Apr 4, 2017

Thank you again to all our donors!

Youth are unaware of the opportunities in the field of vocational skill and fail to realize that without a proper educational grade they'll be more likely to head down a path that leads to lower-paying jobs, poorer health, and the possible continuation of a cycle of poverty that creates immense challenges for their families and communities.

The passport to success is vocational skill and technical training expertise. Vocational training programs in rural areas appear most successful in terms of enhancing employability and contributing to the human development.

SPPD has helped poor and less educated youth to become skilled in the field of hospitality, of which 92% of this number are placed in a job with a decent livelihood. A highly effective means of motivating young students into the field of skill development is offering free meals, travelling allowance and the required educational materials. This has resulted in the following changes.

Increase in enrolment from 14% students in the year 2012-13 to 85% in 2016-17 in the field of skill training.  Free lunch for five days a week keeps the students more energetic and balances their nutritional diet. Educational material and travelling cost is kept light for the   students, which as a net result marks the attendance level on a high scale.  92% of students are successfully placed resulting in reduction of poverty, enhanced productivity and promoted environmentally sustainable development.

On-the-job trainings helps the students to gain practical knowledge and the stipend received helps the student to meet a part of his educational needs as well as financially supplement his family.

K.Ramamoorthy from a small hamlet in Musiri, Tamil Nadu – pursuing culinary skill,  has an elder brother and sister.  Father and mother has been working as daily wage construction labours.  The elder brother is employed as a police and sister is married and has moved away to her husband’s native town. 

Ramamoorthy was longing for higher education, but discontinued his schooling in 9th standard as the condition of the family was such, and was forced to take up a job as a painter for financial support of the family.  He was paid Rs.150/- per day and he will be having work for 15 days a month. Days passed by as he was in his painting job, he happened to meet one of his sister’s class mate and heard about the skill training provided for less educated and dropout students by offering free meals, travelling allowance and the required educational materials made him to think of skill training , made him to join the course. He also hoped that this will not be a burden to the family.

During his initial period of the training he had difficulties in writing and reading. With continuous training and of more practical learning he gained confidence. During the training course period he was placed in Hotel Nalla , Namakkal with stipend of Rs.4,000/- per month. Where he gained handful experience in the real industry. The stipend earned in his training period has supported his family economically. 

He appeared for his final exams in June 2016 and successfully passed out. He is now working at the same hotel handling south Indian cuisine and earning Rs.7,500/- per month.

Mar 20, 2017

Relief, Recovery and Rehabilitation services

Cyclone 'Vardah' hit the Tamil Nadu capital on 12 December, 2016. Vardah uprooted trees, big broken branches blocking the roads, fallen name boards, hoardings, damaged compound walls and vehicles under fallen trees and power cut. Chennai’s green cover faced a considerable loss as thousands of trees were uprooted by the cyclone.

The major affected areas were the north coastal areas of Chennai , Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram district in Tamilnadu. People were evacuated to safety. Educational institutions were closed down due to the severity of the cyclonic storm.

The most vulnerable were the slums of Chennai. As a corollary of the storm, many were rendered homeless. The first and most onerous task was to collect data — and time was not a friend. The immediate thing we did was to supply some of the essential needs for the people who were stranded without water, food, tarpaulin sheets, toiletries, etc.  

The community was made aware of art of survival during times like these, by providing instant and quick measures such as first aid, how to save others who are in need according to the needs and conditions of their environment etc.

Through demonstrations and detailed presentations children were taught (eg) how to handle victims in case of broken limbs,  how to run for safety during times of earth quakes, in case of protection during fire, what types of remedial measures to be taken etc.

True Story:

During the relief operations volunteer and staff had met many families and had comforted them by providing the necessary items for immediate survival.   

When the beneficiary and his children came back on to their house near the center of the cyclone, they were distraught to see the roof of their house destroyed. To support the family we provided a tarpaulin to cover the roof of their house.   

This has certainly helped the family to be safe from the downpour; secondly they can restore everything. Now they are happy that children can peacefully sit and sleep under their roof.

Mar 6, 2017

THANK YOU for all your love and support!

Dear Donors, 

We want to say Thank you again for all the support you guys have given to us.

The children are doing so well in school right now and with their utmost emotions, they feel so happy to be with their parents despite their poor life style. Many children had obtained fair grades in their past examinations was the information documented by the Coordinator during his monthly visit.

Though the contributions during the past calendar year was not on a positive scale, we still believe it is our sole duty to encourage each and everyone of you to please continue your support towards this good cause. 

With regards, 

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