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
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…