Wednesday, March 13, 2019

22 thatched huts gutted in a fire accident in Kuthuppapallam of Trichy.

Damaged dwellings of fire victims
Twenty two thatched huts were gutted in a fire caused by an electrical short circuit in Kuthuppapallam slum near the birds’ road in Trichy in the early hours of Tuesday, 12 March 2019.The blast aggravated the fire which spread to nearby thatched huts.Though neither any casualty nor any injuries were reported in the accident, properties worth lakhs of rupees were reduced to ashes.  22 Huts were totally damaged and people have no place to stay, currently the slum dwellers stay in the road side. 127 people including children and old people stay in open air. Some local people provided basic food for the first day. SEVAI, a Trichy based NGO distributed blankets and tarpaulins for the roofs damaged families  as interim arrangement with the support of local youth. District Welfare Committee provided Rs.1500 per fire victims’ family for
DWC Treasurer handsover Rs.33000 for fire vidtims
22 families for immediate and emergency 
expences especially  for children and old age people. The fire victims express that all these 22 damaged huts dwellers need renovation of the devastated huts. There is an urgent need to speed up the renovation as in-situ shelter with fire proof roofs. It is also important to retrieve the damaged records from Government sources and bring back the peoples life to normalcy. –Kris.

Monday, March 11, 2019

International Women’s day-2019 celebrated in SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Pettavaithalai.

School treachers garlanded Avvaiyar drawing  in School premises.
SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Pettavaithalai celebrated International Women's Day 2019 by respecting to Avvaiyar on International Women’s day on March 8.On this occasion, the school staff members garlanded the picture of Avvaiyar, an eminent, earliest   woman Tamil Poet. The Head Mistress of SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Pettavaithalai, Ms.Kala delivered the key note address on the importance of International Women’s day. In her key note address, Ms.Kala said, “International Women's Day 2019 is celebrated with the theme of “Balance for Better,” for a gender-balanced world. International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year as it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations. Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive. While there has undoubtedly been progress toward more balanced societies, there is still a long way to go and that everyone can play a part in achieving gender equality. Women can do anything and everything. They just need to be brave, fearless and believe that they are equally powerful and capable of doing whatever they want to do. They can bring the change the world requires. We should be strong enough to take our decisions and take a stand for ourselves. We need to respect Avvaiyar, the great Tamil poetess who lived in the southern parts attributed to saga period who had been instrumental to promote equivalency among men and women. Avvaiyar is a prominent female poet of Tamil literature. She found great happiness in the life of children and mothers. Aathichoodi is a collection of single-line quotes written by Avvaiyar and organized in alphabetical order and said, ‘What we have learned is like a handful of earth, what we have yet to learn is like the whole world’. It is important to remember such a woman personality lived in Saga Period in this part of the world as an outstanding poetess among several men poets. “Balance for Better,” was practiced by Avaiyar and we need to sustain and develop further as per the global needs on gender parity. Women’s rights are the fundamental human rights that were enshrined by the United Nations for every human being on the planet. These rights include the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage”. HM Kala concluded saying that, “We need to stand for other rights that are vital for women’s equality and for the right of every woman to live equally and free from discrimination, no matter her sexuality or identity”.- Kris

Thursday, March 7, 2019

“Making Running Water Walk” –Key concept of SEVAI Watershed project

Watershed beneficiaries of Thottiyapatty
SEVAI implements watershed projects in Thogamalai Block in Tamilnadu with the approach of “Making Running Water Walk” –as the key concept of Watershed project implemented by SEVAI with the support of Society General and technical support of Casa Foundation. Director of SEVAI K.Govindaraju oriented the watershed farmers in Allur and said, “Water runs downhill.” A Watershed is a land area whose runoff drains into any stream, river, lake, and ocean. Watershed boundary is the divide separating one drainage area from another. Comprehensive Watershed Project   is the process of managing human activities and natural resources on a watershed basis. This approach allows us to protect important water resources, while at the same time addressing critical issues such as the current and future impacts of rapid growth and climate change.
A watershed aims at the sustainable distribution of its resources and the
Check dam constructed in Watershed area
process of creating and implementing plans, programs, and projects to sustain and enhance watershed functions that affect the plant, animal, and human communities. The main aims of Comprehensive Watershed Project   are harnessing, conserving and developing degraded natural resources such as soil, vegetative cover and water; prevention of soil run-off; rain water harvesting and recharging of the ground water table; increasing the productivity of crops; introduction of multi-cropping and diverse agro-based Ecological Health: A healthy watershed conserves water, promotes stream flow, supports sustainable streams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater sources, enables healthy soil for crops and livestock, and also provides habitat for animals and plants. The watershed plays vital roles in the area's ecology, economy, transportation, industry, and general health. Surface water is just that—water that collects on the surface of the earth. This category is composed of rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands, etc.
Groundwater is the other half of the moisture equation contained in a watershed. Groundwater is water that occupies pore space in the rock and soil layer beneath our feet, filling natural underground storage areas called aquifers. Groundwater slowly moves through these aquifers, going on to feed into surface water sources like lakes, ponds, rivers, and even the ocean. This natural discharge to the surface doesn’t deplete aquifers, as the groundwater is replenished with precipitation that soaks through the surface soil and into the saturated groundwater layer.SEVAI creates awareness of the need among farmers for treatment measures to manage water and soil, The types of measures to control soil erosion and water run-off, The actual design of the structures, The skills required to construct the structures, The materials required to construct the structures..All of the above have to be understood by the farmers, acceptable to them, and affordable in terms of maintenance costs. Farmers are also inventors, experimenters, builders, and managers. They hold opinions and also have a wealth of practical experience. The main goal of Watershed Management is to implant the sustainable management of natural resources to improve the quality of living for the population is to be accomplished by the Improvement and restoration of soil quality and thus, raising productivity rates.”Director of SEVAI further enlightened the farmers on the watershed components being implemented in watershed project by SEVAI with the support of Society General as well as with the technical support of Casa Foundation. K.Govindaraju added, “Watershed components are 1. Rainwater harvesting, 2. Ground water recharge, 3. Maintenance of water balance, 4. Preventing water pollution,5. Economic use of water,6. Percolation pits/tanks,7. Farm ponds,8. Bunds and terraces, 9. Community tanks, 10. Water spreading,11. Contour bunding,12. Checkdams, 11. Gully plugging,12. Agro forestry,13. Social Forestry,14. Eco-preservation,12. Biomass regeneration,13. Increasing productivity of animals,16. Income and employment generation activities,17. Coordination of health and Nutrition programmes, 18. Marketing of Agro products,19. Value Added food grains marketing, 20. Organic farm practices,21. Women involvement in water and soil conservation, 18. Better standard of living of people,19. Eco-friendly life style of people,20. Increasing water holding capacity of soil,21. Preventing soil erosion,22. In-situ soil-moisture conservation,23. Biomass management and energy, 24. Ground water recharging structures, 25. Pasture development, 26. Open Wells and agriculture promotion and 27. Horticulture and alternate land use.”-Kris

Thursday, February 14, 2019

SEVAI Women Self Help Groups performances recognized.

SEVAI Women Self Help Groups performances were recognized by Mrs. Benjamine Oberoi. Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi, (OFI- Vice President/CFI Founder) received Raja Foundation’s Women’s Award-2018 in France recently from the Raja Danièle-Marcovici Foundation. In the Felicitation get together of SEVAI Women Self Help Groups Federation Leaders on 7, Feb 2019 in SEVAI Allur, Trichy, Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi presented the power points presentation shared by her in Raja Foundation about the
Benjamine with Vanitha Presents power point
works of SEVAI SHGs where Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi played a vital role in promoting the SHGs in collaboration with SEVAI. Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi said
SEVAI Senior Management hands over souvenir 
that Raja Danièle-Marcovici Foundation has recognized organizations in France and around the world for actions that have a concrete and lasting impact for the benefit of women and encourages their empowerment and the improvement of their living conditions with better quality of life. Mrs.Oberoi further said, “Raja Danièle-Marcovici Foundation supports projects in the fight against violence and the defense of women’s rights, education and social action, training and professional integration, protection of the environment and the fight against climate change”.
K.Govindaraju, Director of SEVAI said, “OFI/CFI has been supporting various projects for the empowerment and economic empowerment of rural women in Tamil Nadu for more than a decade.Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi, OFI/CFI Vice President with her local partner SEVAI has the created more than 15,000 Self-Help Groups. 150,000 households were able to overcome the poverty line. Mrs.Benjamine humbly said that she received this award on behalf of every SHG member of SEVAI and added “SHGS promoted by SEVAI is the backbone for winning Raja
Sharing Lunch with Women SHG Leaders.
Foundation Award -2018 These awards are intended to provide public recognition to the outstanding performance of the community institutions besides incorporating a sense of pride among the poor community members,
This Award was given to the Objectif France-Inde for its projects to support marginalized women towards the end of poverty by setting up a Self-Help Groups (groups of mutual aid). It was presented by Benedicte Jeannerod, Director of the Paris office of Human Rights Watch”.Mrs.Benjamine presented a certificate for all the SHG
SHG Federation Leaders with Mrs.Benjamine displaying  the certificates
Federation leaders in the recognition of services as joy of sharing this Raja Foundation Women’s Award-2018.The SHG coordinator of SEVAI, Mrs.P.Vanitha presented a souvenir to Mrs.Benjamine. The get to get-together came to an end with a lunch hosted by Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi. Earlier Mrs.Benjamine launched a readymade garments production unit as initiated by SEVAI as self employment generation for women Self Help group members.-

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School Anniversary

“SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School infuses the qualities of Self Confidence”. - Dr.Benjamine Oberoi.

Dr.(Mrs.)Benjamine Oberoi felicitates 
Speaking on the occasion of School Anniversary of SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School Dr.Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi, the founder of CASA Foundation and Vice President of OFI-France shared that SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School was started in Pettavaithalai in Trichy District 25 years ago with a humble and new start with a little number (35) of its tender kids. With the hopeful start, and as per the above saying, the number of students has risen to an incredible strength of around 2000 pupils from KG to XII Std. Gradually; laying the foundation of the children from K.G. level, SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School has touched incredible heights in Higher Secondary level. Dr.Benjamine Oberoi added, “This remarkable goal is attained by SEVAI and   relentless efforts of Teachers and Management of this school headed by K.Govindaraju with the support of well-wishers. Arise and Shine is the guiding principle of this school and it helps the students to develop in to integrated personalities; besides, it infuses into the students the noblest qualities of self-confidence, self control and self sacrifice the three stepping stones to success”.Mrs. Premalatha Rajamani, who was invited the guest of honour appreciated the initiatives taken by SEVAI for establishing a school of this high quality and nature in a rural setting with  a great charter formation among the school pupils. Mrs. Premalatha Rajamani added that the main pillars of character to include: trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, caring, fairness and citizenship and she expressed her happiness that the school drives in right character formation direction and also performing academic excellence in this school. Dr.K.Meena, former Vice Chancellor of Bhardhidassan University, who presided over the function  appreciated the excellent performance of SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School over the years as she is aware of  the performance the school both curricular and non curricular for more than two decades.  Former Vice Chancellor advised the management of the school to start higher education colleges also for the benefit of the rural pupils.Mr.Vincent Huart of ICHEC Business School, Belgium expressed his happiness for his ICHEC school association with SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School for more than a decade and he is happy to note that the integrated performance of the school is commendable. Dr.K.Govindaraju introduced the guests to the teachers and parents and pupil of the school. Mrs.Padmini Govindaraju, a former principal   honoured the guests of honour. Vice Principal Mrs.Meena welcomed the gathering and Mrs.Kala,the Head Master of the School proposed vote of thanks and earlier she presented the school annual Report. Mrs. Premalatha Rajamani and Dr.K.Meena honoured the school toppers with certificates and prizes. The function came to end with school cultural performed by school pupils and also ICHEC School participants from Belgium.-Kris


Monday, January 28, 2019

Prof.N.Swaminathan honoured with OZONE Kalam Knowledge Connectivity Award.

Dr.G.A.Rajkumar I A S handover the award to Prof.N.Swaminathan.
Prof.N.Swaminathan, a noted Social Development Consultant in Trichy, was honoured with OZONE Kalam Knowledge Connectivity Award instituted by South Zone Board of Continuing Education (OZONE) in Trichy on 26th January 2019.This award was handed over to Prof.N.Swaminathan by former Additional Chief Secretary of Tamilnadu Government, Dr.G.A.Rajkumar, IAS in a function jointly organized by a Trichy based NGO, SEVAI and South Zone Board of Continuing Education (OZONE). Chairman of OZONE, K.Govindaraju mentioned that Prof.N.Swaminathan is involved in community outreach services for the past 40 years and provides training to the community outreach for needy women and youth in promoting human resources at the grass root levels in the areas of community development, child care and women development, literacy projects life coping skills.  The chairman of OZONE recollected the services of Prof.Swaminathan which enabled the rural population to acquire life skills and knowledge, as well as provide a service to those who needed it most in the areas of human resources capacity building and promoted community outreach program as a big help to your local population by providing needed human resources. The Chairman of Ozone added that the South Zone Board of Continuing Education (OZONE) had taken immense pleasure in recording, appreciating and recognizing the services and lasting contributions of Prof.N.Swaninathan and OZONE was proud in conferring upon him the OZONE-KALAM Award for Community Outreach for the awardees life time achievement.
Dr.G.A.Rajkmumar, the who handed over the award to Prof.N.Swaminathan congratulated him for bagging this award and said, “Community Outreach provides the community populations a sense of ownership of the community with the opportunity to become active members of their community and has a lasting, positive impact on society at large, with volunteerism initiatives which enables women and other stake holders the  Psychological benefits as the training increases overall life satisfaction and helps the community to  feel good about themselves because of mutual help which also  help to decreases stress and ease depression. The community outreach also provides social benefits as the outreach services engages local women and youth with the community, creates special bonds with the population being served, and increases social awareness and responsibility. Community outreach helps adolescents and youth which enhance their personal knowledge, grow from new experiences, and develop better interpersonal communication skills. Community outreach service also promotes the cognitive benefits and making the target population of NGOs where the training has been provided by Prof.Swaminathan, the Cognitive benefits, as Participating in community service not only makes a difference to the organization and people being served, but also makes a difference to every youth’s career prospects. Participating in community service activities helps to enhance the young men and women resume by allowing the local community to obtain work-related skills, build community involvement with civic and social responsibility skills and become more aware of what their community needs”.
On the receipt of the OZONE-KALAM Award for Community Outreach, the awardee,Prof. N.Swaminathan thanked one and all who supported his community outreach program over the years by NGOs, college teachers, family members and friends and also departed personalities like Prof.M.A.Windy and Sr.Rita Thaiveetil. He also expressed his thanks to OZONE for selecting him for this award named after Kalam, the OZONE-KALAM Award for Community Outreach.Prof. N.Swaminathan mentioned a few tips to the participants and emerging community outreach workers, “Meet people where they are, be respectful, Listen to your community, Build trust and relationships. Get the word out in a non-stigmatizing manner, Offer service and information in a variety of locations (including home visits) and at non-traditional times, especially after work hours”.

Prof.Panchanadhan felicitated in this function. Scope Subburaman, Card Vedachalam, K.M.Ratnam, Bless Anthonisamy, Gramium Gopal, Writer Jawahar Arumugam and several others congratulated Prof.N.Swaminathan for bagging this OZONE-KALAM Award for Community Outreach. Former Director of NYK, and chairman award selection committee welcomed the gathering and Thersnathan former Deputy Director of I&B proposed vote of thanks. Around 300 NGO functionaries, SHG members and social animators participated in this award function.-Kris

OZONE-Kalam Community Outreach award presented to Prof.Swaminathan,Trichy

Girl Child day-2019 observed by SEVAI NGO,Trichy

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Two child marriages stopped by Childline-1098 and Government officials in Trichy District.

child marriage -Horrified minor girl portrayal
Acting on the phone call received by the childline -1098, the Collab agency SEVAI Childline team in Trichy District, with the support of Government officials from Social Welfare Department, Revenue Department and Police Department stopped two child marriages in separate incidents in Trichy District on 18, Jan, 2019. The Childline and officials team rushed to Thenoor village near Valanadu Kaikatti on the night of Thursday night and stopped the marriage of minor girl that was proposed to happen on the very next day morning, the Friday.The counselor of Childline-1098 Trichy along with officials counseled to the relatives of the 25 years old bride-groom and rescued the minor girl., who eloped from her house at Viralimalai in Pudukottai District for this marriage. Later the girl was handed over to the parents through proper channel. On the same         Friday evening at Ponmalai patty, Child line and official team stopped a marriage and saved another minor girl. The minor girl’s marriage was fixed with the husband of her recently dead elder sister. Child line -1098, Trichy Coordinator, I.Muralai Kumar mentioned “The rescued minor girl was produced before Child Welfare Committee as per the statutory requirements”.-Govin

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Child line rescued a one-day-old infant girl, found inside a bag in Trichy.

Rescued girl infant
Child line -1098 collab rescued a one-day-old infant girl, found inside a bag in Trichy. Child-line helpline 1098, the Collab Agency the approved NGO- SEVAI received a call about the abandoned baby at 5.50 am in the morning on JAN 12, 2019 informing one day infant girl baby was found inside the bag in front of a house in Muslim Street in Kajamalai in Trichy on Saturday. On receiving the message, social workers of Child line helpline rushed to the spot and the KK Nagar police also came to spot on receiving the information about this abandoned girl baby. Child line coordinator, I Muralikumar. Said,
 “The local people told us that a resident in the area spotted movement in the bag tied to the gate of the house. He grew suspicious and opened the bag to find an infant alive inside and informed us,” The police investigated to find out who left the infant there. It was assumed that the infant girl might have been left there between midnight and early morning since the baby was found before dawn, the police have not got any clue about the people behind the incident.. Child line helpline social workers brought the infant to Government Mahatma Gandhi memorial government hospital, Puthur in Trichy and the infant was admitted to neo-natal
 intensive care unit. It was informed by Hospital source that that the infant was out of danger and the girl infant admitted in the Government Hospital is stable. A Hospital source said that the infant will be under observation until all the medical   Investigations are completed. -Govin

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

SEVAI Shanthi Higher Secondary School celebrated Pongal -2019 with customary enthusiasm with Human Trip French visitors.

Pongal Festival celebrated in SEVAI Team in SEVAI Shanthi HSSchool.
SEVAI Shanthi Higher Secondary School celebrated Pongal -2019 with customary enthusiasm with Human Trip Maison Familiale rurale-MFR School French students on 15th January Tuesday celebrated the harvest festival of Pongal thanking rain, sun and farm animals. Pongal usually means in Tamil 'to boil or 'boiling over' and is celebrated with the boiling of the first rice of the season sacred to the Sun. This four day festival is a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun God and is usually celebrated from January 15 to January 18. In the Tamil language the word Pongal means "overflowing," signifying abundance and prosperity. During the festival, milk is cooked in a vessel. When it starts to bubble and overflows out of the vessel, freshly harvested rice grains are added to the pot. School teachers and international visitors celebrate this festival, got up early, put on new clothes and go to temples for prayers. The aroma of ghee fried cashews, almonds and cardamom fills homes as a traditional dish of rice; jaggery and Bengal gram are made. As the ingredients of Chakarai Pongal boils in milk, people call out 'Pongolo Pongal, Pongolo Pongal.The mud pot in which the dish was cooked was decorated by tying up ginger, turmeric, sugarcane piece and banana at the neck.Namma Trichy correspondent reports that Pongal festivities have begun on this first day of the Tamil month ‘Thai,’ which is considered auspicious in Tamil Nadu, as farmers finish their harvest and ready themselves for new beginnings. People exchanged greetings and Chakarai Pongal with their neighbors. ‘Rangoli/kolam had drawn in front of the homes and temples the most important part, feasting on some delectable sakkarai pongal and venn pongal.The SEVAI Shanthi Higher
Secondary School
was decorated with thoranam, sugar. Both children and parents participated in the programmes with great fervour.  The school grounds resembled a traditional village too. The French school students visit SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School for an exchange programme to have an Indian rural exposure..These French visitors also visited Thottiyapatty village in Thogamalai Block and had exposure with rural life on the Pongal day evening and they also joined Kummi attam with the local women. Professors Sylvie, Murieland, Celine and the students’ visitors appreciated the Pongal culture of Tamilnadu. The SEVAI team members K.Devendran, K.Sakthivel and P., Vanitha arranged the visits. The French youth expressed their happiness and they also danced with the local school mates on the Pongal day. Mr.Albert Selvakumar under the guidance of Mr.Philippe Mallet and Ms.Vaidevi guides the team.The French visitors also joined on Bogi in Trichy SEVAI Open Shelter. -Govin

 A few guests with Thottiyapatty adolescents on Pongal day

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

SEVAI Promotes Rural Tourism, Amoor cottages in Trichy District, Tamilnadu.

View of a single shelter in Amoor cottages
SEVAI, a Trichy based NGO, Promotes Rural Tourism in Amoor cottages, which is situated in Amoor of Musiri Taluk of Trichirapalli District of Tamilnadu. Amoor Cottages are located in this beautiful Amoor village near a beautiful Cauvery river. It is quiet place and perfect for relaxing, giving guests some relief from visiting busy cities. Amoor cottages connected with internet facilities.  Despite the wonderful selection of ‘big’ sights in Tamil Nadu – temples, fortifications, great sweeping beaches, high mountains – it is the little things, the low-key and random interactions with local people which really give the state its true flavor of Rural India. All basic facilities with rural background are available in these cottages. Organic farming has been
Amoor cottages
promoted in the open land around Amoor cottages. Children will have a wonderful experience in the place. Amoor cottages are calm and quiet; the guests can relax their holidays very much enjoyed, with our family and children. It is in the main area, so that one can start our site seeing from here. The guests can enjoy a peaceful stay in the beautiful countryside of Tamil Nadu; and these Amoor Cottages will provide you a great experience. This place is a small corner of paradise, both comfortable and typical.The guests can discover nice social entrepreneurship projects, run by Self Help Groups, that is to say groups of women that have created their own activities. In this way, the guests will be able to see different kinds of craftships
Amoor cottages view from River Cauvery.
(tailoring, organic farming, rice plantation, rangoli making..)

The pleasant and clean little roof houses provide power and running
water. The huts are made up with a front door balcony, a room and an
Twin shelters in Amoor cottages
attached bathroom in western style. In all the huts, fans are
fitted and the beds are covered with a mosquito net. Every hut is designed especially to accommodate 2 persons but in case of needed, there is enough space for an extra-bed for a third.
Very few visitors get to experience the day to day beauty of rural India. The Cauvery is Southern India’s mightiest river and gave birth to one of its greatest ancient empires – the Cholas. Under their patronage, stunning temples were
Pathway in Amoor cottages
built, rich art and craft was encouraged, and under them religious devotion and music thrived. All of this was helped by the life-giving waters of the Cauvery and its fertile alluvial soil that gave rise to a surfeit of food and grain, supported by a visionary irrigation system. Guests stay in Amoor cottages in the river side of River Cauvery and they stay in a small rural hamlet Amoor at a Brahmin street home and experience local Tamil customs and rituals. -Govin

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School celebrations -New Year -2019

New Year Cultural Events of SEVAI Shanthi H S School by students
SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School celebrated New Year 2019. Yearly calendars were distributed for School students. Many cultures celebrate the event in some manner and the 1st day of January is often marked as a national holiday. School teachers and students thanked for the past year.The School Principal Miss. Kala gave New Year address in among the School students, “I won’t be making sure the year leaves, because the New Year is a continuation of our school functioning, I say to never forget the past so it can shape your future. I want you instead to think about your achievements, your goals, your future plans. Why can’t we just wake up every day, and take the new day to be a new opportunity, a new chance, to discover, learn, and make progress in our academic and non-academic programmes. You students are to prepare very well to achieve your goal of obtaining gargantuan marks in your public examinations. We need to set goals for achieving immense performance in Education in 2019. Study for today, because yesterday is over, tomorrow is yet to come, but today is the present. It is today which will form tomorrow, and tomorrow which will form the future. I swear, if we start counting these seconds, minutes, hours, days, to reach our educational goals of 2019.Why not seek education, learn from our mistakes, instead of regretting and backing off by fear.This are the way to start a New Year, my students. I pray, for meaningful New Year in Education, health, strength, and wisdom to attain success. May the New Year be filled with wellness, joyfulness, inspiration, and opportunity? The New Year offers students and opportunity for attain higher heights in achieving outstanding marks in your Public Examination by attending class regularly and arrive on time, review assigned readings and notes before each class. Complete assignments in advance - don't postpone, tackle larger projects in manageable increments and allow ample study time to avoid cramming the night before a big exam. It is interesting just how many people would like to see some change in their family’s lives for the New Year, yet at the same time, are unwilling to make the effort to develop a plan for change.  Change can be uncomfortable, and perhaps that is why best intentions get derailed very early in the New Year”. The School pupils performed cultural events on this special occasion of New Year -2019.-Govin

Saturday, January 5, 2019

SEVAI: Shelter construction to the disaster affected victims

Construction of Tsunami Response shelters in Poompuhar by SEVAI
SEVAI a Trichy based NGO is involved since 1984 in constructing shelters to the disaster affected. These assistance methods vary greatly depending on the contexts, type of disaster, local capacities, scale and resources. The goal of humanitarian shelter solutions provided in the aftermath of a disaster, are to be life-saving but also to set the path for sustainable reconstruction. The emergency or relief phase should be instrumental to orient the recovery phase, and integrate risk reduction as a key aspect of reducing housing vulnerabilities. To achieve this, people’s needs and preferences are driving the process, as the main objective is to build safer and more resilient communities. Following a disaster, shelter activities immediately focuses on saving lives. This is particularly urgent where the affected people are exposed to harsh climatic conditions such as extreme cold or heat.

SEVAI ensures key points such as people’s unity, as the construction is in
Tsunami Resonse houses are maintained well -12 years later
progress, the local youth are trained, promotion of livelihood, encouraging participatory leadership, optimum use of local construction material and stability and security of the shelter while construction of shelter for disaster victims as the construction phase is in progress. SEVAI also ensures active participation of the victims in the construction phase with continued effort with innovation approach with better mental attitude for the efficient use of the shelter after the construction.Beyond survival, the key considerations are: providing protection from the climate, ensuring privacy and dignity, providing personal safety and security. Shelter assistance needs to be flexible and appropriate to the context, it needs to take the type of damage caused by the disaster into account and consider what is required to complement existing or damaged homes and structures. Additional important factors are social and climatic conditions and the scale of the disaster. The
Tsunami response settlement in Poompuhar by SEVAI
resources invested in reconstruction programmes need to result in new income generating activities, which favours the local economy and development. The overarching goal is to promote local building cultures to improve the impact and efficiency of housing programmes. Successful shelter construction are to be designed finding solutions for a number of other issues such as water and sanitation, fuel for cooking and heating, waste management and settlement planning. At the same time communal facilities such as schools, play areas and health clinics have to be available to affected people. Post disaster reconstruction activities provide opportunities for men and women to learn new skills related to construction, planning and related issues such as managing natural environmental resources and local project management.-Govin

Monday, December 24, 2018

SEVAI a NGO has been chosen to run child line 1098 in Trichy District.

Childline Foundation of India(CIF) has chosen SEVAI a Trichy based NGO to run Childline 1098 in Trichy District as collaborative agency after eight months without a collaborative agency in Trichy, which began functioning from 1, December 2018.SEVAI closely works with Bishop         Heber College, as this academic institution  serves as Nodal Agency for Trichy District Childline 1098.CIF functions as Nodal Agency for Ministry of Women and Child Development ,Government of India.Child line 1098 service is a 24 hour free emergency phone outreach for children in need of care and protection. ” The Director of  SEVAI K Govindaraju said, “Our missions as collab agency is to ensure children in need of help get the service at the right time,” as Childline collaborative agencies are entrusted with the task of receiving calls on its helpline 1098 and rescuing children from marriages, labour, begging, physical abuse and sexual abuse and complying with the procedure as per the JJ Act. The Child helpline 1098 functions in the DWC-Commercial complex near the central bus stand in Trichy. The agency has been equipped with nine staff members including a six member team, counsellors and volunteers.Child line 1098 has a special focus is on all children in need of care and protection, especially the more vulnerable sections. Children who need emotional support and guidance, Victims of child trafficking, Children abandoned by parents or guardians, Missing children, Run away children, Children who are victims of substance abuse, Children in conflict with the law, Children in institutions,HIV/ AIDS infected children, Children affected by conflict and disaster, Children whose families are in crises. The activities of CHILDLINE include The CHILDLINE team receives & responds to the calls Crisis Intervention Direct assistance: medical, shelter, protection from abuse, repatriation, death, missing children, intensive counseling, on phone: Emotional support and guidance, information and referral to services for the caller, information about CHILDLINE, silent calls, Long-term rehabilitation, After the emergency needs of the child have been addressed, CHILDLINE explores options with the child to study, learn a trade, go back home etc. Based on the decision of the child, CHILDLINE links the child to an appropriate organization in the city. The CHILDLINE is in response to the Child Right Convention and is seen as a one point window, connecting children in need to various NGO's working for child related issues. CHILDLINE works towards ensuring that all children in need of care and protection are aware of and have access to services, that are child friendly, available when they want it and encourage them to participate in decisions that affect them.

Adolescents in Thottiyapatty learn and perform Devarattam.

Thottiyapatty Adolescents learn Devarattam
Adolescents of Thottiyapatty in Thogamalai Block of Karur District   practice their traditional dance, Devarattam, the ‘dance of gods’. This folk dance has been performed by Kambalathu Nayakar community Trichy-Karur regions of Tamil Nadu. It is believed that Kambalathu Nayakar community members are the successors of heavenly gods or ‘devas’. Hence they perform the Devarattam dance during festivals and special occasions which are celebrated in the state of Tamil Nadu.The ancient dance of Devarattam has a rich history and has been protected till today by royal descendants of the state.Veerapandiya Kattabomman was the founding father of Kattabomman dynasty. He refused to surrender to then ruling British Raj. According to the researchers, the dance is a blend of ancient ‘ muntherkuruvai’ and ‘pintherkuruvai’ belonging to the Tamil kings of ancient time. The dance form has significantly evolved through the ages and the present form of Devarattam imitates the lives of Kambalathu Nayakars.Urmi’ which is a drum-
Performance of Devarattam
like double-headed percussion instrument is one of the main sources of music used in Devarattam. The dance is enacted in two parts. For one, the performers begin the dance by worshipping the musical instrument and the music player. Then the dancers perform Devarattam dance with fluid movement and fast steps. The captivating performances of the ancient courtyards are reflected in the rhythmic flow and style of Devarattam dancers who enact the performance with equal dexterity and craftsmanship. The dancers wear colorful costumes and hold handkerchiefs in each hand while performing the dance. They move gracefully in the beat of Urmi Melam, Thappu Melam and the occasional use of elongated flutes. Devarattam dance is a stunning artistry of Kattambomman dynasty still prevailing its undeniable charm and purity, mesmerizing the state of Tamil Nadu from time immemorial-.Govin

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Indumathi a student of of SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School honoured by Dinathanthi,for her academic performances, the cash award handed over by District Collector,Trichy.

P.Indumathi is studying higher secondary first year in Sevai Shanthi Matric
District Collector hands over the cash award
Higher Secondary School.She was the school topper in her SSLC board examination for the academic year 2017-2018.She secured 480/500 in her board examination.Her parent’s are working for daily wages and her family includes three girl children.Eventhough she is coming from economically poor background,her thirsty for studies is too rich.She has been awarded cash of Rs.10,000/- by our District Collector Thiru.K.Rajamani in the presence of CEO Trichy district,organized by DAILY THANTHI “EDUCATION FUND” for the student’s who scored good marks in board examination from economically backward family. This function was held at Govt Girls Higher secondary School,Mannachanallur, Trichy district on 29.11.2018.At an interview of that event she told “Special classes in her school helped to focus on the subjects and to get good marks”.In addition to that she told “Moral Support  of my Parent’s and my School Teacher’s created determination to get good marks and I became a Topper”.And she also expressed her wish to study B.Sc,Agriculture and work with farmer’s.She also added that the school provides quality education and paying more attention toward’s all individual student’s and promote them for their upliftment.She also expressed the Eco-friendly campus is very pleasant to study.Finally,she concluded that she enjoys studying and avoids rote memory.-Meena

RCI-SEVAI Open Shelter provides a safe and loving environment for rescued children.

life Enrichment classes in OS as part of NFE.
Railway Children and SEVAI has rescued 781 children in 10 months as of December 2018 in Trichirapalli Railway Junction, children below the 18 years of age. Most of these children lost interest in Education and school surroundings, abused, unwanted, Child labour purposes although some of the children have simply come out of an emotional situation where a parent just needed help. Children Assistance Booth has been set up in Trichy Railway Junction in Platform 1, with the approval of Railway authorities. The children those need care and protection have been produced before Children Welfare Committee for sheltering them and follow up for psychological support restoration with the parents as per the best interest of the Child. Railway Children and SEVAI (RCI-SEVAI), with the approval of Department of Social Defence, Government
Dining space
of Tamilnadu has given license to run an Open Shelter for rescued 21 male children. The children live in a joyful learning atmosphere with care givers who are with them twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to give guidance and encouragement. Non formal and Health Education,Yoga classes have been imparted to the children and steps are being taken for mainstreaming them. Life Skill and Life Enrichment skills are imparted to the sheltered children. RCI-SEVAI with the support of CWC has taken children in and tried to make a difference in their vulnerable lives and to help to rebuild the broken lives of these children and to build the bridge, between home, parent, and child as to productive adults raising their own children. Our intervention in
aftercare strives to enable rescued children victims to heal, recover, and develop a hopeful, healthy life. The RCI-SEVAI Open Shelter provides a safe and loving environment.-Govin
Computer Application Practical Classes in OS

Friday, November 23, 2018

SEVAI, a Trichy based NGO contributed Rs.50,000 to Trichy District Collector to be transmitted to Cyclone affected victims relief works.

SEVAI hands over  Rs.50,000 to District Collector Trichy for Gaja victims.
SEVAI, a Trichy based Voluntary Organization had contributed Rs.50,000 to Trichy District Collector, Trichy as its contribution for relief measures being taken for the ‘Gaja” Cyclone Victims to retrieve cyclone victims from the unprecedented damage as token of its contribution for the emergency cause. Cyclone ‘Gaja’, which had crossed Tamil Nadu coast on 16, Nov. between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranyam, has so far claimed 61 lives and left a trail of destruction, uprooting lakh trees and damaging major agricultural land in the affected districts Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Tiruvarur in Tamil Nadu . Cyclone Gaja is now officially the worst that has hit the Delta Region in the past 25 years. Starting its vicious cycle in the coastal regions of Nagappattinam and Vedaranyam at a speed of 110-120 kmph, the mighty cyclone took a path of destruction across Nagappattinam, Thiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudhukottai, Dindugal and parts of Theni and Madurai districts.SEVAI contributes Rs.50,000 in the form of Cheque drawn in favour of District Collector, Trichy for relief works for the ‘Gaja’ Cyclone affected people.-Kris