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Sarvam - Integral Village Development Programme

  2. 2. The village is the cell of the national body and the cell-life must be healthy and developed for the national body to be healthy and developed….we must begin at the bottom and work up to the apex. - Sri Aurobindo
  3. 3. INTEGRAL RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME The Village Situation in India An Overview
  4. 4.   70% of Indian population (700 million) live in about 6,70,000 villages.  In most of the villages the people are illiterate, have no access to potable water, have no idea of sanitation or hygiene. Several are below poverty line, with not even one meal in the day.  The houses are very often of mud, with thatched roofs, without openings for light or ventilation, with no toilets or sewage facilities. The cooking is done with firewood.
  5. 5.   The water is supplied through community taps, but comes for only a couple of hours in the day. Many houses have no electricity and, even if it is there, it may be only for a few hours.  In the schools very little teaching takes place, only rote learning. For the higher secondary classes, the students may have to walk or cycle for several kms. The dropout rate, specially among the girl-students, is very high.  The village may not be connected to the nearest town or there may be just one bus in the day. The health center is dirty, in a bad shape, does not have a qualified doctor and the nearest hospital may be at a distance of 15-20 kms with no means of transport.
  6. 6. Apart from the lack of physical amenities,the social structure is under tremendous strain due to -   an ignorant and superstitious mentality   wrong habits   alcoholism   strong divisive forces   tensions due to caste and religion   neglect of girls and women   and a general widespread apathy and inertia
  8. 8. Villupuram in Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu in India  Tamil Nadu is a State in southern India, which was one of the worst affected by the Tsunami, and is in great need of developmental support and help.  In Villupuram, the largest district in Tamil Nadu, lie Poothurai and Perambai. These two adjacent villages, forming one unit, are about 15 kms from Pondicherry.  This unit is very typical, representing all the problems, difficulties, challenges, and also opportunities of most villages in India.
  9. 9. Village BackgroundState: Tamil NaduDistrict: VillupuramBlock: VanurVillage: Poothurai - PerambaiTotal Area: 1837.52 hectaresTotal Population: 6826Gender Distribution: Male: 3483 Female: 3343No. of Families: 1376Major Community: Schedule Caste (SC) & Vannier (MBC)Nearest Hospital: JIPMER (12 km distance)High School: none
  10. 10. Poothurai and Perambai VillagesThe Challenges when we started
  11. 11. Poothurai and Perambai VillagesThe Challenges when we started
  13. 13.   Adopt an entire village and develop it to become a model village.  Make a genuine difference not only to their way of living, but also to their way of thinking and being.  Look for new and creative ideas so as to develop a sustainable and replicable model.
  14. 14. Village Women discussing how they can improve their Village  Empower the village community to take charge of their own destiny and future.  Gradually to expand the work to more and more villages.  Make Sarvam a Training Centre, and take the experience gained and the methods developed, to NGO s and Governments involved in village development
  15. 15. INTEGRAL RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME Our Approach and Activities
  16. 16. New School Building at Poothurai Distribution of Earthen Smokeless OvensUpgradation of the Health Income Generation throughCentre Selling Sarees   Our approach is multifaceted, integrating all aspects of life – education, health, economic development, vocational training, organic farming, water harvesting, waste management, etc.
  17. 17. Planning with the Village Development Committee Weekly Training for Coordinators  The project is driven internally, at every step, by the community itself, right from the planning, to the execution, to the maintenance.Training Programme in the Village
  18. 18.   Therefore, along with the physical infrastructure, we very consciously work on bringing about a major change in the attitudes, the consciousness, the dreams and aspirations, the will to overcome the obstacles, the old habits and the forces which divide. For this, we look for new, innovative and creative ideas and approaches.Training at Aravind Eye Hospital - Madurai Art Training for Pre School Coordinators
  19. 19.   The village community is encouraged to fix goals, identify problems, seek solutions, raise resources from within, supplemented with funds and resources from outside.Discussion with Panchayat (Local Governing Body) President Coordinators preparing Seedlings for the Village
  20. 20.   We try to bring together as partners - the village community, the NGO s, the corporates and the Govt., to work in a cohesive manner for optimum use of resources and energies. The villagers coming together and drawing the map of their hamlet on the street as part of social mapping, planning and implementation of programmes.
  21. 21. Education - Pre School (Balwadi) Balwadi Renovation (Perambai) Health Practices - Learning to use Toilets Education through Play Tree Planting by ChildrenChildren with their Polio drops for Awareness Programme forNew Slide Babies Mothers
  22. 22. Education - Primary / Secondary SchoolSchool Renovation Exchange of views with teachers to improve education Evening Study Purified Water Classes System in Schools
  23. 23. Summer Camp for Children of the Village
  24. 24. HealthTaking Patients to the PIMS Free Eye Surgeries at General Health Camp - PoothuraiHospital Aravind Eye HospitalSub-Health Centre - PoothuraiBefore After
  25. 25. Sanitation and HygieneDrinking Water SupplyBefore AfterNew Toilet Blocks for Overhead Tank -School - Poothurai Individual Toilets – Vazhapattampalayam Using Hollow Block
  26. 26. New House with Roofing ofHousing Pre cast Channels Mason TrainingBefore New House with ParapetAfterRenovated Thatched House Employment to village people in House Construction
  27. 27. Income GenerationTailoring Incense Stick Making – Training Programme Laundry Service Cycle Repair Shop Leather Work in Factory General Store
  28. 28. Agriculture and Dairy Cow Rearing and Fodder Cultivation Farming Milk Collection Goat Rearing
  29. 29. TechnologyComputer Training - Village Youth, Students & Women Alternative Energy Solar Cooker Solar Light – LED Solar Light – CFL
  30. 30. YouthPlanning of Youth Programmes Self Development Workshop Cleaning the StreetsTrimming the Bushes Helping in Temple Renovation Sports
  31. 31. Sports and Culture Games organised in VillageSports Day Cultural ProgrammeSkill Games
  32. 32. Vulnerable and MarginalisedPhysically Challenged - Cycle Repairs Abandoned Lady - Medical Aid Destitute - Tailoring Educational Assistance to Orphaned and Physically ChallengedOne Rupee Coin Public Telephone Cycle to Orphaned Student Student
  33. 33. Coordinators and TrainingTraining Programmes for Village Coordinators Weekly Meeting & Review of Work with the Village CoordinatorsAt Sri Aurobindo Society - Puducherry At Aravind Eye Hospital - Puducherry Self Development Workshop At Auroville Nandanam School At Aravind Eye Hospital - Madurai
  34. 34. Sharanam - International Centre for Rural Development   training centre for Villages and NGO s   latest innovative Green building techniques   local material, labour, upgradation of skills   designed for local climatic conditions
  35. 35. Village Journal and Village TVLocal Village Journal - Grama Pudhiya Udhayam Local TV Programming Training to Village Coordinators for Coordinators making the Journal ready Journal for Distribution Village Youth creating TV Programmes for the Village Readers in the Village
  36. 36. Volunteers at SarvamLisa Suh - Canada Karolina - Poland Painting Programme conducted by KEF, JAPANNaja - Denmark Vasanthalakshmi - Puducherry Veterinary Camp organised with Rotary International
  37. 37. Summary Report of Activities (2005 - 2009)
  38. 38. Summary Report of Activities
  39. 39. The Sarvam village programme has been initiated andis being implemented by Sri Aurobindo Society.Sri Aurobindo Society is an international, non-profitNGO, with head-quarters at Puducherry, working forindividual perfection, social transformation and humanunity.The Society has been recognized by the Govt. of Indiaas a charitable organization, a research institution andan institute of national importance.
  40. 40. The main areas of the Society s work are  Integral Education  Integral Health  Integral Rural Development  Sustainable Development and Science & Technology  Integral Management  Indian Culture  Youth and Women  Media, Arts & Communication  Business & Economic Development
  41. 41. We welcome your Participation and ContributionFor further information, visit our website You can write to Or call 91-413-2330331
  42. 42. Thank You !