Society for Poor People Development (SPPD)
1/76-A, Thuraiyur Main Road,Soriyampatti, M.Pudhupatti(Po),Musiri (Tk)- Trichy Dt - 621 211
No.1, M.I.G, NH 2, Kambar Street, (Old Surya Hospital Complex), Maraimalainagar, Chennai - 603209
Banu Murali, Stella Francis, Sasikumar Rajamanickam, Mekala Thangaraj, Latha Angamuthu, Selvam Maruthan, Balaganesh Vasu, Latha Rani Arul Gnanasekar, Laila Majunu Maideen Basha, Karthik Nallusamy, Subramaniyan Kandasamy, Thiruthani Annadurai, Balambigai Ganeshan
Gayathri Rajagopalan, Raju Joseph, J.P.Aloysious Eronious Raj, Padmanaban Karuppaiah, Rajukannu Karuppaiah, Sirumalar Michael Mariasusai, Tamilselvi Gunasekaran
Making access to Food,Shelter, Education and Health a reality for children living in the rural parts of Central Tamil Nadu ( Dry Land farming area),India
A.Children Development Programme
i) Rosaleen Larkin Children's home
We run a Children's Home for the orphaned, abandoned, HIV affected, and very poor children who have dropped out of school. We provide accommodation, food, uniform, school books, adequate stationery, and health care. Many of these children have been with us for the past seven years and a few of them have finished school and now pursue higher education. Till date around 210 children have passed out from our Children's home.
ii) Evening Study Centres (ESC)
In Evening Study Centres, children do their homework under the supervision of tutors. A lot of children have illiterate parents who cannot help them with their homework. This reduces children's performance at school, lowers their self esteem, and some of them eventually stop attending school at all. Evening Study Centres have helped to retain the children in schools, and the drop out rate has decreased. We successfully run 24 Evening Study Centres in 24 rural villages & in slum. Over 750 very poor students receive free tuition, school bags, uniforms, and other school supplies. We also provide them with nutritional supplements like dates, etc. Around 6371 children have benefited under this scheme.
iii) Non-Residential Educational Support (Scholarship Programme)
This programme has been implemented as an answer to a pertinent question: What will happen to the educational future of the children affected by alcoholic, HIV infected, disabled, and/or chronically ill parents once they stop getting support from ESC as they pass on to the 8th standard. Also, there is a high risk of girl children drop out from school as their family background demands the employment of their children at a very early age. Hence, we started a community level programme, which takes into account the further education of the children. We decided to help students with bursary support. The students, who have completed the 10th standard, are given vocational counselling. A sum of money is transferred to the students' bank accounts every month. The students withdraw this amount during the 1st week of each month and use the same towards their educational expenses like purchase of stationery, books and other toiletry items like bathing soap, toothpaste and brush, coconut oil, foot wear, inner wear, etc. Awareness on health and hygiene, sanitation, life skills, etc. are also taught to them. So far 105 students have received the support under this scheme.
B. Women Development Programme:
To secure prosperity and empowerment of women in a community assumes paramount importance, which would, eventually, pave way for a better tomorrow for the children. Towards this end, the first Self Help Group was formed in 1997 and from then on SPPD has formed 644 SHGs with a total membership of 8398 women. Also many HIV/AIDS infected / affected women were clubbed together to form a Red Ribbon club association. At present we are under a tie-up with Global Giving - Ford India under the banner "Operation Goodwill" to provide free skill training for women in tailoring and basic computer at Maraimalainagar, Chennai.
C. Health Development Programme :-
We integrate HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support in all our programmes. To ensure this, we study and assess the vulnerability of various stake holders and empower them to protect themselves from STI/HIV/AIDS infection.
We have five children living at our Community Centre whose parents and close relatives are affected by HIV/AIDS. There is no one to look after the children and hence SPPD is taking care of them.
Activities undertaken are
* Increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS, opportunistic infections, causes of transmission, condom usage, immune status of PLWHA (People Living With HIV/AIDS) and mode of transmission.
* Referral linkages & counseling
* Care & support
* Educating female sex workers and other sexual minorities