The devastation caused by the unprecedented rains and flood in Chennai in December 2015 and by Cyclone Vardah in December 2016 led to the social and economic deprivation of thousands of families in and around Chennai. Cognizant chose Cognizant Foundation as one of the channels to execute relief and rehabilitation work among these families. The Foundation launched its Rebuilding Communities Program (RCP) to rehabilitate fifteen communities (panchayats) affected by the natural calamities. RCP is being implemented through two NGO partners – DHAN Foundation & Hand in Hand India.
Development of Humane Action (DHAN) Foundation is a grass-root professional development organization that has more than two decades of engagement in the area of community rebuilding – through poverty reduction and women empowerment.
DHAN is implementing Cognizant Foundation’s RCP in nine panchayats of St. Thomas Mount Block, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu, over a period of three years (2016 – 2019). The beneficiaries of this intervention are predominantly daily wage laborers, construction workers, housewives and petty shop keepers from poor socio-economic backgrounds. Some of the key interventions in this program are:
- Women empowerment – promotion of SHGs and enterprise creation
- Livelihood restoration
- Housing – repair of badly damaged houses
- Education – remedial tuition centers
- Health – health camps and anemia reduction programs
- Skill building programs
Approximately more than 3750 poor families will be benefitted through 250 Self-Help groups in these nine panchayats of St. Thomas Mount block, Agarthen, Kovilambakkam, Ottiyambakkam, Nanmangalam, Perumbakkam, Sithalapakkam, Thiruvancheri, Medavakkam and Mudichur.