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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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24.12.2006 | 10:05
Thanks Roger, for making it to India in your time off and helping for the right cause.
Wish I could see you in person.
24.12.2006 | 09:22
dear roger
i am glad that u r in my country helping the affected. wish u good luck for ur next tournament
24.12.2006 | 08:42
Roger,
You are the man. Its really nice to see that you spent sometime in India in the Tsunami affected areas. To tell you the fact, no major sports personality of India had visited those places and you made it with UNICEF.
You stand Head and S
24.12.2006 | 07:54
rogi...............it's sooooooo nice to see u in my native country. thnx for coming & spreading smile which lasted for miles n miles .... hope 2 see u again n again in my hindustan...........gud luck...
24.12.2006 | 06:51
hey feds... ur visit to the tsunami victims here was great im sure u hav given the children inspiration for a lifetime....i wish the world has more sportsmen like u...
i read in the paper thet u are interested in paricipating at the chennai open in 2008.
24.12.2006 | 06:50
hey feds... ur visit to the tsunami victims here was great im sure u hav given the children inspiration for a lifetime....i wish the world has more sportsmen like u...
i read in the paper thet u are interested in paricipating at the chennai open in 2008.
24.12.2006 | 05:55
roegr!!!!
what can i say?? u're perfect in simply every angle!!!!.....thanks a lot for coming to india roger!!! that too for such a good cause!!!!!!!
once again ,thankyou roger!!!!!!!!
(p.s) yesterday was a pleasure meeting u roger!!!!,u're the best!!!
24.12.2006 | 04:50
Roger: you're so big, so high, so human.
I wish you a Merry Merry Xtmas. together with your family.
I read that you enjoyed playing cricket! :)
24.12.2006 | 03:37
Mirka must be taking all of these pictures? Good job, girl!
24.12.2006 | 03:12
My dear Rog (Leo). Happy holiday season to you and your close ones. May G-d Bless you all for many healthy, happy, and meaningful years.

I am very proud of you, Rog. I love the way you give back to people, particularly, to children. You understand