Provided education material for 10 Learning Center Students at Madurai Dist, Tamil Nadu – 290 students benefited.

Dear Friends,
We provided completed education material for 10 Learning centers at Thigam, Madurai, Cost of Rs. 12,950. Hope you remember we deployed 10 teachers for these centers.
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1. Ko. Pudur, 5/108,Nagathreertham Pirivu, Kodimangalam (Pudur), Madurai Dist. 625 234
2. Melakkal, 3/230 B,Ambedkar Colony, Melakkal (Post), Vadipatti (T.k), Madurai.
3. Thiruvedagam, Thiruvedagam Colony, Vadipatti (T.k), Madurai Dist.
4. Kodimangalam, Kodimangalam, Via. Thiruvedagam, Madurai Dist. 625 234
5. Kamatchi Puram, Kamatchipuram, Keelamathoor (Post), Madurai – 10.
6. Oothukuli, Pillaiyar kovil,Thenkarai(po)Vatipatti(Tk) ,  Madurai Dist. 625 234
7. Keelamathoor, 142.Kaliamman kovil  st,Keelamathoor (p.o), Madurai Dist. 10
8. Mallaipatti, Oothukuli Road, Madurai Dist. 625 234
9. Byekara, Arasinar Colony, Byekara
10. Thottappanayakkanur, Usilampatti, Madurai
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Refer attached project report & Photos.

Udhaya Kumar.V
Mobile:+91.98867.33607
http://www.indiasudar.org – Developing a Powerful India by Providing Education

10 Learning Center started at Madurai Dist, Tamil Nadu – 290 students benefited

Dear Friends,
We deployed 10 teachers in following Village Learning Center at Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Last year we had five centers & this academic year (2009-10) we increased to 10 centers.

1. Ko. Pudur, 5/108,Nagathreertham Pirivu, Kodimangalam (Pudur), Madurai Dist. 625 234
2. Melakkal, 3/230 B,Ambedkar Colony, Melakkal (Post), Vadipatti (T.k), Madurai.
3. Thiruvedagam, Thiruvedagam Colony, Vadipatti (T.k), Madurai Dist.
4. Kodimangalam, Kodimangalam, Via. Thiruvedagam, Madurai Dist. 625 234
5. Kamatchi Puram, Kamatchipuram, Keelamathoor (Post), Madurai – 10.
6. Oothukuli, Pillaiyar kovil,Thenkarai(po)Vatipatti(Tk) ,  Madurai Dist. 625 234
7. Keelamathoor, 142.Kaliamman kovil  st,Keelamathoor (p.o), Madurai Dist. 10
8. Mallaipatti, Oothukuli Road, Madurai Dist. 625 234
9. Byekara, Arasinar Colony, Byekara
10. Thottappanayakkanur, Usilampatti, Madurai.
Our Sincear thanks to our Partner TCE-CRESCENDO eGroup (P04), Who is paying salary for 5 Learning centers.
Our Sincear thanks to our parnter Helping Hands (India Sudar Member Code 612), Who is paying salary for 5 Learning centers.

Udhaya Kumar.V
Mobile:+91.98867.33607
http://www.indiasudar.org – Developing a Powerful India by Providing Education

Visited Thiyagam Narpanbu kalvi maiyam.

9-Mar-2008
Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

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Hi Frenz,
 
 On 9th Mar, we(myself & RajaSoundar) visited Thiyagam Narpanbu Kalvi Maiyam(TNKM) @ Madurai. We had a good chat with the chief trustee Amudha Shanthi & her brother Selva. They are very much enthusiastic abt the development of the village students nearby Madurai. Currently we are supporting 5 villages’ teachers’ salary.
 
 Earlier they were working on “village pattern”. Now, they r in “individual pattern”… Meaning, they analyze the impact of the Narpanbu kalvi maiyam on every induvidual in that village and they showed us every student’s report and it was really happy moment for us to know that the change is happenning.

 
 After the discussion, we visited two of the villages and spoke with those children too. Their attitude, behaving with other were so matured. (As I too came from a village, I could realize this). The teachers trained the students now itself to help others. They ask everyone what he helped that day and encouraging them to do more, even it’s small help like bringing bucket water to mom. Really interesting. 🙂
 
We were fully satisfied with the training provided by them. Finally, we had a very nice village “karuppatti” coffee also. 🙂
 
Fotos available @ http://picasaweb.google.com/indiasudar/ThiyagamTrust
 
Our one another visit to Manitham trust fotos available @ http://picasaweb.google.com/indiasudar/ManithamTrust
 
Luv,
Athi (B +ve)
TN Team.
We are responsible for what we are and whatever we wish ourselves to be.
                                —–Swami Vivekananda.

Thiyagam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu – Project Report

We have attached:

1. Report of Thiyagam Narpanbu Kalvi Maiyam(TNKM) – evening free tuition centre report from April to Sep.07 along with impact of the children.

2.  Photo-1 –
a. A boy with folding handing telling a moral story – Childrens Day program at Thiruvedagam village.
b. A boy taking pledge on Independance Day program at Pudur village
c. Role play on the importance of Village Sanitation at Kamatchipuram village
d. Children Day program Melakkal village

 
Photo-2
a. Camp photo – Cultural program
b. Camp – yoga by children at Nagatheertham village
c. Kamatchipuram teacher teaching children
d. Teachers meeting at Keelamathur
 
Photo-3
a. Melakkal village photo
b. Thiruvedagam parents meet
c. Pudur village
d. Keelamathur village

Report and Impact of Life Skills Program at Thiyagam Narpanbu Kalvi Maiyam(TNKM)-Madurai(Supported by India Sudar) From April 07 to September 07

Villages: Pudur, Thiruvedagam, Keelamathur, Melakkal, Kamatchipuram

 TNKM – Important Programs:

  1.  
    • Five free evening tuition centres have been started in villages Thiruvedagam, Kamatchipuram, Melakkal, Pudur, Keelamathur in Madurai Dist.
    • Five committed lady teachers have been appointed to take care of these centres and 165 students are benefited
    • Due importance is given to Value inculcation through various methods inspired by V-Set and Mr Ravichandar from V-Set, Chennai visited Madurai and given special training to TNKM teachers on the implementation of life skills program.
    • Refresher camp conducted on 06-05-07 for all the 165 children at Nagatheertham imparting training on handicrafts, street play, oyilattam, Bommalattam, awareness songs, painting, moral stories etc. Children participated with great enthusiasm.
    • Nandini Voice for the deprived has donated Note books for the children of TNKM centres and the same was distributed.
    • Parents Meet was organized at Thiruvedagam on 15-07-07 with 15 parents and shared the views of Parents participation in TNKM efforts.
    • 15-08-07 – Independence Day was celebrated and the talents of children encouraged. Trees were planted by Chief Guests on the occasion.
    • 23-09-07 – Thiruvedagam Vivekananda College has conducted yoga and breathing training for the students of 8, 9,10th std was conducted.  College Principal Sri Vannirajan given his full support for the program.
    • Life Skills Program have been taught following the precepts from Thirukkural and also learning from V-Set.
    • Special Talent Improvement program initiated which consists of Ooyilattam, singing, dancing, story telling, drawing, essay writing and oratory.
    • Mini library is being set up in all five villages to improve the reading habit.

 

Centres

Individual level Family level Social level School level Emotional level Talent level

1.Thiruvedagam

M Kani is a mischievous boy and do all kinds pranks now he listens to teacher

   

Nadhia, Priya is cleaning utensils at home and helpful to her parents

Saranya has given betel nuts to an old lady from her savings

Saravanan has given money to his friend to go his village who lost his bus fare

Helping mind and tendency has increased

Kartik, Mari,Saravanan ‘Vazhvil Thirukural’ convey the meaning daily


 

 

The qualities Civic Sense, Respecting others, Obedience to elders have been nurtured

 

Rakku girl student. she used escort a old lady to cross the road

Bharathi, student gave his pen to a friend who was weeping and given consolation

The quality of adoptability increased among children

Through Drawing, moral stories, essay writing the talent of the children encouraged

2. Pudur

Thirupathi is a week in studies.  Earlier he got fail marks. Now he has passed all the subjects. His parents appreciated the centre

    

Pichumani, a student unable to walk properly.  Now through the inspiration and guidance of the Centre he walks  and studies well.

Easwari went to Chennai and visited beach. She saw a girl was about to sink in the waves.  She informed the same to her parents and rescued the girl.

Divya gave her lunch to a girl student who swooned away due to hunger.  Teachers appreciated the kindness of Divya

Naveena was going in her by-cycle. She helped a girl who was standing for a long time waiting for the bus by giving her doubles.

Children are actively involved in

Handicrafts, maintaining the plantation


 

 

Kalaimani was walking on the road. She saw a girl fell down in the well while picking up a ball. Kalaimani ran to girl’s parents and informed the same. The girl was saved

Poornima, a girl student coming from a deprived family.   Understanding family situation she sells flower garlands and support the family during her spare times.

Nandini went to Thirthakarai temple.  She felt that it would be helpful to public if the hill was cleaned.  With the help of some students she cleaned the hill temple and increased the beauty of the place.

TNKM students gets good name from teachers in schools by their behaviour

TNKM students teach yoga and breathing to other students which they have learnt from Vivekananda College

Divya has written a wonderful essay on ‘Our village in 2010’.

 

Ooyilattam, hand work, singing are practiced by children

3. Keelamathur

Students interest in education increased and attend the Centre in time

Students help their mother in household chores

Village water tank was cleaned by our students during holidays which was appreciated by all.

School teachers appreciated the good behaviour of our students in the school

Helping others, the quality of sharing has increased

Students convey the message from Thirukkural and apply the same in their life.


 

 

Sonia, Vinod and Divyabharthi shared their lunch, pen and note books with fellow students

 

Respecting and obeying elders continues

TNKM students help in assisting in literacy to village elders

 

Service and kindness has obtained students good name from teachers

Practicing yoga and breathing with other students which they have learnt from Vivekananda College

4. Kamatchipuram

Dance, art also taught to students apart from regular tuition

Students help parents and sisters. Teach lessons to children at home

The teacher and students initiated awareness to build a toilet at every house

The school teacher said the children moves very well and has good manners.

The children put into practice good qualities taught in the centre

All children have passed in the exam

 

Students are active

Moral stories learnt at the centre are shared with family

Respecting elders continues

School is kept clean without putting garbage around and request the students to use garbage box

  

Children who gets angry are now patient

Doubts of the other students clarified in subjects by TNKM students


 

5. Melakkal 

Humaneness is practiced by children

Parents and elders are respected in the family

The awareness was created among children to improve their villages. The centre has been kept clean by the children

TNKM children have stopped fighting with other children on petty matters

The quality of give and take has increased among children. The lives of great ones has inspired them to live a noble life

 

Practicing yoga and breathing with other students.

 

Singing and dance are practised

 
Thanking you
Amuthashanthy
Thiyagam Women Trust

Project report on Thiagam Narpanbu kalvi maiyam…

14-JUN-2007
Madurai, TN.

Hi Folks,

I am glad to announce that IndiaSudar will start another project, Thiagam Narpanbu Kalvi Maiyam. Attached is the project report. We will start the project on July. TCE alumnis (2003 Batch) will execute this project thru India Sudar.
Thank you all for ur continuous support and assistance.

Luv,
Athi (B +ve)

visited to Thiagam women’s trust, Madurai

29/Apr/2007

Hi Frenz,

First of all very much sorry for the much delayed mail. (I think, this becomes usual. I hav to change it.) 😉

BTW, we (Myself – 91 and Senthil kumar – 144) visited Thiagam women’s trust, Madurai. The trust is run by AmuthaShanthi, who is physically challenged. First she started a weaving m/c training for physically challenged women. Then, now she expanded the centre for poor women also, in and around madurai. Actually, now the centre is run by her sister, who has dedicated her life for this centre. They export the small items which are manufactured in the centre.

Two yrs back, they started a programme called “Thiagam Narpanbu Kalvi maiyam” (TNKM). In this programme, they choose one or more villages(mostly slum areas) as the target and started teaching the school going children some gud habits and lessons. They select the faculty in the village itself. First they train the faculty, then appoint them as faculty. Some voluntary persons are training the faculties without any fee. And, TNKM will take care of faculties’ payment. They said, after they started this course, most parents came and told, “My son is giving me respect now only.” Yes…. B4 that, the children used to call their fathers “vaada, poda”. J

The trust doesn’t have any regular income. So, they are struggling to pay the amt. So, at present, their primary need is tuition fee for 5 faculties. Currently, they are paying 300/ each. And, they feel the fee is very less and so they wanted to give atleast 400/. So, totally it comes around 2K per month. And, we(TCE-Crescendo e-grp – 2003 TCE CSE Alumnis) decided to pay the amt by ourselves thru India Sudar for the next one year. (Actually, this also took some time to discuss with my friends, and so the mail delay)

Below is the details of TNKM, if u wanna know more.

Luv,
Athi (B +ve)

We are responsible for what we are and whatever we wish ourselves to be.
—–Swami Vivekananda.

Focus on – Rural Children

 

We have Thiyagam Narpanbu Kalvi Maiyam tuition centres in 5 villages – in Cholavandan taluk near Madurai where we get space, good teacher and community support.  In all the five centres 165 students are getting the benefit of free evening tuition in life skills and academics.

 

 

S.No.

Village

Teachers

No.of students

1

Thiruvedagam

Pichaiyammal

  29

2

Kamatchipuram

Yasoda

  47

3

Melakkal

Gurudevi

  30

4

Kezhamathur

Sathyakala

  28

5

Pudur

Murugeswari

  31

 

 

Total

 165

 

THIYAGAM NARPANPU KALVI MAIYAM(TNKM)

Thiyagam Women Trust

Centre for physically challenged women

No.66/44, Kambar Street, S. S.Colonly, Madurai – 625 010

Ph: 0452-2602195 –  E-mail: challengedwomen@gmail.com

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THIYAGAM NARPANPU KALVI MAIYAM(TNKM)

 

Vision: Man-Maing:

 

1. To excel in ones field of knowledge through academic exercise

2. To become a responsible social being through unfoldment of

    human values

3. To create Role Model citizens in each and every field of our society who will set an example in uprightness, integrity and humaneness.

 

Objective

 

It is well known fact that Schools have less time for Value Inculcation due to heavy syllabus and result culture. Children from rural areas are put into lot of stress due to examination related fear. Due to various reasons Values are not inculcated in schools in an effective way. Life skills are the need of the hour in villages since lack attention from Parent side as well as schools.   

 

This gap in a small way is filled up through our humble effort of Thiyagam Narpanbu Kalvi Maiyam(TNKM) initiated by Thiyagam Women Trust, where equal emphasis is given to Values along with academics. TNKM is focusing on the all round development of village children. These centres provide opportunity to regularly discuss Value themes with children. Noble personalities from different fields are invited to talk to children and share their valuable experiences.  These will help children to improve their life skills and act in a responsible way in all situations.  When these children grow up they would not compromise on the ideals on “Caring Society” set forth before them and become emotionally matured citizen.

 

Focus on – Rural Children

 

We have Thiyagam Narpanbu Kalvi Maiyam tuition centres in 5 villages – in Cholavandan taluk near Madurai where we get space, good teacher and community support.  In all the five centres 165 students are getting the benefit of free evening tuition in life skills and academics.

 

 

S.No.

Village

Teachers

No.of students

1

Thiruvedagam

Pichaiyammal

29

2

Kamatchipuram

Yasoda

47

3

Melakkal

Gurudevi

30

4

Kezhamathur

Sathyakala

28

5

Pudur

Murugeswari

31

 

 

Total

165

   

What is taught in TNKM?

 

1. We teach through living examples of great ones

2. We teach values through small incidents/moral stories

3. We cultivate reading habits through library

4. We teach self-management in small day to day chores

5. We encourage children to adopt the contents of Thirukural for life

6. We ask children to share with other children all the values they have

    Learnt in TNKM and put into practice in their day to day life.

7. We encourage children to help in identify and nurture individual talents in Camps.

8. We adopt in TNKM the theme of Humaneness of V-Set and update our training program in line with V-Set’s rich experience in moulding teachers and students in creating a harmonious society.

 

 

Impact on the lives of Children

 

Individual level

Clean habits like nail cutting, oil in the hair, proper combing, personal hygiene, expressing talents, punctuality, replacing road side unhygienic games with games in ground, inspiring to be truthful in all situations, accepting one’s own mistakes without compromise.

 

Family level

Respect to Parents, helping brother/sister in their studies, help in cooking at homes in case of sickness of mothers, gardening, helping neighbourhood and relatives.

 

School level

Sharing of pen/pencil with other students, Good ranking students teach mediocre students, Sharing of food, Stop bullying and blaming, when a student absent on a day, other student share the lesson, keeping the school and surrounding neat and clean.

 

Social level

Road crossing, seat giving in the bus, helping the physically/visually challenged, tree planting, cultivating civic sense

 

 

TNKM – Inspiring Experiences:

 

1. Kalaimani, a student has taken the wounded puppy on the road to Vetnary Hospital for treatment and rescued.

2. Poornima has learnt that her friend Sathya did not have a uniform.   Because of that Sathya could not attend the school. Poornima told her Parents to help Sathya in buying uniform which they have agreed and did the help.

3. Manigandan and Vijay are friends.  Vijay stole some money at home and informed to Manigandan.   Immediately Manikandan explained that how it’s wrong to steal something and made him understand.  Vijay came to his senses and apologized to Manigandan.   He also promised that he will not steal anything in future.

4. Solairaja was a student of very adamant type.  He would talk sharply with his friends and parents.  After his studies at TNKM gradually he changed his behaviour.  Now he is polite and courteous.

5. Vinodhkumar a student used to do small helps to poor and needy.   Once he helped an old lady in crossing a small river.  The old lady thanked the boy for the timely help.  But the boy told that he learnt this quality of ready to serve through TNKM tuition centre.

 

 

Budget Proposal for the Academic Year – 2007-2008

 

We give below the Budget proposal with notes which highlights the detail of the expenses.

 

1

Teachers Salary – Rs.400 x 12

Rs.24000/-

2

Travel cost – Rs.300 x 12

Rs.3600/-

3

Education Material

Rs.1000/-

4

Administrative Exps

Rs.3000/-

5

Camp Exps – Rs.3000 x 2

Rs.6000/-

6

Teacher training  300 x 4

Rs.1200/-

7

Full time staff – Rs.1200 x 12

Rs.14400/-

8

Contingency Exps

Rs.5000/-

 

Total

Rs.58200/-

  

 

Notes:

²     At present we are giving to each teacher a token amount of Rs.300 /- per month. From next academic year we would like to increase this amount to Rs.400/- per teacher. Rs.400 per month x 5 teachers = Rs.2000 per month  – Rs.2000 x 12 = 24000 per annum

²     Travel Exps  – Rs.300 per month x 12 =   Rs.3600/- per annum – Visits to 5 villages by vehicle.

²     Education materials – Rs.1000/- per annum – for all centres

²     Administrative cost – Rs.3000/- per annum – Correspondence, telephone, postage, xerox, photos, documentation, award books, Visual show etc.

²     Camps per year(including food)  – Rs.3000/- per camp = Rs.6000/- per annum – We plan to conduct at least 2 camps per year so that we can identify individual students interest and talents.  This helps to motivate them in proper direction.

²     4 Teacher training program – Rs.1200/-   per annum

– Teacher training through experienced personnel to achieve the objective    which includes providing them training manual and ideas for documentation

²     We would like to appoint a full time staff to visit villages and co-ordinate the efforts of TNKM tuition centres on regular basis. On his spare time the staff will also work for Thiyagam Unit.   For this staff we have to pay minimum of Rs.1200/-.per month which comes to Rs.14400/- per annum

²     Contingency Expenses – Rs.5000/- per annum

 

The above Budget Proposal is prepared taking into account basic requirements only. TNKM will submit systematic accounts once in three months with receipts.   TNKM will also submit the report of the student’s progress on regular basis.

 

Thiyagam Women Trust – Physically Challenged Women Computer Project:

27/Jan/2007
Madurai 625010, TN.

Dear Friends,

Some time back we requested from Udhayam Inc, USA for Computer Project in Thiyagam Women Trust (is registered under the Charitable Trust Act, established to serve the physically challenged women with care and concern).

Udhayam Inc(www.udhayam.org) accepted the project and provided the funding for one computer, Now we are going to purchase ONE computer to Thiyagam Women Organization for Computer Training.

Our Sincere THANKS to Udhayam Inc & Members, USA for physically challenged women computer project support !!!

Udhaya Kumar.V
The Managing Trustee
http://www.indiasudar.org
Mobile: +91-98867-33607

Visited to Indira Gandhi International Academy, Jakkur, Bangalore.

03/Dec/2006
Jakkur, Bangalore.

Dear Friends,

1. Today(03/Dec/06), I have visited to Indira Gandhi International Academy, Jakkur, Bangalore – 560 064 School to distribute text books with India Sudar Seal.

2. I had the discussion with S.Mohan (Bright Society Secretary) for education requirement. Currently this school supports 200 students, now they received admission request from 1000 students for this school. But they are not in the position to accept every thing, they are planning to admit only 50 to 100 students out of 1000 from next academic year.

3. India Sudar Projects at Indira Gandhi International Academy, Jakkur:

3.1 Providing Text book, Note Book, education material – DONE (WC: 2.16/KA/2006_07, work coordinator: Ravi Kumar.K)
3.2 Providing Book Shelf – Already Mr.Ravi Kumar(L) working with Samsung India Software to provide this.
3.3 DEPLOYING TEACHER: Already we are working with our partner organization to deploy teacher for this school.

Note: This School was set up in Bangalore in 1990 with funding by Bright Society, a non- governmental organization.

Udhaya Kumar.V
The Managing Trustee,
Mobile: +91-98867-33607
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About THIYAGAM Women Trust – Physically Challenged Women

From: “challenged women” <challengedwomen@gmail.com> [save this address]
   
 
 
 
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Dear Sir

Pl find below some outline of my life which I don’t send normally unless called for.

This has prepared by my friend from few magazines.

With all humilty I confess I need to go a long way to achieve my cherished goal – reaching out to

Physically challenged women of rural India.

Best wishes

Amuthashanthy

THE STORY OF SILENT SERVICE

“The only handicap is to depend on others. For physically challenged we don’t want any compassion or consolation. We want opportunity to express our talents and earn our livelihood. If the opportunity is given we will prove our ability.”

BROKEN FEATHER

She is standing at the entrance of a Company with files. Oh, perhaps she might request employment expressing her disability, one might think… Yes. Only half of this is truth. She is seeking employment not for herself but for others… like her to other physically challenged women. With broken feather she walks erect with confidence. She is young, beautiful, dynamic lady doing accounts work in a Theological Seminary in Madurai District of Tamilnadu. She is the only bread winner of her 4 member family. She doesn’t have her left forehand right from her birth. It is difficult to believe but absolute fact. Yes. Amuthashanthy was born with one arm from her birth itself.

When she was born as a girl baby with one hand, her mother Jayamani was burst out with a great agony in deep anguish. The relatives advised her mother, ‘your family is not in good condition now. You can better leave the child in the Hospital and through them join her in an orphanage.’ But, the very girl who was referred by relatives as a bane to household has now lighting the lives of so many families – seeing this my heart is full so says her mother Jayamani with tears of joy.

ONLY HANDICAP IS TO DEPEND ON OTHERS

The path Ms Amuthashanthy treaded in the past was not the bed of roses but full of bricks and thorns. She could not crawl in her childhood. The troubles she had to undergone can never be expressed through words but can well be felt in one’s heart. She does not like to be looked after by each and every family member. She had joined in Avvai Ashram in Tirunelveli Dist. managed by Gandhigram Trust at the age of 11 for VIth std., Avvai Ashram is a residential hostel for destitute girls which gave her complete training and moulded her personality in all life skills. She also learnt there tailoring, candle making, camphor making etc. She got State Award in Essay Competition when she was studying her VIIIth Std from the then Chief Minister of Tamilnadu. This gave her self-reliance and motivated her to go forward. There she realized the great lesson – ‘Not for you, be ready to be of service to so many like you….’ and which has become her life’s mission. Education has become a passion for her. This passion led her to complete her Post Graduation and join in a decent job though she had to undergo lot of hindrances from family circle.

Her job did not stop her to take up her mission. The pain she had undergone due to physical disability and family circumstances motivated her to dedicate her life to the welfare of her numerous challenged sisters. She was eager that they should not face the struggles and pain she faced in her life. She says, ‘the only handicap is to depend on others. For physically challenged we don’t want any compassion or consolation. We want opportunity to express our talents, earn our livelihood and join the mainstream of society. If the opportunity is given we will prove our ability. She feels for challenged sisters endowed with good talents couldn’t get good opportunity is my concern.’

COMFORT TO CHALLENGED WOMEN

When she was working in the Seminary, after her working hours she used to spend her time to meet the various needs of Physically Challenged Women (PCW). She used to visit remote villages and identify challenged women in distress who knows no hold for their future. The conditions of many of these girls are very pathetic. Their parents wouldn’t permit them to go outside from home. Due to acute poverty they don’t give them proper education. She talks to them lovingly giving courage and hope. She had to pacify and soothe their hearts with her loving words of solace and concern. These challenged women immediately gather full energy on seeing Ms Amutha Shanthy’s blooming face in spite of the fact she has been carrying on everything with just one hand. They instantly feel that she is their own sister and pour their hearts to her. Her feeling of oneness with the woes of challenged sisters and her deep concern for their welfare draws them towards her.

She says, ‘during weak ends I used to go to their houses and meet them to understand their deplorable situation of discomfort. I bring them to training centre and show them how other challenged women affected with more disability lead a respectable life by earning their own livelihood. Putting them in a positive environment slowly I change their outlook by feeding them with the soothing words of self-confidence. I also see situation vacant in News Papers and visit small industries and private companies to identify vacancies. It would help me to arrange for the placement of deserving challenged women to suitable position.’

Her care and service extends to Visually Challenged and deaf and dumb women. She used to write exams for Visually Challenged girls. She also does regular book reading for them. She gets numerous letters from her challenged sisters and brothers seeking solace and comfort. She answers every one of them giving words of courage and confidence.

IT’S ALWAYS POSSIBLE

When asked what is that inspired Amuthashanthy to take such a decision to plunge in the service of Physically Challenged Women (PCW)? She said, “For last 6 years I got the blessed opportunity to associate closely with the world of PCW. The constant interaction with PCW in rural areas made me to think – I should act. This constant fellowship provided an in depth knowledge to the plight of PCW.

The needs are many. Some of them want to complete their education. Some are seeking an employment. Some wants wheel chair, crutches, tricycle etc. Ultimately they all expect a decent livelihood without depending on any one. Most of them are from very poor economic back ground, rather, struggling to maintain their livelihood.”

“I have made a detailed research into the problems of PCW and subsequent personal visits to remote villages presented me clear action plan seeking permanent solution to their problems. It is great pity to note that many of them are not even aware of the details of grants provided by Government for their development. The deplorable condition is that even after many announcements of grants for the development of physically challenged, not even 1% reaches the ground level. The demonstrations, fasts are done by physically challenged in various districts is only to draw the attention of Higher Authorities to implement the statutes and grants already announced by the Government.”

“Based on the above assessment and being a PCW myself by birth I am convinced that it is my prime duty to bring sunshine to the numerous lives and keenly felt the inner call to dedicate my life for the cause of rural based PCW. Only a PCW knows the real situation of another PCW.”

“No more weeping, no more blaming of any one – up and doing – it is time to arise and awake and stop not till the goal of economic independence of PCW achieved. I strongly believe that mere economic independence without having faith in values of life will never result in contented life. All my efforts will go along with infusing positive approach in PCW by following cardinal values of life.”

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

When I meet PCW after hearing all their woes I gently ask them to count their blessings. I make a note of all the positive points. No doubt. Physically challenged are facing numerous problems. What about our blessings? I constantly highlight this point to PCW. “When we obtain the help and love from society, we feel, it is our duty to pay forward it to society at large. We can afford to forget anything but not our attitude of gratitude to even a smallest of help we received. We receive love, kindness, care and concern from the society. It is our foremost duty to pay it forward to other sisters who are in similar situation. No one is a stranger in this small world.” Each of the physically challenged sisters of our Centre is inspired to guide and help 10 challenged sisters in their villages.

PIERCING THE HEART – DEEP FEELING

As I began to interact with PCW I felt deeply wounded and my heart was pierced as it were. I share here few problems faced by PCW.

1. PCW used to go to Employment office. The staff there used to ask them to go and take Xerox copy. Here the PCW may be a person with just one leg. The staff treats this PCW like any other normal person ask them to go and take photo copy without realizing how much hardship it would cause to PCW. PCW may have to cross the roads, wait in the hot sun or traffic.

2. Many of PCW wouldn’t take water or food when they go out just to avoid the nature calls.

3. While traveling in train, most of us may not realize the inconvenience of challenged persons in using toilets with crutches, disability shoes, artificial leg, crawling disability.

4. Rural based PCW condition is still more deplorable. They are not permitted to go to schools because of non-availability of proper transport.

5. It most cases of PCW there is lack of emotional maturity to withstand the problems of day to day life. When asked to one PCW, what is your goal? She simply replied, existence itself is a big question before me – how can I set another goal for me to achieve. One could guess from this she is struggling hard to earn her single livelihood.

6. There is no relaxation or friendly approach in cases like sanction of loan for disabled in Banks and employment opportunities in Govt.

7. The most of the grants announced by Govt. have not been come into effect even after lot of petitions, appeals, fasts, struggles etc. and Non-implementation of the Persons with Disability Act of 1995 has left the physically challenged people high and dry.

8. The world of physically challenged is not expecting any big thing from the society – just a word of encouragement, a pleasing smile and a kind look – this would mean a lot to us.

BEACON LIGHT TO CHALLENGED WOMEN

Ms Amutha Shanthy has resigned her bread-winning job and work full time for her cherished dream to become a reality from 2nd October 2005. She is now running a Tailoring Unit in Madurai in Tamilnadu, where twelve disabled women and four women from very poor families with little education have been provided job training and also earning. The poor women have also been provided free accommodation.

She is also running free tuition centres for poor children in four remote villages near Madurai , by employing four poor and qualified unemployed women (two of them are challenged women) and paying them honorarium. To sustain herself and her activities, Ms Amutha Shanthy is carrying out some part time accountancy work in late night.

Like a typical revolutionary, she has not thought about her own future welfare or as to where she would get the resources from when she left her job and started this small service activity. Anybody who has an opportunity to meet this young lady and discuss the issues with her would be instantly impressed by her extraordinary commitment and conviction for the cause. She says that the only way of ensuring that more physically challenged people are employed in public services is to sensitize them and launch an awareness campaign in their favour.

Counseling to challenged women has become a regular feature for her now. It’s unique sight to see the challenged women visit her place from far off places to get her guidance to make their livelihood meaningful. ‘It’s Always Possible’ attitude has been injected with physically challenged Families during her village visits. Her very life inspires many PCW to take up an upright and meaningful life.

Because of her tireless endeavour, many have completed their studies, many have joined in good employment, and still many have achieved laurels in the Sports field. She is not interested in any kind of awards or felicitations. She dedicates everything to her own challenged sisters. When asked, why she is not evincing any interest in awards, her crisp reply would be ‘if you do it to your own sister will you expect award or honour? I just fall like silent dew on the hearts of my numerous challenged sisters.’

We come across in this world many great achievers who scaled the heights of success. Among these here is one who counts success of any physically challenged women as her own.

Yes! She has no time to thought of her life, the journey of this humble soul is going to a village to wipe the tears of her own challenged sisters. She has a vision to reach out to more and more of her challenged sisters in villages with a mission to enable them to join in the mainstream. A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.


Her contact address:

Ms Amutha Shanthy

Annai illam, No.66/44, Kambar Street,

S.S.Colony, Madurai 625 010

Tamilnadu, India

Phone: +919345213417

E-mail: challengedwomen@gmail.com

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