Covid - 19 Relief Initiative

Corona Lockdown Relief

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In this hour of need our foundation has partnered with Bhoomika Trust - For Covid Initiatives, and supported their efforts to provide relief to migrant workers in their program 'Food First'. Under this program, the distribution of cooked food (Breakfast and Lunch) to the migrants in shelters and trains is provided and until June 1,560 meals have been provided.

To ensure the safety of our frontline healthcare workers we have supported the program 'Health First'. Under this program 577 N95 masks have been distributed.

The A R Rahman Foundation truly believes that humanity is the virtue of the human race and with compassionate gestures towards one another, we shall come out of this pandemic even stronger.

Stepping up to the need of the hour and to show our solidarity to the people whose livelihood is severely affected, by the nation wide lockdown, our foundation is dedicated to providing relief to the most vulnerable.

Since the lockdown, the film shootings have been suspended completely. As a result, the incomes of more than 70% of the FEFSI members have been affected. With love and compassion our foundation has supported 1260 families of FEFSI, we thank music director, Shri Dhina for facilitating this humble contribution.

We would also like to thank Smt Shubha Mudgal, for facilitating our support to the Assistance for Disaster Affected Artists (ADAA) campaign, an initiative launched to support the families of artists from music, dance, theatre and performing arts. We are also in the process of helping more families, the details of which shall be updated shortly.

Along with that, relief kits have been supplied to 500 families in Red Hills - in the villages of Iyer Kandigai, Kettanamalli, Lakshmipuram and around 140 families of transgenders, corporation workers, auto men & Petrol Bunk workers from Kodambakkam, Ashok Nagar, & Royapettah since April 2020.

To express our gratitude to the policemen who have been on foot since the first lockdown and are also frontliners in fighting this Covid - 19 pandemic, received Masks, Sanitizers and Gloves as a token of respect from the A R Rahman Foundation.

We most humbly, thank our volunteers T M Faizuddin and Ashok Permal who’ve coordinated the supply of these relief kits.

Check this link out to read more about this and other relief initiatives on our blog.

Gaja Cyclone Relief

Teams from the A R Rahman Foundation visited the districts of Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Thanjavur during the months of November and December, 2018 to access the damage and provide immediate relief.

The first action was to provide relief and for that we put together a kit with essential supplies and distributed it to 762 families belonging to six villages - Pushpavanam (57 families) and Panjanathikulam (105 families) in Nagapattinam District; Katchanam (45 families), Aalangal (55 families) and Muthupet (200 families) in Thiruvarur District and Pattukkottai (300 families) in Thanjavur District.

A R Rahman Foundation has also partnered with Bhoomika Trust, on this relief project towards the restoration of schools in Thiruvarur District. Bhoomika Trust primarily works towards disaster relief, rehabilitation and education of underprivileged children.

For long term rehabilitation two schools have been identified in Ezhilur village (Thirutharaipoondi Block, Thiruvarur District) - primary and higher secondary.

In the Panchayat Union Primary School, Ezhilur there are 124 students and 5 teachers. The roof, tiles, doors and windows of one building was completely damaged, while in the other a fallen tree had damaged the building wall. Toilets with no roofs and broken pipes were also seen.

In the Government High School, Ezhilur, with 128 children and 7 teachers, the doors, windows and gate need repairs and replacement. The roof and flooring in all classrooms and toilets were damaged.

The repair work in both the schools is already in progress. The teams have undertaken to repair all the broken doors and windows, toilets - with fresh tiles, storage water tanks and running water connections. The buildings have also been given a fresh coat of paint. It is estimated that the schools will be fully repaired and functional by January 2019.

Gaja Cyclone relief video on Facebook (work with Bhoomika Trust)


Gaja Cyclone relief work with Bhoomika Trust

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We thank our team member Arokia Raj, the ‘first-responder-team’ headed by Santhosh Mathevan for helping the A R Rahman Foundation reach the initial life support to the devastated families. We also thank Bhoomika Trust and their teams for coordinating and disbursing the funds for the restoration of these affected government schools. Check this link out to read more about this and other relief initiatives on our blog.

Blood Donation & Eye Camp

Blood Donation & Eye Camp

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Dr. A R Rahman Fan’s club wanted to celebrate their idol’s birthday by emulating what Dr. A R Rahman would have done - help those in need.

On January 6, 2019, they organised a blood donation and eye testing camp and distributed spectacles to those in need. Almost 200 people including over 50 voluntary blood donors turned up for the camp and the efforts were well appreciated by one and all. Over 60 pairs of spectacles were distributed free of cost to the needy which was sponsored by the foundation.

Check this link out to read more about this and other relief initiatives on our blog.