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11159Fwd: Appeal for Toys and Sewing Machines for Refugee Children and Women in Hyderabad

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  • Thiagarajan Arunachalam
    Mar 5, 2014
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      From: COVA network <covanetwork@...>
      Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
      Subject: Appeal for Toys and Sewing Machines for Refugee Children and Women in Hyderabad
      To: COVA_Hyd <covanetwork@...>

      Dear all,

      There are about 2000 refugees from 11 different countries (Somalia, Sudan, Erithria, Myanmar, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, etc.) residing in Hyderabad. Refugees are those who are forced to leave their countries due to persecution and threat to their lives on grounds of ethnicity, race, religion or ideologies. Most refugees in Hyderabad are very poor, semi-literate and living in pathetic conditions.


      COVA has been working as the implementation partner in Hyderabad of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) since 2010. COVA helps the refugees in preparation of legal documentation, linkages with the Home Ministry, provision of education, health and livelihood support.


      As part of its support programs for refugees, COVA has started 2 preschools for Refugee children between 3 to 6 years and proposes to start adult literacy and vocational training programs for the refugee women.


      We appeal for donation of toys and sports material for two preschools and 5 sewing machines in working condition for the ladies of the refugee community for their skill development. We also seek monetary donations to support the preschool, vocational training center and provide other assistance to the refugees in areas of education for children between 6 to 14 years, health care, skill development and job placements. All donations to COVA are entitled to 50% tax exemption under Section 80 (G) of Income Tax Laws of Government of India.


      Our representatives will be happy to contact you to collect all material or donations.


      Please contact:

      COVA: 20-4-10, Charminar, Hyderabad

      Phone:040-24572984, 9346238430

      Email: covanetwork@...

      Or Kiran Kumar, Program Officer



      COVA (Confederation of Voluntary Associations), is a national network of voluntary organisations working for communal harmony in India and peace in South Asia. One of the very few organisations that has operations from grassroots initiatives to international policy interventions, COVA is engaged in training 15,000 children, youth and women in the city of Hyderabad (India) for responsible citizenship and effective social activism; collaborations with over 1000 organisations at the national level to promote communal harmony in India and secure governance from grassroots; advocacy with the state and national governments for pro-poor and sustainable policies;  networking with organisations across South Asia to facilitate better understanding and peace in the region through increased people to people contacts; and engagement with multilateral bodies like the United Nations Organisation, G20, OIC and others for structural transformations of the world order to make society  more equitable, sustainable, just and peaceful.