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 ...
Dec 2, 2015

Help for Chennai rains/ flood victims

The villages where Kalanjiyam works, are severely affected by incessant rains ; currently the sitatution is getting worse and many families are losing their homes and are in need of shelter and basic amenities.  We are now trying to do as much relief work as possible in this dire situation - the communiteis have informed the first requirement is food supplies, clothing and other basics.  So we are mobilsing and providing these to our villagers.  Presently 50 families have completely lost their homes and we are planning to support them through this difficult period. Kalanjiyam field office is becoming a shelter and we expect the situation will worsen in the next few days before things subsize.  We appeal to all you well wishers to once again support us now in this time.  THis support will make a great deal of difference to all the children and their families.

Nov 17, 2015

empowering rural students

Para teachers placed by the project have been supporting to strengthen the educational activities and learning outcomes among the students;

  • Daily after school tuitions are conducted in project supported schools. The focus is to help the children to catch up on their school lessons and to do homework. Here they also practiced their reading and writing, and multiplication tables. In addition special home work is given to each child, based on what the child needs to learn.
  • Provided educational aids: Students in all the schools were provided drawing note books, color pencils in the primary, middle and higher secondary schools; Tamil English Tamil Dictionaries were provided to all children from 5th class onwards; and school atlas has been provided to children from 6th class onwards in all schools.
  • Drawing competition: Drawing classes were conducted in all the supported schools. In order to test the children’s skills, a drawing competition was planned and conducted, in which 26 students were identified as deserving to participate from a total of 12 schools.  the Drawing competiton was held at Kalanjiyam training center;  the top three best drawings were awarded with prizes.
  • A Maths Competition was conducted for the students of with the help of para-teachers and support of the school authorities. A total of 220 students from classes I-V participated in the competition. Class I was tested in Counting, Class II in addition, Class III in addition, subtraction and tables, Class IV in addition, subtraction, multiplication and simple division, and Class V in all four mathematical functions. 5 different samples of the worksheets were prepared for each of the classes. It was time-based competition wherein, the student who solved the maximum number of sums correctly in the given time was adjudged as the winner. Five prizes and two consolation prizes were given away per class.

These special actvities conducted by the project are very encouraging for the rural children and empower students to improve their learning.

Nov 3, 2015

Reaching new beneficiaries

Dear Friends,

The project has been continuing to support 12+ government schools in hygiene and sanitaiton programs; in the schools the projec placed staff are maintaining the hygiene facilities, clean drinking water is provided and health education of propoer handwashing and other healthy / safe behaviors is encouraged.

In the last three months, the project has also initiated working in a new higher seconday school. Cheyyur Government Girls higher secondary school has a strength of more than 590 girls studying there.  For the last six months there was no running water in school as the well in the school premises had to be deepened -for water to be available for all purposes. The school had very little funds and there was no provision for getting addtional funds from Department of Education. 

The school Headmaster hearing about our project activities, approached us for supportting this initiative.  After our field team visited the school and understood the needs and the cost, a plan was made to provide the support.  The project supported the entire cost of deepening the well and the school agreed to get local donations from the Panchayat Leader to have the motor fixed. The project also worked closely with the school to identify a suitable contractor and ensured that the work was done properly. 

The school now had running water, which is a boon for all the students and teachers.  During this process it was also identified that the girl students were having considerable reproductive health problems due to lack of hygiene and witholding from toileting during school.  The project's team of nurses and outreach workers then conducted hjeatlh check up and counseled all the girls for their reproductive health problems. The students are extremely thankful for the discussions on reproductive health – they said ‘no one talks to us about these things and when we have doubts we are afraid to ask anyone’.  We are continuing to work with these students and school to bring about greater behavior changes on personal hygeine and santiation practices.  

 

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