A Message from Amma - March 13th
LAFTI is sending grateful greetings to you.
From June 2004, LAFTI passed through many ordeals and difficulties in the form of prawn struggle, court cases, natural calamities floods and lastly the worst disaster of Tsunami. It is a wonderful experience, a great many good compassionate souls from all over the World come forward to take part in the relief work. It seems the people have developed the tendency to receive help from others without any effort. LAFTI felt it is not a healthy attitude. The workers went round to awaken the people for joint efforts to resolve their own problems. It is a well-known fact that the floods caused great to the rural poor rendering thousands and thousands homeless. LAFTI efforts are fruitful. The village people have come forward for a joint venture to make their own bricks and put an end to the life of living in the wretched mud huts, which demand every year repairing.
About in 15 centers some 250 families have started to make bricks. The day 13th March is a happy day for LAFTI and to the area people. In one place called Kohur they have achieved a great success in making 300,000 (3 lakhs) bricks for their own houses. From 6 villages nearly Sellur, Kothamankalam, Kohur, Porkalakudi, Peruchathankudi, Moonkilkudi people are happily engaged in brick making.
During the summer the people used to spend their time in social functions, but LAFTI is able to create an atmosphere for the people in 15 villages to use their time in fruitful way. Now they have realized their self-help spirit. This news has reached to many villages. Hope the summer will be a happy occasion for many rural poor and LAFTI.
With love and kind regards,
Secretary - LAFTI
As always, LAFTI still needs resources for the housebuilding projects. You can see pictures of what is being built at www.lafti.net At that address, there is also a list of how to contribute, whether you are in North America, Japan, Europe, or Asia. Please give generously.