Press Note of Actor Siddarth’s Chennai Micro

During the recent floods that ravaged our city, when waters moved from lakes into

people’s living rooms, RJ Balaji and Actor Siddharth spurred into action. They wanted to

use their strength for a cause and decided to work on the field, so that they could

assess the situation first­hand and accordingly act on relief measures immediately.

Thus was born Chennai Micro.

The team drew its strength from the active participation of thousands of selfless

volunteers, corporates and eminent people from different walks of life. They lent tireless

support at a time when the city needed it most. When we started out, our focus was on

rescue operations. Later, we got involved in the much­needed relief work. Our

hardworking ground teams ensured that the affected citizens received drinking water,

hot packed food, biscuits, diapers, sanitary napkins, medicines, milk powder, blankets,

mats, mosquito repellents, coils and clothes, among many other crucial relief material.

The Chennai Micro team reached out to various flood­affected areas in Chennai and

Cuddalore, with relief material. Chennai Micro saw 5,695 amazing on­the­ground

volunteers across Chennai and Cuddalore. These committed and dedicated people

provided momentum to our movement. In all, 24,500 volunteers lent us their time online

too, helping us in #ChennaiMicro movement!

We were incredibly touched to receive over 100 trucks containing life­giving relief

material from Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and beyond! To bring in order and

better organizational capabilities, we established seven centers for relief work, where

material was collected and distributed. We also had one main centre, which acted as

the information hub. This was powered by an efficient team that helped with the crucial

work of collecting data, verifying requirements and immediately attending to them.

In all, we received relief material worth around Rs. 6.5 crores. What stood out was not

the monetary value but the timely, invaluable contribution of the people who opened up

their hearts and wallets. This has been a truly revelatory moment about the amazing

spirit of our people!

Fundraising and the way forward

We, at Chennai Micro, have realised the amazing power of humanity and the mountains

it can move. We have received a whopping Rs 3,39,18,793 from across the world as

contributions to the V Trust. We have now officially stopped receiving funds.

We have signed an MOU with Aid India, a reputed institution which works in the field of

Education and Rehabilitation work. We will work with them towards rehabilitation

measures such as a) Health/Malnutrition related issues amongst children b)

Rebuilding/Repairing homes affected in the floods & c) Sanitation ­ in flood­affected

areas in Cuddalore and Kalpakkam. Our team has so far identified 50 villages that

needs immediate attention and we will offer them our support over the next 6 to 12

months.

We want this fund to reach the most needy. In this process, we have identified seven

orphanages and one animal shelter as of now where Rehabilitation work will start. We

will partner with more such organizations through our dedicated team. Our aim is to

rebuild, refurbish, and meet the other infrastructural needs of these places, besides total

livelihood rehabilitation in old­age homes.

Chennai Micro also facilitated the augmentation of funds for Bhumika Trust (which has

recognition for acceptance of foreign contributions). The Trust is engaged in providing

extensive relief work and rehab through small entrepreneur programmes.

We learnt of the untimely deaths of Bharath and Imran, two amazing human beings who

lost their lives during volunteering and rescue operations (not related to Chennai Micro).

We salute their spirit and would like to offer their families a solatium of Rs.3 lakhs each.

The Chennai Micro movement would not have succeeded without the inspiring, amazing

people who make up our home, the city of Chennai. We have a long­term goal to

continue working towards creating livelihoods for the underprivileged through Chennai

Micro. Chennai, please help us keep this spirit aglow. Stay ALIVE…

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