and does not function. The PCs have a RAM ranging from 4 to 8 MB and disk space ranging from 100 MB to 1 GB (for a recently acquired 486). It was thought that replacing the PCs with Pentium models and increasing their RAM and storage space would enhance the capabilities of the Cyclone Warning Center. Also software to analyze the data collected by Satellite on weather systems in that area would be of some help in predicting cyclone prone days/weeks during the season. Also held discussions with Assistant Director General of Meteorology department in New Delhi on the logistics involved in upgrading the center to be more effective in future. A sophisticated fax system would enable the center to fax the warning to various governmental and non-governmental agencies and save human time now involved in sending telegrams by Postal Department.
Dr. Rao sent a fax letter to Dr. Ashok Jain, Science Counselor at the Embassy of India, Washington, DC to seek government of India approval to provide new equipment to the Cyclone Warning Center in Visakhapatnam and we hope to receive clearance from the Ministry of Science and Technology soon.

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(A Nonprofit charitable, and educational community Organization)
P.O. Box 556
Maumee, OH 43537, USA
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Cyclone Relief Efforts – List of Schools Received Help

India Network Foundation, Inc. Andhra Pradesh
Cyclone Relief Efforts – List of Schools Received Help
S. No Name of the School Students Teachers
1 Chilakapadu Ele. School 204 4
2 Chivatam U.P. School 301 10
3 Kaldari Ele School No. 1 145 3
4 Kaldari Ele. School No. 2 101 3
5 Kaldari Ele. School No. 3 198 3
6 K. Savaram Ele. School 234 6
7 Mortha U.P. School 308 5
8 Mortha Ele. School No. 2 263 2
9 Mortha Ele. School No. 3 101 2
10 Dammennu Ele. School 135 2
11 Pasalapudi Ele. SchoolNo. 1 122 3
12 Pasalapudi Ele. School No. 2 99 2
13 Padangi U.P. School 424 10
14 Reddichervu Ele. School 46 2
15 Suryaraopalem U.P. School 373 9
16 Suryaraopalem Ele. School No. 2 220 3
17 Tadiparru U.P. School 280 11
18 Tadiparru Ele. School No. 2 99 2
19 Undrajavaram Ele. School No. 1 704 14
20 Undrajavaram Ele. School No. 2 326 5
21 Undrajavaram Ele. School No. 3 256 4
22 Vadluru Ele. School No. 1 316 6
23 Vadluru Ele. School No 2 120 2
24 Velivennu Ele. School No. 1 490 10
25 Velivennu Ele. School No. 2 120 2
26 Satyawada Ele. School No. 1 167 5
27 Satyawada Ele. School No. 2 129 2
28 Velagadurru U.P. School 287 8
29 Chivatam Ele. School No. 2 154 3
30 Tanuku Mandalam Schools
31 Duvva High School
32 Duvva Ele. School No. 1 506 10
33 Duvva Ele. School No. 2 240 3
34 Duvva Ele. School No.3 258 3
35 Duvva Ele. School No. 4 323 4
36 Komaravaram U. P. School 372 8
37 Mahalaxmi Cheruvu Ele. School 192 3
38 Mandapaka U.P. School 460 11
39 Mandapaka Ele. School No. 2 182 5
40 Mandapaka Ele. School No. 3 158 4
41 Muddapuram Ele. School No. 2 76 2
42 Muddapuram U.P. School 281 8
43 Pydiparru High School 141 4
44 Pydiparru Ele. School 314 6
45 Subrahmanya Aided Ele. School (Velpur) 276 6
46 Tetali U.P. School 455 10
47 Tetali Ele. School No. 2 150 3
48 Velpur Ele. School No.1 385 11
49 Velpur Ele. School No. 2 602 14
50 Velpur Ele. School No. 3 260 6
51 Velpur Ele. School No.4 182 3
52 Kondayyapalem Ele. School 23 7
53 Konala U.P. School 231 7
54 Yerrayyacheruvu Ele. scholl 220 3
55 Veerabhadrapuram Ele. School 170 3
56 Tanuku Municipal U.P. School 474 16
57 Tanuku Municipal Ele. School No. 2 539 21
58 Tanuku Municipal Ele. School No. 3 276 5
59 Tanuku Municipal Ele. School No. 4 194 3
60 Tanuku Municipal Ele. School No. 5 162 4
61 Tanuku Municipal Ele. School No. 6 106 3
62 Tanuku Municipal Ele. School No. 7 234 5
63 Tanuku Municipal Ele. School No. 8 166 5
64 Tanuku Municipal Ele. School No. 10 80 2
65 Tanuku Municipal Ele. School No. 11 150 4
66 Tanuku Municipal Ele. School No. 12 239 5
67 Tanuku Municipal Ele. School No. 13 165 4
68 Tanuku Municipal Ele. School No. 14 339 10
69 Tanuku Municipal Ele. School No. 15 182 5
70 Tanuku Municipal Ele. School No. 16 121 2
71 Z.P.P.H School Tanuku
72 Peravali Mandalam Schools
73 Ajjaram Ele. School No. 2 102 2
74 Ajjaram U.P. School 438 12
75 Annavarappadu Ele. School No. 1 282 7
76 Annavarappadu Ele. School No. 2 83 2
77 Govallapalem Ele. School 51 2
78 Kanuru Ele. School No. 1 272 6
79 Kanuru Ele. School No. 2 55 1
80 Kanuru Ele. School No. 3 147 3
81 Kanuru Agraharam School No. 1 184 3
82 Kanuru Agraharam School No. 2 74 2
83 Lankamalapalli 200 3
84 Kakaraparru No. 1 169 4
85 Kakaraparru No. 2 183 4
86 Kakaraparru No. 3 82 3
87 Kapavaram No. 2 77 2
88 Kapavaram No. 3 106 2
89 Kapavaram U.P. School 239 8
90 Kadimpadu Ele. School 130 4
91 Kottapalli 128 3
92 Khandavalli Ele. School No. 1 344 8
93 Khandavalli Ele. School No. 2 316 7
94 Khandavalli Ele. School No. 3 175 3
95 Mukkamala Ele. School No. 1 346 6
96 Mukkamala Ele. School No. 2 127 2
97 Mutavaripalem Ele. School 88 2
98 Malleswaram Ele. School No. 1 219 5
99 Malleswaram Ele. School No. 2 109 3
100 Nadupalli 101 3
101 Nadupalli (Harizanapeta) 58 2
102 Nadupalli Kota Ele. School No. 1 49 2
103 Nadupalli Kota Ele. School No. 2 83 2
104 Nallakulavaripalem Ele. School 126 3
105 Pittalavemavaram U.P. School 323 10
106 P. Veemavaram Ele. School 71 2
107 Sitarampuram 61 2
108 Peravali Ele. School No. 1 289 5
109 Peravali Ele. School No. 2 169 3
110 Teeparru Ele. School No. 2 87 2
111 Teeparru U.P. School 225 6
112 Usulumarrupadu Ele. School No. 1 38 2
113 Usulumarrupadu 166 3
114 Usulumarru U.P. School 196 7
115 Ummidivaripalem 115 3
116 M P Elementary School Chilakapudi 204 4
117 M P Elementary School Kaldari I 145 3
118 M P Elementary School Kaldari II 101 2
119 M P Elementary School Kaldari III 198 3
120 M P Elementary School Velivennu I 490 10
121 M P Elementary School Velivennu II 120 2
122 M P Elementary School Vadluru I 316 6
123 M P Elementary School Vadluru II 105 2
124 M P Elementary School Satyaveda I 167 5
125 M P Elementary School Satyaveda II 129 2
126 M P Upper Elementary School Surya Rao Palem I 373 9
127 M P Elementary School Surya Rao Palem II 220 3
128 M P Elementary School Paralapudi I 122 3
129 M P Elementary School Paralapudi II 99 2
130 M P Elementary School Reddicheruvu 46 2
131 M P U P School Chivatam I 301 10
132 M P Elementary School Chivatam II 154 3
133 M P Elementary School K. Savaram 234 6
134 M P U P School Palangi 424 10
135 M P Elementary School Undrajavaram I 704 14
136 M P Elementary School Undrajavaram II 326 5
137 M P Elementary School Undrajavaram III 256 4
138 M P U P School Thadeparru I 280 11
139 M P Elementary School Thadeparru II 99 2
140 M P U P School Velagadaru 287 8
141 M P U P School Mortha 308 9
142 M P Elementary School Mortha II 263 5
143 M P Elementary School Mortha III 101 2
144 M P Elementary School Dammennu 135 2
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146 Total received Benefits 30061 694

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Sponsor a Project in Andhra Pradesh, India

During our recent visit to Andhra Pradesh Cyclone Effected areas, several members of community came to meet and present various projects that are really worthy of our consideration. These does not involve huge funds and are target oriented. If you are interested in sponsoring any of the projects listed below either partially or fully, please contact us.

Also, if you have a project in mind that you would like to provide funds, the India Network Foundation would be happy to assist you in that process. You may send your tax-deductible contributions to the India Network Foundation and indicate in your letter that you would like the funds to support a certain developmental/educational project in India. The India Network Foundation has a Project Director in India who would take personal responsibility in overseeing the implementation of the project according to the donor wishes and report us back what has been done. An administrative cost of ten percent of the funds contributed will be retained by the India Network Foundation to meet the administrative, accounting/record keeping costs to meet the IRS filing requirements. All contributions made to the India Network Foundation are tax-exempt in the United States. A letter to this effect will be issued to all contributions involving more than $250 (the IRS requirement).

PROJECTS THAT INDIA NETWORK FOUNDATION RECEIVED

Elementary School site and Building in RELANGI (near Attili, West Godavari District, AP)

We have visited the school currently in a rented house that has been falling apart. Many rooms in that house have already been made unusable due to recent cyclone. It is in a very bad shape that we felt it as a disaster to happen any day with the collapse of that house and all teachers and students are at a very high risk of loosing their lives. The President and Executive officer of the Panchayat have expressed their support to our efforts and it is possible that we may get some matching grant from the government to undertake this task.

Estimated costs in Rupees : Rs. 500,000

2. Community Development Center in Attili (West Godavari District, AP)

The Brahmin Seva Sadan (BSS) has re-acquired site donated earlier to the Endowment Department for the construction of a community center but the Endowment department has not done anything on that site since 1978. A group of dedicated volunteers are working hard to build a community center with a plinth area of 1265 Sq.ft which includes 6 rooms, and a community hall of 1740 sq.ft. A detailed project information, accurate estimates were submitted to the India Network Foundation. The BSS plan to offer the following services to the community

Rent the Hall to marriages/community functions at a nominal rent of Rs. 500 per day
Free Medical Services – one day a week
Counseling for students on higher education prospects
Offer courses to improve communication skills in English
Sanskrit Conversational courses
Lectures on Vedas, Upanishads, Ramayana and Bhagavat Geet
Awareness of health, sanitary conditions, nutrition values campaign at individual families
Adult education classes
Musical Classes and Dance instruction
Eye Camps, and other medical camps for advise
Conduct Yoga Classes

and many more. They made very impressive folder and presented to us. We highly recommend this project for NRI funding as we are certain to see the team doing all that they have said.

Estimated Cost: Rs. 600,000 (detailed breakdown of the budget is available at INF office)

3. Construction of a small school building at Korimelli, near Bhimavaram

The aided school run by Sri Prahlad Raju has a very impressive record of social work in that area and has received awards from many dignitaries. This facility which we visited runs a Balvadi (something like preschool program for children under 5), a Aanada Saranalayam (a place for children who do not have any family), Mahila Mandal (A woman’s group) that provide instruction on sewing and making a variety of products based on coconut tree, a adult education center, and a high school. They have impressed us with their selfless service to community and admission to all programs is free to everyone in the community.

The roofs have been lost due to cyclone for some building that the India Network Foundation is actively considering to help out with. One building has been collapsed and they have requested funds for reconstruction of that building.

Estimated costs: Rs. 300,000

4. Girls High School in Amalapuram, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh

During our meeting with the district collector Sri JSV Prasad, who just visited the Girls High School in Amalapuram made an appeal to us to help that school. The building is currently occupied by a Junior college who will be moving out to a new location and that will be handed over to the Girls High school in that area. It appears that several repairs are urgently needed as well as construction of restroom, and other such facilities. If anyone is interested in helping this Girls High School, we will get you more information on the project.

Estimated Cost of Repairs and Minor Constructions: Rs. 700,000
and more to come…

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The India Network Foundation
P. O. Box 556
Maumee, OH 43537
USA
Telephone: 419-352 9335
Fax: 419-352 9334
E-mail: inf@indnet.org

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