Annual Report of Vidiyel Trust for the Period 2007 – 2008
By November 5, 2007, Vidiyel Trust is successfully completing a decade. The major activities started from year 2002, and within a short span of five years Vidiyel Trust has been able to bring out transitional changes in its organisation working pattern in social mobilisation, and implementation of developmental programmes through participatory approaches. In spite of its financial crises, it strived in promoting women and men self-help groups among the poor families and assisted them to gain capacity on concern trade skill sets and making slow revolution in initiating community development programmes with the support of magnanimous NRIs. In the fiscal year 2007-08, the major activities promoted are sustainable education and livelihood programme for people in Vembar and Periyasamipuram Panchayats with the support of India Literacy Project, free coaching centre for enhancing the basic quality education of the rural schooling children with the support of AIMS-India, skill development programme initiatives for women self-help groups with the assistance of NABARD and imparting trainings through newly formed women SHGs with the support of Tamilnadu Women Development Corporation. A core activity in the year 2007 is the initiation of Bharathiar Community Centre to promote sustainable developmental opportunities for the rural masses of Vilathikulam Union and in the long run the centre will be a pooling resource for them to get sustained development. At Sankarankovil with the support of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) the self-help group members availed economic assistance to a tune of Rs.55 lakhs as well as assistance for skill development training. Vidiyel at the end of a decade had taken a mile in reaching out the rural communities and yet it has to travel miles further in working with a large section of the poor people across Vilathikulam, Kovilpatti and Sankarankovil regions, for their perfect development. Financial constraint stands as a barrier in making big stride in bring collective action among the rural masses for achieving collective sustainable development.
Dr. K. Jothimony
INDIA LITERACY PROJECT
- EDUCATION INTERVENTION
- Child Development Centres
Ten Child Development Centres (CDCs) are running in 6 villages of Vembar and Periyasamipuram panchayats. These centres opened at the evening hours for the convenience of the schooling children. In these CDCs the teachers are providing clarity on the basic doubts on regular school subjects. Children with poor learning abilities are identified and special attention were paid to their educational development. Ten Children Parliaments were formed to federate the children to enable their participation in discharging their powers and duties as Ministers in the fields of education, health, sports, environment, law and public relation. Inputs on child rights, general knowledge and current affairs are provided constantly in the regular sessions.
List of Students and Teachers in Child Development Centres
|S.No||Name of the Place||Teacher Name||Boys||Girls||Total|
|9||Vadakku Seval||Mukkadal Petchi||27||14||41|
Inputs Rendered for CDCs
- Supplied teaching aid materials to all CDCs in the first term of ILP-2007.
- Imparted Activity Based Learning (ABL) to the children in the CDCs.
- Educated the children on basic science and mathematics through local available resources.
- 10 Trained CDC teachers taught regular school subjects and in the promotion of active learning methods to increase the learning interests among the target children.
- Strengthening the Local Schools
|CDC Operational Areas|
|S. No.||Villages||No. of CDCs|
||Geetha Nagar (Vembar)||1|
As Vembar Higher Secondary School had teaching staff shortage, Vidiyel Trust with the support of ILP provided a volunteer teacher to impart regular classroom teaching. She is involved in taking classes for middle level education. Training was imparted to the school teachers to gain innovative teaching skills and to create a creative thinking among the students. Educational scholarship of an amount of Rs.1000 each for 30 students was given.
Inputs Rendered for Strengthening of the Local Schools
- Provided capacity building for school teachers on new methods of assessing children’s educational performance with standardised tools.
- A paid volunteer teacher provided to the Vembar Higher Secondary School to fill the gap of the teacher inadequacy.
- Educational scholarship presented to 30 economically weaker schooling children to boost their educational aspiration and learning in the month of June 2007.
|S.No||Name of the Student||Village|
- Career Guidance Training
Tenth and twelfth standard students of Vembar Higher Secondary School were imparted career guidance to make wise educational decisions for their future prosperity. In this concern 2 career guidance programmes were conducted separately. Educators were invited as resource persons to provide valuable inputs on the present educational and occupational trends. Resource materials on various educational courses and institutions were distributed to them.
Inputs Rendered for Career Guidance Training
- Imparted 2 career guidance trainings in the month of November 13, 2007 in the morning and afternoon respectively.
- Distributed resource materials on various educational courses and institutions rendering such courses to the participants.
- Two resource persons handled the sessions and rendered inputs on job availability for various higher education courses, trends in job market and the present necessity to succeed in availing a good job and stressed on the interpersonal communication skills and the level of confidence in facing the interview panels.
- Mobilised 150 children to participate in the career guidance programme.
- COMMUNITY MOBILISATION
- Community Meetings
Four community meetings for parents and community members were organised at the 6 villages were the CDC functioning. In these meetings the roles and responsibilities of the parents in educating their children at home were deliberated elaborately. The child rights concept of right to survival, right to development, right to protection and right to participation, was educated in the meetings. In furtherance, economic activities of the families were discussed to enhance their livelihood.
Inputs Rendered for Community Meetings
- Organised 8 community meetings in Panchayapuram, Vembar, Periyasamipuram and Vadakuseval in the month of February, March, April, June, September, October, November and December 2007.
- Importance on education and the necessity of the communities’ involvement was discussed in detail in each community meeting.
- Teachers were presented in each meeting to share their views on education and about the current system of educational values.
- In each meeting on average 25 members were mobilised.
School enrolment drive in the form of rally was conducted from Vadukkuseval Primary School to Bus Stand. Mrs. Sivalingammal flagged off the rally, all the school children of the Vadukkuseval primary school participated in it and shouted on the need for compulsory education for children and about the child rights. On the same day afternoon a similar rally was held at Rayapapuram in which the Headmaster of the school flagged off it and all the children of the Rayappapuram school participated in the event. In the month of November 2007 Vidiyel Trust organised a rally at Periyasamipuram, where more than 250 participated in it. The rally went through the streets of Periysamipuram village with flagging off by the President of the Periyasamipuram panchayat.
Inputs Rendered for Rally
- Organised 3 rallies in Vadukkuseval, Rayappapuram and Periyasamipuram.
- Mobilised 375 children to participate in the rallies.
- Placards, posters and banners were displayed that carried messages on child rights’ education.
- Panchayat leaders, Headmasters, school teachers, Vidiyel-ILP project staff and village level key members participated in the rallies.
- In the rallies focuses were on demanding the right to education and prevention of school dropouts and eradication of child labour.
- Training for Child Rights Club
The 10 CDC teachers were imparted 9 days training to capacitate them to provide innovative teaching methods and to create creative thinking among t he students. The programme was held in collaboration with AIMS India, where Mr. Ariharasuthan, Project Coordinator, AIMS India was the chief resource person. The training specifically concentrated on joyfull learning for students and to promote scientific way of thinking and in facilitating the students has original and creative thinkers. Vidiyel Trust in joint venture with VEMBU initiated child rights training to all children’s clubs. School enrolment of children in the ages of 6 to 14 years for compulsory education and children rights were the main focus of the training.
DETAILS ON MINISTERS OF CHILDREN PARLIAMENTS
|Centre: Vembar 1|
|Muthumari||Vembar 1||Member of Parliament|
|Prince||Vembar 1||Member of Parliament|
|Pradeep Gnana Raj||Vembar 1||Chief Minister|
|Selvi||Vembar 1||Education Minister|
|Arun Thangam||Vembar 1||Finance Minister|
|Cherma Durai||Vembar 1||Health Minister|
|Sudha||Vembar 1||External Affairs|
|Mahalingam||Vembar 1||Law Minister|
|Murugavel||Vembar 1||Sports and Games Minister|
|Centre: Vembar 2|
|Valli||Vembar 2||Member of Parliament|
|Saveri Muthu||Vembar 2||Member of Parliament|
|Banu Priya||Vembar 2||Chief Minister|
|Daniel||Vembar 2||Education Minister|
|Rose Manikam||Vembar 2||Finance Minister|
|Amudha||Vembar 2||Health Minister|
|Arokiya Rani||Vembar 2||External Affairs|
|Anthony Packiam||Vembar 2||Law Minister|
|Samuel||Vembar 2||Sports and Games Minister|
|Centre: Periyasamipuram 1|
|Pavala Marian||Periyasamipuram1||Member of Parliament|
|Sesu||Periyasamipuram1||Member of Parliament|
|Jeba Praha||Periyasamipuram1||Education Minister|
|Sandiya Gnana Edison||Periyasamipuram1||Sports and Games Minister|
|Centre: Periyasamipuram 2|
|Selvam||Periyasamipuram2||Member of Parliament|
|Stepan||Periyasamipuram2||Member of Parliament|
|Valan Arasan||Periyasamipuram2||Finance Minister|
|Mikkel Packiya Mary||Periyasamipuram2||Health Minister|
|Jeba||Periyasamipuram2||Sports and Games Minister|
Inputs Rendered for Child Rights Training
- Imparted about the rights of the children to increase the conscience among the children clubs members.
- Mobilised 10 children’s clubs members to participate in the trainings.
- Child Rights Activists addressed the training programmes and highlighted the issues that affect the children.
- Capacity Building to CDC Teachers
The CDC teachers were imparted a 10-days training on Activity Based Learning (ABL) and they were trained on teaching basic science with the local available materials and to improve their memory capacity by adopting good social habits.
Inputs Rendered for Capacity Building of CDC Teachers
- Organised 10 days training at Kovilpatti.
- Resource persons from AIMS India imparted training to the CDC teachers.
- 10 CDC teachers and crèche teacher participated in the programme.
- Resource materials were distributed to the participant teachers.
- Early Childhood Development Centre (Crèche)
Twenty five children in the ages of 1 to 5 years are taken care in the crèche at Periyasamipuram village. Daily activities include rhymes, picture learning on objects, types of natural scenarios, table teaching and social habits. Monthly parent-teacher meeting held at the crèche to review the physical and mental growth of the children and about the future programme needed to enhance the educational development of the children. Independence Day, Children’s Day and Republic Day were observed and the children showcased their cultural performance. New Year and Pongal Celebrations were held to boost the learning interest of the tender children. Teaching aid materials at the start of the academic year 2007 were presented to the crèche.
Inputs Rendered for ECDC
- Provided teaching aid materials in the first term of the ILP project 2007.
- Conducted parents-teachers meet once in a quarter.
- Celebrated the National Days with the participation of the children.
- Conducted regular crèche activities on improvising the daily activity skills of the children.
- Catered the children with nutritional foods on all working days.
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMMES
Since1997, Vidiyel Trust has been striving hard to ameliorate the conditions of the weaker sections of the society through planned process and special focus. In order to give impetus to its efforts, Vidiyel Trust has made necessary efforts to improve the economic conditions of the most disadvantaged and deprived sections of the society. The unequal distribution is, if not eliminated, substantially reduced and the socially disadvantaged and marginalised sections of the Society are able to enhance their skills and capacities for ensuring their development and integration into the mainstream. Hitherto, the Vidiyel Staff of Vilathikulam, Kovilpatti and Sankarankovil strived off in forming 78 new self-help groups and now 262 groups are functioning. In this connection we have collaborated with Tamil Nadu Women Development Corporation and they have sanctioned various welfare measures to enhance their living conditions. In this financial Year we have received the following programmes from District Rural Development Agency for improvement of SHGs for Vilathikulam, Kovilpatti and Sankarankovil areas.
Trainings to newly formed SHGs : 10 groups
Trainings to earlier SHGs : 5 groups
Revolving fund : Rs. 7, 00,000
Economic loan : Rs. 5, 00,000
List of Groups Provided Economic Assistance
|S.No||Name of the SHG||Economic Assistance Amount Sanctioned (Rs.)|
|14||Valar – men SHG||240000|
NABARD SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Photography and Photo Lamination Training
Vidiyel Trust with the assistance of NABARD has commenced skill development initiative on Photography and Photo lamination training programme in Vilathikulam on 5th November 2007. The project monitoring committee had finalised eligible trainees to undergo this training by conducting the personal interview on 25th October 2007 and selected 30 women residing in Vilathikulam block.
On the inaugural day began with prayer song by the participants. Afterwards, Vidiyel trust Manager has welcomed all the distinguished guests, Dr. K. Jothimony, Executive Director of Vidiyel Trust has briefed about the purpose of the training and the opportunities for women to become as successful entrepreneurs. Fr. Rico, Director, VEMBU, has spoken about the new area in which you are going to trained and wished all to become winners in the real life. Mr. Bharath Kumar, AGM, NABARD, has mentioned about the successful stories about Reliance group and expressed the service values the participants have to adhere after the completion of the training. Finally, Mr. Thomas, Field Coordinator gave vote of thanks to all the participants. After the inaugural session, the resource person, Mr. Solai, Photo Technician was introduced to AGM, NABARD.
Mr. Solai expressed that the women’s involvement among the micro enterprising and he has explained about the whole process of Photography and Photo lamination, and how much is the investment for starting a photography profession and how much income you can earn from this business. Then he has made a demonstration on how to hold the camera and take snaps in various perspectives. After that he has asked all the participants to do on their own. And he has noted certain comments on their procedures.
The training was conducted for 20 days consecutively. Everyday the session started at 9.30 am and continued till 1 pm and in the after the participants were put into practical applications from 2 pm to 4.30 pm. The following topics were covered in it:
- About the camera models. i.e. How many models are there, the present models , and explained to them how to hold camera, How to take a photo , how to do focus in different environment.
- Different shutter speeds with regard to the lightings and to the motion and made them to capture photos by adopting the speed he mentioned.
- More advantages on digital cameras and gave examples to make them to understand very clearly.
- Aim and shoot pictures.
- Techniques to be adopted in flash.
- About the type of films used in different situation and how to load it.
- Fixing photo shots.
- About the function of Zoom and how to focus the person who stands in front of the camera.
- How to convert the negative into photo.
- About the developing process and cutting and finishing.
- Cost of developing charges.
- Uses of computer in photography. With a system he made them to understand the different options available before developing the photos and also how to adjust a shot by using different modes.
- How to copy the same in compact disc or in a pen drive to have a print out.
- Laminating the photos and the substances to be used in lamination and method to its pressing.
- About on video coverage for social functions – battery usage, handling the video camera, standing position, focusing of light and recording.
- Marketing skills.
The participants were put into practice to gain application in each aspect of the training components in specific to operate a camera, fixing an image, using flashlight, developing negative and photo finishing with lamination.
Initially, pre-evaluation test was conducted for the participants to assess their photo skills and the report showed poor knowledge and application on the photography professional. At the end of the training programme post-evaluation test was held and in which most (85%) of the participants scored high marks that tested their photography knowledge and practical application.
Inputs Rendered for Photography Trade Development
- Mobilised 30 women from Vilathikulam block to participate in the training programme.
- Arranged an expert in the profession of photography as the trainer of the programme.
- Arranged venue for conducting the training programme.
- Supplied digital cameras, video camera, computer system, printer and lamination materials for demonstration and practical usages.
- Distributed resource material to the participants for the training.
- Handed over business plan to all the participants to carry out the photography profession.
Vidiyel Trust with the assistance of NABARD has commenced skill development initiative on Beautician training programme for women in Kovilpatti from November 1, 2007 onwards. The project monitoring committee had finalised eligible trainees to undergo this training by conducting the personal interview on 18th October 2007 and selected 20 women residing in Kovilpatti block.
On November 1, 2007 the beautician training programme started on with an official inauguration, in which the chief guests were Mr. Bharat Kumar, AGM, NABARD and Mr. Selvaraj, Regional Manager, Pandian Grama Bank. On the opening speech, Mr.Bharat Kumar raised its doubts on the profession of beautician but after looking into the Kovilpatti and the participation of the women in the programme, he strongly accentuated that the scope of carrying the beautician trade is wide. Mr. Selvaraj in his deliverance encouraged the participants that the beautician profession has good demand in marriage ceremonies, temple festivals and in other social events. Moreover, most of the women in the modernized trend tend towards beautifying themselves and he strongly suggested those who are interested to in this profession could approach him for loan to generate income through it. Mr. Thiyagu, Programme Coordinator gave welcome speech and Mr. Samuel Shamugaiya, Community Organiser gave vote of thanks. The training sessions were handled by the resource person in the field of beautician, Ms. Sangeetha.
The training was conducted for 30 days consecutively. Everyday the session started at 9.30 am and continued till 1 pm and in the after the participants were put into practical applications from 2 pm to 4.30 pm. The following topics were covered by Ms. Sangeetha in grooming the participants on the beautician aspects:
- Hair cutting for ladies.
- Hair cutting for children.
- About Pedicure
- About Manicure
- Bleaching and facial
- Henna appliance
- Melana hand and feet appliance
- Making eyebrows
- Hair dressing
- Hair style
- Bridle makeup
- Herbal beauty treatment
- Marketing strategies
- Account Keeping
The participants were put into practice to gain application in each aspect of the training components in specific to hair cutting, facial bleaching, hair dressing, bridal make up, henna appliance and hair style. The participants were provided resource materials on the beautician components, benefits of each item, process technique, ingredients used, application on different type of skins, care to be taken upon the diabetic people and availability of raw materials and the process of making certain herbal beauty products at home.
Initially, pre-evaluation test was conducted for the participants to assess their skills and the report showed poor knowledge and application on beautician. At the end of the training programme post-evaluation test was held and in which most (92%) of the participants scored high marks that tested their beautician course knowledge and practical application.
Inputs Rendered for Beautician Training
- Mobilised 20 women from Kovilpatti block to participate in the beautician training programme.
- Arranged an expert in the profession of beautician as the trainer of the programme.
- Arranged venue for conducting the training programme.
- Supplied make up sets for hair cutting, dressing and bridal make up, facial creams for bleaching, herbal products, henna and Mehana.
- Distributed resource materials to the participants for the training.
- Handed over business plan to all the participants to carry out the beautician profession.
Fish Pickle Making Training
We have identified willing SHG members from different groups in an around Vembar union and about 30 members have participated .Vidiyel Trust Manager Mr. Thiyagu has welcomed all the participants, Resource Persons & Director. In the welcome address he has mentioned about the purpose of this training and its effectiveness towards the change in your lifestyle. Then our Director Dr. K. Jothimony has narrated the value of Fish Pickles in our day to day life and its demands in the global market.Also he has expressed his willingness to find appropriate market for the groups who are going to prepare Fish Pickles for big business.
After his speech Mr. A.M.J. Ravi from Jecho Fish Pickles Nazereth, has introduced himself and he has shared the women’s involvement among the micro enterprising and he has explained about the whole process of Fish Pickles, and what are the varieties of Fish pickles, where we can get the Fish for grounding of pickles , what are the fishes we can use for the pickles ,and the cost of manufacture and how much income you can earn from this business.
Season :- Mr. Ravi has appreciated Vidiyel Trust for organizing this training programme for SHG members in the right season. Normally the cost of fish will be less during rainy season. When more fishes arrive in the market at that time you can purchase more fishes at low cost for making pickles.
Varieties: –He has explained 4 particular varieties which can we prepare effortlessly. Fish pickles, Dry Masala Fish , Prawn Pickles , Garlic Pickles and Tomato pickles.
Production Cost :- He has informed that, in which places they can purchase the fish at low cost. The area’s which is close to the seaside like Vembar, Rameshwaram & Tuticorin. Then he explained about the process of Fish Pickles with the necessary tools required and hygienic steps to be followed. He stressed these procedure has to be followed very strictly at the time of preparation otherwise all your effort and product will become useless. Then he has made a demonstration first. After that he has asked all the participants to do on their own. And he has noted certain comments on their procedures.
Income :- Lastly he has explained about the Income of Fish Pickles according to their storage capacity and marketing skills.
- The Second day session was chaired by Mr. Sudarshan from Rass Academy. He has explained about the preparation of Garlic pickles and Tomato pickles.
- The Third Day session was chaired by Mr. Victor ILP Coordinator from Bangalore. He has explained about the marketing skills to be adopted. And he has quoted some success stories of this field from other SHG members.
- The Fourth Day session was chaired by Mr. Mohan from Nazareth.he has explicated, how to manage the accounts for this business, how the peoples are involved in this trade etc.
- The Fifth Day all the participants went to Vembar sea shore to watch the ongoing practices of how to buy the Fishes and what type of fishes to be procure for Fish Pickles.
- The last two days preparation of Fish Pickles value added products. like Dry Masala Fish , Iral Fish Pickles , Garlic Pickles and Tomato pickles were trained by Mr.Ravi
We have identified willing SHG members from different groups in an around Kovilpatti union and about 34 members have participated .Vidiyel Trust Manager Mr. Thiyagu has welcomed all the participants, Resource Persons & Director of Vidiyel Trust. In the welcome address he has mentioned about the purpose of this training and its effectiveness towards the change in your lifestyle. Then our Director Dr. K. Jothimony has narrated the value of Mushroom in our day to day life and its demands in the global market.Also he has expressed his willingness to find appropriate market for the groups who are going to cultivate Mushroom.
Then Mrs.Vijayalakshmi Psycho consultant has shared the women’s involvement among the micro enterprising. And also if the SHG members have any family problem and any issue then she will ready to help at any moment.
After her speech Mr. Kaliraj the Development Officer of SCAD KVK has introduced himself and he has explained about the whole process of Mushroom cultivation i.e in which season is suitable for Mushroom cultivation, and what are the varieties of Mushroom, and How much protein is there in Mushroom, where we can get the seed for Mushroom cultivation and the cost of production and how much profit you can earn for this business.
Season :- He has appreciated Vidiyel Trust for organizing this training in the right season. Normally Mushroom cultivation will take place in the winter season. During summer we can also have the harvest by adopting some cooling methods like, covering the room or area, by having gunny bags which sprayed with water every know and then.
Varieties: – He has mentioned that there are more than 3000 varieties and most of them are non consumable i.e more or less poisons which we cann’t use for our daily life. Then he has explained 4 particular varieties which can we grow in our environment. i.e Chippi, Milky, Vaikol Mushroom & Paneer . And also he has narrated the values of proteins present in Mushroom, and these proteins are more or less equal to chicken or mutton .And he has advised to consume these items to minimize your expense.
Seeds & Production Cost :- He has informed that, CO1 & CO2 varieties are developed by Coimbatore Agriculture University, APK variety developed by Aruppukotai Research Centre & MKU developed by Madurai Agricultural University. All these varieties are available from the respective agri-centres by paying the cost of seeds in advance. Then he explained about the process of Mushroom cultivation with the necessary tools required and hygienic steps to be followed. He stressed these procedure has to be followed very strictly at the time of cultivation otherwise all your effort and product will become useless. Then he has made a demonstration first. After that he has asked all the participants to do on their own. And he has noted certain comments on their procedures.
Income:- Lastly he has explained about the Income of Mushroom cultivation according to their storage capacity and marketing skills.
- The Second day session was chaired by Mr. Stephen from SCAD KVK. He has explained about the outdoor Mushroom cultivation and how to use the waste Mushroom by using it in the agricultural practices.
- The Third Day session was chaired by Mr. Mohan from Nazareth. He has explained about the marketing skills to be adopted. And he has quoted some success stories of this field from other SHG members.
- The Fourth Day session was chaired by Mr. Mohan from Nazareth. He has explicated, how to manage the accounts for this business, how the peoples are involved in this trade etc.
- The Fifth Day all the participants went to KVK centre to watch the ongoing practices in the Mushroom cultivation field.
- The last two days preparation of Mushroom value added products. like Mushroom Fry, Mushroom egg, Mushroom Omlet, Mushroom Soup, Mushroom Pickle & Mushroom Biriyani, where trainined by Mrs. Sumadhi from SCAD KVK.
AIMS INDIA – FREE COACHING CENTRE
India’s rural areas have been left behind in the wake of high growth in cities. One cause of rural poverty is the inability for children in rural areas to obtain basic education. While schools do exist in rural India, many children are not able to attend because they are needed instead to earn money for their families by working in factories or fields. Without a foundation of basic education, these children are trapped in a life of hard labor and barely sustainable wages. India’s rural youth have the potential to contribute to and share in the growth of their country. Yet due to low quality education, many young Indians graduate from school without the basic skill sets necessary to gain employment and pursue higher education.
Vidiyel Trust is committed to raise the level of education and literacy in rural India and help disadvantaged children realize their full potential. The project seeks to ensure quality education for children in rural areas in order to create equal opportunities for them to participate in and benefit from India’s economic growth. With English, computer-based education, complemented by innovative methods for the overall development and blossoming of each student, Vidiyel Trust schools empower rural children to meet future challenges. Vidiyel Trust strives to carry out its vision while preserving the identities, origins and cultures of rural communities
Vidiyel Trust with the support of AIMS India has chosen the following villages for imparting education through 27 free coaching centres: Pillaiyarnatham, Velidupatti, Singlipatti, Ariyanayagipuram, Kumara Sakkanapuram, Thangamalpuram, Guruvarpatti, Kodangipatti, Kotanatham, Vedapatti, Salisettipatti, O. Lakshmi Narayanapuram, Poosanur, Kammapatti, Atrangkarai, Keelashanmugapuram, Kumara Subramaniapuram, Ponnaiyapuram, Puliyamkulam and Karisalkulam.
Vidiyel Trust in the fiscal period 2007-08, it has geared up to 23 centres and we are thankful to AIMS India (Boston Chapter) to support the centre activities. In the reporting period the range of activities executed are:
Regular FCC Events
The rural students after school hours come to the centres for learning (4.30 pm to 6.30 pm), the teachers for an hour taught regular school syllabus and in between they conducted ice breaking
games to boost their morale towards learning. Then for half an hour they use to read and write the lessons learned in the hour. Eventually, vocabulary building exercise in English, Tamil and Hindi is done regularly.
Supply of education materials
Teaching materials were issued to the FCC students in the month of June 2007. Books, newspapers, magazines were supplied to develop reading habits of the rural students at early ages.
Sports and Cultural Events
FCC students at weekends were allowed to participate in the indoor and outdoor games. Folk dance, songs, competitions were conducted regularly. On Independence Day cultural programme was conducted.
In the month of August 2007, competitions were conducted in Velidupatti, Ariyanayagipuram and Kalkumi. The winners were presented with valuable prizes.
Capacity Building for Teachers
10-days capacity building programme was held at Vidiyel Office in Kovilpatti The teachers were imparted training on basic science with tool kits in right direction and the methods to be adopted in imparting joyful learning without any out of focus on the education issue.
The teachers regularly made visits to the students’ houses, who perform very badly in the examinations and they were provided guidance for their education improvement.
Once in a quarter in each parents-teachers meets were held and in which issues that blocks the education of the children are discussed and in each meeting the Vidiyel staff were present. Number of students and they are tuned to read the books which has become habitual for them.
VILLAGE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE
Vidiyel Trust made elaborate arrangements for the NRI visits to many villages of Vilathikulam region. Due to drizzling they could not visit all the villages. However they visited villages like Kuraliyampatti, Keelavilathikulam, pilliyarnatham,Veludupatti, and Kalkumi. In all these villages they made a study about the living style, children’s health, Children’s education and women conditions. Finally, they lauded the services of Dr.K.Jothimony, Executive Director of Vidiyel Trust, for his dedicated and committed services in working with the poor rural masses of Vilathikulam for their upliftment.
In the year 2007, the Bharathiar Community Centre (BCC) was planned to develop a model village with pooling resources to fulfil the communities requirements such as water, food and energy and paving way for community leadership and community-managed ownership and eventually to bring out a social concern among NRI across the globe to make them involve as committed catalyst agent in the rural transformation. With this framework, the BCC planning was structured at Kuralayampatti. Dr.K. Jothimony provided 13 acres of his private land for lease for 15 years to BCC Trust. The activities carried out in the first phase of the BCC activities are:
- Rainwater harvesting promoted in the centre by digging one large pond and one small pond. The theme behind the digging of two ponds is to divert the overflow of large pond toward the small pond. The water source from large pond is being used for watering the plants.
- Raised nursery with nets, in one acre of the 13-acre dry land, for water conservation and high productivity. The intention of the nursery is to distribute the yiielded saplings to the nearby village people for promotion of sustainable environment.
- With the expertise of Prof. Rudra Radhya of Mysore, it was planned for sustainable agriculture promotion in one-acre available land. Since most of the marginal farmers of Vilathikulam are having one acre of land it was proposed to promote the farming system of cultivating different crops. It was studied that a single family can manage the farm without hiring personnel. Hence, the family generates an income of Rs.35000 per year. Two farmers have agreed as the tenants of BCC and rightly they have been engaged in working on one-acre farm plot to nurture and grow the crops and plants in the BCC.
- The IIT alumni Madhavan is experimenting in devising a simple non-mechanised techniques to reduce the physical drudgery of the farmers by bending down and picking the weed or squatting on the ground while at work. In this regard, Madhavan is testing the methods to perform the task of seeding, fertilizing and crop harvesting at physical ease and enabling for high yield of crop productivity.
Focussed work in Bharathiar Community Centre in Upcoming Period
Major activities to implement in BCC are as follows:
- Development of crops based on regionally differentiated strategy
- Development of Horticultural crops
- Adequate and timely delivery of core inputs
- Integrated Pest Management
- Greater use of bio-fertilizers and bio-technology
- National Agricultural Technology Project
- Rained farming and Watershed Management
- Soil and Water Conservation
- Animal Husbandry and dairying
- Development of fisheries
- Agricultural research and education
- Development of Human resources.
With the support of grant-in-aid of National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune, Vidiyel Trust organized 2 days naturopathy programme on 21st and 22nd June 2007 at Vilathikulam and 18th and 19th August 2007 at Kovilpatti respectively. For the programme at Vilathikulam, 40 women group members participated and at Kovilpatti, 76 women group members turned on.
The main objectives of the scheme are to create and increase awareness among the community about the preventive, promotive and curative aspects of Naturopathy, its cost effectiveness, easy adoptability and benefits for prevention and treatment of common ailments. The scheme is intended to create an interest particularly in looking after basic primary health care needs and attain health self sufficiency through Naturopathy & Yoga. Dr.G.P.Janarson B.N.Y.S P.G(Yoga) and Dr.Soundra Pandiyan B.N.Y.S, were the resource persons and imparted technical aspects on naturopathy.
Dr. G.P.Janarson B.N.Y.S P.G (Yoga) taught yoga and exercises to participants of the programme. All the participants showed their involvement and practised yoga and exercises with Dr.G.P.Janarson. He explained about the significance of various ayurvedic baths and healing techiques. Purposes of every exercise and the exact time to perform those exercises were explained to the participants.
Dr.Soundra Pandiyan B.N.Y.S explained various factors about nutrition and health. The nutrient value in each food was illustrated to the participants with the faciliation of a flipchart. All natural foods like Green dhal, fresh fruits, dry fruits and vegetables were prepared and served to the participants.
All participants enjoyed the two days programme and learnt a lot about diseases and how to cure it using naturopathy exercises and yoga. Participants in the programme learnt about natural foods and its nutrient value. All SHG members participated in the training and thanked the Doctors and Vidiyel Trust for arranging such a very useful training.
VIDIYEL TRUST WOULD LIKE TO THANK ))))))))))))))))))
India Literacy Project, Bangalore
AIMS-India, Boston Chapter
National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune
Tamilnadu Women Development Corporation
District Rural Development Agency, Thoothukudi
Block Development Office, Vilathikulam
Block Development Office, Kovilpatti
Block Development Office, Kayathar
Block Development Office, Sankarankovil
Block Development Office, Pudhur
NRI Home Coming Team
Manager, State Bank of India, Vilathikulam
Manager, Tamilnadu Mercantile Bank, Vilathikulam
Manager, Indian Overseas Bank, Sankarankovil.