Seeing Is Believing

Do you see the transformation that is underway in the above picture?  All of the blue-colored and some of the white colored roofs are 15 homes that have been/are being built by underprivileged families of the Aathiyan community, who were until recently living in tarpaulin and leaf huts in Kamaraj Nagar (Gandharva Kottai block of Pudukottai district).  

The village itself is bigger with a population of 435 that includes 122 children.  We first helped during covid to sustain the traditional livelihood of Drishti Bommai (making and marketing charm dolls), and then helped build brick and cement homes when 34 underprivileged families secured land pattas (titles). 

Focusing on this village, we plan to start a comprehensive education program that can broaden the horizons of all the children, consisting of:

  • Balwadi (pre-primary) program for age 3-6
  • Tuition / learning centers for students in grades 2 to 8
  • Science & Tinkering lab
  • Library
  • Sports & self-defense for girls
  • Adolescent health classes
  • Kitchen gardens

It takes $4600 to initiate the education program in one focus village.  Can we together help support 25 Focus Villages (13 more to go) by the end of the year?

In solidarity,

Ravi Kuchimanchi 

Drishti Bommai/doll making — their traditional livelihood

Some families are still living in huts with tarpaulin coverings. You can Gift a home, and help realize their life-long dream. These modest brick and cement homes cost $3000 to build, which these families cannot afford.

PS:  Tamil Nadu is continuing to reel in floods with heavy rains now, just days after the cyclone.  You can continue to support our relief efforts at this link and read regular updates of the work being done.

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