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Peace Trust works near Nagappatinam

  • Thanks to the generosity of the Seghal Foundation, India, 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 It has been replaced by mud which makes it hard for the fishermen to enter the sea. The now gone traditional mud and palm tree roof huts have been replaced by temporary aluminum huts.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 support them!

 
       
    

 

Tamil Nadu: Preventing child labor - One child at a time

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:
CHUDARS – 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 – Board Member;
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.


 

What 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 utensils.

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 studies.
- One of our former students is now a nurse!


         


3. Teaching children to protect the environment in partnership with the Palni Hills Conservation Council, Kodaikanal.

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 Ashoka fellow!
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.”


http://www.ashoka.org/fellows/viewprofile3.cfm?reid=147739

 

BUTTERFLY GARDEN - TAMIL NADU, INDIA

 

FORGOTTEN CHILDREN
Mrs. Francoise Remington, Executive Director
1031 North Edgewood Street
Arlington, Virginia 22201
U.S.A.

Phone: (703) 351-9270 Fax: (703) 351-9270
E-Mail:
francoise@forgottenchildren.net