Tamil Nadu/Chengalpattu: Visited to Women In Need Foundation – Supporting Girl students education and begging kids

Dear Friends,

We visited to “Women In Need Foundation” on 17-Jan-2010 to understand there activity and education requirement. We had discussion with S.Santhakumari (Founder), Peter (Trustees) and Students.

Visited Place: Women In Need Foundation, No 10B, K.K Street, Chinna Natham, Chengalpattu – 603 002.
Phone: 044-27429045, 94441-24538
Email: womenin@yahoo.co.in
Visited By: Athitha Nadarajan S & Udhaya Kumar V
Photo: http://picasaweb.google.com/indiasudar/WomenInNeedFoundation

1. About Organization/Activity:

1.1 In year 2003, three women started this foundation to support girl student education. Santhakumar.S (Advocate) and Mr.Peter spending there most of the time to take care of this organization activity.

1.2 This organization currently providing education support for 23 girls and 19 boys. They are taking care of paying fees, providing education material, dress, etc. Currently girl students staying at Women in Need foundation itself & Boys staying in hostel. But complete this 42 student education expense taken care by Malar Trust, Italy.

1.3 Most of this student studying engineering, B.Com, B.Sc, etc & Some students in 11th/12th also. They prefer to select the students after school based on Malar Trust funding support.

1.4 They are running 5 learning center(Thandarai Village, Kottaikadu, Parasanallur, Poonjeri village) in near by villages for government school students. This will work from 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM. again teacher salary and education material provided by Malar Trust for this learning centers.

1.5 Malar Trust built a community building to provide support for Begging Kids. Currently Women foundation using this building to provide shelter for begging kids. Peter and Santakumari rescued 20 begging kids in the help of local panjayath leader. Out of this, 13 kids go to school and 7 kid stays in this community building itself.

2. Requirement:

2.1 They need one full time teacher to educate begging kids (already rescued) in Community Building. Salary will be Rs.1,000+

2.2 They need help to start learning centers for nearby villages. Salary will be Rs.1000.

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Udhaya Kumar.V
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A brief summary of survey conducted by KA-IS team last week:

Date(s): 9-Jan
Location: Kakolu Village, Bangalore rural
Members: Murali Kakolu, Prashanth L A
Schools surveyed: 2
– Government Higher Primary School, Kakolu
– Government High School, Kakolu
The details of the survey are available in the attached spreadsheet


* This area is quite backward with agriculture labour being the primary occupation.
* The primary needs of the schools are the notebooks/stationeries for the next academic year
* It would also help the students in the high school if we conduct awareness programs such as quiz, science, creative classes.
* The High school has a computer lab with 10 computers, but they lack educational software. Additionally, the teachers here are not comfortable using computers. The higher primary school has two computers and surprisingly has Azim Premji Foundation software for teaching. But, the teachers in HPS also need to be trained on how to use the software as teaching aids.

What next?
– As a first step towards spreading educational awareness, a quiz program is planned in February for the high school kids.
– Considering IS experience in setting up computer centers and training teachers, a teacher training program in envisaged for the parallel with the above for the computer centers in both the higher primary and high school

Thanks to Mr. Murali Kakolu, who joined the Karnataka core team recently. He hails from the same village (Kakolu) and has supported these schools individually in the past.

Through IS, we look forward to bring in more changes in this area to achieve our vision of elevating educational standards and request your earnest support towards this cause.

Prashanth for KA-IS team

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