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 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
Rangoli/Kolam
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 Sylbie, Nurieland, 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


SEVAI Shanthi Higher Secondary School celebrated Pongal -2019 with customary enthusiasm with French students.

French students joined the Pongal Festival in SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher School on 15,Jan.2019
SEVAI Shanthi Higher Secondary School celebrated Pongal -2019 with customary enthusiasm with 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 students undertake save water and hygiene homes sharing projects in Pettavaithalai SSMHSS.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. 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. The French visitors also joined on Bogi in Trichy SEVAI Open Shelter. -Govin


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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

View of 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 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 (tailoring, organic farming, rice plantation, rangoli making..)
The pleasant and clean little thatched-roof houses provide power and running
View of a cottage in Amoor
water. The huts are made up with a front door balcony, a room and an 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 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.
-Govin


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

FOUNDATION RAJA Women’s Award-2018 presented to Dr. (Mrs).Benjamine Oberoi in France.



The Women Self Help Groups in Trichy-SEVAI and SEVAI express their
Dr.Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi with Foundation Raja women Award 2018
happiness and congratulates Dr. Mrs. Benjamine Oberoi for her receiving the FOUNDATION RAJA Women’s Award-2018 in France on 19th November 2018 and thanked Foundation Raja in France for selecting Mrs.Oberi for this WOMEN AWARD 2018. Dr. Mrs. Benjamine Oberoi, Bengaluru, a PhD holder of NIMHANS, a flower of France spreading her service to the cause of children education, women empowerment, water and soil conservation through watershed, and extending support to quite a few NGOs in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. She created ‘Objectif France Inde’ in France to raise funds for projects that she was developing with her local partners in India and many funding institutions started trusting and recommending her for her management and reporting skills.Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi  associates with NGOs to also build poverty-free, gender-balanced, equitable, ecological-sensitive, democratic, just and value-based inclusive society, which  creates freedom of choice to the families, groups and community to determine and develop the meaning of
Mrs.Benjamine Receives the AWARD.
their lives, their identities and their life styles for the well-being of their life. Her husband Mr.Bhusan Oberoi the promoter of CASA Cottages gives his fullest support to Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi for her mission for services of the poor and needy population especially in Karnataka and Tamilnadu. Mrs.Benjamine believes that Equivalency Education, Life Improvement quality and livelihood promotion and family care are some very vital roles women play in the society and women need to be taken too powerfully and Women need to be appreciated in all facets of life. Women have become aware of their existence their rights and their work situation. Dr. Mrs. Benjamine Oberoi ‘s intervention with NGOs working for the promotion of women SHGs such as SEVAI,Gramium  in Trichy the  self-help groups (SHGs) is doing very imperative role to women motivated in entrepreneurship and the members of SHGs now become entrepreneurs. Women Entrepreneurship benefits are many, problem solving, organizational, and leadership abilities, to fostering creativity and creating empowerment, its merits is the significant boost it gives to the rural economy. Women empowerment helps Women Self Help Groups to take their own decisions and to make them independent in all aspects from thought, mind, decision, and family income and to bring equality in society.
Dr. Mrs. Benjamine Oberoi is a role model to promote that Women can be ‘Agents of Change’ for Sustained Socio-economic Development. - Govin