Peace Trust works near Nagappatinam
- Thanks to the
generosity of the Seghal
we are supporting 25 orphan children who lost one or
two parents during the Tsunami. These children are
not eligible for adoption.
Our dear friends from
Peace Trust are bringing hope in a world of chaos:
There are no
words to describe the after Tsunami disaster. On the
beach at Vellapallam, the sand is gone. It has been
replaced by mud which makes it hard for the fishermen to
enter the sea. The now gone traditional mud and palm
tree roof huts have been replaced by temporary aluminum
huts. Just imagine the heat inside these temporary huts.
However, in the mist of this natural and economical
disaster, Peace Trust has managed to open a child
support centre. The children come here to play, to
learn, to tell their stories. It is a warm, friendly
place under the care of two local teachers and Peace
Trust staff. In this village, your donations are being
used directly for the children. Please continue to
Tamil Nadu: Preventing child labor - One child at a
FORGOTTEN CHILDREN has been
working against child labor in Tamil Nadu, India, for the past 10
years in partnership with local Indian grassroots organizations. Our
focus now is to assist those who are most disadvantaged -- Dalit and
Tribal girls living around Kodaikanal and,working children in
Dindigul -- through the following three projects.
1. A new star is born!
Forgotten Children has now a sister organization:
– FORGOTTEN CHILDREN INDIA
Message from Sister Mary Therese:
” Our experience tells us that we have empowered 184 mothers with
dignity and self confidence to earn their living by believing in
their own ability and more than 70 girl students with education. At
the close of the five years and the 6th year, we see these women and
children as “sparkles” for the women have in turn lit the light and
life in another family by reimbursing the loan that they have taken.
The children have been sparkles to bring awareness in children in
their neighborhood and have encouraged many dropouts to go to
school. They are also sparkles to their parents as many of them are
the first school goers in their families.
On 16th July, during the visit of Ms. Francoise, we have started a
small group called CHUDARS (Children of underprivileged Dalit and
Adivasis reach out service). This is a local language for
“sparkles”. Our project is geared towards the children and their
mothers. The children are of three groups: that is the
underprivileged children; caste wise the lowest called the Dalit and
the Tribals whose race is called Adivasis. The following persons are
the board members:
Ms. Francoise – Honorary Board Member; Sr. Mary Therese – President:
Sr. Amali – Treasurer; Ms. Selvi – Board Member; Ms. Kanchana –
Ms. Meenakshi – Board Member; Ms. Devaki – Board Member; Ms. Ramana
– Board Member.
An account has been opened in the Bank to welcome any Indian
donation so as to continue the work of the Forgotten Children India
- CHUDARS. Thanks to Ms. Francoise for inspiring us.”
2. Mother-Daughter Project in Kodaikanal
Our mother-daughter project in Kodaikanal is thriving, thanks to the
caring and capable supervision of the Sisters of Visitation. Our 74
students have been selected by women sangams living in the villages
and who know about our project. The girls come from landless
families and, due to very impoverished circumstances, are at risk of
discontinuing their studies to become child laborers. The girls
attend St. Xavier's Girls Vocational High School in Naiduparam,
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, which has been educating children of coolie
workers for the past 50 years.
our mothers bought in 2005 thank to our interest-free loans:
• 5 cows
• 10 goats
• 10 loans for garden supplies were granted
• 10 loans for various purposes: house repair, chicken farm, baking
The stories of some of our new mothers who applied for loans:
M. Arockia Mary: A widow, she has three children. She lives with her
parents. Her elderly father is unable to work. She and her go for
coolie work. They live in a rented house, as they have no land of
their own. She took a loan for making some Tiffin items for sale in
order to get some income for the family.
P. Muthulakshmi: Her husband having left her, she lives with her two
children in her sister’s house. Her son is a mentally retarded. Her
daughter is going to school. She took a loan for goats to raise
income for the family. She has no land of her own.
K. Maheswari: She is widow and she has one daughter, who is going to
school. She has a small house of her own. She goes for coolie work.
She has taken a loan for goats.
N. Radha: She is a lame person and yet goes for coolie work to earn
a living. Her husband is an acute alcoholic, who not only drinks but
also ill-treats her daily. She has one son studying in our school.
She has a small house, which is leaking, and therefore she took a
loan to repair her house.
P. Vijayakumari: She has two children. Her husband is a sickly
person. She takes care of a property belonging to some other
landlord who has given her a place to cultivate. So, she took a loan
to cultivate the land.
Number of students in our program:
- 70 girls are going to school!
- 12 students finish their high school degree this year.
- 3 students are studying beyond high school for professional
- One of our former students is now a nurse!
3. Teaching children to protect the
environment in partnership with the Palni Hills Conservation
Our butterfly garden continues to flourish and to attract students
under the supervision of Mr. Kannan and his staff. It is with great
pleasure that we learned that Mr. Kannan has been nominated to be an
As describe on the Ashoka site:
“Kannan has also identified schools as a useful instrument for
expanding awareness of environmental issues, while at the same time
contributing to the conservation program. Students from some 50
schools in neighboring regions come on field trips to the hills to
learn about water quality, forests, insects, and animals. The
students undertake tests and surveys, and the results of these are
incorporated into Conservation Council plans and shared with local
communities and the authorities. As word travels, Kannan is
receiving inquiries from schools much further a field–including
those in urban areas–and he is planning to accommodate a more
diverse range of students in future field trips.”
BUTTERFLY GARDEN - TAMIL NADU, INDIA
Mrs. Francoise Remington, Executive Director
North Edgewood Street
Phone: (703) 351-9270 Fax: