Thursday, October 19, 2017

SEVAI Promotes child friendly toilets

Child friendly toilet promoted by SEVAI RTC
SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School has toilets and water, the basic necessity in schools. SEVAI Rural Technology centre help to build toilets and maintain them, provide running and clean drinking water for school children in SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School and two other schools. The impact of the project is better health and improved school attendance and reduction is school drop outs among the project villages. SEVAI Promoted the child-friendly approach to school toilet, hygiene, sanitation and water and maintain facilities that are part of the learning environment, are hygienic and safe to use and can be sustained and maintained by the school community itself. The facilities provided encourages hygienic behavior, Have appropriate dimensions and adjustments for children,  Offer enough capacity and minimal waiting time, Use appropriate locations for young children, Address the needs for children with physical disabilities, Stimulate children’s learning and development, and ensure that educational tools are designed in an age-appropriate way , environment friendly toilets and use system.SEVAI has established a Sanitation/Toilet Rural   Technology Centre at Sirugamani in Tiruchi district. The Sanitation/Toilet Rural   Technology Centre was established displays various models of toilets which could be used in Clean India movement in rural areas. The trainings are provided to masons and members of Womens Self -Help Groups formed by SEVAI and Government and have also received both training of various models. Sanitation/Toilet Rural   Technology Centre also has models of toilets which require reduced intake of Water suitable to the coastal, tribal, rocky terrain, water-logging and models for urban areas. The centre also has models of School toilets which are suitable for primary and middle schools in rural areas. The sanitation project is to build latrines for boys and girls in SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School with water supply, and placing tanks for water storage in the school. The project also takes up the maintenance of toilets for daily cleaning and upkeep. This ensures that the toilets are used and habituates the children to use a clean toilet. Drinking water purification system is installed to ensure bacteria free water is available in school. The project benefits 2000 children in the project adopted schools.-Kris

Thursday, October 12, 2017

“Fiber-rich coconut pulp aids in digestion and provides iron and other minerals to our diet”- K.Devendran, SEVAI.

SEVAI Cocunut Nursery Field
Watershed Project Coordinator of SEVAI, K.Devendran trained the farmers in tree growing especially growing Coconut trees. SEVAI encourages people grow coconut even in their fields and backyards and increase the overall productivity, SEVAI is all set to commence a coconut nursery on the SEVAI Nursery farm in the premises at Melapatty for production of varieties that suit local conditions. When we crack open the coconut, we see a thin coating surrounding the inner side of white coconut pulp. This fiber-rich coconut pulp aids in digestion and provides iron and other minerals to our diet, but it is high in fat. K.Devendran mentioned, “In a perennial crop like coconut which exhibits considerable genetic variations and is being propagated only through seeds, the selection and use of planting material of higher intrinsic value assume much importance. Nuts should be collected from
K.Devendran of SEVAI in demo 
gardens with a record of consistently high yield which comprises a high proportion of heavy bearers, and situated under average conditions without heavy manuring irrigation and free from the incidence of pests and diseases. Methods of planting of seed nuts in vogue are horizontal or vertical with stalk-end up or in an oblique position. Although horizontal planting is critically the best over other methods, vertical planting is widely practiced, because of easy transportation without damage because of better attachment of shoot to nut. The seedlings raised by following vertical planting suffer more from drought and are less robust than those from flat or horizontal method and seedlings obtained by this method are less likely to be damaged at transplanting because the attachment between shoot and nut is much better protected by the husk. With horizontal planting rate of germination and subsequent growth of seedlings will be faster compared to vertical planting. Notching hastens the germination of vertically planted nuts. Nursery is watered twice a week depending on the climatic conditions and a total weed free environment is provided by periodical weeding. Immediately after planting nursery area is mulched with coconut leaf which is known to promote early and better germination, good growth of seedlings and high percentage of good seedlings. A careful watch should be made on pests and diseases especially termites”.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SEVAI: Microenterprises contribute significantly to economic growth, social stability and equity.

JLG in dress designing in Sirugamani
JLGs, the Joint Liability Groups promoted by SEVAI are involved in SEVAI target areas for micro enterprise development for improving the livelihood of the poor women in rural areas. Training manual has been prepared for the holistic development of Micro enterprises among the rural poor women as inclusive approach of women on developing enterprises that contribute to job creation. Micro enterprises are Street venders, carpenters, machine shop operators and peasant farmers, micro entrepreneurs come in all types, and their businesses in many sizes. This diverse group requires a variety of support to grow and improve. Many of these women and their employees are poor and have limited access to services. Small Enterprise Development Program works to strengthen entrepreneurial management skills through capacity building and training resources that foster adoption of good workplace practices in micro-, small enterprises. In the area of management training, SEVAI has training tools that cover the whole spectrum of target groups, from micro entrepreneurs to growth oriented small scale entrepreneurs. Women-owned businesses make up one of the fastest growing segments of micro enterprise. Increased income in the hands of women is invested in health, education and housing for their families. As micro entrepreneurs, women not only make a huge contribution to rural income, but they also create reliable social safety nets for their families
Pottery Production
and communities.
At the entrepreneurship development level, a key role of the programme is to develop tools and programmes that deal with the long term effects of entrepreneurial culture. In this regard, SEVAI has developed a practical tool that addresses the challenge of women towards the creation of an enterprise culture in society by promoting awareness among young women of the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship and self-employment, and of their role in shaping their future and that of their villages’ economic and social development. SEVAI seeks to promote an enterprise culture for better livelihoods for higher productivity and sustained competitiveness of enterprises. SEVAI Training manual provides a number of interventions which are important to the growth and expansion of micro businesses which includes training interventions. The training program of SEVAI covers the access to services such as marketing, training in basic business skills, and technology transfer to micro entrepreneurs. –Kris.

OZONE Condoles the demise of Shri.R, Ragavan, Dinamalar Partner

Dinamalar Partner Shri.R.Ragavan.
Trichirapalli District Welfare Committee expresses its grief over the demise of Shri.R. Ragavan, Dinamalar Partner.

 On behalf of Life Members of Trichy District Welfare Committee, its treasurer (Sevai) K.Govindaraju expressed his grief over the demise of Shri.R. Ragavan, Dinamalar Partner and (Sevai) K.Govindaraju expressed his condolences with his sons Dr.R.Ramasubbu and Shri.R.R.Gopalji and Dinamalar family members after paying floral respect to late Shri.R. Ragavan. Dr. Thirunavukarasu and functionaries of Trichirpalli Welfare Committee accompanied (Sevai) K.Govindaraju, the treasurer of DWC, SEVAI.K.Govindaraju for expressing their condolences to grieved family members of late Shri.R. Ragavan, Dinamalar Partner.-Kris

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Open Defecation Free (ODF) villages are achievable where Information Education and communication (IEC) is taken as people’s movement. –K.Devendaran, SEVAI.

SEVAI -ODF-IEC Materiual handed over to District Collector by K.Devendran at Pettavaithalai Gramasabha
K.Devendran a field level sanitation functionary of SEVAI, a Trichy based NGO mentioned in a meeting of rural women groups in Arubumhalnagar on the occasion of Gandhi’s birthday celebration and said K.Devendran saidThe cleanliness is important in our life as well as for the nation. It is well known that the Mahatma Gandhi personally took the effort to achieve the change that he wanted to see. Teachers’ and students’ role is very important to create awareness on cleanliness. Cleanliness is not only the responsibility of the sanitation worker. It is the responsibility of all Indians. It is the responsibility of the Government officers, NGOs and the local community to make India completely clean. IEC. Information Education Communication (IEC) is used
Mr.K.Rajamani, I A S., Dt.Collector,Trichy
for generating awareness. It means process of working with individuals, communities and  societies to develop communication strategies to promote positive behaviour that are appropriate to their setting is a need of the present; all the people should actively participate to clean India to fulfill the dream of Mahatma Gandhi for the protection of the environment, for our safety, and for a healthy future. The IEC programmes in the water and sanitation sector is to create awareness leading to enhanced involvement of local community at the village level, ensure motivation and skill upgradation of Panchayat members, line department functionaries, Village Water and Sanitation Committee self employed mechanics and masons, school teachers and students, etc”. K.Devendran prepared an ICE hand book and shared that his handbook contains accurate and relevant messages, information and knowledge content under themes personal hygiene, use of toilets, safe storage and handling of water, hand washing after defecation, hand washing before and after taking food and environmental sanitation including management of waste.  This guidance booklet on Menstrual Hygiene Management is intended for adolescent girls and young women. Issues associated with menstruation are never discussed openly and the silence surrounding menstruation burdens young girls by keeping them ignorant of this biological function. Even after the attainment of menarche, very little information is given to young girls about the physiological processes involved and the hygienic practices to be followed.  K.Devendran added, “More people practice open defecation. Clearly accelerating access to and use of toilets and hygiene practices have become a national priority for India as mentioned in Clean India movement. Unsanitary practices, primarily open defecation, and the use of contaminated water remain major causes of child death, disease and malnutrition in India, especially affecting the poor. Individual Health and hygiene is largely dependent on adequate availability of safe drinking water and proper sanitation. There is, therefore, a direct relationship between water, sanitation and health. Consumption of unsafe drinking water, improper disposal of human excreta, improper environmental sanitation and lack of personal and food hygiene are major causes of disease. Prevailing high Infant Mortality Rate is also largely attributed to poor sanitation.  Safe drinking water for health and development is an important goal that has been reflected in national policies and strategies. -Kris

Monday, October 9, 2017

South Zone Board of Continuing Education (OZONE) is an inspired arm of Tamilnadu Board of Continuing Education (TNBCE) - Dr.K.Govindaraju.

Presidents of Tamilnadu Board of Continuing Education

Tamilnadu Board of Continuing Education is the pioneer in the field of Continuing Education. Then Deputy Director General-UNESCO and subsequent VC of the composite Madras University Dr.Malcolm S.Adishesaiah came out with the idea of continuing Education and established Tamilnadu Board of Continuing Education. Currently with the emerging need of Continuing Education, the fourth President of Tamilnadu Board of Continuing Education (TNBCE) Dr.K.Govindaraju and a team of experts in the field registered South Zone Board of Continuing Education (OZONE) in 2011 as an inspired arm of TNBCE.The South Zone Board of Continuing Education (OZONE) aims to be a quality continuing Education centre providing quality services support for anyone seeking literacy skills, work skills and life skills through the process of continuing education program. It has carved out a position for itself among the professional continuing education organizations in South Zone, India. OZONE is expected to provide academic and technical resource support by organizing training programs, material preparation, and publishing of relevant material, extension activities, innovative projects, research studies and evaluation. . OZONE would be actively involved with actual field processes in implementation and would have a key role to play in training, material production and other resource support
District Collectors received Malcolm Awards
activities and conducting continuing Education courses with the approval of respective Universities under flexi mode and flexi time. Another point that needs to be stressed in so far as OZONE is concerned is the retention of their voluntary character and autonomous functioning.
The South Zone Board of Continuing Education (OZONE) functions as a self finance Institution having membership of experts from South Zone. Development programmes in each and every sphere of life cannot be the sole responsibility of the Government. This reality necessitates the active participation of non-government organisations (NGOs) in social development projects. Continuing education is such a field where NGOs have some very positive and significant contributions. The NGOs are involved on a large scale for the spread of Continuing education
Prof.M.S.Palanisamy,then VC-TNOU, Dr.K.Manivasan IAS 
among needy adults and children, because Continuing education is the basic need of the day.
South Zone Board of Continuing Education (OZONE) is an inspired arm of Tamilnadu Board of Continuing Education (TNBCE)-Kris

Friday, October 6, 2017

“Trichirapalli District will be soon declared as open defecation free (ODF), District”-District Collector Mr.K.Rajamani.

District Collector K.Rajamani speaks among the participants in Vayalur
"The Open Defecation Free (ODF) mission is one of the components of has become a mass movement and Trichirapalli district is nearing Open Defecation Free (ODF), District" District Collector Mr.K.Rajamani said on Thursday, 5th October in beneficiaries and officials get together meeting. Ending open defecation shortly requires changing minds, not just to build latrines but to use them effectively by the households. The 150,000 women SHG members of the District should act swiftly and sharply to create awareness among the family members and the community as a whole about the ill effects of open Defecation and insist upon the construction and use of household toilets. The convergence of line department officials especially Rural Development officials, the Panchayat Secretaries are to play very vital role in the use of toilets in family and create Trichy as open defecation free (ODF), District. Mr.K.Rajmani, District Collector further said that Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) activities are to be strengthened in the village level to create awareness on Open Defecation villages Eliminating
Participants of awareness building on Sanitation
open defecation is hugely important for the long-term growth of India  and the development of its human capital.
Mr.K.Rajmani insisted that he would visit the villages and inspect them for completion of the construction of toilets as well as the use of these toilets in the villages of Trichi District and We need to systematically and periodically collect data on toilet usage rather than just toilet construction, so we know how we are measuring up to the goal of eliminating open defecation by October end.
SEVAI Team taking Pledge on Sanitation
K.Govindaraju,Founder/Director, SEVAI earlier appreciated the initiatives taken by District Collector and his team in Trichy District and mentioned that
Open defecation refers to the practice whereby people go out in fields, bushes, forests, open bodies of water, or other open spaces rather than using the toilet to defecate. Open defecation poses a serious threat to the health of children. The practice is the main reason for diarrheal deaths among children. Diarrhea and worm infection are two major health conditions that affect school-age children impacting their learning abilities. Open defecation also puts at risk the dignity of women.. Women feel constrained to relieve themselves only under the cover of dark for reasons of privacy to protect their dignity. One of the key requirements is to integrate Social and Behaviour Change Communication, Progress has also been made in creating awareness about the many benefits of toilets. Awareness campaigns, media exposure, and pressure from school-age children, are some of the drivers of this awareness. Project Director of DRDA, Ms.Malarvizhi, Project Officer,Mr.Babu  of Mahalir Thittam, SCOPE NGO Director M.Subburaman and officials and SHG members spoke on this occasion.
 In his speech the sanitation expert  Mr. SCOPE Subburaman mentioned that
SCOPE M.Subburaman
the absence of toilets remains one of the leading causes of illness and death among children.Safe technology option means no contamination of surface soil, ground water or surface water; excreta inaccessible to flies or animals; no handling of fresh excreta; and freedom from odour and unsightly condition. The reality of people relieving themselves in public is one of the clearest indications of sanitation crisis. The unpleasant reality of open defecation suggests our need to be aware of the effects on public, global, and environmental health and the potential of the worldwide spread of preventable diseases.The diarrhea, a disease often associated with poor sanitary conditions, and respiratory infections resulting from poor hygiene, kill about thousands of children under the age of five annually. These deaths are largely preventable with improvements in water, sanitation and hygiene.-Kris

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tamilnadu Open University provides computer Literacy program to School students-.Dr.L.Shanawaskhan

TNOU VC- Dr.M.Baskaran launches computer Literacy program for a school student of S.S.M. HS School.
“Nowadays every school has to have computers. Computer education in schools plays important role in students’ development. Computer with the internet is the most powerful device that students can use to learn new skills and more advanced version of current lessons. Schools are around the globe teaching student’s basics of computers and internet. The uses of computers and internet are growing day by day at high speed. In almost all business, companies, schools using computers for various official operations. Computers help students to draw the creativity on the computer such as by using windows paint program. Computers and the internet not only help students to explore creativity and imagination but also help to understand technologies. Students are future leaders for any nation. Parents want their kids to be intelligent and creative.” said by Dr.L.Shanawaskhan, Syndicate member of Tamilnadu Open University in a function organized by South Zone Board of Continuing Education recently in Trichy. Dr.L.Shanawaskhan further spoke, Tamilnadu Open University extends its computer certificate course at affordable cost for the benefit of school students and Computer science had gone down well with the school teachers, parents and students that computer literacy developed the skills and aptitude of little children at schools with its computer-oriented syllabi, aimed at promoting the students' aptitude for application of information technology skills. Tamilnadu Open University would be a trend-setter to extend the computer certificate courses to school students, beyond the academic barriers that certificate courses on ‘Computer Basics', ‘MS Office Package', ‘Programming Technique', ‘C Programming', and ‘C ++ Programming' were offered in Schools by TNOU.Vice Chancellor Dr. M.Baskaran of Tamilnadu Open University released the computer Literacy books to school students and said that TNOU provides computer Education at affordable cost in Schools”.-Kris

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

“SEVAI Shanthi Matric Higher Secondary School celebrates Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Day as -Clean India Day”

Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Day
Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth DaySEVAI Shanthi Matric Higher Secondary School celebrates Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Day as -Clean India Day. SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School celebrated Mahatma Gandhi's birthday on October 2nd 2017. Gandhi’s birthday events include the showing of films and book readings on Mahatma Gandhi's life and achievements. Mahatma Gandhi, also known as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was born on October 2, 1869, and died on January 30, 1948. He was a political and spiritual leader in India and played a key role in the Indian independence movement. Gandhi developed the novel technique of non-violent agitation, which he called "Satyagraha", loosely translated as "moral domination". The cleanliness is important in our life as well as for the nation. It is well known that the Mahatma Gandhi personally took the effort to achieve the change that he wanted to see. Teachers’ and students’ role is very important to create awareness on cleanliness. In today’s world the role of social media is important to create awareness among the people and inculcate a feeling of nationality among them. Cleanliness is not only the responsibility of the sanitation worker. It is the responsibility of all Indians. It is the responsibility of the Government officers, NGOs, Schools and the local community to make India completely clean. It’s a need of the present; all the people should actively participate to clean India to fulfill the dream of Mahatma Gandhi for the protection of the environment, for our safety, and for a healthy future. When he inspected a model school, he told the teachers: “You will make your institution ideal, if besides giving the students literary education, you have made cooks and sweepers of them."Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat- drive recently. Taking this initiative a step ahead, students of SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Trichirapalli District have taken the initiative beyond classrooms. Schools are encouraging hygiene and sanitation related activities as they are asking students to ensure that the vicinity around their residence is kept clean. Students
Flower tribute for Gandhiji image by SSMHSS.
of SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School were enthusiastic after they cleaned their schools and were eager to step out to ensure the villages around them are also maintained clean. The School teachers explained about the need to keep the surrounding clean, and to create awareness outside the school as well. The students were taught about the need to maintain basic hygiene and sanitation, and also to understand the adverse health effects of filth lying around. Hence the Principal Mrs.Chitra Balasubramanian explained the students the impact and the need to maintain a healthy environment.
The toilet facilities SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School have enhanced the sanitation standards in schools leading to better health and hygiene among the children. Enrolment and retention of children in schools, particularly of girls, is also expected to increase significantly. Teachers feel that if students are taught about the need to maintain basic sanitation and cleanliness in all aspects,
Village Road Cleaning by School workers
then they will also ensure that these are maintained at home. Thus, making it easier for the society to spread the message of clean and beautiful villages.SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School provides adequate number of
toilets, filling up of gaps in provision of sufficient number of toilets, rehabilitation of existing toilets and drinking water system in school, regular repair of toilets and drinking water system in school is the school sanitation plan. The school ensures adequate, Water, Sanitation, Hand washing with soap, Operations & Maintenance, Behaviour change & capacity building. Teachers are to hold sensitization meeting with parents on cleanliness and sanitation. and they inspect sanitary facilities in every toilet both for boys and girls and plan for repairs and up keep. SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School has undertaken sanitation activities such as Cleanliness drive in the Schools ,Premises, toilets etc., Displaying banners and slogan writing on cleanliness, Other cultural programmes on clean India, Weeding out old files, removal and repair of broken furniture, equipments etc and Awareness creation to school children through audio-visual programmes which results in  Improvement in health & hygiene practices of children, their families & communities, Inclusion of health & hygiene in the extracurricular activities and teaching methods. Hygiene in schools also supports school nutrition. Healthy and well nourished children can fully participate in school and get the most from the education and Behavioral changes in hygiene and the school is one of the most important contributory units where from the issues of hygiene and sanitation would emanate to achieve the goals of ‘Clean India’ campaign.-Kris

Monday, October 2, 2017

Household toilets constructed by SEVAI have Privacy, Safety, Comfort, Cleanliness, and Respect for the beneficiaries’ families.

Household toilet constructed in Palancauvery Village in Trichy District.
House hold Toilet in Palangcavery Village is rightly used by the families constructed under Swachh Bharat and voluntary agency, SEVAI a Trichy based NGO and its partner agencies and the beneficiaries’ families.  This entire campaign is to make the villages clean. Cleanliness in the community is just as important as cleanliness for individuals and families. Sanitation means public cleanliness, using clean and safe toilets, keeping water sources clean, and disposing of garbage safely .Poor sanitation causes a great deal of unnecessary sickness and death. Palangcavery community effort to improve sanitation helps people overcome the challenges they face in their daily lives. Mrs.Benjmine Oberoi, a social activist and consultant for SEVAI motivates the SEVAI team to produce toilet components in SEVAI technology centre involving especially women and transport them to Palangcavery Village situated 2 kms from SEVAI technology centre and construct the house hold toilet. SEVAI Double leach pit toilet is eco-friendly, technically appropriate, socio-culturally acceptable and economically affordable. It provides health benefits by safe disposal of human excreta on-site. It consists of a pan with a steep slope of 25°-28° and an especially designed trap with 20 mm water seal requiring only 1 to 1.5 litres of water for flushing, thus helping conserve water. It does not need scavengers to clean the pits. There are two pits of varying size and capacity depending on the number of users. The capacity of each pit is normally designed for 3 years’ usage. Both pits are used alternately. When one pit is full, the incoming excreta is diverted into the second pit. In about two years, the sludge gets digested and is almost dry and pathogen free, thus safe for handling as manure. Digested sludge is odourless and is a good manure and soil-conditioner. It can be dug out easily and used for agricultural purposes. The cost of emptying the pit can be met partially from the cost of manure made available. The health worker, Jayanthi who knows and listens to the needs of the people has important information and community members work together for the construction of double leach pit toilets, initially targeting 300 families in this village. Trichy District, Development authorities and Block Administration provides its fullest support of achieving the suitable toilets for the households. SEVAI also provides the Information, Education and Communication materials and conduct street plays for creating awareness among the beneficiaries of this sanitation program. Women often care for children and the home, so they recognize sanitation and water issues and they also involve men. When everyone is involved in making decisions and works together to improve sanitation, everyone benefits.Amala, a street play organizer of SEVAI shares that  when human waste is not managed well, it pollutes water, food, and soil with germs, and leads to diarrhea and other serious health problems. The theme of the street play focuses on the use of toilets which prevents germs from getting into the environment, and protects the health of the whole community.Amala and Jayanthi add,”Health is not the only reason to build and use toilets. People also want Privacy, Safety, Comfort, Cleanliness, and Respect. A well-kept toilet brings status and respect to its owner which motivates people to spend their effort to build one".-Kris.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

SG-SEVAI Check dam aims to improve the quality of life of farming families in Vilkalpatty.

Vilkalpatty Vepanpalli Check dam
    Vilkalpatty-Veppanpalli Kuttai is a permanent check dam constructed across feeding channel to lower the speed of concentrated flows for a already designed with the support of SG by SEVAI.  This check dam was constructed before south –west monsoon of 2017. The water speed is slowed, in the feeding channel and stored in the check dam and reduces erosion and prevents unwanted gully formation during heavy rain. The check dam
assists recharge of irrigation wells and allows groundwater recharge and sediment to settle out and it is cost effective. . SEVAI with the expert opinion of Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi and with the financial support of SG arrived at the conclusion that water scarcity, deforestation and soil erosion were the major causes leading to the poor agricultural yields in Vilkalpaty area. In response, the SEVAI began constructing check dams as an appropriate intervention to restore the degraded natural resource base in Vilkalpatty-Veppanpalli Kuttai and to help the local inhabitants meet their basic needs. Most of the year, the residents of Vilkalpatty-Veppanpalli Kuttai area experience acute scarcity of water for agricultural and domestic use and water sources are varied and often seasonal, ranging from tanks and streams to open wells, bore wells and irrigation canals. Here, agriculture is confined to a single crop in the entire year, rain-fed with supplementary water from private open irrigation wells. Thus, a large number of farmers are highly dependent on the monsoon rains to recharge these wells. The use of check dams has been decided upon in part because they are in
Cultivation started in Sep.2017
keeping with the organization’s overall goal to create sustainable livelihoods.SEVAI’s sustainable livelihoods approach to development incorporates the 
inter generational concept that it is vital to meet the needs of people today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. When applied to rural settings, this development approach emphasizes the regeneration and sustainable management of natural resources.
Vilkalpatty-Veppanpalli Kuttai "Check dam" is barrier built across the direction of water flow on streams for the purpose of water harvesting. The check dam retains excess water flow during monsoon rains in a small catchment area behind the structure. Pressure created in the catchment area helps force the impounded water into the ground. The major environmental benefit is the replenishment of nearby groundwater reserves and wells. The water entrapped by the dam, surface and subsurface, is primarily intended for use in irrigation during the monsoon and later during the dry season, but can also be used for livestock and domestic needs. This check dam has a high cost-benefit ratio and check dam structure is able to store a high volume of rainwater. This check dam aims to reduce poverty by providing additional surface and underground water leading to increased agricultural yield, increased income from the sale of crops, increased growth of fodder and this check dams has served to increase the quality of life in beneficiary communities.-Kris


Literacy skills have always been important. - Dr.K.Govindaraju, Chairman, South Zone Board of Continuing Education (OZONE).

‘Literacy skills have always been important and this year, International Literacy Day was celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world’.’ stated by Dr.K.Govindaraju, Chairman, South Zone Board of Continuing Education (OZONE) while speaking on the occasion of International Literacy celebrated on 25th Sep 2017 in Trichy. He further mentioned, “International Literacy Day is celebrated annually worldwide and brings together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field. It is an occasion to mark achievements and reflect on ways to counter remaining challenges for the promotion of literacy as an integral part of lifelong learning within and beyond the 2030 Education Agenda. When we talk about language literacy, we are discussing much more than the basic ability to recognize words on a page. True literacy extends beyond the ability to read and encompasses the skills needed to gain meaning and knowledge from the written word, to think critically, and to write clearly. Students need to utilize all of the higher order thinking skills taught to students in previous times. Students for centuries have been taught and encouraged to evaluate, apply, analyze and synthesize knowledge. Today's students are able to use the internet to research and find text sources, videos and presentations related to anything they would like to learn about. Technology is a lovely asset to any classroom. Students today learn in ways that their teachers could not even imagine decades ago when they were in school. Students learn technology just like they do the spoken language, by doing and today it is not uncommon for a 3 year old to have some basic knowledge regarding how to get on to the computer. The way students learn and their abilities to showcase their learning has surpassed the years of book reports, posters, and shoe box representations. Skills based on using digital tools are important, but they are also short-lived since the tools and platforms available to us change so quickly. So how can teachers and parents teach kids all they need to be truly digitally literate? Luckily, there are tons of free online resources available for teaching the necessary skills. While it is important to be aware of kids’ online activity, there’s more to keeping kids safe than monitoring them. By teaching kids to be truly digitally literate, we can keep them safe online, while helping to ensure their success in this digital world we live in”. –Kris

SEVAI Tsunami rehabilitation houses inaugurated

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Friday, September 29, 2017

SEVAI Culturals

SEVAI Shanthi School culturals

Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi receives OZONE Kalam AWARD

Trichy District Collector Shri.K.Rajamani presents Ozone -Kalam Awards .

Chairman,OZONE, K.Govindaraju presents KALAM Memento to Dt.Collector Shri.K.Rajamani,I A S.
South Zone Board of Continuing Education (OZONE) celebrated International Literacy Day on 25th September 2017 in Trichirapalli and Trichy District Collector Shri.K.Rajamani I A S presided over the function and presented Knowledge Connectivity Prime Award to Dr.M.Baskaran, Ph.D.,the  Vice Chancellor  of Tamilnadu Open University. Shri.K.Rajamani I A S also presented Kalam Award for Community Outreach to Shri.N.Balagopal, Vice President of P.N.Panicker Foundation, Thiruvandapuram, Kerala and Kalam Award for Quality of life Improvement to Dr.Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi, Founder/Director of CASA Foundation, India situated in Bangaluru of Karnataka.Trichy District Collector also presented Kalam Award for Knowledge connectivity to Shri.M.Srinivasa Reddy to veteran Social Activist and member-CAPART, Hyderabad and presented Kalam Award for Community Outreach to Dr.P.Venketraman, a social worker of Karaikal of Puducherry UT. Mr.M.Subburaman, Eco-sanitation Expert from Trichy was presented with Kalam Award for Quality of Life Improvement. Trichy District Collector Shri.K.Rajamani I A S in his presidential address expressed his happiness that South Zone Board of Continuing Education has instituted Kalam Award to experts those who serve in the field of Inclusive peoples’ development and he appreciated the good efforts undertaken by South Zone Board of Continuing Education in South India. District Collector mentioned that His Excellency Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the Former President of India and a world-renowned Space Scientist, is an eminent personality for the mankind was keen on encouraging the students in India to take active interest in the emerging Technologies as these significantly impact our daily lives Promoters. He believed that these awards will encourage the experts and other citizens especially the student community to follow the track of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam in the areas of Knowledge connectivity, quality of life Improvement, Community outreach and equivalency Education. Eleven more experts were also presented with Kalam Awards on this occasion. Dr.M.Baskaran, Ph.D.,the  Vice Chancellor  of Tamilnadu Open University, Mr.B.Oberoi, the Advisory committee Chairman of CARA Mr.M.Ramachandra Reddy, Dr.K.Meena,Ph.D., Former Vice Chancellor of Barathidassan University, P.Ravi,Regional Director,NIOS-Chennai, Educationist M.J.A.Ranjanidaoss  also spoke on this occasion. Earlier the Chairman of South Zone Board of Continuing Education handed over Kalam Memento to District Collector and welcomed the gathering. Prof.Raja MutthuIrulandi, Secretary of OZONE read the citation of the Awards.Dr.L.Shanawas Khan, Vice President proposed vote of thanks-Govin


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Kalam Award for Quality of Life Improvement 2016-17. Citation Mr.M.Subburaman,Sanitation Expert, Founder of SCOPE.

Mr..M.Subburaman presented with OZONE KALAM AWARD
M.Subburaman. is an expert in the field of Eco sanitation and he is the founder of SCOPE NGO.SCOPE an NGO based in Tiruchi, established in 1986 concentrates on rural development, empowering the marginalized women in rural areas found out soon that open defecation due to inability to construct toilets was one of the basic problems that prevented their economic development.The fast 5 years scope has been focusing on Ecological Sanitation and has Constructed over 2000 Ecosan Toilets on the banks of the rivers Ganges and Cauveri and in Tsunami hit Sandy coastal villages of Tamilnadu .Sevanthilingapuram on the banks of the sacred River Cauvery, about 35Kms from Trichy on Trichy- Musiri road, consists of three habitations, Sevanthilingapuram North with 201 dwellings, Sevanthilingapuram south with 87 dwellings, and Umayalpuram with 96 houses. Only 42 out of 246 houses occupied had toilets. Hence 80% of the villagers were forced to defecate in the open mostly on the banks of the River Cauvery and an irrigation canal flowing in Sevanthilingapuram. Residents of Sevanthilingapuram on seeing the excellent performance of the ECOSAN Compost Toilets in near by Kaliyapalayam were keen to go for ECOSAN Compost Toilets with financial support from UNICEF and State Government. So far in two phases 138 ECOSAN Compost Toilets have been constructed. With the help Auro Annam of Auroville (Pandichery) on the final phase ECOSAN Compost Toilets have been constructed in the 63 house also Sevanthilingapuram earning the distinction of being the First ECOSAN Village in the country. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education recognizes the outstanding services of Mr.M.Subburaman in the field of Eco-Sanitation..The South Zone Board of Continuing Education takes pride in conferring upon   Mr.M.Subburaman Founder/Director, SCOPE, the Quality of Life Improvement Kalam Award for the year 2016-17 and the same is presented on 25 th September 2017 at Kalai arangam Triumanamandapam, Trichy on the occasion of International Literacy Day Celebration.

Kalam Award for Quality of Life Improvement 2016-17. Citation Mrs.N.Radha, the Founder/Director of LEAD.

Mrs.N.Radha of LEAD presented with KALAM AWARD

Mrs.N.Radha, the Founder/Director  of LEAD – League for Education & Development, Trichy with her team started LEAD 30 years ago and she believes that  participation of people in their own development process empowers them. The first ever work that made a mark in the history of LEAD was the liberation of 32 bonded quarry workers in Trichy District. Fighting for freedom gave them immense courage and LEAD has always raised its voice against atrocities on women, child labour, female infanticide and foeticide. They have made a mark for ourselves in taking up issues like liberation of panchami land for dalits, elimination of child labour and promotion of child rights, fighting for rights of disabled. In the area of development of women, livelihood promotion of women with the perspective of gender and empowerment is the major programme in which her team is involved. LEAD’s team taught the community about afforestation, natural resource regeneration, digging drinking water bore wells, hand pump repair and maintenance, watershed development, herbs and raising of herbs etc, and developing other social skills such as organizing groups/community, understanding group process, participatory rural appraisal, communication and animation, understanding of gender and development etc. It is also evolving land based livelihood strategies for women. The ‘rights’ perspective developed further to include struggling for the rights of Dalit women, children (especially working children) and differently abled. LEAD has added People Living with HIV/AIDS, female sex workers and transgender into the fold of our constituency is the person behind the entire works of LEAD with her Board and Staff. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education recognizes the outstanding services of Mrs.N.Radha through LEAD.

The South Zone Board of Continuing Education takes pride in conferring upon   Mrs.N.Radha, Founder/Director, LEAD, the Quality of Life Improvement Kalam Award for the year 2016-17 and the same is presented on 25 th September 2017 at Kalai arangam Triumanamandapam, Trichy on the occasion of International Literacy Day Celebration.

South Zone Board of Continuing Education,- K.Govindaraju

The South Zone Board of Continuing Education, established in 2011, is born out of the ever-growing ambition andlogical resolve of the Founderto focus on socially relevant education, in general and purposeful continuing education, in particular in the Southern India (Comprising of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh). The inspiration for expansion emanated from out of the long-time committed associationof the Founder with the governance, programmes and activities of the Tamil Nadu Board of Continuing Education (TNBCE) brought into existence by Dr Malcolm S. Audisehsiah in the early seventies, with its base in Chennai.
Literacy is the backbone of a progressive society and the heartbeat of a developing nation. Only a literate nation can really be free from all kinds of social and other oppressions by opening up unlimited avenues and varied arenas of progress to everyone and empowering all, including those under the yokes of oppression.The idea of expansion has stemmed out of the understanding of the reality that the Government alone cannot be burdened to take care of all development programmes in each and every sphere of life in the region. This understanding also necessitates and redefines active participation of non-government organizations (NGOs) in various social development projects.
Continuing education is one such field where NGOs can make very positive and significant contributions as evidenced by TNBCE in Tamil Nadu and similar bodies in the South Zone.The Continuing Education Scheme is multi-faceted and so are the programmes directed to achieve success in the sphere. Postulated on the principles of treating basic literacy, post literacy and later continuing education, many programmes are being planned, launched and continued. The schemes and programmes aim at positively addressing the socio-economic situations of the community and catalyzes provision of infrastructure for larger development initiatives. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education plans to provide strong academic and applicable technical resource support that would regularly benefit carrying out and sustaining continuing education efforts in the Zone.
In a developing country like India, the Community Collegesstand for an alternative system of Education, which aims at the inclusion and empowerment of the disadvantaged through appropriate skills development to turn them more employable. As the Community College system is ‘of’ the community, ‘for’ the community and ‘by’ the community, the South Zone Board of Continuing Education has also proposals to link the Community College system of Tamilnadu Open University to cater to the needs of the various sections of the  community. The proposed Community Colleges will be geared to offer and promote job-oriented, work related, skill-based and life-coping education.
Committed to make lasting contributions towards nation building, the South Zone Board of Continuing Education’ has launched myriad kinds of Training Programmes, Continuing Education Courses, Population Education Programmes, Programmes for development of vocational skills besides several other special, comprehensive rural/urban development activities in the target areas. Since its inception, the South Zone Board of Continuing Education has been playing a significant pro-active role in creating an appropriate environment where women themselves are encouraged to demand and seek knowledge for their empowerment. South Zone Board of Continuing Education provides career oriented assistance to the community in several districts of Tamilnadu and is willing to extend activities beyond the state.
The South Zone Board of Continuing Education has established useful working connections with NGOs serving for the promotion of Health, Animal Husbandry, Horticulture, Agriculture, Social Forestry, Rural Development, Social Welfare and Information and Education. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education has proposals to carry out the planned extension programmes in all necessary and possible sectors spreading them across the regions in the Zone.

With the strength of governance, association and hands-on experience in TNBCE for over three decades, the founders are sure to achieve the objectives of extending socially relevant education and sustain continuing education to benefit various sections and regions in the South Zone.

Chairman, OZONE