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Sadhana Forest India
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Commenced:
01/12/2003
Submitted:
15/12/2011
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
Auroville, Tamil Nadu, IN
Phone:
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Website:
http://sadhanaforest.org/
Climate zone:
Dry Tropical





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Sadhana Forest’s appeal for Support after Cyclone

Project: Sadhana Forest India

Posted by Hannes Dettmann over 9 years ago

On Friday December 30, Cyclone Thane hit the states of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry with heavy rains and wind speeds of up to 135 kph (83 mph) and tidal surges of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet). The cyclone hit the whole coast from Chennai down to Karaikal. Our

Dear friends of Sadhana Forest,

On Friday December 30, Cyclone Thane hit the states of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry with heavy rains and wind speeds of up to 135 kph (83 mph) and tidal surges of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet). The cyclone hit the whole coast from Chennai down to Karaikal. Our district, Villupuram, is among the worst hit as the cyclone epicenter hit close to Pondicherry.

Damage to a residency.

Damage to a residency.

Sadhana Forest was highly affected by the cyclone. The storm hit us around midnight and strengthened throughout the morning. Around 2:30 AM on Friday morning, 94 volunteers, including families and children, were evacuated from their living spaces to the safest dormitory in Sadhana Forest. In time, the dormitory roof suffered severe damage and everyone underneath was quickly soaked. Although the conditions were very harsh, all of our volunteers kept their spirits high and cared for each other. We are all thankful for going through this experience in a loving supportive community.

Sadhana Forest suffered damage on every structure. Out of 20 houses of the long term volunteers, 14 have been completely destroyed. This has been our greatest loss. These houses accommodate those who have committed to work with us for a few years or more with complete dedication. Additionally, the roofing material of all the huts including: the main community hut, the kitchen, the dormitories, and the remaining residential houses were blown away by the strong winds. The foundations and safety of most huts are severely compromised due to very wet soil around the structures. Also, the laundry and the shower huts were both ruined by the storm.

In the forest, most of the young TDEF trees that we have planted survived. Unfortunately many of our older trees and Acacias have fallen. The vegetable garden and orchard have been completely devastated. The majority or our fruit trees including all the banana trees, papaya trees, and mango trees were uprooted.

The traumatic experience of the cyclone didn’t hinder the volunteers’ spirits. As soon as the sun reappeared we started clearing the paths, making urgent repairs, drying bedding and blankets, and salvaging belongings from the broken homes. However most of the repairs require the purchase new materials and skilled labor which incur heavy costs.

We need urgent help from all our well-wishers, friends and family around the world.

The total damage to infrastructure is estimated at: 2,800,000 Indian Rupees, equivalent to 41,790 Euros or 52,830 US Dollars.

If you’d like to support rebuilding a long-term volunteer’s hut, it would cost 90,000 Indian Rupees.

Please see the attached spreadsheet with the detailed estimate of all emergency rebuilding costs.

Thank you very much for your care and love for Sadhana Forest.

Lots of love,

Yorit and Aviram

 

Donate to Support us:

For tax exemption in the US, and donations from other countries:
https://secure.aviusa.org/donations_donatenow_sadhana.php

For tax exemption in the UK:

http://www.aviuk.org/donate.htm


Sadhana Forest Emergency Cyclone Repair Estimate





Rebuild

 


14 Long Term Volunteer Huts at 90,000 each

1,260,000

Couples’ Huts

110,000

Children’s Land Toilet

50,000

Fencing

100,000

Laundry Hut

100,000



Roof Repairs


6 Long Term Volunteers Huts roofs at 50,000 each

300,000

Main Hut Roof

28,000

Family Hut Pillars + Roof

25,000

Solar Panel Hut Roof

15,000

Retreat Hut Roof + Pillars

30,000

Family Hut Roof + cross beam

10,000

Tool Shed roof

10,000

Entrance Hut Roof + cross bean

25,000

Parking roof

10,000

Shower Hut roof

90,000

Toilet dorm roof, broken wood on support

40,000

Middle Dormitory roof

20,000

Training dorm roof

200,000

Kitchen dorm roof

50,000

Kitchen roof

80,000



Pillar Repair


Bike Hut

2,000

Toilets, walls

15,000

Healing Hut

20,000

Old Shower pillar, doors

30,000

Dosa Kitchen pillar

3,000



Replacement of Damaged Equipment


Water Tank

5,000

Children’s Land shade net

15,000

Children’s Land water tower

70,000

Children’s Land PVC pipe

2,000

Solar System new invertor, connectors

85,000



Total Estimate in Indian Rupees:

2,800,000

Total Estimate in Euros:

41,790

Total Estimate in US Dollars:

52,830

 

For tax exemption in the US, and donations from other countries:
https://secure.aviusa.org/donations_donatenow_sadhana.php

For tax exemption in the UK:

http://www.aviuk.org/donate.htm

 

 

 

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