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 ...
Jun 30, 2014

Increasing Coverage of Hygiene and Sanitation

Dear Friends,

The Hygiene and Sanitation support to rurals schools adopted by us has resumed with the begining of schools in June. the project has increased the number of schools with a sanitation workers and more schools are now provided with a proper drinking water source.  Thanks to the support of Global Giving and all the donors, the projet is able to reach to more children in our villages. 

The efforts for improving school hygiene and sanitation are now implemented in nearly 20 schools in Tamil Nadu. The efforts include renovating school hygiene facilities, providing hygiene and sanitation workers and setting up safe drinking water source.  Besides a water source such as filtration sytem, we also provide all the class rooms with proper storate containers where needed, and all the requirements for maintainance of these units. 

At the begining of the school year our project team has visited each school to check the conditions of the school sanitation facilities and made a plan for strengthening the program in this school year.  Awareness programs have begun to be conducted in the school, on how to maintain sanitary conditiions and taking the cooperation of school students and teachers to increase their ownership in the program.  Overll nearly 1500 children are benefiting from the increased sanitation available now in the project schools and are therefore happier to come to school 

We will continue to update you on how things progress in this school year!  We thank all the donors for their continued support. 

May 1, 2014

Bringing broad exposure to rural students

Students Dancing during the program
Students Dancing during the program

During the school year, students in the project schools participated in four type of competitions.  

The first was drawing competition; the drawing master who teaches the children gave three topics to the students in 3 to 5 and had the students make their drawings and color them using the project provided materials. Similarly competion was also conducted among the middle school students, 6th to 8th classes. The drawing master and school teacher served as judge and selected the top two drawings in each school. A total of about 600 students participated in the competion from all the project schools combined. 

The second was a competition for reciting Thirukkural, and each student was to recite a minimum of 50 Kurals (for 3 to 5 classes) and upto to 100 Kurals (for 6th to 8th classes).  The students were given one week to prepare for the competition and on the specified day, participating students in each school, presented / recited kurals in front of a panel of judges. In each school all students who could present/ recite the 50 or 100 Kurals without mistakes, boldly and confidently were selected as winners. 

The third was a competiton reciting multiplication tables. Students in class 3 to 5 only were to particate and were to present upto 16 tables. IN each school the students who could present the tables without mistake and selected to be provided prizes.

The fourth competition was a drama competition; each school students were asked to select a social responsible topic and present the drama during the after school tuition program.  The students were given one week to prepare, and students of all classes were allowed to participate. The panel of judges included the project staff, school teachers and community leaders. One best drama was selected, based on how well the students presented, and in how well they used materials locally available. 

Once all the competions were held, and best students selected a prize distribution program was orgnganized in our field office; community leaders, school teachers, project staff and parents of the school students were invited.  Nearly 100 children were selected and participated in the program, as they were selected for one of the above prizes.  Some students presented a dance and entertained the audience.  The school teachers and community were overjoyed at the level of participation and happiness that the children showed. A total of 43 students received prize for best drawing, 50 for Thirukkural recitation, 45 for reciting tables and 15 students from one school for the drama competition.  IN one of the project schools, a 1st standard boy, won the prize for reciting multiplication tables 1 to 16, without any mistake. He recited the tables and amazed the audience and other students present. 

The project is not only helping the rural children in their edcuation, and is exposing them to compeitions and providing prizes for encouraging the children.  This makes a tremendous difference for their interest in learning and encourages the parents to support their children's education.  We thank all the donors for making such programs possible!  Thank you very much for your continued support. 

Students provided with prizes
Students provided with prizes
Students presenting best drama
Students presenting best drama
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.

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