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