Suresh.R and myself had visited Udhavum Nanbargal, at Alathur situated near Thiruninravur, Chennai on 16th Dec’2006. Here is a report on facts, find outs and requirements.
Name of the organization: Udhavum Nanbargal (Registered Trust)
Address: No. 1/30, Alathur village,
Palavedu Post, Avadi IAF,
Chennai, TamilNadu. PIN: 600 055
Contact Person: Mr.Sarathy
Contacts: Mobile: 9444511057 and email: email@example.com
2. FIND OUTS:
Udhavum Nanbargal is doing its best to its own village called Alathur with a population of 3500. It is mostly co-ordinated and run by Mr. Sarathy, who himself is a son of soil of Alathur. It is a registered trust, all trustees are village people only. Mr. Sarathy co-ordinate and guide them. They run the following centres to elevate the living standard of their village.
1. Evening Tuition centre
2. Home for destitute
3. Computer training centre
4. Type writing centre
5. Tailoring centre
6. Embroidering centre
8. Health centre.
Apart from these, they conduct training camps on rural development and assistance to physically challenged and poor who need medical facilities. All these centres are not massive in size; most of these are run in the big house of Mr.Sarathy (He is a bachelor) . These institutes serves the people of that village. Evening tuition centre is organized in a professional way. Apart from school studies, here the students are given moral education, computer education (MS-Office/Photo Shop/etc.), trained in Self-evaluation, spoken English, etc.
The uniqueness of this trust is the participation of village in fund raising and self organization. Many people in the village contribute around Rs. 50/- per months for this noble cause. The model is such that village people help themselves without much dependent on external resources (man power, fund, ideas, etc). Mr.Sarathy restricts the strength of Tuition centre to 60 since he counts quality of service not quantity since it is an experimental attempt for him also.
Priority #1: Require new or old sewing machines in good condition to replace the very old faulty machines.
Priority #2: Mr.Sarathy has plans to provide job opportunites like data entry works for youngsters. They need around 2 computers for Computer Training centre (for children) and 10 computers for Date entry work (for adults).
Priority #3: Tuition teachers to be deployed for SSLC students, who needs special care. High level estimation is 50 students – 4 to 6 teachers – amount of 2K to 3K per month. If any body confirms their support to this task, Mr. Sarathy will plan and work out for detailed plan. He does not want to start tuition for current batch, he aims for next year students.
Priority #4: 100 Nos. of Ruled long size Notebooks and 50 Nos. of Unruled long size Notebooks.
Udhavum Nanbargal is doing wonderful job but not much interested in fame and money from others. The village is testing its own model of development frame work which is a unique roll model for other villages. They train themselves for betterment of their living standard.
Suresh.R and KaruppuSwamy.T