The "Centre for Computer and Life-skill Education (CCLE)" was blessed and inaugurated by Rev. Joe Andrew, SDB, Rector and Parish Priest, St.Lourde's Shrine, Perambur in February, 2016. Tzedek partners, Invitees, trainees, staff and volunteers were presented. The invitees distributed the stationery kits for the all trainees. The slum leaders and well wishers greeted the students for the wonderful opportunity. The Esteemed Tzedek, UK gave us this opportunity to educate the poor young slum women in Computer and Life Skills. The first and second batch of 40 disadvantaged slum women has been trained well and few of them are got employment in commercial sectors, hospitals and educational intuitions.
The function of distributing course completed certificates for the candidates who had successfully completed Computer and Life Skill Course, was organised on 25.03.2017 at the premises of Don Bosco Technical Campus, Basin Bridge; Chennai-12. Mr.R.Sagayanathan, Instructor, read the course completion report. Ms.K.Jebamani, Project Coordinator, SAVE Trust welcomed all the invitees. Rev. Fr. Johnson, the Rector and Director of Technical College, Mr.E.Anbarasu, Assistant Accounts Officer from Accounts General Office, Chennai and Mr.A.Michael Doss, Assistant Head Master, St.Paul’s School, Vepery were the special invitees. Mrs.Usha and Ms.Kokila trainees shared their experience of training especially on the knowledge and skills they gained through the training course. The invitees graced the occasion and encouraged the trainees to improve their skills and qualifications based on this basic computer skills training. They appreciated SAVE Trust for this initiative with a needful project with the support of Tzedek, UK for the disadvantaged slum women. Mrs. Shakila, a trainee thanked Tzedek, UK and SAVE Trust for the great opportunity to slum young women for becoming as empowered women with knowledge in computer and life skills.
This project was initiated by SAVE Trust with the support of “The Wings of Hope, UK” from August 2014 and started for the disadvantaged slum children going to Corporation schools, Government schools and government aided schools. The beneficiary children are unable to go to paid tuition which is very expensive for them, as most of their parents are illiterate and working as a daily wagers, domestic workers and seasonal workers. The children also don’t have separate room for studying in their homes which is basically a hut or home with single room. This project has been very much welcomed by slum leaders, stake holders, parents, volunteers and the children. This project started with 20 teachers in 15 slums of North and Central Chennai. In 2016 the project was supported by the Waterloo Foundation, UK with one time donation. The After-School Tuition Centres for Slum Children project supported by the Waterloo Foundation has enabled SAVE Trust to make tremendous changes in the lives poor innocent sons and daughters of proletariat of North and Central Chennai city. This effort has been touched only the fringe of the problem. The struggle of making the slums of Chennai more educative and civilized could be continued. To achieve this SAVE Trust has to go miles together in a long way through support, guidance and cooperation kind hearted persons, donors, philanthropists and foundations.
School Intervention Program for Poor Students in Rural and Urban Areas:Educational counselling to the economically poor students studying in 10th standard was our prime task since the beginning of our work. Since the 10th standard examination is the turning point of their academic education SAVE Trust organised such intervention programs in January, February March every. During this year also this counselling sessions were conducted for three months from January, 2017. The following topics such as study method, goal setting, avoiding bad habits, concentrating on scholastic education and methods of preparing for government examination have been conducted. During this reporting period we had covered the students from urban and rural areas of Perambur, Ayanavaram, Kolathur, Otteri, Purasaiwakkam, Chetpet, Vyasarpadi, Kannadosannagar, Kodungaiyur, Avadi, Ambattur, Red Hills, Villivakkam, Kasimedu and Tambaram. Mr.S.Baskar, Ms. K.Jebamani, Mr. Poovendhan and Mr. Sundaresan were the resource persons. Through these programs around 4,500 students of Chennai Corporation schools, government schools and aided schools were benefitted.
Career Guidance & Job Opportunity Training for Youth: Career Guidance to youth drop out of the school after 10th standard, who hail from both rural and urban areas is also a main intervention of SAVE Trust. Since there is lot of chances for them to develop their skills in various diploma and other one year or two year courses that would fetch good jobs with decent salaries, hence we provided them the career guidance to enable them to select the career most suited to their aptitude rather than their education. Last year, totally 160 youth, both boys and girls, were covered and benefited with proper guidance, gained knowledge on job opportunities in various sectors.
Children's Day celebration : This Program conducted every year for the benefit of slum children for the past 10 years. We successfully conducted the Children's Day celebration for last year on 19.11.2016 at Dr.Ambedkar Youth Welfare Association, Ponniamman Street, Purasaiwalkkam with our tuition center children. Around 110 students were participated in the program. The tuition teachers, stake holders and volunteers along with our staff organized the program well. Mr.David Silver & M/S. Anne Gardner, Volunteers from UK conducted games for the children and also provided prizes for the winners, Mrs.Sheema Gopi, Field Officer, IAPA, Mrs.A.Vijayalakshmi, Trustee, Mr.A.Kumar, Musician, Mr.V. Balamurugan, Musician, Mr.Kamalesh, Musician, Mr.A.Baburaj, TNEB, welfare associations leaders Mr.T.Ranjan and Mr.M.Elangovan and Mr.J.Amaladoss, social worker were graced the celebration and greeted the children. The chief guests, invitees and stake holders greeted the children and welcomed the effort of SAVE Trust. Prizes were distributed to the winners and all children for their participation. The program ends with distribution of sweets and snacks.
Summer Camp for Slum Children: The Students Summer Camps, 2017 was inaugurated on 1st May at VOC Nagar tuition centre, Pulianthope, one of pour working areas in North Chennai. The summer camps were held in 8 different slums such as Perambur, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Vyasarpadi, VOC Nagar, Kannikapuram, Otteri Ponniamman Street, SSPuram B Block, Salaimanagar of North and Central Chennai till 25th May, 2017. Drawing, folk and art, first-aid, making of handicrafts and painting, English improvement on vocabulary, writing and conversation were taught. The Valedictory Function of the Camp was successfully organised on 27th May, 2017. Mr. Anbarasan, Asst. Account Officer, AG Office, Mr. D.R.Jebakar Deva Dosan, Enterprise Architect from ProKarma, Porur, Mr. Anil D Joshi, Director, Corporate Avenue, Mr.C.Paulraj, Sr. Accountant, AG Office, Mr.G.Micheal Doss, AHM, St.Paul’s School, Chennai and the well wishers graced the occasion.
Mr. Anil D Joshi and Mr. Rakesh have donated the participatory gifts (Tiffin Boxes and Water Bottles) to 210 children of our summer camps. Few of our well wishers have supported us for arranging of gifts for the winners of competitions like drawing and quiz. Mr.Jebakar, the senior leader of ProKarma Company and one of our well wishers, and 12 junior officials have participated in the program and sponsored 150 English to English to Tamil Dictionaries, 150 Geometry Boxes, 300 pencil boxes with pens and pencils etc, 300 water bottles to the tuition children. Ms. Nandhini VOC Nagar tuition centre had appreciated with best teacher award for last year. Through these camps more than 300 slum children have benefitted and the program has created a good impact among the well wishers and we hope they will continue their help to tuition project.
The project "Enhancing capacity of disadvantaged students in slums to equip their knowledge and skills in Computer and Personality development” - Supported By: The Wings of Hope, UK – 2016 – 2017 This project had been helped us in developing the learning skills of slum children through audio visual aids. We have screened many motivational video clippings and short films on the importance of education and good habits. The children of Kannikapuram, Ponniamman Street, SS Puram B Block, Salaimanagar, Perambur and Vyasarpadi around 1000 have been benefitted. In addition to that this, project helped the children to learn more both academic and in social skills. During the student summer camps, the students especially gained knowledge in English, Computer, Mathematics, humanity, togetherness, helping others, patriotism, religious harmony and safe environment. Gaining knowledge and skills through screening of video shows very much enjoyed by the children, as well as the stake holders also appreciated of this methodology.
CSR visit from ProKarma to Tuition Centres: We have arranged CSR visit on 09th March, 2017 from “ProKarma” a company in Porur, Chennai. A team consists of 10 members under the leadership of Mr. Jebahar an official, ProKarma, (he has joined in SAVE Supporters Club in January, 2017) have visited the CCLE & two tuition centres in VOC Nagar, near slaughterhouse, where Ms.Nandhini & Balaji are working as teachers and they visited one more tuition centre at Ponniamman Street and met Ms. Kowsalya & Vigneshwaran teachers and Mr.Elango. They interacted with the students and collected information on the need for tuition centres and the visit was good. As requested by SAVE Trust, the ProKarma had sponsored the educational materials like water bottles, English to Tamil dictionaries, geometry boxes, black boards and Pencil Boxes etc.
India is becoming the third country in the world with the highest population of people living with HIV/AIDS. With Chennai being one of the cities that has a very high prevalence rate of HIV, we chose to conduct some awareness programs to edcuate our self-help group members, students and slum boys and girls. Mrs. Sheema, a social worker working with IAPA, Mr. Poovendhan and Ms.K. Jebamani conducted these programs. They also gave awareness on reproductive health, other sexually transmitted infections and self hygiene. They highlighted that women and youth should take responsibility in creating awareness among the public and to eradicate the stigma that prevails within in the slum community. We involved the youth and women in all campaigns, advocacy and initiatives taken by other organizations and PLHA’s associations. Around 120 women and youth were sensitized through these programs.
Our interventions in the Past: HIV and AIDS Intervention Program: During the years we have received training support for HIV intervention from International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS (IAPA), USA based organization having its office in Chennai. Through the project we covered the slum student’s studying in Chennai Corporation schools and Government aided schools as beneficiaries. The volunteers from US were associated with us and sensitized the students, slum women and men on HIV, general and reproductive health issues of adolescents through “Summer Volunteer Program” (SVP).
Training on health & life skills Training on health and life skills for trainees and tuition teachers has been organized on 19.03.2017 at CCLE, Perambur. Mrs. Gomathy, a social worker, from VSSB Chennai has been invited as resource person and she spoke on women and reproductive health system. The training has been supported by Purely Overseas Trust, UK in which 40 members have been benefitted. The tuition teachers and trainees of CCLE have spoke on the various violence against women in the aspects of education, women and girl children rights, gender disparity and eve teasing. The resource person had addressed the gathering on the needs of health seeking behavior, life skills and confidence among young women for their own development.
Saving the environment and thus saving earth, which is our only home is the need of the hour. Hence, SAVE Trust entered the arena of environment development also. Mainly we focused on two things. Provide knowledge on environment and global warming and make the areas green by planting trees. All our education and intervention activities were based on the above. While we were able to plant trees in rural areas, we focused on education and keeping the environment free from pollution in urban areas, especially in the areas in the slums. More than 20,000 people were given education in environment and global warming and more than 50 youth volunteers have been promoted and they are creating awareness on tree planting and during this period more than 5000 saplings were planted in rural areas. The implementation of the project brought about marked increase in their knowledge. The students and youth and children were able to assimilate the knowledge and produced drawings on environment protection and global warming
Aim: To form a supporters club for SAVE Trust with local well wishers, officials, philanthropists and friends for mobilizing local resources for the educational initiatives of SAVE Trust towards creating opportunities to the disadvantaged women and children in the slums of Chennai. The SAVE Supporters Club has been formed in a meeting on 19.12.2017. Mr. Anbarasan, Asst. Accounts Officer, Dr. Ragunathan, Health Officer, Chennai Corporation, Mr.A.Bakthavatchalam, Director ARM, Mrs.B.Sagayamary, Treasurer, Mr. David Silver & Mrs. Anne Gardner - Volunteers, Tzedek-UK lighting the Kuthuvilakku. The existing and new well wishers and local philonthrophysts were presented in the meeting. They all assured to support our request. The beneficiary children of the after school tuition centres and trainees of Computer Centre have shared the benefits they gained through the projects. Mr. David Silver has delivered a talk on the aim, need and importance of local contribution for running tuition centres. The well wishers have appreciated the initiative on the educational need and delivered their felicitation to SAVE Trust and beneficiary children. The meeting helped us to create a good relationship between SAVE Trust, stake holders and well wishers. The meeting had been started with an instrumental music concert and ended with delicious dinner.
“My greetings to the children, I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity you have been given to grow your capabilities and use what you and have gained well in the future. I thank the tuition teachers and the volunteers for their contributions and hope that you will be able to support this worthwhile programme in the future”.
Dear Children, Teachers, Volunteers and other senior members of SAVE Trust, I am very happy to learn that the Summer Camps at all locations have been running so very well and the children have spent their holidays in a useful manner. Many thanks to all Teachers, Volunteers and members of the SAVE Trust
Please convey our very best wishes to all our friends, colleagues and most importantly the children attending the summer camps. You can tell them that we firmly believe that education is the route to a better quality of life. It seems to us that education in India is one of the few routes to social mobility….it can help cut across caste, class and social divides and goes towards creating a more equal society, within which people can thrive based upon their own ability! We hope the valedictory ceremony goes well tomorrow and we look forward to supporting you in your endeavor to grow SAVE Trust and make it a more professional, effective NGO.
Kindly send my love to all children. I praise them with their hard work and the way they help each other. I also very much value the help of volunteers and well wishers. My greetings to all continue the good work and I remember all here far away in the Netherlands.