This commitment builds on and develops the work of a 2007 CGI commitment; the 2008 component introduces new initiatives to provide sustainable improvements to the lives of people living in poverty in rural villages in Tamil Nadu through:
- improvements to education, including provision of library facilities and books through the establishment of a 'High Literacy Cluster' available to all local children and adult villagers
- establishment of a sustainable economic enterprise for local women
- a feasibility study investigating how we can improve access to better quality water for all villagers; and
- initial planning for the building of a new school to provide quality education and facilities to local children.
This new work will complement the on-going support of the villages:
- support of 50 children through provision of the services of an orphanage
- support to 450 families through provision of milk cows, veterinary services, animal care training, subsidized fodder, milk chilling facilities
- a cr?che service in 10 rural villages
- 1 teacher assisting in a state primary school; and
- 1 Early Learning Centre in rural village.
- New model library built, equipped and stocked at Lady Lynn Joyful Home for Children (June - September 2008)
- 'High Literacy Cluster' in the form, initially, of ten new model libraries planned and implemented for villages in Tamil Nadu (June 2008 - May 2009)
- Appointment of librarian for Orphanage Library and to co-ordinate 10 village libraries (July 2008)
- Ten librarians appointed for each new village library (June 2008 - May 2009)
- Water Study undertaken in 28 villages in Tamil Nadu (July - August 2008)
- Women's Dairy - feasibility study will be undertaken to establish need and whether a Dairy would be successful (June - August 2008)
- Seeking partners and producing a plan for establishment of new primary school in villages (June 2008 - May 2009)
The orphanage library will be built and run by the Integrated Rural Development Centre (IRDC) with support from Global Literacy Project in the U.S. and with funding from The Lurie Foundation in the U.S.. This library will benefit the 50 children living in the orphanage together with the staff and will form the model and first stage for the 'High Literacy Cluster' initiative.
The establishment of 10 new libraries in the villages will be supervised by IRDC with support from Global Literacy Project in the U.S. and with funding from The Lurie Foundation in the U.S.. These libraries will benefit the children and staff of primary and middle schools where they are established, together with the village populations they serve. The Librarians in the village schools will be appointed by IRDC and each school, with support from Global Literacy Project in the U.S. and with funding from The Lurie Foundation in the U.S. The libraries established in 2008/9 will form the beginnings of a 'High Literacy Cluster' in the area.
The new in-house orphanage school is the result of 2 education surveys undertaken in 2007/8 which showed that local educational provision is poor and that the orphanage children have not achieved age-appropriate levels of education. This will be funded by The ERANDA Foundation and 50 children will benefit from this action.
Women's Dairy - the feasibility study will be undertaken by Access Livelihoods Consulting India and the Enterprise will be run by the Women themselves, supported by IRDC. A successful outcome will affect the women owners of milch cows previously donated by The Eranda Foundation under a program run by IRDC (400 families) as well as attracting additional owners of milch cows to the enterprise, which will boost the agrarian economy by improving income and milk yields through training and more effective working practices.
Water study will be implemented by Water Health India with the support of IRDC. Work will be carried out in all 26 rural villages in which 23,000 people live.
A new school will be built by Hand in Hand and run in partnership with IRDC. It is anticipated that this year will see the planning stage complete and the land bought. The resulting school will benefit 250 primary age children and their families and teachers initially.
SEEKING: financial resources, implementing partners, best practice information. A new school (primary/secondary) will cost in the region of $700,000. Providing WaterHealth Centres to serve a further 22 villages, will cost a further $860,000.