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   Annual Report 2007 - 2008 . . .
CONTENTS


   Introduction
   Vision & Mission
   Awards
  
Honours Conferred
   Children's Programme
   Women's Programme
   Elder's Programme
   Health Programme
 
  Livelihood Programme
 

  lntrodection

Following a terriple fire accident to Scheduled caste residents by upper caste people for demanding a wage increase at Keela Venmani village and to reap the benefits of land reforms, Ms. Ambujam, a Gandhian and disciple of Shri Vinoba Bhave realized that something should be accomplished to ensure equal opportunities to all. Consequently she founded Avvai Village Welfare Society 30 years ago, having in mind the upliftment and empowerment of marginalized groups such as children, women, elders and disasters’ victims.

Since then, Avvai Village Welfare Society has grown to become the biggest organization in Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur districts and one of the most important in Tamil Nadu, thanks to its various accomplishments in favor of the needy. After disaster tsunami affected Nagapattinam, Avvai took up relief and rehabilitation activities.

Avvai runs specific programmes for children, women, elders and special projects. Crèches, child care centre, adoption centre and child development programmes are also being implemented to give children equal opportunity.

Women have been empowered through formation and empowerment of self-help groups, Family Counseling Centre, Short Stay Home and Swadhar Home for deserted women and girls.

Income generation programme, Sponsor -a-Granny programme, Day Care Centre and Home for the Aged programmes have been organized to give love and care to elders.

Health related programmes like HIV/AIDS intervention programme, Out of School Youth programme and De-Addiction programme form part of Avvai’s special programmes which aims at providing awareness to the community.

Strengthening of the self help Group movement through the establishment of Namathu Deepam Mutual Benefit Trust has been a big step forward. Serveral of the Tsunami rehabilitation programmes got completed. AVWS has initiated its activites in the Karaikal District of Puducherry State.

AVWS pays its kind gratitude to all stakeholders especially those who supported us with financial resources and humbly request their contitued support and well wishes.


   Vision Misson

Vision:


Upliftment of the marginalized sections of society in India through supportive services

Mission:


Enhancing equitable and self - sustainable opportunities in the areas of education, health, livelihood, gender, challenged and environment through community based organizations to the marginalised sections including disaster affected.

   Awards
 

State leval Award to Avvai for Excellent performance under SHG-Bank Linkage programme-2006-07 from NABARD.( Avvai retains the State level Award from the year 2000-01)

District level Award to Avvai for Best NGO in Skill Development for SHGs- Thiruvarur-2003-04.

Social Responsibility Award to Avvai for implementing community based programmes for senior citizens from the Excellency Shri.Surjith Sing Barnala, the Governor of Tamil Nadu.

Best performence Award to Avvai for implementing Elders Rehabilitation programme in tsunami affected areas by HelpAge India and NDTV viewers in the year 2006-07.

District Level Manimehali Award to Best SHG-Promoted by Avvai 2007-08.




  Honours confferde 

AVWS has been nominated to the following prestigious Government Committees in recognition of the service rendered by us

  • State Level Organization for Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana.
  • District Level Steering Committee for the Banks, Nagapattinam.
  • District Level Orphanage Committee, Nagapattinam.
  • District Level SGSY Committee, Nagapattinam.
  • Committee member in Child Labor Squad, Nagapattinam.
  • District Project Coordination Comimittee for Mahalir Thittam, Nagapattinam.
  • General Hospital Management Committee, Nagapattinam.
  • Member in Anti-Liquor Committee, Nagapatinam.
  • Committe member for the Elimination of Child Trafficking and Women Prostitution.
  • Governing Bord member, DRDA, Nagapttinam.
  • Advisary Committee for the District Orphanage.
  • Advisory Committee for Control of TB.
  • Service Provider for Domestic Violance Act.

CHILDREN PROGRAMME

   Ilanthalir Adoption Programme

Goal:


Ensuring child rights through safe family habitation for all admitted abandoned and Surrendered Childer following established legal procedures up to the year 2010.

Objectivies:


1.To created care awareness in the community regarding special attention for abanonded and Surrendered children.


2.To ensure care and support system for all admitted abandoned and Surrendered children at samanthanpetai Care Center in the year 2007-08.


3.To network with Government Departments and NGOs for rehabilitation/ adoption of abandoned and Surrendered children through a legal process.

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Impact:

The programme has Succeeded in creating awareness among community on special care to the abandoned and Surrendered. Althose due to procedural reason, no adoption has been carried out during the repording period, the programme as a whole provides couples without children an opportunity to have a contended family.

   Child Protection Project [III Phase]

Goal :


Ensuring rights of children and protection rights through establishment of community based child mesures by the year 2007


Objectives:

  • To capacited 120 Child Wellbeing Committee member about Child protection, Child Rights, Roles and responsibilities of the CWBC in 26 villages of Nagapatinam and Karaikal District by June 2007.
  • To Capacitate 60 peer Education from 26 children, yiuth, Adolescent girls clubs and Goverment teachers about Child protection, Child rights, and guide them to identify child rights issue in 26 villages of Nagapatinam and Karaikal District by June 2007.
  • To Capacitate 180 Self help Group members about Child protection, Child rights in 26 villages of Nagapatinam and Karaikal District by June 2007.
  • To Capatiate 120 Children about Media Skill in 26 villages of Nagapatinam and Karaikal District by June 2007.


Activities:

This Programme was completed by June 2007 and carried out capacity building programme for CWBC members on child protection and child rights. 171 CWBC members participated.
Periodical meeting were held to capaciated peer educators, youth, adulescent girls clubs and on child and on child protection and child rights and guide them to identify child right issues in all villages of Nagapatinam and Karaikal District.
71 self help groups members and 55 Government Teachers were oriented on child rights and its protection.
Media Skill Training was provided to 70 boys and 36 girls and they benefited in Radio Program, Puppet Show, Street Theatre, Printing, Comics and photography.

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Impact:


The activities initiated in the previous year were strenthened through various capacity building programme. Various section of society such as Government teachers, adolescent girls, children and youth are now well equipped to identify child right violation and implement child protection measures.


   Nagapatinam Childline-1098 . . .

Goal :


Facilitate the functioning of child helpline 1098 in all the villages to help the children in distress in Nagapattinam District by the year 2012

Objectives :

    To ensure that helpline calls reach the call centre from all the existing 17 panchayats          including private mobile operators by March 2008.

    To provide emergency assistance to children


     To create and sustain awareness about NAGAI CHILDLINE 1098 and its activities through       open houses, publicity materials, linkages, school campaign, SHGs, etc in all the 17       panchayats in one year’s time


     To work in collaboration with allied systems,the NGOs, CBOs, SHGs and CIF(CHILDLINE        India Foundation) etc, to facilitate best service to children in one year’s time.


Activities :

  • During the year Nagapattinam CHILDLINE received a total of 10484 calls, of this 221 were intervention calls which consisted of calls requesting for Medical assistance, Shelter, Sponsorship, Restoration, Abuse, Parents Asking for Help, Childlost, Emotional Support and Guidance, Information Refferral service, etc.
  • Nagapattinam CHILDLINE 1098 had given awareness through community Radio Programme in five villagas namely Villunthamavadi, P>R Puram, Seruthur, Kameswaran, Pudupalli of Kilvelur Block of Nagapattinam District. Approximately the programme covered 12,000 Adults and 4,288 children.
    Nagapatinam CHILDLINE 1098 organised one day capacity Building programme for police personal on JJ Act 2000 and the role and functions of CHILDLINE. Total of 35 Inspecters and 15 Sub-Inspectors were participated in the Programme.

 

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  • Assistance were provided for children by restorati on of truant children to their parents, finding homes and reaching children to their places of residence, taking children to medical centers for treatments, putting them temporarily at short stay Home and obtaining assistance from all the allied systems wherever required. The Child Welfare Committee has played an important role in this. In addition, Childline-1098 identified one Child Sexual Abuse case and made a FIR. Responsibility of protection and rescue activities in this case were in accordance with the JJ Act-2000. Department of social defense sanctioned an amount of Rs.10,000/- as first installment out of RS.25,000/-. This amount was disbursed to the affected Child.
  • Awareness programmes were conducted for 265 PCO owners, 350 auto rishaw drivers, 232 SHGs, 232 General Provision shop owners 221 workers, 2942 School Children, 249 School Teachers, 117-ICDS workers, 74-Village Helth Nurses, 18-District Officials, 6-CWC Members, 18-Hostel Warden / Superintendent, 156- CBO's and 23 NGO's staff.
  • There is an incrersed trend in cases of intervention made by the team members in responding to the calls received. The brake up of intervention calls were; Medical -11, Shelter-16, Restoration -37, Rescue from Abuse -21, Sponsor -22, Childlost-20, Parents Asking Help-14, Information Referral services-56, Emotional Support & Guidance -16.
  • CHILDLINE which is a project of Ministry of Women and Child Development worked closely with the allied systems such as Police, Telecommunication department, hospitals, short stay home, Adoption center Child Welfare Committee, Juvenile Board, Child Secretariat, Department of Labour Welfare and Government and Non Government agency working for the cause of prevention of Child rights violation and promotion of Child Protection measures.


Impact
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The Childline Advisory Board (CAB) headed by the District Collecter had met and this helped the various allied system in the District to focus on the issue of child rights and its violations. Presently, Childline is being used not only by the public but also the NGOs, Government Departments and CBOs such as SHGs in orderr



   Child Development Project

Goal:


Reducing risk to children’s holistic wellbeing , making children’s rights a reality and creating an enabling environment that supports children’s positive development.


Objectives:


To improve reproductive health status of adolescent boys and girls from 40% to 90% in 26 villages of Nagapatinam Karaikal District by 2010.
To reduce prevelance of micronutrient deficiency amoung young children in 26 villages of Nagapatinam and Karaikal District by 2010.
To provide protective, nurturing and stimulating environment to children in the age group of 0-6 years from the present 40% to 80% in 26 villages of Nagapatinam and Karaikal District by 2010.
To increase the children receving quality education by 80% in 26 villages of Nagapatinam and Karaikal Diatorct by 2010.
To increase income level of the 30% families through livelihood activities in 26 villages of Nagapatinam and Karaikal District by 2010.















 

 

 

 

 

Activities

  • Periodical meetings were organized to adolescent girls clubs at village level on RTI/STI in which 200 adolescent girls and women participated. 
  • Four RTI/STI medical camps were conducted and 36 suspected cases were referred to ICTC for testing and treatment.
  • Peer education programmes were conducted for sensitizing the adolescents on HIV/AIDS/STI in which 52 adolescents participated.
  • Conducted exhibitions on RTI/STI in 10 schools. In continuation of the exhibition awareness programmes were held and 540 girls and boys were benefited.
  • A Get-together was organized for HIV/AIDS infected people. Totally 89 infected persons and family members participated.  Forming a Net work, problems faced by the infected persons, providing livelihood etc. were discussed in that programme.
  • Training on HIV/AIDS programme was held to Health workers on preventive measures, myths and misconceptions, values and attitudes and 20 health workers participated.
  • Five Crèche centers are running and it has 74 boys and 51 girls.  They are given meals and snacks daily. These crèches are managed and monitored by a Managing committee from the village.
  • World Breast feeding day was celebrated on August 2nd 2007, Rally was held and petition was submitted to the District collector with a request to increase allotment for nutrition for pregnant mothers, appointment of a trained nurse, proper equipments in PHC etc
  • Reading Skill Improvement programme was conducted in 10 villages of Karaikal and Nagapattinam District and 220 children participated.
  • Boothangudi and Chinnurpettai were selected for the School Quality Improvement Program.  (SQIP).   School infrastructure, teachings Aids, library books, vessels, play materials were provided to both the schools.
  • 249 Self Help Groups are functioning under Avvai-CCF Child Development Project.  Two Federations have been formed at Karaikal and Nagapattinam.  66 SHGs joined the Federation as members. 12 members from 10 SHG’s received loan for livestock at a total cost of Rs. 3,60,000/.  All the animals have been insured properly.
  • Under the CCF Sponsorship programme, 1000 children have been enrolled from 26 villages and  815 children have been sponsored. 

 

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Child Development

Impact:

This child development project supported by CCF has generated lot of enthusiasm in the community in the areas of early childhood care, nutrition, health and sanitation, basic education, livelihood programmes and involvement of the community in monitoring the activities. Networking with various Government Departments and CBOs coupled with the self help groups initiated by Avvai village welfare society has created big impact at District level and the project is in the process of creating a model at the State level.




  Child Protection Project

Goal:

Strengthening and sustaining the community based child protection measures in 10  villages of Nagapattinam District in order to create a supportive and protective environment for children and improve and enhance the district level child protection measures by March, 2008.

Objectives:

  • To strengthen the children groups and children parliaments in the villages to identify child protection issues and protect them against violence, abuse and exploitation.
  •  To strengthen the capacity of child protection committees to engage in child protection case management, documentation, case referral and advocacy and linkages with other child protection actors so as to promote an effective community based child protection system.
  •  To strengthen district level child protection mechanisms through the establishment of district level body on child protection to advocate for effective implementation of policies related to child protection with district level child welfare bodies.
  • To ensure increased understanding on the part of key     stakeholders regarding child protection concepts, policies and procedures and strengthen district level child protection systems and structures to deliver services more effectively.
  •  To increase awareness-raising campaign to sensitize the public about the rights of children and to prevent and address harmful traditional or customary practices like child marriages, child labor and corporal punishment.

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Activities:

  • During the project period in all 10 villages, 39 children, youths, Adolescent girls and Balpanchayat groups were formed which had the total membership of 327 Male and 322 Female members. They have conducted 320 meetings.
  • All the children group members were adequately trained in life skill training, Vulnerability mapping, street theatre and awareness generation. The children group members were involved in promoting awareness on child rights, child protection issues and prevention of involving children as an object in all forms of violation issues.
  • All the members of 10 Child Protection Committee (CPC) were  trained on problem solving, case management, record keeping, legal procedures, multi sectoral  approach, building relationship with the allied bodies at various level. During the project period the CPC addressed 221 issues pertaining to child rights violation and child protection and successfully resolved 158 issues.
  • The CPC’s were federated and formed as District level Core Committee which has 36 members. All members were given knowledge on Advocacy and linkages. The Core Committee was linked with District officials and other District level bodies which work towards better enhancement of child rights and assuring child protection like CWC, JJB, CHILDLINE-1098 and child Secretariat.
  • 3 capacity building programmes were organized to the District level officials and 3 interface programmes were conducted with the child protection bodies. Total of 145 members including 16 District level officials and 8 child protection body members were participated.
  • Organized capacity building for the Village level Stakeholders, totally 315 members including, 108 SHG members, 111 ICDS workers, 96 VHN participated.
  • 10 Adolescent girls and youth groups were formed which had 134 members. All members were trained on subjects like Identifying child rights violation and child protection issues. They have organized village level awareness programme where as 5878 have participated in the programme.
  • 10 Balpanchayats were formed which had total of 96 male 100 female children. They were trained in identifying child rights violation issues and life skill training. They were identified and discussed 269 issues pertaining to child rights and child protection in which 221 where addressed to the CPC and 48 issues were resolved by themselves.
  • The trained Balpanchayat in cultural activities organized 56 awareness programmes in their villages on child labour, HIV/AIDS, child abuse, Street children, child trafficking and its various forms of child protection issues which covered 3589 people.
  • The trained Balpanchayats participated in the District level awareness events like Children’s day Rally programme, Child labour eradication rally programme and project level programmes.
  • The trained Balpanchayat members on Media skill won prizes in the cultural competition programme organized in their school and other NGO working in the villages. 
  • The CPC members discussed and successfully handled 104 issues related to child rights and child protection is as follows. Corporal punishment 12, CSA 2, Emotional support 9, child neglect 8, Dropout rejoined 29, Physical abuse 13, exploitation of the child 3, stopping of child marriage 2, Tracing of missing children 3, Child labor 13, child verbal abuse 12, physical punishments 14, parent’s misbehavior 15, Drunkard father’s problem & Economic support 17. 

Impact:

The reporting period witnessed strengthening of the child protection committees and balpanchayats. The increase in the number of child violation cases indicate greater awareness int eh community and readiness to protect the rights of children. TheCPCs established at the village level and federated at District level will continue to function effectively and ensure programme’s sustainability.

  Preschool Education

Goal:

Promote Day Care facilities for children in the age group of 0-3 by providing nutrition and play way education in a healthy admosphere in Nagapattinam  district by 2009.

Objectives:
           

  • To provide a healthy atmosphere for children between the age group of 0-3 years.
  • To provide nutritious food and play way education to children.
  • To network with primary health centre and provide adequate medical facilities for children.
  • To conduct parents meeting every month and get the community involved in the management and monitoring of activities, especially providing infrastructure, clean water, toilet and cooking facilities.

Activities:

  • There were 5 Crèches in which 128 Children have benefited (Boys – 62 Girls – 66)
  • Play way education was provided through songs, stories, gestures and visuals etc.
  • Village health nurse visited 60 times in this year, conducted 10 health camps and gave Vitamin Tablets, immunization, injection to children and pregnant women. They also took weight of children and those found weak were advised for additional nutrition.
  • Village Education Development Committee meetings were held 57 times and 220 people participated.

 

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Impact:


The nutritional status of children has improved considerably and common ailment reduced to a minimum. Play way method has helped children to prepare for further education. The involvement of community has helped to improve the infrastructure facilities of the crèche.

 



WOMENS PROGRAMME

  Women Empowerment Programme

Goal:
  
       Enabling women in the project villages through empowerment and livelihood promotion measures in a sustainable way by 2015

Objectives:

  •  To  inculcate savings habit among women  between the age group of 18 to 60 and form 300 new women SHG’s  and 120 youth SHG’s
  • To impart trainings for 420 members of Self Help Groups to improve their efficiency, skills and capability in management of SHGs.
  • To involve the SHG members in the overall development of the community such as health, education and strengthening of Local Bodies.
  • To improve their per capita  income to the tune of 20% among the members of SHG’s and to encourage  them to involve in the village and cottage industries , rural arts and crafts and small business enterprises. 
  • To facilitate networking with commercial banks, Government sources etc so that the funds available for loans is high.
  • To form the SHGs in the federations and strengthen already established “Namathu deepam”
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Activities:

  • Although it was planned to initiate only 300 new SHGs, the achievement was 325 with 4863 new members and their savings amounting to Rs.16,41,250/-. The target for men SHGs was 120 and the achievement was 123 with 1716 members and the savings amounting to Rs.4,95,000/-
  • Skill improvement programme was imparted to 6384 members belong to 456 SHGs on industrial entrepreneurship coupled with production and marketing techniques. Additionally, trainings were given to members of 254 SHGs in trade such as beauty parlor, zerry and toys making.
  • Capacity building programme was conducted in general management of SHGs to 270 animators and representatives of SHGs. Another training was given to 2275 members from 175 SHGs on procedures on disbursement and recovery of loans, conducting of meetings, keeping of records and public relationship.
  • 515 SHGs that were linked with HDFC Bank obtained a loan of Rs.6,22,33,000/- benefiting 7210 group members. This amount has been utilized for income generating  by members for the purpose of  petty shops , doing agriculture , rearing of  cattle , brick making, doing the business of  purchase and selling fish etc.
  • 3250 lives were insured for members belonging to 216 SHG’s and the premium amount of       Rs. 1,62,500 has been collected from the beneficiaries for this and paid to the ICICI insurance agency .
  • Death claims for 7 persons have been received from the Insurance Company at the rate of Rs.5000/-
  • A sum of Rs.12,00,000 being loan and subsidy was received from District Rural Development Agency under self employment golden jubilee program and distributed to 4 SHG’s . A sum of Rs.2,86,35,900  has been paid to 128 SHG’s after ranking them by Namathu Deepam Mutual Benefit Trust which benefited 1920 members.
  • An amount of Rs.25,00,000/- received from Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been given to 250 SHGs in the town panchayat and municipal areas. This amount has been used for income generating activities by the groups.
  • An amount of Rs.12,50,000/- received from commercial banks has been disbursed to 25 SHGs for income generating activities.
  • Capacity building programme was carried out for 152 Panchayat Level Federations (PLFs) consisting of 58500 members. They belong to 3550 SHGs and the training module consisted of handling finance.
  • Manimegalai Award from the State Government was received for Sri Vallangulathu SHG and Kurukkathi PLF of Kilvelur taluk for best  performance.
  • Avvai Village Welfare Society has been honored   by an award from NABARD Bank for the year 2000-2001.2001-2002,2002-2003,2003-2004 at the State level for Best SHG Bank Linkage Programme. We received the award in 2006-07 also. 
  • Material donations such as groceries, chairs, cushion and sweets were donated by SHGs on Independence Day, Republic Day etc to the Home for the Aged and children for Adoption. The value of donation amounted to Rs.27,000/-
  • 13 men and 642 women SHGs have taken membership in Namathu deepam which is a non-banking financial institution registered under Companies Act. Namathu deepam has opened seven branches in Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur Districts and the turn over in 2007-08 is 420 Crores

Impact:


Avvai Village Welfare Society’s (Avvai) Mission ‘of enhancing equitable and self sustainable opportunities’ in livelihood and gender is being achieved to a very great extend through the 3550 SHGs which are active presently.  Avvai has facilitated the increase in per capita income of 3350 families through this women empowerment programme. The offshoot of these activities is reflected not only in the financial wellbeing of the family but also improved children’s nutrition, reduced dropouts from schools and enhanced status of women at the family and community level. Avvai intends to sustain this growth momentum by strengthening Namathudeepam and federations of
SHGs.


Adaikalam Short Stay Home

Goal:

Protecting and rehabilitating women and children between the age of 15 and 40 under difficult circumstances in Nagapattinam District on a continuous basis

Objectives:

  • To create awareness in the community for care and protection of women and children who are under difficult circumstances.
  • To provide institutional support and rehabilitate 30 women (15-40) under difficult circumstances in Nagapattinam District in 2007-2008
  • To provide food, clothing , medical facilities and entertainment to the inmates.
  • To counsel and rehabilitate women and to provide vocational training for 30 women.
  • To establish network with other free legal aid, NGO and other government department
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Activities:
  • 19 awareness programmes were carried out in which 891 persons participated.
  • There were 30 cases when starting of 2007.  During year 2007-2008, 49 cases are admitted.At the end of the period, there are 30 inmates.  49 cases estored/rehabilitated to their respective legal guardians.
  • All inmates were provided food, clothing and medical facilities.  Medical officers visited the home four times in a month to checked the inmate’s health on a regular basis.
  • Television, newspaper and library facilities were provided.  The inmates were taken out for movies and outings.
  • During the year, individual counseling was given 802 inmates and family counseling to 87 families.
  • 36 inmates were rehabilitated in families, referrals and self employment programmes.
  • One inmate (Mentally ill) receives handicap ID card from the government and one inmate received financial assistance from government.

Impact:

Rehabilitating 36 women and children inmates during the year has been a great achievement. The community outreach programme to sensitize the community to look after women and children in difficult circumstances also received good response.

  Vidiyal - Family Counselling Centre

Goal:


Promoting harmonious family life among people living in Nagapattinam District by 2015

Objectives:

  • To minimize family problem arising out alcoholism, domestic violence, dowry problem, etc., in Nagapattinam District in the year 2007-08
  • To provide information on legal rights of women and link women with resources locally available.
  • To establish linkages with the police departments, hospitals, NGOs, CBOs etc. to address issues together.

Activities:

  • The family counseling center, counselled 239 cases out of which 83 were  alcoholic addiction, 44 separation due to addiction, 41 domestic violence,  61 mal-adjustment problem, 6 Extra Marital Problem and 4 family related problems.
  • Awareness programmes were conducted for various groups such as fishermen, men and women self help group members and adolescents girls.  The topics in these sessions comprised of ill-effects of alcoholism, women and children rights, dowry related issues, premarital counseling and government schemes.
  • The counseling centre functioned in collaboration with All Women Police Station, Free Legal Aid Centre, De-addiction centre, SHGs and other NGOs, CBOs and Grievance day at Collectorate, Nagapattinam.  The Sub-Committee members contributed by providing publicity and referring cases to the centre.

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Impact:


In and around Nagapattinam, there is hardly and place where people approach for mitigating their personal problems without paying any fees.  Family counseling centre has been a great solace to these affected sections of society. Presently, we are having more cases than we can handle.  The centre is satisfied with the rehabilitation of 212 cases through its counseling process. The counseling centre assisted two couples to obtain divorce legally through court verdict.
 




   Marumalarchi Swadhar Home

Goal:


Ensuring holistic development of women and girls under distress through counseling and rehabilitation measures in Nagapattinam District


Objectives:
 

  • To create social awareness on care for the homeless and the abandoned.
  • To ensure safe and healthy atmosphere for women and girls under distress.
  • To provide them information on self reliance, legal matters and rehabilitation
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Activities:
 

  • During the period, 24 awareness programmes were conducted on women’s rightsreproductive health care, legal provision of women etc  and 625 members were participate
  • 31 inmates were admitted newly and 25 inmates were rehabilitated ( details)
  • Vocational trainings were provided to inmates on envelop making, basket making, toileting and embroidery etc\
  • 36 inmates were rehabilitated in families, referrals and self employment programmes. Inmates are taken out to temples and other open spaces for outings.


Impact:

For the abandoned and homeless living on the street a place to stay and sleep is a dream come through. Swadhar Home through the community programmes educate the community on its responsibilities to look after such cases while providing immediate relief to the needy.


ELDERS PROGRAMME

   Ambujam Home For The Aged

Goal:


Providing elders with out any dependents, a  healthy environment

Objectives:

  • To carryout social, psychological and material assistance to elders
  • To identify neglected and socially handicapped elders in the communities
  • To provide a healthy family environment to the elders admitted in home
  • To ensure nutritional, medical, entertainment and other preliminary needs of elders in the home
  • To engage in resource mobilization activities

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Activities:

  • In September 2007, at Samanthanpettai a completed building was handedover to Avvai village welfare society to house elders above the above 60 by the District Administration.
  • During the reporting period, 9 elders (Male -3 Female-6) were newly admitted to the home. 
  • 5 Elders rejoined with their families from Ambujam Home (male-1 and female -4) and  2  expired (male -1 Female -1)
  • During the year, the home  succeeded in mobilizing Rs. 16,800/ as donation.
  • Medical facilities were provided through tie up with local hospital and they were visiting the home every month and attending to medical needs of the inmates.
  • For entertainment a Television set, daily newspapers and once in a month outing to beach were provided. Children’s day (14th November ) and Elders’ day (1st October) were celebrated. Competitions were held and winners were given prizes. The District Collector, Nagapattinam joined elders to celebrate Deepavali and Pongal.

Impact:

All the elders are happy here because they get all the facilities and opportunity to meet the Government authorities and interact with them.  In the process, they are able to get away from their worries and personal problems. Through T.V, Radio and Newspapers, they are able to know the events taking place in the world


    Anubhavam Old Age Home

Goal:


Providing elders with out any dependents, a  healthy environment

Objectives:

  • To carryout social, psychological and material assistance to elders
  • To identify neglected and socially handicapped elders in the communities
  • To provide a healthy family environment to the elders admitted in home
  • To ensure nutritional, medical, entertainment and other preliminary needs of elders in the home
  • To engage in resource mobilization activities

Activities:

  • During the reporting period, 7 elders (Male -4 Female-3) were newly admitted to the home.
  • 5 Elders rejoined with their families from Anubhavam Home and  2  expired.  Strength of elders at Anubhavam was 40. (Male 18 and Female 22)
  • Every month village health nurse came and checked the health of the elders and gave necessary medicines. 4 elders had cataract operations through government hospital eye camp. Through Raja Yoga Dhyana center Brahma Kumarigal came to the home and gave training in yoga practice. Physiotherapist visited and provided assistance to those who were in need of it.
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  • For entertainment, newspapers, library, T.V and Radio are available at Home. They also do kitchen garden, help in the kitchen and clean the surroundings. 
  • On October 1st world elder’s day was celebrated and competitions like music, sports, quiz programmes were held and prizes given. The Sisters from Christ Raja hospital performed cultural programmes.  Women and men self help groups participated and donated fuel and ate with elders.
  • National festivals like Independence Day, Republic Day, Karthigai, Pongal, Dipavali etc were celebrated by getting donations.
  • Resources were mobilized from Lions club, women SHGs and men SHGs to the extend of Rs.52,000/- worth of materials such as rice, clothing, chair etc.

Impact:

Finding peace and solace when your own kith and kin ignores, is a great impact on the residents of this Home. Medical and recreational facilities coupled with healthy food and clothing have added to their physical and mental wellbeing.

 

   Day Care Center For Elders

Goal:


Enable the aged people living in Sangamangalam Panchayat in Palaiyanur Melpathi village in Nagapattinam District, to lead a peaceful and dignified life by providing basic needs, care and protection through out their lives from the year 2002.

Objectives:

  • To provide an elder friendly environment
  • To support elders to have a healthy mind in a healthy body
  • To promote unity and encourage group decision making process
  • To network with Government and NGOs

Activities:

  • 49 inmates  (male 19 and female 29) were given Day care facilities in a friendly admosphere. One mid-day meal and tea along with refreshment were given to the elders
  • Village health nurse visited the centre twice every months and once in three months medical check up camps were conducted
  • Yoga and mediation classes were enthusiastically patronized by the elders
  • Individual counseling were given as necessary and home cases were carried out of those cases that need follow up.
  • Group activities included efforts taken to obtain Old Age Pension for 11 elders and to celebrate national holidays
  • Rs.14,400/- obtained as donations from SHGs

Impact:

From a situation of negelect and depression in their home these elders now have a place of solace and peace to spend their day. Organized group efforts have resulted in getting Government and CBO funds.

 



   Elders Rehabilitation Programme

                                                              
Goal:

Rehabilitation and reconstruction for the aged in the sectors of social security, health care and disaster preparedness in 10  tsunami affected villages of Nagapattinam district by 2007

Objectives:

  • To promote sustainable social security to eligible elders in 10 tsunami affected villages of Nagapattinam district by 2007
  • To ensure livelihood opportunities for the elders in 10 tsunami affected villages of Nagapattinam district by 2007
  • To promote sustainable self-reliant elders’ forums in 10 tsunami affected villages of Nagapattinam district by 2007

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Activities:

  • 13 Village Level Federations (VLFs) were formed and trained on community based grain bank scheme. These VLFs have taken the responsibilities in supporting 293 vulnerbale elders in their respective villages.
  • These VLFs have also taken initiative to analyze the vulnerabilities of each elders supported under this grain bank scheme. As a result, 32 elders were removed and 17 elders were added as new beneficiaries.
  • These VLF representatives organized an Old Age Pension (OAP) advocacy campaign and submited 171 applications to District administration for Old age Pension. As a result, 12 elders received the assistance.
  • 13 VLFs have Rs.11,35,000 as grain bank money  (pocket money) for assisting vulnerable elders in their community. This is in addition to seed capital and revolving fund.
  • 110  Elder Self Help Groups (ESHGs) were graded and 99 ESHGs were selected for assistance. These ESHGs were supported with seed capital for an amount of Rs.21,70,000 through  HelpAge India.
  • 19 ESHGs were supported with credit facilities of Rs.23,88,000/ from HDFC
  • 2 ESHGs were supported with credit facilities of Rs.60,000 from ADB
  • 2 ESHGs were linked with bank and received credit facilities of Rs.1,20,000
  • 110 ESHGs have been formed with a total membership of 1499 with 466 male and 1033 female members. There are 48 female ESHGs, 11 male ESHGs and 51 mixed ESHGs. Presently these groups have a total savings of Rs.2507707/-
  • 13 VLFs have been formed with a total membership of 220.
  • One DLF was formed with a total membership of 34
  • DLF members are representing in ‘Elders for Elders foundation’ (EFE) established at Cuddalore.
  • 13 VLFs  gave Rs.24,66,000/ as share capital to EFE.
  • Rs.24,66,000/- remains as revolving fund with 13 VLFs and Rs.24,66,000 remains as revolving fund with 87 ESHGs.
  • The DLF members were divided into six groups and they  made a visit to different ESHGs and VLFs and assessed its performance. This helped the groups to function better.
  • The Akkaraipettai and Keechankuppam VLFs organized World Elders’ Day celebration by rasing donations from CBOs. 42 vulnerable elders were provided with sarees and dhotis.
  • Two multipurpose halls for meeting, storage and discussion have been sanctioned by HelpAge India.  

Impact:


During the reporting period, the elders’ forums witnessed consolidation and strengthening of activities. In order to be sustainable, the grass root level ESHGs, VLFs and at State level Elders for Elder Foundation were linked and as an organization inter-dependability  was established and strengthened.

The most noticeable impact witnessed was at family level were the status of the elders in the family got increased and their dependencies on children reduced to minimum. One of the side effects was the panchayat office bearers rebuking those children who were neglecting their parents and showing ESHGs as models. There were also instances where women SHGs had to learn a lesson of two from ESHGs in maintenance of records and discipline. 

 

 


   Sponsor A Grant Parent Programme

Goal:


Evolving a community driven elder care programme for those from vulnerable sections of the society in a sustainable way.

Objectives:

  • To create awareness in the community on care and support to elders
  • To provide material assistance to meet primary needs of elders
  • To offer a platform for networking and advocacy

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Activities:

  • Visit to the community in the vicinity to identify vulnerable elders.
  • On the 3rd of every month, 40 beneficiaries receive provisions and fifty rupee as pocket money in the presence of a respectable community representatives such as Rotary club, Lioness club, DIET, Government officials etc.
  • Interaction with self help groups was established and as a result the SHGs contributed materials to the welfare of the elders.
  • Medical facilities and training in yoga have been provided as per need.
  • Elders celebrated ‘World Elders Day’ on October 3rd in Manalmedu. 
  • With the help of the District Collector,  beneficiaries obtained pension from the government .

Impact:

This programme has helped vulnerable sections of the elders in the community to come together at a common place and obtained minimum facilities and food provision. Working in a group has increased their collective bargaining due to which they have able to get old age pension and also raised their issues with the Government.

 


HELTH PROGRAMME

  Puthumalar - Prevention of alcoholism and substance (drugs)abuse

Goal:

Ensure sobriety among Addicts of Nagapattinam District by 2015.

Objectives:

  • To increase the number of services rendered to alcoholic cases by 20% in one year.
  • To continuously assist recovered cases so that cases of relapse is reduced by 10%
  • To reduce the instance of alcoholism in families in Nagapattinam district by 10% in one year.
  • To organize awareness programmes on handling alcoholic cases for government officials, private practitioners and NGO’s.

Activities:

  • During the year, the centre admitted 216 cases referred to it. Individual counseling was given to 1728 cases. 300 group therapy, 158 family therapy, and 320 yoga therapy sessions were conducted in order to make the treatment successful.
  • In order to prevent relapse, the centre carried out 240 home visits and 250 Follow-up counseling sessions.
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  • In order to raise the awareness on ill-effects of alcoholic addiction high risk groups were identified and 48 awareness programmes were conducted at educational institutions, to auto & truck drivers, fisherman, SHGs and youth clubs.
  • Advocacy and linkages were established through various alcoholic anonymous and family counseling centres in order to widen the scope of activities of the centre.

Impact:

The centre’s efforts to rehabilitate alcoholic cases and reduce relapses have resulted in several families enjoying a peaceful life. Children’s education, savings and income of these cases have increased substantially. The outreach programme has created tremendous increase in awareness on ill-effects of alcoholism and definitely reduced drinking habit in the community.



   Prevention And Control Of HIV/AIDS

Goal:


Education on prevention and control of STD/HIV/AIDS among children, young people and women in 10 villages of Sirkazhil and Kollidam blocks of Nagapattinam district by 2007


Objectives:

  • To provide accurate knowledge on HIV/AIDS and STI  to young people and women (1000 children and 4000 women ) by the end of Dec 2007.
  • To ensure young people and women (approximately 4000 women and 1000 young people) have access to STI and HIV/AIDS testing, treatment and care services in 10 villages by the end of December – 2007.
  • Creating a supportive environment for delivering SIT and HIV/AIDS information and services to young people and women through 40 local agencies functioning in Nagapattinma by the end of Dec-2007
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Activities:

  • Provided education on STD/HIV/AIDS related issues among children young people and women. 4003 women and 2163 children and young people benefited.
  • Promoted 30 per educators (18 Male and 12 Female) among children and young people in 10 villages in the age group of 16 to 20 years.
  • Provided referral assistance for identified infected and affected groups.
  • Established a referral network between peer educators and STI/HIV/AIDS services sectors. At this reporting period, 444 suspected cases were referred to ICTC, Sirkali.
  • Organized capacity building training on mainstreaming HIV/AIDS to 12 SC partners and 14 local NGOs. 
  • Sensitized the local NGO’s on STD/HIV/AIDS and related issues.

Impact:


In the target villages of intervention, previously there was no programme on HIV/AIDS. The stigma attached to HIV/AIDS was broken through the intervention of this project and now the people come out openly and speak openly about HIV/AIDS. The success rate of identification  positive cases and attendance at awareness programmes indicates that awareness and information reached the community to a very large extend. 

 




   Gandhiji De-Addiction Cum Rehabilitation Center, Karaikal

Goal:

Ensure sobriety among Addicts of Karaikal District by 2015.

Objectives:

  • To increase the number of services rendered to alcoholic cases by 20% in one year.
  • To continuously assist recovered cases so that cases of relapse is reduced by 10%
  • To reduce the instance of alcoholism in families in Karaikal District by 10% in one year.
  • To organize awareness programmes on handling alcoholic cases for government officials, private practitioners and NGO’s.
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Activities:

  • After initiation of the centre in November 2007, the centre admitted 12 cases referred to it.
  • Individual counseling was given to 64 cases.  35 group therapy, 15 family therapy, and 120 yoga therapy sessions were conducted in order to make the treatment successful.
  • In order to prevent relapse, the centre carried our 10 home visits and 28 follow-up counseling sessions.
  • In order to raise the awareness on ill-effects of alcoholic addiction high risk groups were identified and 16 awareness programmes were conducted at educational institution, auto & truck drivers, fisherman community, SHG & youth club.
  • Advocacy and linkages were established through various alcoholic anonymous and family counseling centres in order to widen the scope of activities of the centre.

Conclusion:

It is only about five months after initiation of the centre. Located very close to General Hospital and Main Road, the centre is attracting lot of admissions. Initial rapport building in the area is completed and the centre has started functioning effectively.

 



LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMME

  Impact Evaluation Of ERTV Project

Executive Summary:

The disaster tsunami was responded to and relief activities were taken up by NGOs and Government departments immediately. Due to the emergency nature of the disaster, certain sections of the affected population did not receive the attention they deserved. The section of population engaged in agriculture and children living in slightly interior areas especially Daliths formed part of this apparently neglected section.
Avvai Village Welfare Society and Aid et Action came together and decided to address this issue and initiated the Equitable Rehabilitation of the Tsunami Victims (ERTV) project in 2005.

ERTV took up activities in the areas of livelihood, education, community organisation and infrastructure restoration. Staffs were recruited and the project implementation went on smoothly.

At the end of the project period the project management decided to take up an impact evaluation of the project.

Evaluation was conducted in November 2007 with an external specialist as Team Leader.


Main Findinge
Village Reconstructioncommittees (VRC)


VRCs were formed in all villages to carry out the project activities and to ensure sustainability. The Evaluation team (ET) found that the project activities were carried out through the VRCs. The members of VRCs also felt happy about the experience they have had in executing project components. When it came to sustainability and the ability of the VRCs to carry on the activities when the project phases out, the members were not unanimous in affirming that they can carry forward the activities initiated. The VRC did not have a legal status, record keeping require improvement and networking efforts needs to be more.


Education:


One of the important activities under education was the construction of Child Care Centres (CCC). This was highly appreciated by the beneficiaries and the CCCs the ET visited were functioning excellently well. While CCCs are under the control of the VRCs, SHGs are actively participating and contributing to its successful running.
CCCs have instilled new light in the villages and the children are more healthy, primary school enrolment has improved and parents are free to carry on with their activities. Regarding the sustainability of CCCs there were differing views- some said they will continue while others expressed doubts over its continuity.
Assistance to schools were provided in various forms and the ET found all of them useful and contributing to reducing drop out rate and improving the quality of education.
Village education committees (VEC) were established in all villages and they functioned in close collaboration with the SSA of the Education department. There were differing views regarding the sustainability of VECs after the project phases out.


Livelihood:


Self help Groups (SHG) have been either newly formed or the existing ones strengthened. Interaction of the ET showed that the financial situation of the members of SHGs have improved significantly and the status of women have gone up. Resources were mobilised from various sources so that more funds were at the disposal of SHGs for disbursement. The repayment situation was excellent.
CIGs and VOs. Common Interest Groups and Village Organisations were formed- VOs as apex bodies- to strengthen livelihood activities. ET noticed positive responses regarding these CBOs.
Agricultural, horticultural, land reclamation and watershed activities were also carried out. Use of machinery was avoided in order to give labour to the people and this was specially appreciated by the people. These activities have contributed to the livelihood aspect of the people.
ET visited a cross section of other NGOs and Government departments working in the project area. All responded that the project has achieved its primary objectives.


Recommendations:

  • VRCs need to be strengthened with capacity building programmes including decision making, planning, monitoring, evaluation, record keeping and establishing linkages. VRCs may discuss and decide if they would like to have a legal status.
  • The VRC should own and manage CCC’s.
  • Expertise in community organization needs to be available to the Project
  • VRC members in VEC must ensure regular meetings of VEC’s & all 
    issues pertaining to education including school drop out and     
    infrastructure should be addressed
  • The project should consider child rights and child protection issues more vehemently and ensure compliance of child rights in the entire project area.
  • Capacity building and skill improvement activities may be continued and strengthened both for CBOs and staff.
  • Linkages of SHGs with external bodies needs to be strengthened.
  • Involvement of SHG’s in social activities needs to be strengthened and widened
  • The role of VOs and CIGs needs to be redefined in the context of  the project phasing out.
  • The VRCs must ensure the maintenance of agricultural activities, linkage with Govt. departments and desilting of structures  established by the project.
  • The gender sensitivity in the project require to be further enhanced.
  • It is recommended that the project may be continued for a further period of two years in order to strengthen sustainability aspect of the project. During this extended period priority may be given to capacity building and strengthening of activities already initiated.    

 

   Early Warning System

Goal:

Capacity building of CBO’s on Early warning System (EWS) in 32 villages of Nagapattinam District to address and to safe guard the community from any disaster.

Objectives:

  • To strengthen existing CBOs as people centered task force at 32 village of Nagapattinam District.
  • To build capacity of task force committee members on early warning system and its operation in 32 village of Nagapattinam District.
  • To enhance the support and network from Government to task force committee members by integrating the task force committee with the existing disaster management teams.

Activities:

  • Orientation programme to all stakeholder was organized total of 1792 people participated from 32 project villages.
  • Task Force Committees (TFC) formed in all the 32 project villages. In each groups 12 to 15 members were selected and total 396 members were in the task force group
  • Regular periodical meetings were conducted once in month. Series of 128 periodical meetings were organized and total of 487 were participated in the meetings
  • Capacity building training for task force committee members were organized in all the 32 project villages one time during the project period. Total of 384 members were participated among the TFC.
  • Orientation programmes for District level officials were conducted. Total of 42 Government officials and the representatives from various departments  participated in the programme. The programme was organized in association with UNDP and the Tamil Nadu Government.
  • The EWS installed in 31 villages except in Tharangambadi village.
  • Capacity building on technical knowledge in operation and maintenance of EWS was organized to TFC members at Samanthanpettai village of Nagapattinam District. Representatives from 14 village’s total of 71 TFC members took part and learnt the operation of the EWS. Separate Technical training was organized in the remaining 18 villages.
  • One day Staff capacity building training programme was organized during the project period. Total of 47 staffs took part in the training.
  • PRA mapping was conducted in all the 32 villages. Total of 322 TFC members participated in the programme

Impact:

This project sensitized the local village community on natural calamities and prepared make them to be alert in any disaster like situation in future. The community based Disaster management system created awareness among the village community to realize their own potentiality and empowered them to handled any risk situation and prevent loss of life and livelihood through community participation. The community understood the need of EWS and felt that it will play a vital role to safe guard the people in future.


   Micro Insurance

Project Goal:
       
 Helping the disadvantaged communities to access minimum social security coverage and increasing micro insurance penetration among low income household and broadening acceptance of micro insurance services.
            
Project Objectives:

  1. To sensitize the community on basic insurance principal and increase community knowledge on micro insurance.
  2. To carry out promotional campaigns and educational activities to diversify the financial services  of various forms of community based organizations including self help group.
  3. To lower the entry barriers by encouraging community oriented promotional campaigns, establishing simple enrolement and claim settlement process and extending insurance services at accessible.
  4. To promote and establish community control over claim management systems and introduce simple claim management.

Activities:

S.No Activities Planned Activities achieved

1

5000 SHG members needs to be sensitized

2252 SHG member has Sensitized

2

Mass awareness program 10

7 Mass awareness programme has conducted

3

PRI members Training 50

36 PRI members has trained

4

IEC material

Hand bills, Flip chart has prepared

5

12 Village awareness programme will be conducted

4 Village awareness programme has completed

6

170 Federation leader will be trained

150 Federation leaders has trained

7

5000 Enrolments

1300 Enrolments

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Conclusion:


This programme is only three months after initiation have succeeded in creating an awareness about insurance and started enrolling members. It is expected to give social protection for people living in the targeted communities.


   Agricultural Support Service Center

Goal:


Establish a community owned and managed sustainable mechanism to revive and strengthen farming activities in the Tsunami affected areas of Sirkali Taluk in Nagapattinam District.

Objectives:

  • To help the marginal farmers to set up and manage community owned agriculture to support and revive their  farming activities
  • To build the capacities with in the communities to lead, manage and monitor the mechanism and help them to realize the purpose of setting up the mutual.
  • To establish linkages with formal and non formal agriculture development agencies and interface with them to transfer the knowledge and skills to the farmers.
  • To develop a curriculum on innovative agriculture methods and assist the marginal farmers and recant their traditional agriculture practices by introducing recent trends and equipments
  • To increase the access of marginal farmers to farming equipment at affordable and help them to minimize input cost
  • To introduce a wider range of  micro insurance product as a risk coping mechanism against the risks related death, accident, natural calamity and livelihood
  • To leverage financial and materials resources for sustainable running of the unit.

Activities:

  • Organized tsunami affected farmers into self help groups at the village level and federated them at the Taluk level consisting of 13 members.
  • Capacity building activities conducted for members on group activities and management, planning for agriculture developmental activities, procurement of equipments and usage and maintenance of equipments. An exposure visit programme was conducted for 8 members in Horticulture and Agricultural practices.
  • Procured equipments, establishing systems and procedures for use of the equipments and running the unit in a sustainable way.
  • Insured equipments and farming activities in order to face unexpected happenings.
  • Established linkages with Government DeAgripartments, Commercial Banks and other NGOs.
  • Obtained financial and materials resources for the successful implementation of  
     the project.

Impact:


Traditionally cultivated agricultural land was made uncultivable after the tsunami brought salt to water in to the cultivated area. Through another project, AVWS conducted Disaster Proofing of this area and the land was made cultivable. As a result of introduction of this project, agricultural equipments were supplied and capacity building programmes were conducted for people’s federation and the people of the area have gone back to traditional agricultural practices. Introduction of various agricultural equipments and implements have helped farmers to tide over labour shortages and faster implementation of agricultural activities in a cost effective manner as it is a group activity.

   Support And Services to Salt Dependent Community

Goal:


Empowering salt workers and laborers in the Vedharanyam area of Nagapattinam District to be self reliant and obtain maximum resource from the Government and other sources.

Objectives:

  • To establish self managed community based organizations of the communities involved in the salt cultivation to provide range of livelihood support services on sustainable basis
  • To facilitate the community based interventions in convergence with multiple stakeholders for improved infrastructure facilities
  • To build the capacities of the CBOs and provide critical support to take up marketing interventions and value addition for increased income from the salt cultivation
  • To strengthen the livelihood of the salt cultivation communities by providing micro finance to SHGs.
  • To improve the working conditions of the communities working in salt cultivation
  • To enhance the ability of community to continue their children in education by enhancing income and increased awareness

Activities:

  • A federation of salt workers SHGs has been initiated.
  • Initial training imparted to 98 Groups consisting of 294 members.
  • Rs.18,65,000/-has been obtained from HDFC Bank to 20 self help groups of salt workers 90 SHGs received Rs. 9,00,000/- from Women’s Development Corporation and Care India provided Rs.2,00,000/- to 10 SHGs as revolving funds.
  • In addition to the existing, 7 new SHGs have been started at this project.

Conclusion:

After the initiation of the project in October 2007, activities have been initiated. Networking with commercial banks and Government institutions have already produced results by way of financial contribution. The project is expected to carry out vigorously in coming years.                    

 

   Animal Husbandry

Goal:


Increase the livelihood status of the SHG members by providing the milk production center in acollective manner with all other support and linkage and to enhance the income for the member to at least 25%.

Objectives:

  • To promote sustinable machanism to strengthen the dairying secter.
  • To build capacities of the livestock owning member as well as the members of the Village Organizations.
  • To form a village level milk producers group to work for collection milk production and marketing.
  • To tap existing support services from the Goverment Departments, Commercial Banks and Private Dairy Farms.

 

Activities:

  • Seven Village Organisations have been formed and members given intial training.
  • Common land has been identified and permission obtained for fodder cultivation.
  • An exposure visit has been organized for 57 members.
  • Obtained financial and materials resources for fodder cultivation.
  • 07 Paravet volunteers have been identified and trained.
  • Two sheds have been contructed for catering to animals.

Impact:

This Programmes was iniated suring the reporting year and the progress of activites is satisfactory Due to the frequent change of DRDA project Officers animals could not be purchased. However this is expected to happed in the immediate fueure..                    

 

 

   Impact Evaluation of ERTV project

Executive Summary l:

  • The disaster tsunami was responded to and relife ativites were taken up by NGOs and Goverment departments immediatly. Due to the emergency nature of the disaster certain section of the affected population did not receive teh attention they deserved. The section of population engaged in agriculture and children living in sligtly interior areas especially Daliths formed part of this apparently neglected section.
  • Avvai Village Welfare Society and Aid et Action came together and decied to address this issue and initiated the Equitable Rehabilitation of the Tsunami Victims (ERTV) project in 2005.
  • ERTV took up activites in the areas of livlihood education, community organisation and infrastructure restoration. Staffs were recruited and the project implementation went on smoothy.
  • At the end of the project period the project management decided to take up an impact evaluation of the project.

Main findings:

Village Recontruction Committes

  • VRCs were formed in all villages to carry out the project activites and to ensure sustainbility. The Evaluation team (ET) found that the project acctivites were carried out through the VRCs. The member of the VRCs also fely happy about the experiences they have had in executing project components. When it came to sustainability and the ability of the VRCs to carry on the activites when the project phases out, the members were not unanimous in affirming that they can carry forward the activites initiated. The VRC did not have a legal status, record keeping requre improvement and networking efforts needs to be more.

Education

  • Once of the important activites under education was the construction of Child Care Centers (CCC). This was highly appreciated by the beneficiaries and the CCCs the ET visites were functioning excellenty well. While CCCs are under the control of the VRCs, SHGs are activity participating and contrybuting to its successful running.
  • CCCs have instilled new light in the villeges and the childern are more healthy, primary school enrolment has improved and parents are free to carry on with their activities. Regarding the sustainability of CCCs there were differing views-some said they will continued while others expressed doubts over its continuity.
  • Assistance to school were provided in various forms and the ET found all of them usefull and contributing to reducing drop out rate and improving the quality of education.
  • Village education Committees (VRC) were establised in all villages and they functined in close colabration with the SSA of the Education department. There were differing views regarding the sustainability of VECs after the project phases out.

 


   District Resoruce Center, Nagapattinam

Goal:


Enhancing accessibility of the needy towards public health services such as women’s health, child health, drinking water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition

Objectives:

  • To promote network of organizations working on health promotion.
  • To build capacity of members in District Resource Centre (DRC) and District Facilitation Centres  (DFCs)on health related issues and community health care

Activities:

  • Organized 5 meetings on Reproductive and child health for members of District Coordination Committee and District Facilitation Centre and 25 members participated
  • Enhanced capacity of various stakeholders on TB, Anemia and Reproductive child health care to Self help groups, Youth groups and selected and elected panchayat members.
  • Organized three days’ training on Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS to NGOs. 25 members participated and benefited
  • Identified 25 People Living with HIV (PLHIV)and covered under livelihood programme
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Impact:

The Centre has succeeded in bringing about coordination within the District of various agencies involved in health activities. Coordination between NGOs and Health department has strengthened to cover the needy at targeted villages.

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