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Leelabai Margale wins Chingari Trust Award for Women Fighting against Corporate Crimes
Leelabai MargaleThe Chingari Trust has announced that Leelabai Balu Margale of village Mugaon in the Mose Valley will receive the 2014 Chingari Award for Women Fighting against Corporate Crimes and for Environmental Conservation. 

Leelabai Margale is an activist fighting along with villagers of Mugaon to defend their land from being forcibly taken by the Lavasa Corporation which aims to convert this hilly area near Pune into a private city.  She has faced threats but continued to struggle.  In 2011, when her house was destroyed in a blast, she filed an FIR against the Lavasa Corporation.  

The Chingari Trust was formed by Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla, activists working with the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Karamchari Sangh.  In 2004 they were awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize and in 2005 they formed the Chingari Trust to work for the welfare of the Bhopal survivors and to extend solidarity to those fighting against other corporate crimes.
Community Environmental Monitoring
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Cuddalore with SIPCOT in backgroundBucket TechniqueDemo against pollution 






  Location: Cuddalore, Tamilnadu

Amount supported: Rs 1490000

Supporting Chapters: Portland, Boston, Bay Area, Columbus,

Volunteer Contact: Bala rbalachan[at]gmail[dot]com, Diwakar draman[at]mit[dot]edu

Communities around SIPCOT Industrial Estate are minutes away from a disaster like “Bhopal Gas Tragedy” happening. SIPCOT, a 200-hectare industrial estate in Cuddalore. Tamilnadu, houses 18 companies that manufactures pesticides, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, plastics, dyes and textiles.  Ever since SIPCOT estate was set up, life for the people of Cuddalore, has been one of dealing with hazardous effluents, which have been damaging the environment and the health of more than 20,000 people in about 20 villages. (ASHA KRISHNAKUMAR, in Cuddalore, Frontline,The Hindu 04 June, 2005). The people complain of constant irritation in the eyes, nausea, acute dermatitis, muscle fatigue, and pink and frothy sputum, and have been diagnosed with changed reproductive health effects, narcosis and cyanosis. There has also been a substantial contamination of the water table, the air and the soil, leading to lowered farm production and dwindling fish catch.

AID Volunteers Provide Relief & Survey Hudhud Affected Areas
Relief and Rehabilitation

hudhud15.jpg Cyclone Hudhud has caused extensive destruction to homes, ecology and agriculture in the districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulum in Andhra Pradesh. Immediately after the cyclone receded, 4 volunteers from AID, the Center for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) and Rythu Swarajya Vedika (RSV) embarked on a 5 day trip in the cyclone-affected areas to distribute emergency relief materials, assess the physical damage to farmers and their crops, and to plan for future relief & rehabilitation efforts. The volunteers reported massive damage to coconut, mango, sugarcane and cashew plantations as well as paddy crop. Read the full report here

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Relief Work in Ankapalle: AID has already sent $5000 to our partner, Rural Development Service Society (RDSS). RDSS volunteers have provided emergency rations (5kg rice, 1kg toor dal, 100gm tamarind, 1 liter oil and 1/2kg salt) to 550 families and are now reaching out to 1200 more families placing special emphasis on those who've been the hardest hit.

 Regular updates from the ground will be posted here .

Relief & Rehab Update from Janpath
Relief and Rehabilitation

Janpath Team doing survey Relief Update: Following the recent severe floods in Jammu & Kashmir, AID supported Janpath working with J&K RTI Movement and Rural Voice in providing immediate relief to 850 families. Flour, Rice, Dall, Cooking oil, sugar were given by the relief workers along with soap, milk powder, salt, chilly and turmeric. Additional nutritional support was given to children, pregnant women and nursing mothers.

To prepare for the oncoming winter, J&K RTI movement and Rural Voice also distributed blankets and woolen sweaters to 500 families.

Two volunteers are working to help children return to school. They have distributed books and school stationary to 500 families.

All updates are available at the J&K Relief & Rehab page
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Rehabilitation Update: A Team of 22 volunteers of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) Rural Voice working in conjunction with Janpath  conducted a survey in the districts of Badgaon, Pulwama, Srinagar and Bandipora. Families have lost their warm clothing and blankets for winter, and children's school materials have been severely damaged. Many of these rural areas in J&K have not received any financial support. More than 530 houses have been damaged in these areas.

Update from Visit by AID, CSA and Rythu Swarajya Vedika team
Relief and Rehabilitation
Hudhud Affected Farmlands
There is a huge crop damage and livelihoods affected because of the ‪#‎HudHud‬ paddy is the most affected crop as the crop was in milking state to ready to harvest in different locations almost 95% damage observed in most of the areas, more than 30% damage in mango orchards particularly older ones, coconut trees are also affected severely. both mango and coconut farmers have lost the crop completely for the next one year. in tribal belts and hill regions of vishakapatnam, vijayanagaram and srikakulam also the crops are being affected and farmers are not very hopeful of receiving any compensation.

In tribal areas the credit and crop insurance access was very low. They took loans from private money lenders with higher interest rates (Rs. 2-5/month/100)
"The state government has hiked compensation to crops like sugarcane and paddy to Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per hectare, for Banana from Rs 24,000 to Rs 25,000 and from Rs 15,000 from Rs 20,000 for mango crop per hectare", While the TDP was demanding Hooda Commission recommendations while in opposition which would be Rs. 25,000/ha for paddy.
Reviving livelihoods and helping farmers with the rabi preparations supporting them with seeds etc is something which govt should take it up for all.