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 ...
May 3, 2016

Progress on hygiene and sanitation

Dear Well Wishers:

The project has been providing sustained efforts for ensuring good hygiene and sanitaiton in all the supported schools.  As a main component of the program is increasing awarenss and bringing behavior change, we have focused on addressing attitudes and proper practices among children, their parents and other school officials as well. 

Monthly sessions were conducted in the schools and in the local villages for increasing awareness.  Specific topics such as benefits of proper hand washing, environmental cleanliness, how to make sure your drinking water is safe, and other topics were covered in these sessions.  The activity was not just conducted as education, but also as entertainment, by singing songs with the critical messages, stories that can make people relate their behaviiors etc.

After a year of interventions, we assessed the knownledge and practices among our schools students.  A sample of 75 students from different schools were asked to rate the quality of their school toilets, and on their handwashing practices.  Over 90% of children consistently rated their toilets as being very clean, and 100% reported that running water was always awailable in the toilet.  80% of children aslo reported that the toilets were cleaned three times a day and on all days of the week. Since the project provides soap in project schools, we also asked about the availablity of handwashing soap - to which over 75% that handwashing soap was always awailable.  The knowledge and practices among children were also very positive.  More than 85% of children reported that they always washed their hands with soap after toileting, and 90% reported washing their hands prior to eating.

To encourage the studeints, the project supports programs such as ‘Tidy Star of the Month’ initiative to promote personal hygiene practices among children is being continued. One girl and one boy from each class with the maximum amount of red stars are felicitated with prizes on a regular basis.  Similarly to encourage the santiation workers, every month one prize was given to sanitation worker, who did the best job of cleaning the toilets and bathrooms. 

Currently all the school toilets are getting their annual cleanining, prior to starting of school.  This includes, thorough washing, fixing any broken fittings, providing new accessories, and cleaning of the septic tansk and water tanks.  All the water filtration systems are also getting serviced for annual mainteinance work, prior to starting of school.

We strongly believe that the efforts of the project are making a difference, and we thank all of your for your continued support.

Mar 15, 2016

Rebuilding of Houses for 50+ families

Kalanjiyam's villages in Kancheepuram district were considerably affected by the incessant /heavy rains in November and December 2016.  Kalanjiyam appealed to all our friends and well-wishers and were able to mobilize different types of support- including clothing, household items etc., in additional to financial support.  Friends donated through global giving and this has made a significant contribution and supported more than 50 families who had lost their homes. 

We went through a process of screening and identifying individuals/families that needed support to rebuild their houses. A committee of local well-wishers was formed. We requested all who wanted to support to provide us with applications, a letter requesting for support, photo of the damages and a reference letter from local leaders vouching for the damages. 

After receiving these applications, Kalanjiyam staff went to the houses and assessed the damages, spoke to the families and got first hand information of the needs and family's ability to contribute.  The committee members then visited the applications houses and again talk to the family and assessed the requirements for rebuilding and cost. 

Afar these process 50 families were short listed over a period of two months and the support was provided to the families in the form of check.  Some families received partial amounts for rebuilding of one wall or some parts of the house while others were provided support for complete rebuilding due to the heavy damages incurred.  The committee members also ensured that the rebuild house would be long lasting accordingly decided on the required materials.  The families also were asked to contribute in the form of labour for rebuilding the houses. The process of rebuilding has started and is expected to be completed by the end of March.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The families were most grateful for the support and thank all supporters. Kalanjiyam is most grateful and thankful to Global Giving and donors for trusting us and supporting our efforts for rehabilitation. 


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Mar 3, 2016

Note books for rural children

Dear Friends,

We are happy to share with you that your support has made considerable contributions to help rural schools students.  Over the last few months the project provided more 1000 note books to the rural children who had lost all their notebooks during the heavy rains in Tamil Nadu. Children in more than 15 schools benefitted by the efforts. Each student was given three to four notebooks based on the class they were studying. 

Schools started Another 600+ children were provided health care check up after school started follwoing the rains in Tamil Nadu.  Many of the children were having health problems, fevers, severe cold/ cough etc and were not able to attend school.  Our project staff organized for health camps to be conducted in each of the primary, middle and high school, so that children can checked and proivded medicines they required. Many of the chilren were having skin problems

The project also supported to conduct after school tutiions and extra coaching in all the supported the schools. Starting in January, after the rains, the children were found to have considerable difficulty with their studies- the problems they had were memory problems, lack of attention, poor recall of lessons and some had completely forgotten the basics.  So they have required considerable coaching.  The project staff have been working with all the children after school every day, helping to get them back into shape, so that they can pass the upcoming exams. 

Rural students also have challenge with getting adequate nutrition; during their exams all students need good nutriiton. so the project has been supporting this component by providing vegetables to the noon meal provided in the schools. Another support has been providing extra nutritious snack after school during the coaching classes. This is very beneficial to the students, and they are able to have sufficient energy for the long hours of studying from morning to evening.  The project will continue to provide this till the completion of the exams in march/ April. 

We thank all the well wishers for your support and we believe that all our rural students will successfully finish this school year. 

thanks

Kalanjiyam team

 
   

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