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Help To Build a Bright Future for our Tribal Children
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    Anand Jesudas
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    This fundraiser will benefit

    Tribal Children

    from Gudalur, Tamil Nadu

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Summary:
Facilitating a nurturing, amiable and a healthy environment for the children aged 2 years to 5 years from various tribal communities inhabiting remote locations far from any governmental facilities within the natural reserves of The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu – India through systematic activity based learning methodologies.
Organization History:
Participatory Actions and Learning Methodologies (PALM-2) is an NGO registered with the Government of India under the Trust Act no. 58/02 BK4. Since its inception 20 years ago, PALM-2's prime focus has been on the upliftment of the under-privileged of the society through various dynamic and capacitating modes of intervention. Our target groups are mostly the Tribal communities (Paniyas, Irulas and Kaatu Nayakas) inhabiting the very interiors of the Nilgiri forest reserves and Talavadi Hills. Spanning around hundreds of miles, we are working in 2 districts covering at least 80 villages. Our mode of intervention is through participatory rural appraisal, focusing mainly on the betterment of the quality of life of these tribal communities who otherwise live secluded from the outside world left unattended, without any exposure to the necessities of the rapidly changing life style.  Moreover, stringent Forest Regulatory Laws have stolen most of their privileges and thus they have been restricted from living their traditional lives. This has largely affected their eating habits and traditional lifestyle. From being hunters and gatherers they are now reduced to mostly daily waged laborers in the nearby tea estates and that too limited to only a few months a year. Their food pattern has now been adapted to the limited groceries provided through the PDS
system. With no knowledge of nutritional needs they end up with very poor food habits gravely affecting the health of these tribal communities and mostly their children. These children are mostly anaemic and suffer from various deficiency based health issues.
Due to their persisting inhibitions towards exposure to the outside world there still exists a huge gap that needs to be bridged to help improve their quality of life. A major consequence of their reserved-ness is seen in the arena of education and employment. The need for education is still the least of their priority, making the younger generation less competitive and vulnerable. They are only staring at oblivion. Reservations and subsidies provided by the government without any proper guidance or facilitation are just temporary relief measures. These communities deserve strategically targeted interventions at various levels. It is this very need of intervention that has taken us to these communities. It is our strategy to engage these communities at a very close and basic level by providing a well nurtured environment for their little children through Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDC).
Mode of Intervention:
Installation of ECDCs in these tribal villages has opened up a very effective channel of correspondence between us and the villagers. Over a period of time, with the commitment and perseverance of our staff members the villagers have slowly accepted our presence in their vicinity and thus a trust based bond has grown between us. We have formed Village Development Committees (VDCs) in all these villages, with the villagers holding key positions. We have started engaging them with various discussions pertaining to the growth and development of their
communities with our primary focus being health/nutrition and education of their little children. The villagers send their little children aged 2 years to 5 years to our ECDCs where we take care of their basic needs. We provide them with healthy food, supplements, behavioral training (good habits), hygiene practices, games, medical monitoring etc. The ECDCs operate 6 days a week and we have been providing them with food even during the pandemic times.
We see that all the children are well nurtured with their basic needs taken care of. Furthermore we prepare the children to enter their primary schooling in the nearest government schools. We also monitor them all the way until they complete their higher secondary education by preventing any drop outs. We constantly interact with the parents of these children and come to know of the basic needs of these families too. Eventually we have become more of a representative organization for these communities and act as a bridge connecting them to the outside world. We also play a vital role in taking the governmental schemes to these communities on a need basis. Permanent shelters, electricity, water and other Identification Certificates were provided to them based on our liaising with the government offices.

Proposed Budget
S.NoItem (4 schools)DescriptionRecurringCosts in Rs (yearly)
1.Training of Facilitators & helpers (one-time)Child ExpertsNo15000
2.Food (Lunch/health drinks/snacks)Average 20 Students for 5 schools – 26 days a monthYes2,50,000
3.Game ItemsMental / Physical game materialsNo15,000
4.Sleeping MattressesMats, bed-sheets, pillowsNo50,000
5.Basic amenitiesCupboards, plates, cups, water filters, tables, chairsNo30,000
6.Study MaterialsCharts, pens, pencils, books, colorsNo15,000
7.Medical CampsBlood test / ENTPeriodic10,000
8.Medical KitsFirst aid, thermometers etcNo10,000
9.TransportationCarrying supplies to the locationPeriodic30,000
10.Semi-permanent
structures
Building with metal frame work
and bison panels
No4,50,000
11.Administrative
Costs
Staff / helper salary,
documentations
Yes2,00,000

Total
10,75,000 Rs

Budget Total * (4 ECDC centers)
43,00,000 Rs


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