Kalanjiyam Trust

Our Vision "Kalanjiyam envisions an energized and empowered community, that can take part in its own development, is able to mobilize and organize itself and take actions to ensure quality education, improved health and overall well-being of all its members." The mission of Kalanjiyam is to bring about impact in a core set of areas: Ensuring that children have access education quality education Bringing health and well being resulting in a RICH community, Making sure that communities are aware / have knowledge and have correct information for making decisions and choices in their lives Facilitating and broadening the skills and capacity of communities Providing for ways to ...
Feb 28, 2014

Improving Santiation in rural schools

Dear friends and well wishers,

We are happy to report that the project has continued to ensure hygiene and sanitation in rural schools.  In the last three months, we have increased the number of school sanitation workers, based on the needs identified by the project.  Four more hygiene and sanitation workers were placed in three primary schools and one middle school, increasing the total number of schools with santiation workers. The half yearly special cleaning was taken up in all schools, and the hygiene facilities were renewed.  Two school facilities were painted and roofing was replaced.  In one of the middle schools, the renewal of toilet bowls/ repair work was done successfully.

Special education activities were conducted in all schools, to teach the children about hand washing practice; the educaitonal program highlighted, each time when hands shoudl be washed, how and what are the harms of not doing so.  Children were asked to talk about the benefits of good hygiene for their health.

Issues realted to hygiene and sanitation in rural schools continue to be a challenging task.  The main challenges that we face are infrequent powerr supply, which affects the availability of water in the toilets, as the water has to be pumped into tanks and then supplied through pipes in the toilet.  Given the challenges with power supply, all the schools are having to be provided with large containers to have back up supply of water, in the event of power failures.  Similarly for drinking water, all the schools were provided with large drums where drinking water from the RO system can be filled and kept in each class room.  Again, each activity is accompanied with activities to educate the children and sensitize the school teacher on handling and maintaining hygiene at all times.

We thank all the well wishers for their continued support of this project.

Jan 29, 2014

Supporting primary and upper primary children

Children at workshop
Children at workshop

The school strengthening program has carried out the following activities in the last three months:

  • Scholastic assessments were conducted at the beginning and middle of the school year, among the primary class students. These reveal that the children all reading and writing and doing math at class appropriate levels.
  • All students have been provided with drawing note books, color pencils and other stationary materials, in the primary, middle and higher secondary schools.
  • Tamil English Tamil Dictionaries have been provided to all children from 5th class onwards, in all the schools.  New students entering 5th, 6th and above who do not have them were provided dictionaries.
  • School atlas has been provided to children from 6th class onwards in all schools.
  • Drawing competition was held among the students in each of the schools, and the best students were selected and recognized in school, and provided small prizes.  
  • During after school tuition program in the last three months, the children had fun doing arts and crafts exercises and developed creative materials for display or things they need for the school
  • Peer learning Educational program:  A peer learning program has been implemented for students in our adopted schools.  The initiative aims to impart school lesson by students in higher classes to those in lower classes. The principle is that if a class 8 student who is a good student is trained on teaching techniques, can help to impart lessons to students in four classes below (that is 4th class).  The class 8 student benefits as they have to prepare for this and the process of teaching will improve their own learning increase their self confidence and empower them.  The class 4 students will benefit as they learn more effectively by a peer teaching them and the class teacher in resource poor settings is able to spend time on other children.  Students from some adopted schools were selected and brought to IIT Madras for intensive residential training over 4 days.  They learned the essential principles of teaching and how to impart lesions to fellow students.   They were trained by experienced teachers and educators who helped the students to have confidence to perform.  These trained students have been teaching the fourth class students in the school. 
Student Learning at workshop
Student Learning at workshop
Student receiving Dictionary
Student receiving Dictionary
Implementing peer learning
Implementing peer learning
Student receiving atlas
Student receiving atlas
Oct 29, 2013

Strengthening school education for rural children

Dear Friends

We are happy to share with you on some of the key activities of the rural school strengthening project in the last few months.

One of the main challenges with many of the rural children is that their memory and concentration varies; we have found that they need individual attention on basic fundamentals and it takes one to two years for us to correct many of the learning challenges. Para teachers placed in schools by the project are addressing this critica issue.

The para teachers placed in the schools are helping the children who are behind or slow learners.  Special play and learn materials have been provided and these help the children to learn better. Para teachers also meet and interact with parents and families of children. Most children’s parents have very less time for them due to their socio-economic situations. However the project’s efforts are also to ensure that the parents understand their children’s needs and try to increase their awareness so that the parent can better help the child’s education.

Evening tuition is conducted by para teachers daily for one and half hours after school. The children are gathered in a common place in the village. The focus of these sessions are to help students having the most challenges in learning.  During these evening classes the para teachers help the students to strengthen their fundamentals, gain general knowledge, practice tests, helping them to do their home work and also have time for fun and play.  Now the children are also doing projects, on special topics, which they prepare and present to other children.  These sessiosn are fun for the students, and at the same time they learn better.

A number of students have been provided a special educaiton support to continue in school.  The project has selected girl students from local villages who are good students but have difficult family situations.  These students are provided educaiton aid, which will help them to buy school uniforms, notebooks, school bags, shoes and pay for their other school needs.

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