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Roger Praises Progress in Tsunami-Affected District of India

23.12.2006 | Off Court

On his first official field trip as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger today met with tsunami-affected children in Tamil Nadu in southern India.


The December 2004 tsunami took the lives of over 200,000 people, with India accounting for 18,000 dead or missing.  One-third of the victims were children. Tamil Nadu was the hardest hit state, with 8,000 dead, 351 severely-damaged child care centers and 186 destroyed schools. Three days before the second anniversary of the tsunami, Roger visited UNICEF's recovery and rehabilitation programmes in Cuddalore, one of the worst affected districts of Tamil Nadu.


"It's amazing to see how young people are using the rebuilding process as an opportunity to improve their lives and strengthen their community," said Roger. "The way these children are bouncing back from even the toughest tragedy is a testament to their resiliency."


In Cuddalore, Roger met with children who have chairs and tables at school for the first time. Across the tsunami-hit districts of Tamil Nadu UNICEF has provided 330 schools with furniture and learning materials, which benefit around 140,000 children and 3,500 teachers. The improvements in their school include programmes to learn through participation rather than by rote and the use of puppet theatre to help them cope with post-tsunami trauma. Roger also met with UNICEF- trained early child care workers at one of the 351 restored government centres where pre-school children are able to get essential health care, nutrition supplements and informal early education. .


Along with District Collector Mr. Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Roger visited the Cuddalore Orphanage. UNICEF has helped to establish a tracking system to monitor around 2,000 children in Tamil Nadu who lost one or both parents in the tsunami, including those in the orphanage. As part of the tsunami psycho social support programme more than 114,000 children have been reached through counseling, art, puppetry and children's theatre.


"Many of the programmes we set up in the tsunami hit communities, such as education programmes and child protection interventions, will now serve as a model for the rest of the state to follow," said Thomas George, UNICEF State Representative, Tamil Nadu. "Our focus has been to improve equity to services and to truly build back better for the children of Tamil Nadu."


Roger’s day ended by meeting with teenagers who are learning about HIV through a life-skills programme that is giving them the practical information they need to make responsible decisions and spread awareness about the disease.


"It's great to see the young people so full of life and spirit. Despite what happened to their community, they have really managed to turn things around," said Roger.


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12.01.2007 | 00:04

My dear you are awesome. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking time out of your schedule to go down adn see those children. Not only did they have the power to strive on but they had more of an insipiration to achieve anything because
09.01.2007 | 14:40
This is really lovely. You are more than a Tennis superstar. We need more of you in this world.
08.01.2007 | 15:52
Dear Roger
I am really proud of being part of your site. you are an excellent person and i will see you in the next grand slam in Australia when you will win of course!!
I love you, i`m your fan!!!
I wish you answer me. (magelaypablo@hotmail.com)
07.01.2007 | 09:02
hey roger...i kno i'm really really late 2 comment in dis but i HAD 2 tell u dat it was simply amazing 4 ev1 in india 2 have u down here n sho ur support 2 these kids....u r truly an idol...hope u liked india n will cum back (plz visit pune.....!!!!!!!!)
06.01.2007 | 16:16
to roger your you have an immense heart

congratulations your you are the best one of all

Peace and love!!!
06.01.2007 | 14:54
Dear Roger,
Wish you a very HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR. I am sad that I couldn't get a chance to meet you when you visited India. But I hope to meet you some day. Hope you win all the four grand slams this year and win the French open trophy which is
03.01.2007 | 20:12
dear roger its been a great pleasure or whole country. because u came her for a noble cause.
keep this type of nature in future....
03.01.2007 | 16:31
hey Rog.....how much did u like my land?....
02.01.2007 | 15:30
dear Roger
your really a great man a gentleman... i can't say in words but your this work is what that not every man specially sportmen or actors do.... God bless u Roger
02.01.2007 | 15:29
dear Roger
your really a great man a gentleman... i can't say in words but your this work is what that not every man specially sportmen or actors do.... God bless u Roger
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