Tamil Nadu, India
make access to Education and Health, Food and Shelter a reality for
children living in rural parts of Central Tamilnadu dry land farming
area and to achieve annual reductions in the school dropout rate.
To further this Mission SPPD:
CLICK HERE to become a child sponsor.
For just Rs 1,500 (30€ or $38) per month
you can educate, house and feed an SPPD child.
now have our own wonderful new
2008 website ... please visit.
website address is:
page below is a status and
on our programs and services as of
It is here, so people can see more about our history.
Now, we have expanded our facilities and services so very much,
so we do hope you will visit the new SPPD website, with lots of new pictures,
stories, success stories, and so much more.
we have received some very generous donation
which have enabled us to build a fantastic new Community Centre (see photo below),
and do so much other outreach to the Women and Children in our State of Tamil Nadu.
for these programs to continue and to expand,
we do need ongoing donation assistance.
Please see the .. Donations Page .. on our new website
for information about how to send donations to us.
appreciate your help so much,
and hope you will come to visit someday.
You will enjoy to see our new Community Centre,
and to meet the women in our Women's empowerment Group meetings,
and sooooooooo much else also.
Our Women's Empowerment project is AWESOME, currently involving 9,900 women in our area!
Please visit that page on our website .. Women's empowerment Group
hope you will visit our new SPPD website .. and also visit us in India!!
Thank you so much,
The family and team of SPPD.
The Society for Poor People's Development (SPPD) is a leading registered community developmental organization, established in 1995 at Thannirpalli Village, in central Tamil Nadu, India. We are currently working in some deprived parts of Thatheingarpet Panchayet and Musiri Union in the Trichy District of Tamil Nadu, which comprises around 100,000 people. Our primary focus is on economic development and social awareness for women; educational assistance for the children; organic farming and water management for the farmers; and other wise and useful guidance on health, sanitation, nutrition and the environment in general.
Man is born in a social dynamic which often does not grant equality and equal opportunity to all people. In many families, villages and countries women and children are frequently treated as second-class citizens. SPPD is dedicated specifically in service to the education, development and uplift of village women and children; and thereby, all village people. Many of our community development programs are designed to help women stand on their own, and also contribute to the financial support of their family. In essence, we serve and guide the health, education and well-being of all people, for by serving the women and children, we serve all humanity.
Our secretary, J. Raju was privileged to be selected by the Tamil Nadu Voluntary Health Association (TNVHA) to give training to educators on the importance of including women, children and the disabled in all programs for education, development and uplift. This also serves as a wonderful recognition and acknowledgment of the good works of SPPD.
This report explains the nature of
our programs and financing, with highlights of our experiences.
you for your visit.
WELFARE PROGRAMS FOR IMPOVERISHED VILLAGE WOMEN
Village women in a training program
J. Raju in discussion with village women.
A women's education program
In order to assist impoverished village women
to achieve self-reliance in all respects, SPPD has initiated the
of 83 self-help groups (53 of these in 2001-2002) in various
throughout Trichy District. Thus far, the groups total approximately
members, with 624 being added during 2001-2. A credit system with
loan facilities; skill and leadership training; and awareness programs
in such subjects as legal matters, health care, child care, sanitation
and the environment are all underway. Photo shows village women in a
CREDIT SYSTEM WITH LOAN FACILITY
Every woman, not only group members may
in this system. Every month they save some amount theirselves
this scheme, and they also have a right to obtain a low interest loan
essential needs. Furthermore, SPPD also gives loans as revolving funds
to women in need. These loans are utilized for many essentials
as buying cattle, home repair, developing a small business or shop,
expenses, and many other activities. Photos show coconut
weaving for roofing materials, a women's self-help village industry.
The village women have personally saved nearly 150,000 rupees into this loan scheme; their savings, of course, is always available to them for withdrawal when they need. The SPPD Revolving Fund has also been assisted by donations from supporters, both within India and abroad, as well as thru some bank loans. Likewise, the Tamil Nadu Government has granted 50,000 rupees to the revolving fund, through the DRDA scheme, as their acknowledgement and support of this program. SPPD has contributed some 240,000 rupees to the revolving fund; so the total revolving fund now approximates 426,000 rupees. Therefore, the personal savings of the members have been centralized and strictly managed by SPPD; and, combined with funds from SPPD, have been revolving among people, in service to the people. Everyone has a right to draw a loan from the collective funds in this scheme. The total number of beneficiaries is 169 women, especially 90 in the past year. We are very happy to report that 94% have been able to repay their loans; and, 98% have successfully fulfilled the purpose of the loans without any failure.
SPPD has initiated three training units for the women, in tailoring, synthetic gem cutting and greeting cards. The training comprises theory, practical classes, guideline books, loan facility to purchase machines, and guidance on effective business management and marketing of the finished products. As the training programs complete in one area, the training centers move on to other villages in the district. Photo shows the village president providing machines to the trainees after finishing their tailoring course.
84 women have been trained in tailoring, 24 having done so this year;
46 women have been trained in synthetic gem-cutting, 22 having done so this year; and,
167 women have been trained in manufacture of greeting cards; 27 having done so this year.
During the past year the training centers have also earned about 9,500 rupees by marketing and service charges.
Through counseling by concerned experts and other effective means, this
unit offers workshops and training programs relating to the
health care, child care, nutrition, immunization, safe drinking water,
and importance of sanitary latrine and other wise sanitation practices.
WELFARE and EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN
OTHER PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES BY SPPD
ORGANIC FARMING and WATER MANAGEMENT
Recognizing the decaying situation of agriculture and the scarcity of water, SPPD has extended its hands to the environmental field as well. Sufficient land has been purchased for a model organic farm at which comprehensive trainings (theory and practical) will be given to farmers on organic agriculture and water management. We intend that the proposed model organic farm will be rendering its requisite assistance to the farmers during the next year.
Photos show Self-help Kitchen Gardening Schemes using grey water irrigation; and plants grown in the SPPD nursery.
We are so happy to propose construction of a Community Center for women and children. Training programs, community meetings, workshops and so many other village services can result. Presently many training programs are held in a rented building or even under the trees, so this building is vital. We have purchased 1\2 acre of land in Soriyampatti village, the area has been fenced, and a small mud house has been built. A well was drilled to pump water from 250 ft. below the earth's surface, and a hut (please see photo) was built to protect the pump, and for storage purposes. We plan to start construction of the Community Center building in February or March as we are expecting some donations to start this, and have full faith further donations will arrive in time to finish the project.
Foreign Visitor and Volunteer Program
We still need your continuing support, as the programs are vast and ever-ready for expansion. Even a small contribution is a big boost to the village people. You can support SPPD through your valuable suggestions, voluntary physical help, and donations of cash and equipment. We are young and dedicated to do as much service as time, donations and volunteer help permit.
Our phone number in India, with country code,
tel. No. 91-4323-223685
and our email address is:
and our new website address is:
Please help us with your kind-hearted DONATIONSby visiting the .. Donations Page .. on our new website
Thank you so much
for visiting our websites.
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