Annual Report 2004 - 2005 . . .

Introduction
The path Avvai had Travelled
Tsunami Relief & Rehabilitation Programme
   Introduction
   Efforts of Avvai
   Relief and Rehabilitation programme
Children Programme
   Child Adoption Programme
  Education Programme
  
CCF India - Child Development Project
  
Child Protection Project
Women Programme
   Adikalam - Short Stay Home
 
  Home Committee Meeting
   Qualitative & Quantitative Achievement
   Income Generation Activities
   Family Counselling Centre
 
  Women SHG
Senior Citizens
   Home for the Senior Citizen
   Adoption-A-Granny Programme
   Day Care Centre
Special Programmes
   AIDS Intervention Programme
   Peer Led Intervention Programme
   De-Addiction cumRehabilitation Programme
   Avvai-Care India Livelihood Rehabilitation Programme
   Floods Kolidam block
   Osy & Swadhar

Conclusion

Source of Funds


   Introduction . . .

After observing that landless labourers who were unable to hold the lands they were given for free due to ignorance, Ms. Ambujam, a gandhian and disciple of Shri Vinoba Bhave realized that something should be done to ensure equal opportunities to all. Consequently she founded Avvai Village Welfare Society 30 years ago, having in mind the upliftment and empowerment of marginalized groups such as children, women, elders and disasters' victims.

Since then, Avvai Village Welfare Society has grown to become the biggest organization in Nagapattinam and Kilvelur districts and one of the most important in Tamil Nadu thanks to its various accomplishments in favor of the needy:

Crèches, child care centre, supplementary schools, adoption centre, child development programmes to give children equal opportunities in terms of

Our Women-oriented programmes have been related to the formation and empowerment of self-help groups, family counseling and short-stay homes.

Income-generation programme, adopt-a-granny programme, day-care centre and old-age home programmes are implemented for elders to give them

This year has been a very special year for Avvai with numerous rehabilitation activities undertaken after the terrible tsunami that left so many people in despair. In response to the various needs of the people, Avvai has supported energetically the community through rehabilitation measures as well as long-term actions such as child development, child protection, livelihood support, formation and strengthening of community-based organizations, land reclamation and coastal plantation. Although progress can be observed among tsunami victims' situation, it will still take more efforts to complete the rehabilitation process.



   The path Avvai had Travelled . . .

AVVAI started as a fledgling and had grown to become one of the major NGOs in Tamil Nadu. The primary goal was Education for All. To this end AVVAI runs 25 Supplementary Schools/ Creches for the welfare of the downtrodden. For the welfare of women, AVVAI runs Short Stay Home for Women in Distress, Family Counseling Centre, Vocational Training, Leadership Training, Entrepreneurship Development Programmes in addition to the programmes under mahalir Thittam.

The crowning glory is the Women SHG Movement under the Mahalir Thittam. AVVAI now runs 3865 Women SHGs with an effective membership of 59068.Internal Loans to the tune of Rs. 26,0028,860/- and External Credit to the tune of Rs. 17,17,49,819/- have been disbursed so far. For the welfare of the senior citizens, AVVAI runs two Old Age Homes, one Daycare Centre, Adopt A Granny programme and Income Generation activities. In general AVVAI runs a De-Addiction cum Rehabilitation Centre, HIV/AIDS Intervention Programme, RCH Programme, Special development programmes for Boom Boom Mattukkaran Community, Awareness Generation Activities, Workshops and Training Programmes. All these Programmes are running programmes and AVVAI strives to add new welfare programmes every year to this list.

Staff
AVVAI has a dedicated team of 174 permanent staff to help in the implementation of the various programmes. The staff themselves is dedicated to social service and they all are given periodical training on specific subjects to keep them up-to-date about the projects in progress.

Awards


In appreciation of services rendered to the people AVVAI has been conferred with the following awards, which act as a catalyst for us to strive for rendering better service from NABARD.

State Level Award for Best SHG-Bank Linkage Program-2000-01
State Level Award for Best SHG-Bank Linkage Program -2002-03
State Level Award for Best SHG-Bank Linkage Program -2003-04

District Level Award for Best NGO in Skill Development for SHGs, Thiruvarur- 2003-04 from District Collector, Thiruvarur.

Honors Conferred
AVVAI has been nominated to the following prestigious Government Committees in recognition of the service rendered by us.

District Social Welfare Committee, Nagapattinam.
Anti Eve-Teasing Committee, Nagapattinam.
District Level Steering Committee for the Banks, Nagapattinam.
District Level orphanage Committee, Nagapattinam.
District Level SGSY Committee, Nagapattinam.
District level Consultative Committee, Nagapattinam.
Child labor Squad, Nagapattinam.
General Hospital Management Committee, Nagapattinam.
District AIDS Advisory Committee, Nagapattinam.
District Project Coordination Committee for Mahalir Thittam, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur.
Anti-Liquor Committee, Nagapattinam.
Committee for the Elimination of Child Trafficking and Women Prostitution.
Governing Board member, DRDA, Nagapattinam.
Resource Committee of SSA Programme, Nagapattinam.
State Level Organisation for the Care of the Mentally Retarded.
District Disabled Rehabilitation Committee, Nagapattinam.
Advisory Committee for Control of TB.
District Government Hospital Advisory Committee.

   Tsunami - Introduction . . .
A highly challenging year for AVVAI, especially the last quarter! The sudden calamity, which struck Nagapattinam District on 26th December 2004, was as unexpected as the magnitude of the devastation.But AVVAI had 30 long year of experience in moving with the people. Thus, Avvai had the capacity and the manpower to render some vital service immediately after the tsunami struck. Within one hour after the Tsunami, the staff of Avvai started extending support to the government agencies in rescue work. The facilities of Avvai were thrown open to accommodate over 400 tsunami displaced persons. The people the administration commended the efforts of Avvai.

Apart from our regular programmes, Avvai started the Tsunami Relief Operations immediately after the Tsunami and is still involved in major activities to give support and succor to the affected people. International funding agencies came forward generous support and Avvai with the background and the history was well placed to put the funds to very good use and maximum utilization to the affected people.

The Wrath of the Killer Waves
An earthquake of a magnitude of 9 on the Richter scale near Sumatra, about 2500 kms from the Indian Coast, resulted in a Tsunami at 9 a.m. on the 24th December 2004. Killer waves 20 feet and 30 feet high inundated the complete coastal areas of Tamil Nadu. The worst affected was the Nagapattinam Coast.

More than 7000 people have been declared dead and another 200 are still reported as missing, presumed dead. More than 50,000 houses were washed away and the lives nearly 2,00,000 people have been put on a tailspin. The great fishing industry of Nagapattinam district came to a screeching halt. Hundreds of heavy trawlers, boats and catamarans were smashed and carried in to the land two kilometers inland at some places. The losses ran into hundreds of crores. The capital loss, the human misery were one of the worst recorded in the history of mankind.

The stink, the great bonfires from mass pyres and the debris, the whole coast becoming mass burial ground were testimonies of the magnitude of the disaster. The government and the NGOs jumped into action immediately. Relief measures on an unheard of level were organized. Money, relief materials and kind hearted people poured into Nagapattinam district. Nearly a hundred relief capms were opened.

The disaster had struck, but the people were given the confidence that they were not alone at the time of their greatest need and tragedy. Avvai played a very signification part in all this.


   Tsunami Efforts of Avvai

Rescue

On the 26th December 2004, immediately after the Tsunami our staff entered the disaster area and extended help in rescuing the victims. Our staff helped in the rescue of at least 300 peoples took them to various hospitals and Relief Camps.We accommodated more than 400 people at De Addiction Centre and our complex in Kilvelur. Our staff evacuated all the women and children lodged in the Short Stay Home (SSH) for Women in Distress to our Centre in kil Velur as the SSH was also inundated. Our staff stayed with the Rescue Teams and extended all possible help.We took up the task of feeding as many people as possible and he arranged for the materials and cooking in Thiruvarur. We brought the food packets to Nagapattinam during the evening and we distributed food packets to over 7000 people that night. There was no food available for any amount of money on that crucial day, it should be remembered.

We also helped a few victims who have lost their near and dear in identifying them and helped them in collecting the bodies. Avvai staff helped as many of the affected as they could, on that crucial day.

Relief
On 27th, we started mounting Rescue and Relief efforts. More of our staff was on the field this day. Again we arranged for feeding as many people as possible. Like the day before, we helped in the recovery of bodies, rescue and relief. From 28th onwards we have been involved in the following Relief measures;

Community Kitchens
Cooking food in Community Kitchens at 10 centers for feeding nearly 6000 people three times every day. The Community kitchens were set up at Manian Theevu and Arukkattu Thurai in Vedaranyam Block, Palayar and Thirumullaivasal in Kollidam Block and Naicker Kuppam, Pudu Kuppam, Chavadi Kuppam, Vanagiri, Keela Moovar Karai and Madathu Kuppam in Sirkali Block. Later on the kitchen in Naicker Kuppam, Chavadi Kuppam, Vanagiri, Keela Moovar Karai and Madathu Kuppam were shifted to Nambiar Nagar in Nagapattinam Block, Veilankanni and Pandagasalai Street in Keezhaiyur Block and two additional kitchens in Thirumullaivasal and Palayar.

GOAL-Ireland, one of the agencies based in Ireland supported Avvai in the running of these community kitchens. These kitchens served hygienic and nutritious meals to these people 3 times a day. This liberated the people from worries about their food, a very crucial one.

Avvai has opened a new Community Kitchen for the benefit of the Boom Boom Madu Community, the Schedule Tribal in Nagapattinam. These people who took their caparisoned bull to festival meets and made them dance to their tunes and thus earned their living. They lost everything in the Tsunami. Avvai is also taking steps for the rehabilitation of these people. The kitchen was run for 53 days still these people. The kitchen was run with the support of CCF-India and CINI

Distribution of Relief Packages
A number of Funding agencies came into the picture by this time. CARE-India, an organization with over 50 years of public service to the Indian people came up with 7500 Relief Packages. High quality essential items packed in a fiber container. Which can be used for storing water or rice, were distributed to the victims. Avvai made meticulous selections and issued the beneficiaries with Tokens, which, they exchanged for the packages. The operation went on smoothly. After more than three months after the disaster, the fiber contains are the only item being preserved by the people, which speak volumes about the quality of the materials and the utilitarian value.

Training on Psychosocial Care
Our Counselors have been visiting 38 of the affected villages in Vedaranyam Block Keezhaiyuir block, Kil Velur Block, Nagapattinam Block, Sirkali Block, Kollidam Block and Sembanarkovil Block to give Trauma Counseling to the Tsunami victims from 28th itself when the question of trauma and Counseling were not even considered by any other agency. Child In Need Institute (CINI), an agency based in Kolkotta supported us in this.

Hundreds of concerned people were sending truckloads of relief materials and distributed them to the actually affected people. As we have the support and the backing of over 3700 Women SHGs, we could do it properly, Avvai channelized the distribution o hundreds of truckloads of relief materials.

Training on Trauma Counseling
With the support of CARE - India, Avvai has given Trauma Counseling Training to 173 persons who will be going to the affected villages for giving counseling. The training was conducted by NIMHANS, Bangalore. The government of Tamil Nadu came into the picture and supported Avvai in training many more volunteers in Psychosocial Care. Our Community Level Workers trained in Psycho Social Counseling have been visiting 40 of the affected villages continuously and giving counseling to the people. Plans are afoot to cover the remaining 37 villages and the process of selecting the volunteers is on.We have undertaken a detailed survey with the help of our SHG members to ascertain the death toll, the displaced persons, loss of livelihood, orphaned, windowed and so on. The Data Base is almost ready.

Home for Women in Distress
Under the auspices of the Government of India and as the agency running the Short Stay Home for Women in Distress, Avvai started Temporary Short Stay Homes. These centers catered to the needs of more then 2500 women and children affected by the tsunami.We have channelized the Relief packages, which were sent to the Tsunami victims right from day one. In addition to this we have personality selected the really needy people and have distributed over 12,000 Relief Packages with essential items.


   Relief & Rehabilitation Programme. . .

1. Introduction
Avvai Village Welfare Society and Aide et Action have worked in partnership for more than a decade in community-based programme focusing on providing quality Education to children from excluded communities. After the terrible tsunami, it was realized that many marginalized groups were left aside, without having benefited from any relief and rehabilitation activities from neither government nor other agencies. In this regard, Avvai and Aide et Action with the support of DFID, decided to join their hands for implementing a rehabilitation project focusing on marginalized groups.

2. Project Objective
The project, which stands on community participation, has aimed at enabling Tsunami affected families to return to normal lives, especially by ensuring equity and inclusion of excluded groups like women, children, Dalits, Landless and other excluded groups.
This three-year programme overall objective is to facilitate the marginalized communities to plan and implement rehabilitation activities for their own development. The project has been implemented within an integrated approach covering various sectors such as education, construction, agriculture, livelihood support and women empowerment; all of them through community involvement.

3. Project Area
A total number of 31 villages have been selected for the project implementation in Sirkali and Kollidam blocks of Nagapattinam district, covering a total population of more than 12,000 families.


1. Vanagiri
2. Kaveripoompatinam
3. Poombuhar
4. Neithavasal
5. Kundarimedu
6. Kadaikaddu
7. Nayakkarkuppam
8. Perunthotam

9. Kosalakuppam
10. Chavadikuppam
11. Konayampatinam
12. Mathampatinam
13. Annapanpettai
14. Keelanipathur
15. Mullayampatinam

16. Vellapalam
17. Thirumullaivasal
18. Thoduvai
19. Koolaiyar
20. Palayapalayam
21. Olakottaimedu
22. Kottaimedu
23. Thandavankulam
24. Madavamedu
25. Pudhupatinam
26. Palaiyar
27. Pulianthurai
28. Mahendrapalli
29. Sembankadu
30. Kattur
31. Kodiyampalayam


I. EDUCATION

a. Child Care Centre Activities

Child Care Centres have been set up in 28 villages. In one year the total number of children has increased by 115 % (from 1434 in April 2005 to 3084 children in March 2006). In each centre, a teacher is responsible for daily activities and maintenance of the place. The main activities organized are singing, dancing, drawing, sports, tuition, yoga, gardening, stories reading, puppetry and arts and crafts. During the morning, activities related to child development are organized for below-6 years-old children. During the afternoon, school-going children from age 6 to 18 come for studying and playing

Teaching learning materials (pencils, pens, charts, books, maps, paper, globe…), games (balls, cricket material, skipping ropes, carom boards…) and uniforms were distributed for all children in all 28 centres. Moreover, each centre has been furnished with table, steel box, plastic chairs, baby chairs, rack and water filter.

Every day, lunch meal is provided for children and snack is distributed twice a day, morning and evening. Teachers have been trained to provide proper nutrition to children in terms of quantity and quality. Lunch meals are prepared daily by SHGs members in all centres.On a fortnight basis, training on a specific topic is conducted for teachers in project office. During the first year, they have been trained in psychological support, yoga, child development, classroom management, team sports, disaster preparedness, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation awareness…

b. Distribution of sanitary material and clothes to adolescent girls
In the beginning of the project, 750 kits containing soaps, sanitary napkins, clothes, and other material were distributed to adolescent girls.

II. CONSTRUCTION

a. Construction of Child Care centres
During the first year of the project 14 Child Care Centres have been constructed. Another 14 will be completed during the first phase of the second year. Besides the building itself, compound wall, toilets facilities, water pumps and outdoor playing equipments have been installed. Construction process has been monitored by each Village Reconstruction Committee. The Child Care Centre has become the place in the village where children enjoy learning and playing and where the community can hold meetings.

b. Repair - Renovation of Schools
A total of 31 schools have been repaired and renovated. Works consisted mainly in class building renovation, painting, provision of drinking water facilities, construction of toilets blocks, construction of compound wall, outdoor play equipments, environmental up gradation and beautification. Repair works were undertaken through Village Education Committees. With the teachers' involvement and project volunteer supervision, school children cabinet were formed in each school to look after the use and maintenance of the new infrastructures.

III. AGRICULTURE

a. Cash for Work
The main activities undertaken under cash for work programme were desilting and construction of pond, improvement to drainage / supply channels and strengthening of river bunds. The main objectives were on the short-term, to give employment opportunities to marginalized and landless farmers and on a longer term, to improve environmental infrastructures. The activity generated more than 40,000 person-days during the accomplishments of 52 works. Moreover, the works undertaken before last November helped to reduce the negative impact of heavy floods by draining more water from the agricultural fields

b. Horticulture
A total of 430 acres have been covered under horticulture programme. Mango, guava, cashew, coconut, tamarind, sapota, and amla seedlings have been planted in 13 villages for a total of 440 beneficiaries.

c. Ploughing
The most devastating consequence of tsunami on agriculture was the salination of land. To make the land cultivable again and to provide and resume employment in agricultural sector, more than 550 acres of land belonging to 390 small farmers have been ploughed just before the rainy season.

d. Saplings Plantation
Casurina plantation was undertaken in four villages covering an area of 132 acres to protect coastal villages from further natural calamities such as tsunami or cyclones. More than 50 villagers have directly benefited from the plantation.

IV. COMMUNITY GROUPS

a. Self-Help Groups
Two hundreds and eighty groups have been formed or strengthened during the last 12 months. Women received training in accounts-book keeping, SHG concept, entrepreneurship and income generation activities. Village Organisations have been formed to empower SHGs at a village level. Seed capital of Rs.25,000 was distributed to almost all groups.

b. Common Interest Groups
During the first year, 91 groups have been formed and have received training on community group's concept and bookkeeping. Seed capital of Rs.25,000 was provided to each of the 87 groups.

c. Village Reconstruction Committee
Village Reconstruction Committee composed of 12 members (minimum 6 women & 6 Dalits) have been formed in all adopted villages. VRC main role has been to represent the community in implementing the project. Besides organizing the execution of the activities in partnership with project staff, they are involved for examples in disbursement of wages for cash for work and in construction of Child Care Centres.

d. Village Education Committee
Village Education Committee composed of Head master, parents, teachers, SHG members and VRC member have been formed to implement all activities related to education. They monitored school repair and renovation works and are working with Avvai as facilitator, in improving education status for village children.

e. Village Organisation
Village Organisations have been formed in 26 villages where SHGs are present and playing an active role for the community. Its basic role is to represent all the SHG members at a village level and to unify all of them. Provision of seed capital to SHGs has been canalized through Village Organisations.

V. LIVELIHOOD

a. Education - LABS
More than 300 students have undergone training in mechanics, refrigeration, sales, information technology and hotel management in Sirkali LABS training Centre. After one year, two batches of students have been trained and most of them are now placed in shops and companies where they are able to earn significant money to support their families as well as being financially and socially more independent.

b. Financial Support
Livelihood financial support have been arranged for 111 beneficiaries during the first weeks of the project in order to resume their daily economic activity as it was before the tsunami struck.

VI. PARTICIPATORY VILLAGE RECONSTRUCTION PLAN
The main objective of the project is to reach the level of self-sustainability for our beneficiaries in our 31-targeted villages after a maximum of three years. Our role has been to facilitate this process through the elaboration of the Participatory Village Reconstruction Plan, which consists mainly in conduction of PRA, Household surveys and formation and strengthening of community based organisations mentioned here above.

5. Conclusion
More than one year after tsunami, many activities have been undertaken for the rehabilitation of marginalized communities of 31 villages of Sirkali Taluk. However, to reach self-sustainability, as per plan, Avvai and Aide et Action will keep supporting for the two following years those communities by empowering them.


   Child Adoption Programme . . .

Unfortunately, married couples are not always in a position to bear children because of some medical reasons. Meanwhile, some children are not always living in decent living conditions and are consequently abandoned or surrendered by their parents.

Since 2002, Avvai has run an Adoption Centre where abandoned or surrendered children are given proper care and attention before being placed in adopted families. Indeed, Avvai has the legal authority to undertake adoption process.











After the first contacts from applicant parents and reception of documents and certificates from
them, a home study is undertaken in order to analyze applicant family background. Then, matching is made between family preference and background and child characteristics. During the following 4 months, the child will be handed over to the adopted family for foster care. Regular assessment visits will be made to see how the child and the family are adapting themselves the new situation. Finally after overall acknowledgment and counseling by Avvai, documents will be submitted to court for final approval.For the last 4 years, 28 children have happily been placed in newly adopted families.


   Education Programme . . .

Avvai, in collaboration with Aide-et-Action, launched an Education Programme for students in 1989 with the aim of providing basic quality education to the children in age group of 3-14 years from needy families in 25 isolated villages of Thiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts.
The project under Aide-et-Action has been concluded this year. After 16 years of efforts, self-sustainability has been reached and all infrastructures provided are run by the community through Village Education Development Committees. Initially there were no educational facilities available in these remote villages. Then crèches, day schools and supplementary schools were set up with cooperative participation from the community and the government.

Pre-School Education

The children in these villages do not have any pre school to prepare them for regular schools. Avvai therefore started 25 Crèche Centres and mean time, it has mobilized financial assistance for 5 creche centres from Central Social Welfare Board, which function as pre-schools for children in the age group 3-5. The children are taught the alphabet, writing, songs, moral stories, value addition, indoor & outdoor games, drawings etc. Education and food are provided free of cost. 421 children are benefited. Every month, parents' meeting is held to discuss on childcare, children attendance, nutrition and sustainability of the programme.

Supplementary Schools

High teacher-children ratio, irregularity of teachers and poor quality of education has motivated Avvai to start Supplementary Education Centres for children attending government schools. These centres function as study centres and coaching centres. 1427 children are benefited through 25 supplementary Schools in the targeted villages. Children are provided with nutrition and learning materials. Through child friendly teaching methods, the children are taught basic mathematics, science with experiments, gardening, environmental education, cultural programmes and preparation of low cost educational aids. Once every week Balar Sabha (Children's Club) meeting is organized to promote leadership qualities among children. Monthly once, parents meeting are conducted to collect fees and discuss about the education programme.

Community participation towards school related activities

With the aim of promoting community participation and to give them a sense of ownership, Village Education Development Committees have been formed in each village. VEDC members meet once every month to discuss education-related issues such as school environment, infrastructures, enrollment, dropout and education fund. In this meeting SHG Members, parents, youth groups participate and reveal to others the significance of education and involve in reenrolling students who dropout of school. This year too, as in the preceding years, the VEDC members and SHG members extended their whole-hearted support in identifying school going children and assisted in enhancing enrollment rate.

Out of 17 creche centres, Avvai has tapped financial support from Central Social Welfare Board for 15 Creche centres at this year. The balance two crèches were merged with nearby centres located at Rathamangalam and ___________________.

School Aids Programme

India becoming one of the countries with highest number of HIV-infected patients, AIDS Awareness has become a first-priority necessity, especially among youth who are highly vulnerable.With the support of UNICEF, DTERT & TANSACS, Avvai has been responsible for the implementation of School AIDS Education Programme in Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur Districts since 2003. The objectives are promoting peer education, preventing new infections and reducing stigma and discrimination. Students from 9th and 11th standard are called for training and promoted peer educators for conducting awareness programme in their respective schools. Red Ribbon Clubs have been formed in schools and awareness programmes implemented in association with Parents Teacher Association, Rotary club, NSS and with Primary Health Centers. The hierarchy of the programme starts from State Level Advocacy, District Level Coordination meeting, Headmaster Sensitization Programme, Teachers Training Programme and ends at Peer Education Programme.

Just after the training, assessment was made to analyze the impact of the programme. The results of the assessment were
- The students appreciated the teachers and trainers for conducting the programme in a friendly-manner.
- The students who are forced to attend the training also felt usefulness
- Games and related stories created free mind and removed disappointment and inhibition
- They felt proud for selecting them as peer for their schools
- They felt happy for getting a nice bag
98% agreed that sex education does not stimulate students to have sex

CHILDLINE 1098, Nagapattinam
Launched all over India by the Childline Foundation, Childline 1098 is a 24-hour toll free phone call number destined to help children in distress. Childline aims to reach out to the most marginalized children and provide interventions like shelter, medical support, repatriation, rescue, sponsorship and emotional support and guidance.

Since January 2005, Avvai has been operating Childline 1098 in Nagapattinam area to support children in need of support, attention and care. Up to April 1st 2006, more than 17,000 calls have been registered.During the months following tsunami, Childline Nagai sponsored more than 7,000 destitute children by providing educational material. They received various items such as notebook, schoolbag, pens, chapals …

Thanks to Nagai Childline, a dozen missing children have been assisted and sent back home after being lost and desperate. This has been possible because of promptreaction of staff and active participation from the community. Besides answering phone calls and ensuring follow-up actions, Childline staff is also organizing outreach programmes, play for peace and open houses with the community to make awareness on Childline 1098, its objectives and functioning. In fact, children but also parents, teachers, STD owner, hotel owner, SHG members, other child-related NGOs and auto drivers are given awareness on Childline to ensure they know such service is available at any time a child is in need of assistance and protection.




   CCF India - Child Development Project

With the support of CCF, Avvai has started Child Development Project in Nagapattinam area just after tsunami.

Twenty child-centered spaces were opened during 6 months in order to provide an ideal place for children to study, to play and to bring back normalcy to them. Supplementary nutrition, games and sports material were distributed to all Centres. These centres became activity and recreation centre for children, which avoid them getting isolated and being depressed. They were involved in yoga, handicrafts, games, health awareness


 













and drawing competition. Under the programme, twenty-five schools were reconstructed or renovated in order to provide an attractive and suitable place for children to learn and play. Children clubs, youth and adolescent groups have been formed in 25 villages. Children and youth received games and sports material and were imparted child rights, child protection, media skills and employability trainings. Parents-Teachers Associations, Child Well-Being Committees, and 121 Women Self-Help Groups have also been formed and strengthened to ensure efficient community participation and sustainability in implementing the Child Development project.

CCF India / DFID - Livelihood Support Programme

Avvai and CCF India launched a rehabilitation programme, which aims at restoring livelihood of tsunami-affected communities in Pattinacherry, Beerodum Street, Ariyanathu Street, Vailankani, T.R. Patinam. A total of 167 SHG beneficiaries have received loans to resume or start petty trades and small business activities. Moreover nets, catamaran and iceboxes were distributed to 102 beneficiaries and village cleaning and diesel engine repair was organized.

S.no
Village Name
Micro-credit
Number of SHGs Beneficiaries
Number of Members Beneficiaries
Types of trades
Total Amount of Loans
11 Nagore - Pattinacherry
Nagore - Pattinacherry
10
67
Petty Trade, Small business 183,500
2 Nagore - Beerodum Street
15
67
Small business 412,500
3 Nagapattinam - Ariyanathu Street
2
33
Petty Trade, Small business 136,000
Total
27
167
  732,000



   Child Protection Project
Tsunami left many children in despair in more than 80 villages in Nagapattinam district. Moreover, children are still considered by many as second-class citizens without the possibilities for them to enjoy their rights to life, to growth and development, to protection and to participation. With the aim of supporting children, as they have done for many years, Avvai and Save the Children decided to work together to help affected children to overcome traumas and to create in each village structures that can prevent children from any type of abuse.

1) Project Objectives:

  To enhance the capacity of service delivery personnel to manage and deliver quality service      with rights perspective to child.
  Put the system in place to monitor the child protection issues, child protection committee     acknowledge, respect and works towards fulfillment of children's rights and act to improve the     situation for well-being of children.
  Provide safe space for interaction with peers and promote positive opportunities for children     to come together and organized themselves and their own programmes.
  To facilitate children in designing, implementation and management of appropriate     interventions in order to realization of their rights.
  Promote programmes to encourage children's active participation in decision-making,    problem solving, team building and peer mentoring to reinforce individual attributes in children    that contribute to self-esteem, self-efficacy and coping.
  To Raise the general level of awareness of children's rights issues and practice among civil     society, organizations and government officials as well as children and advocate for fulfillment     of the child and woman rights.

2) Accomplishments - Activities undertaken

a) Child Activities Centres
Child Activities Centres have been set up in 13 villages. Each center is under care of an animator and has been supplied with teaching learning material, games and sports material. Many activities have been organized to enhance child development and to give awareness on children crucial issues such as child protection, Health & Sanitation Awareness. Yoga, karate class and basic vocational training were also organized in the child Activity Centres.

i) Children Groups

Children have right to participation and to address their needs to cater their wants. In addition to that, children are the base for the society to be protected and nurtured with all care and support services. In order to explore issues related to children, we have formed children groups in each and every target villages. The age wise children groups conducted meeting once in a month and address their needs and risk pertaining to children. Panchayat leader does not know the information known by children. It gives us how to go and how to move along with children to address on right based. Three children groups per village were formed (Below 6, from 6 to 12 and from 13 to 18 of age) for a total of 1187 children.


b) Child Protection Committee
Child Protection Committees has been formed to solve issues communicated by the children parliament in each village. Each committee is composed of Village panchayat leader, SHG members, health workers, police officers, VHNL, Angawadi teachers, schoolteachers, adolescent girls, youth club members and two children from children parliament. Totally in the 13-targeted villages, 145 persons are members of their respective CPC.

c) Training & Awareness
To Children: Master training programmes, awareness on child rights and on HIV-Aids and training for children' parliaments members were organized to enhance children participation. To CPC: Capacity building for child rights, psychosocial care and fact-findings for Child Protection Committee was organized in collaboration with Sakthi, Vidiyal, Madurai To Staff: Various trainings and workshops on child protection, child rights, project management, and early intervention of disabled children psychosocial support were imparted to staff.

d) Children Day Celebration
In coordination with NGO Coordination Resource Centre (NCRC) Nagapattinam, Children's Day Programme on 26th November 2005 was organized at District Sports Stadium, Nagapattinam. Nearly 4500 children participated and brought out their inherited skills like songs, dance, indoor games etc.

e) District level Children Group Convention:
On January 26th 2006, on Republic Day, a district level children group convention was conducted for 150 children. Mr. Kandasamy, Deputy Collector, Ms. Geetha, advocate, Dr. Vetriselvi, Mr. Mahendradass Varma, CSC School Headmaster participated in the programme and shared their valuable information in order to sensitize children on rights of the child, to explore inherited skills of children and to promote health and hygiene among them. Under sensitization on rights of the child, four major and important rights were discussed with the children. Right to life, Right to Development, Right to Protection and Right to Participation. Varieties of games pertaining to the rights were entertained and made the children realize the same. The children also asked to disclose their needs after tsunami for their healthy life. The major needs proposed by the children are, transport facilities, children park, building wall to avoid sea erosion etc. As Deputy Collector was present during the convention, he promised to extend his support for child well being. Skill developmental activities and awareness on health and hygiene were organized for children.

World Disability Day Programme
On 3rd December 2005, World Disability Day Programme was conducted in coordination with District Disable Rehabilitation Department, Nagapattinam. Sports competitions and cultural shows were organized at Puthoor during which more than 400 children were given a chance to explore their inherited skills and talents.

f) Child Protection Resource Directory
A Resource Directory containing various articles and valuable documents has been prepared with the intention of being used as primary information collection for children as well as organisations, departments and other institutions concerned about child protection.


  Adikalam Short Stay Home for Women in Distress. . .

Numbers of socially neglected and deserted women suffer because of dependency, unawareness and poor decision-making power. They are not able to come up in life and are facing many problems in their daily-life. Some have to go through dowry harassment or domestic violence. Others face sexual exploitation or any kind of abuse. In such situations, women need not only a safe place to stay but also counseling and rehabilitation services in order to regain confidence and to become empowered and aware of their rights. Thanks to the Department of Women and Child Development, New Delhi, Avvai has been able to run a Short Stay home in Nagapattinam to provide such supporting services. The inmates are assisted with counseling, recreational activities, medical assistance, referrals and vocational training like Tailoring, Netting Flowers, Basket Making and Preparation of Paper Bags etc.
Since the inception, in 1999, more than 270 women have been supported and rehabilitated successfully into the mainstream of life.

Once in three month, Home Committee Meeting is organized to promote services of Adaikalam Short Stay home. Thirumathi Suriyakala, District Social Welfare Officer, Nagapattinam preside the meeting. Doctors, Lawyers, social workers, counselors, Inspector of All Women Police Station and other professional leaders assemble for discussing about the services provided and for assisting in exploring services rendered by other agencies to promote the welfare of the clients.


Classification of Rehabilitation Number of cases during last year
Self-employment 5
Restored to parents 15
Reconciled with husband 5
Referred to NGO 1
Marriage 1
Total 27


   Home Committee Meeting . . .

In order to promote services of Short Stay Home for women in distress, a special committee formed under the chairmanship of Tmt. S. Suriyakala, District Social Welfare Officer, Nagapattinam. Lawyer, Doctor, Social Worker, Counseller from Family Counselling Centre, Representatives from like minded NGOs, Representatives from legal aid, Inspector from All Women Police Station and Volunteers are members enrolled in the committee. The meeting will be held once in three months and also in urgent needs to discuss about the function of the Short Stay Home, Services provided for the clients and assist in exploring services rentered by other agencies to promote overall welfare of the client.

To counter powerlessness and economic deprivation, Women need to alter their self image and social image. The arrangement for credit supply to the poor through SHGs is passed emerging as a promising tool for promoting income generation and economic empowerment for women in rural areas. Sine 1976, Avvai fecilitating performance of SHGs in Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur districts through formation of groups, provision of vocational trainings, Enterprenurship development programme, awareness generation programme and marketting workshop. After getting collaboration with TamilNadu Women Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur districts through formation of groups, provision of vocational trainings, Enterprenurship development programme, awareness generation programme and marketting workshop. After getting collaboration with TamilNadu Women Development Corporation, commenced ennumber of promoted 1961 women groups and 712 men groups. NABARD, DRDA, Mahalir thittam, Nationalized Banks, THADCO are the Institution extending their maximum supportive services for the promotion of Self Help Groups in qualitative and quantitative aspects.


   Qualitative & Quantitative Achievement . . .

Qualitative Achievement
   Encourage sending children, especially girl children to school to study atleast upto class      12th.
   Attend Gram Sabha and Panchayet Level Federation Meeting.
   Cleaning public places like, road, drinage, water pond, etc.,
   Plant trees on the road sides and water them in rotation.
   Take over maintaining public distribution charge.
   Take up dringing water, street light, public sanitation, road and other issues.
   Supervise public construction work in the village.
   Take part in Parent-Teacher Association and village level meeting formed under SSA.
   Donate fan, benches, black board for schools and vessels for Anganwadi.
   Assist in the health camps, Polio, Malaria, Leprosy, AIDS and other immunization.
   Purchase property in the name of women.
   Help handicape to apply for assistance.
   Take part in Panchayat and Panchayet Union election.
   Help in the formation of new groups.
   Stop illicit protection of arrack.
   Working as a staff in Alternative Innovative Education.
   Producing goods and their own and standing at par with men on marketting.
   Solving problems exist in SHGs with the help of federation members.
   Representing in local administration.
   Promoted saving habit and Internal Linkages.
   Discussing issues at cluster, block and district level federation.

Quantitative Achievement
   1961 Women Self Help Groups formed.
   35298 Members enrolled in Women Self Help Groups.
   712 Men Self Help Groups formed.
   12816 Members enrolled in Women Self Help Groups.
  1980 Number of Rural Groups
   693 Number of Urban Groups


   Income Generation Activities. . .

Income Generation Programme for elders
Brisk and active elders are getting an opportunity to get involved into income generation activities such as goat rearing, fish culture and small petty business. Being active again give them self-respect, confidence and reduces their economic dependence from others. Out of this programme, 45 elders are getting benefited.


   Family Counselling Centre. . .

Finding harmony between each member of a family is not always an easy thing; discord happen and can lead, in some extreme cases, to rejection and abuse. In order to overcome such problems and help persons in need, Avvai Family Counseling Centre has been set up with the financial and technical support of the Central Social Welfare Board. The Family Counseling centre extends professional service like crisis intervention, investigation in dowry death cases, making efforts for reconciliation in the cases of separation and out of court settlement in marital crises and providing referral services like short stay homes, free legal aid, police assistance and medical help.

To review and reshape the functioning of the family-counseling centre, sub-committee meeting is held once in three months or during inevitable situation, under the leadership of District Social Welfare Officer and with the active presence of All Women Police Station Inspector, like-minded NGO representatives and counselors.
As Prevention is better than cure, awareness plays a vital role in reducing the number of problems family can face. Indeed, awareness programmes are fully integrated in family counseling activities and various issues such as Women Rights, social welfare programmes and networking services are imparted at community level.


Type of Problem
Total Cases during last year
Separation due to addiction
49
addiction
74
Extra marital affair
46
Domestic Violence due to addiction
21
Unwed mother
2
Family disorganization
20
Love Affair
1
Total
213


  Women SHG

For the fourth time in a row, Avvai Village Welfare Society has been selected as the Best Agency in Credit Linkage for the fourth consecutive year by NABARD this year.

Avvai had formed over 3341 Women SHGs under the Mahalir Thittam which has made Avvai as one of premier agencies in Tamil Nadu in Women Self help Group- SHG Movement. as partner of Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd., (TNCDW) Avvai has become the biggest organization in the district of Nagapattinam. The Women SHGs have always been our strength. The nearly 60,000 members who take active part in all our programmes are in fact, our partners in progress. Our SHG members have always been involved in Community development activities like helping in the running of the schools, bringing women in distress for counseling and accommodation. They acted as the Village Level officers of Avvai.

Promotion of SHG Federation

Formation, development and strengthening of the groups are necessary. Hence, Avvai society paved way for blossom of Federation at Panchayat, Block, District and state/Apex level body to sustain their performance and to assess their needs and necessities at macro level. The main function of these federation are to share experience among the members of SHGs, formation of new groups, capacity building of the SHGs, to enable SHGs to become production and service center, guiding and assisting for book keeping and updating, establishing linkages with banks, motivating members to undertake community development programmes, maximizing utilization of local resources, auditing and networking with other federation.

   Problem solving
   Sharing best practices among SHGs
   Getting support for starting income generating activities by members
   Getting help for bank linkage of SHGs
   Capacity building of SHG members particularly for maintaining SHG records
   Collective linkages with other development agencies
   Social service/activities, creating peace & social awareness
   Macro level activities for the SHGs and hence, various tiers of SHG federation were promoted      at village, block and district level.

The organizational structure of SHG Federation is given below,


   Home for the Senior Citizen . . .

Help Age

Though there have been a high number of rehabilitation activities held in Nagapattinam district after tsunami, elders have remained aside, away from fundamental support. In order to fill the gap and to reach more equity among tsunami-victims, Avvai & Help Age India decided to work together in supporting elders.
After providing relief material to 1500 beneficiaries, the implementation of the Rehabilitation programme has started in 10 villages and covered a total of 2410 beneficiaries as on April 2006.
From a charity-oriented programme during the first year, Avvai and Help Age India have opted for a more participative approach in implementing the programme during the second year. Indeed, elders Self-Help groups have been formed and strengthened and will be trained and provided with seed capital during the following year.
The objective of the programme is to ensure elder people in tsunami-affected families are treated with dignity, respect, are guaranteed security in old age through the provision of adequate social protection, minimum income and sustainable livelihood options and are protected from future disasters.






Achievements (as on April 1st, 2006)

    30 boats, 70 units of nets & 30 engines have been distributed as immediate replacements of       lost productive assets
    97 elders benefited from Income-Generation Programme to improve socio-economic         conditions
    81 elders artisans benefited
    119 dairy animals given
    200 goats distributed
    Counseling to 30 elders
    Sponsor-A-Granny to 250 elders
    Desalination of Land - 30 acres
    Installation of 2 hand-pumps at elder concentrated areas
    97 ESHGs formed and strengthened
    13 Village Elders Care Committees formed
    Mobile Medicare Unit for 10 villages
    Elders Week conducted in October '05 with 500 participants

   Adopt A Granny Programme. . .

Many elders have become completely dependent of others and are not able to earn any sufficient income to cope with the daily life. Some elders are also suffering from neglect and abuse. With the financial support of HelpAge International, 55 elders are provided on a monthly basis with rice, wheat powder, raghi powder, dhall, tamarint, ginger oil, soaps and petty cash for other basic expenses. Every month, a medical camp is conducted, where elders are getting medicines and support.

Income Generation Programme for the elders

Brisk and active elders are getting an opportunity to get involved into income generation activities such as goat rearing, fish culture and small petty business. Being active again give them self-respect, confidence and reduces their economic dependence from others. Out of this programme, 45 elders are getting benefited.


   Day Care Centre for Senior Citizen . . .

Day Care for the Aged

To protect elders physical, emotionally and psychologically, Avvai has been supporting 50 elders through Day Care Center at Puliyur village of Nagapattinam District with support of Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, New Delhi. They are provided with nutritious food and involved in income generation activities like coconut leaf knitting, basket making etc. This scheme allows elders to come together at one place and to share among themselves about politics, cinema, feelings, emotional breakdown, family history and past life. Medical care and individual counseling makes elders to be healthier. The overall objective is to ensure elders are able to find a suitable place for them to feel accepted, active and respected.

Services provided:

Accommodation
Medical Services
Counseling Assistance
Recreational Activities (radio, gardening, chess, games…)
Income generation Activities
Follow-up services


   AIDS Intervention Programme:. . .

With the financial & technical support of Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society, Chennai, TANSACS, we have been working intensively for behavior change among high-risk groups. Commercial sex workers are our primary target group; Pimps, lodge owners, room boys, room brokers, and drivers are our secondary target groups.

Veilankanni and Nagapattinam surroundings are our intervention area, where we have established outlets and enhanced knowledge on mode of dissemination of STD/HIV/AIDS. As our intervention area is a famous tourist spot, sex trade and sex tourism being prevalent at most. Lodge based and domestic based brothels are very common in these high-risk sites.

Objectives
To enhance knowledge on STD/HIV/AIDS among the target group people and to motivate them    for effective behavior change
To Provide effective Counseling and STD Treatment to the target groups
To strengthen condom promotion and to curb new and re-infection
To select peer educators from each high risk groups and to extend special training
To utilize existing resources from Government, NGO and net works to control of STD / HIV     /AIDS
To Distribute (IEC) materials for attitudinal and behavioral change.

Condom promotion, STD care and support, Counseling service, Follow-up and referral service are followed up for effective intervention among high-risk groups. Awareness promotion, condom demonstration, workshop, community meetings, distribution of IEC materials, one to one interaction and one to group interaction were adopted for behavior change among HRGs. Voluntary Peer Educators are identified in different field like lodges, truckers association, medical shop and women in prostitution. They are trained and equipped with information to share with other high-risk groups for meaningful intervention.


   Peer Led Intervention Programme . . .

Peer education is the power to influence and positively change other’s attitudes and social values and ultimately the behaviour of colleagues and their peers once given the necessary knowledge, information and skills. With the technical and financial support of TTK-UNODC Project, Avvai executed peer led intervention programme by selecting 65 peers from different high risk areas of Keechankuppam, Ariyanattu street, Nagapattinam and Vedharanyam. The duration of the project was seven months. These 65 peers were trained on the following heads,
Project, Avvai executed peer led intervention programme by selecting 65 peers from different high risk areas of Keechankuppam, Ariyanattu street, Nagapattinam and Vedharanyam. The duration of the project was seven months. These 65 peers were trained on the following heads,

- About alcohol - short-term long-term effects
- Health consequences
- HIV
- STDs
- Communication skills
- Understanding the importance of anonymity and confidentiality
- How to protect oneself from relapsing and
- Relationship between drinking and HIV-AIDS

The identified peers were trained and they in turn educated other peers and the process goes. The peer led intervention programme had its own remarkable achievements. Nearly 10 cases admitted in our De-Addiction center, 5 suspected STD cases referred to General Hospital, Nagapattinam and morethan 1500 have received information on STD/HIV/AIDS and ill effect of Addiction through peers. The panchayat president and representatives from local administration had participated in the programme in their respective areas and supported for successful completion of the same. participated in the programme in their respective areas and supported for successful completion of the same.

On 10th October 2004, Tmt. Shanthi Renganathan, Honorary secretary, TT Renganathan Clinical Research Foundation, Chennai participated and distributed prizes & certificates for the peers who did their work with interest and involvement. She also conducted Focus Group Discussion and explored the impact of the programme through the words of peers.


   De-Addiction and Rehabilitation Centre . . .

Despite governments' severe restrictions on liquors' sales, many people still become addicted to alcohol and drugs. Addiction leads to deterioration of mental and physical health as well as social disregard. Moreover, every member of the family become a victim and suffers in a way or another from the addicted situation. Violence, lower income and depression are some of the consequences affecting the entire household.

In order to help the victims of drugs and alcohol overcome addiction, Avvai Village Welfare Society has been running a de-addiction and rehabilitation center in Nagapattinam since 2001.
With the technical and financial support of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Avvai staff is treating patients with efficient medical and psychosocial therapies.

Individual counseling, family therapy, group therapy, yoga classes, re-educative, classes, recreational activities, vocational training, referral services and follow-up are the supportive services provided in our treatment center. The patient has to stay for 21 days and the treatment services are completely free. During the last year, 218 patients have been cured and become model for many other to come up in life.



   Avvai-Care India Livelihood Rehabilitation Programme
As livelihood being a key-sector in rehabilitation activities, Avvai joined with Care India in implementing micro-credit projects for Women Self-Help Groups.Seventy beneficiaries from Silladi area benefited from financial support to resume their livelihood activities. Tailoring, fancy-flower making, food-related shops, handicraft-making were among the various businesses undertaken by the beneficiaries.

Case Study

S. Hairulnisha Begam aged 30 years has two children. Her family fully affected by tsunami and there is no more to lead a happy life. She lost houses, utensils and all their belongings in tsunami. She is now in temporary shelter called Silladi and has no other alternative employment opportunity. She was idle due to loss of livelihood opportunities. She was selected by the SHG for assistance to start a STD Booth at Silladi. As per the SHG credit guidelines she was provided a loan amount of Rs.5000 by CARE-Avvai and with her contribution of additional Rs.2000/- she purchased a Phone Billing Machine and got connection from Reliance. Now she is earning Rs.150 per day as income. Besides that, she paved way for people from temporary shelter for easy access to phone facilities. With the income she is making her livelihoods sustainable.

Implementation Process

   Social mapping
  Project information meeting with the SHGs
   Identification of problem and its solution through participatory approach
   Listed out trade selected by the participants and micro credit for running the trade
  Capacity building for SHGs members on Book keeping, entrepreneurship and marketing
   Micro credit assistance for SHGs



   Floods Kolidam Block

Last October and November unprecedented rains resulted in heavy floods, damages of agriculture fields, displacement of populations and destruction of houses. Nagapattinam district, being part of the Cauvery Delta and having the confluences of Cauvery, Kollidam (Coleroon) and many tributaries was the worst hit. Most of the low-lying areas were flood hit. In its concern about helping affected people whatever disaster they face, Avvai set up community kitchens in Puthur Higher Secondary School where most of the affected people from Kollidam block had to be shifted. Food was supplied to disadvantaged people during two days.




   Osy & Swadhar
Introduction

Risk of HIV infection is one of the major problems faced by young people today. Among young people, there is a large gap on accurate information on HIV and there is no positive attitude towards HIV infected persons. Though they are eager to know more on sex and sexuality, the community, which is socially, molded not allowing them to receive the information. Poor access to right information, prevalence of stringent cultural norms, lack of analytical skill and attitude of denial are the major causes making adolescent more vulnerable to HIV infection.

Objectives

   To provide accurate knowledge on STD/HIV/AIDS related issues and to address the myth and     misconception among 13500 young people by the end of December 2006 in Nagapattinam         District

   To develop and reinforce life skill to manage risk among young people and to protect                     themselves

   To address on stigma and discrimination and encourage positive attitude towards people      living with HIV

    To promote peer education among young people and to network with service sectors

With the support of UNICEF, Avvai collaborated with NYK and identified active youth group functioning in Nagapattinam district. Later the NSV/NYS & active youth club leaders, ex NSV were trained on HIV/AIDS related issues at first phase. With the help of NSV, youth groups at villages were organized and provided in depth training. From each programme, two peers were selected and trained as per UNICEF approved syllabus.

The programme has made remarkable impact in our Nagapattinam District. The trained peers disseminated the information to other youth members in the villages and acting as a role model for other youth. In addition to that, the peers also referred number of cases to VCCTC and PPTCT. Even in remote villages, the programme reached in a qualitative manner through the peers.

Total Community Programmes 127
Total Participants 6350
Total Peer Educators Programmes 8
Total Participants 254
Total Peer Review & Sharing Programmes 5
Total Participants 150

SWADHAR HOME

Avvai with the support of Department of Women & Child Development, running SWADHAR home for deserted women and providing assistance like, Shelter, Food, Counselling, Recreation, Rehabilitation, Medical and follow-up services. Women with moral danger admitted in the home. Various stake holders are referring women to this home for counseling assistance and rehabilitation services.

Rehabilitation Services
The Inmates admitted in the home will be trained on various handicraft works, like, embroidering, cover making, basket making and tailoring. As on March 2006, 64 Women and 28 Children were got admission and utilized the service package of SWADHAR Home. Besides that the Social Welfare Officer and personal from Government visit the home and extend their suggestion for typical cases and help to promote the services by networking with related departments.

The Inmates were provided all sorts of assistance and rehabilitated by restoring with parents, self employment and reconciliation with husband.


   Conclusion . . .

As the prime NGO in Nagapattinam district for the past 28 years and the organizer of over 3000 women self help groups, Avvai is proud to have been of service to the affected people of Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur. We have been with them in the past, we are with them and we will be with them, this is our goal.

Avvai extend its kind solicitude to all team members for their committed and commendable serviceand to all funding agencies for its technical and financial support and assitance for the need based programmes to help the poor to help themselves.

   Source of Funding . . .
    Aide-et-Action.
    HelpAge International.
    HelpAge India.
    Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
    Dept. of Women & Child Department.
    Tamil Nadu AIDS Control Society.
    Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd.,.
    CHILDLINE India Foundation
    Christian Children’s Fund India
    Goal, Ireland.
    Care India.
    Save the Children.
    Tamil Nadu State Social Welfare Board
    Central Social Welfare Board
    Directorate of Social Welfare
    Child In Need institute
    Individual & Institutional Donor
    Unicef

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