Indian Fair Traders Need Support in Helping Chennai Floods Victims



WFTO Guaranteed Member Baladarshan distributing relief goods in affected areas.  Photo: Baladarshan 

A solidarity campaign by Fair Trade Forum - India

Our Indian fair traders are calling for support so they can continue their relief efforts in areas affected by the floods that struck the South Indian regions. Several small-scale artisans have been affected and in need of immediate help.

More than 500 died and more than U$ 3 million worth of property and infrastructures were destroyed when floods hit vulnerable areas in Coromandel Coast region of the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu (TN) and Andhra Pradesh, and the union territory of Puducherry. Tamil Nadu and the city of Chennai, home of many WFTO producers, are particularly hard hit.

Fair Trade artisanal communities in the remote areas and villages of Tamil Nadu have reported several days of heavy rain and flooding with no access to transportation, food, water and shelter. Many small-scale artisan families are suffering loss of infrastructure and basic facilities. Many people have been displaced from their villages.  The poor hygiene and sanitation situation comes as an extra challenge at this stage. Several ongoing relief works are already being undertaken by government agencies, along with the civil society in India, but a lot more needs to be done for restoration and risk management.

To aid and support our artisan brothers and sisters in this time of need, Fair Trade Forum-India (FTF-I) along with its member FTOs (Fair Trade Organisations) is running a solidarity campaign- ‘Fair Trade India for Artisans of Chennai’, to support and help the artisan families who were severely affected in the flood prone areas of Tamil Nadu.

Many Indian FTOs are giving financial contributions in solidarity to support affected Fair Trade organisations, especially in Tamil Nadu. FTF-I is coordinating and facilitating this initiative and is planning to support through medical camps, food and shelter options.

If you would also like to support and help, you can make your contributions through FTF-I. Below are the details on how to send donations and support for the floods victims:

Account name:  Fair Trade Forum – India
Account number:  1447310188
IFS Code: CBIN0282953
Bank: Central Bank of India
Branch Name: SUKHDEV VIHAR, NEW DELHI – 110 025
Branch Code: 2953

Address for correspondence:

FAIR TRADE FORUM – INDIA
Flat No. 206 Plot No. 62-A/1, 2nd Floor
Garhi, (Near East of Kailash, A Block)
New Delhi 0 110 065
India