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 ...
Aug 14, 2015

Supportings students to aim high

Dear friends and well-wishers, Kalanjiyam works with rural communities to ensure that the students going to rural schools do not drop out of school, but continue their education through college.  We identify students who are indefinite about going to school and encourage them in various ways, supporting their education financially, by providing them a cycle to travel to school or through scholarships.  Each year we are able to support 100+ students to continue schooling either in high school or in college.

We are happy to share a story about a girl named Anushya living in one of our villages in Madhuranthakam. Anushya lives with her parents and has one elder sister and recently completed her 12th board exams. Her mother and father are daily wage laborers and they go for daily wage labour. Her sister discontinued her studies after 10th and got involved in some other work.

Anushya worked hard in 12th and so she can go to college. From childhood, Anushya aspired to become a doctor. She is a studious girl and scored first rank in all her classes. Since she was in 9th class she got support from Kalanjiyam. She benefitted from the computer classes which were conducted in schools and was a regular participant for all the adolescent meetings. She was sincere in her studies which helped her to achieve a good score in her 10th board exam. She secured 465 out of 500 and availed Kalanjiyam scholarship for 11th standard. She used the money to purchase books and stationeries. Taking science and math as her core subject in 12th, Anushya concentrated on her studies well. Due to her families poor economic situation she got support from Kalanjiyam to help her with buying additional note books, uniforms and other things required for school This was very helpful to her in continuing her studies without any interruption. She left all her worries and fully concentrated in preparing for the board exams. She had put in all her efforts and scored 965 out of 1200 in her 12th board exams. Now she has planned to pursue B.SC Math in a nearby college. Anushiya’s mother is very supportive to her studies. She tries and contributes her best for her child’s education. Kalanjiyam is supporting her college education in part.  Anushiya’s mother feels proud for her daughter that she is the first generation college goer. Anushiya’s sister is also supporting her in what way she can. All this had instilled a positive energy in Anushya to continue her degree course. Despite of poor financial background, Anushya along with her family have come successfully through the hard times. “I am thankful to my mother, school and Kalanjiyam for being a support system and they all have played an important role in supporting for my secure future”.

Aug 3, 2015

Improving Handwashing and school cleanliness

Dear friend and well wishers,

THanks for your continued support of the Hygiene and Sanitation programs at Kalanjiya.  With your support we are able to have a sustainable program in 20+ schools in Tamil Nadu- where we construct and renovate toilets, provide a sanitation worker for maininteinance of sanitation facilitties, provide cleaning and sanitary materials; and also conduct education to bring about behaivor and attitude changes related to hygiene and sanitation practices.

To assess the impact of our efforts, we conducted a survey on the status of hygiene and sanitation practices in a sample of schools. This survey was conducted among a random group of 100 students from all schools. The findings of the survey suggest: 

A large proportion of students (89%) and teachers in all the surveyed schools reported that the toilets are clean. A majority of students reported that toilets are cleanest in the morning time. All schools are provided with hand washing liquid soap to promote handwashing habit;  About 83% of the students surveyed wash their hands 3-6 times a day and 80% wash their hands with soap 3 or more times a day.  These trends are indicative of the impact the hand washing intervention has made on the children. All the teachers at both schools believe that the handwashing has become habit for the children.

The project is also engaging with the students in the area of cleanliness and personal hygiene through different methods. About 45% of students surveyed and 100% of teachers believe that there is change in student attitude towards littering in the classroom and that littering in the classroom has indeed reduced. In the area of personal hygiene, 100% of students and teachers surveyed believe that there is positive change in the student attitude towards personal hygiene.

May 11, 2015

Empowering students on personal hygiene behavior

Sanitation worker at her job
Sanitation worker at her job

The project has been continuing to support all the schools for maintainance of the hygiene facilities. In the last quarter,nearly half of the school toilets went through the six monthy cleaning and followed by fixing repairs. Each school sanitation worker are motivated each month to do their best to keep the toilets and school enironment clean.

Promoting hygiene and sanitation practices among the students continued to be a major challenge in the projects schools despite continued engagement in the areas. Therefore, targeted interventions have been made in the project schools depending upon needs and specific problems.

Promoting Hand Washing: Washing one’s hands regularly is a very important hygiene practice which contributes greatly to good health. The children had been encouraged to wash their hands regularly by the teachers as well as the project staff. The project has provided hand washing liquid to the students. The initiative has been successful due to the full cooperation of teachers and interest of the students and students wash their hands thrice a day. The authorities at the project schools have also been consulted about the possibility of provision of soap for hand washing and discussions are going on about the same.

Improving Classroom Cleanliness: In order to encourage children keep their classroom clean  competitions called are held ‘Clean Classroom Champions of the Week’ - this has been initiated wherein the classroom that is the cleanest during the course of the week will receive a rolling trophy. The trophy changes hands each week. This has been successful and slow changes in student attitude towards littering and cleanliness has been seen.

Improving Personal Hygiene of Children : In order to improve the level of personal hygiene among the students in some schools which were observed to be relatively worse off in this area, a system of stars for good turnout and black dots for poor turnout everyday has been started. At the end of the month, one girl and one boy from each class with the maximum stars were felicitated with a prize. This has promoted more students to follow hygienic practices every day and coming to school in prop

Best Hygiene and Sanitation worker: It was observed that the toilets in some schools were not being cleaned regularly. In order to improve the situation, a competition for the best hygiene-sanitation worker at the school was announced.

Poster Competition: A poster competition on personal hygiene practices was organised in some schools as part of the drawing competitions. Students are making posters in groups on various aspects of personal hygiene. The competition resulted in prizes and the winning posters were displayed in the school

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