On 16th November 2018 Gaja cyclone (a severe cyclonic storm) made a landfall on the coast of Tamil Nadu in the wee hours of Friday. The severe cyclone crossed the coast near Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam with a wind speed of 200 kmph, uprooting most of the coconut trees which is the main source of the agriculturists of the district.
The schools suffered heavy loss of losing all their class rooms, WASH facilities and kitchen meant to provide them Midday meal scheme. NSE Foundation, Mumbai extended fund support to Gramalaya for the rehabilitation of selected 30 schools in Thanjavur and Nagapattinam districts at a cost of Rs.3,20,000 for each school and the total project cost is Rs. 1,30,00,000/-.
To restore the damaged WASH facilities such as toilet complexes, hand washing stations in selected 30 schools. To restore the school buildings which were severely affected by Gaja cyclone in Nagapattinam and Thanjavur districts. To counsel the students for the disaster preparedness and to concentrate on their studies. To provide Behavior Change Communication for using and maintaining the repaired WASH facilities, hygiene education and Menstrual Hygiene Management to the students.